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Red Mass Celebrated For Louisiana Judges

Oct 8, 2019

Louisiana judges, dressed in their robes, gathered at St. Louis Cathedral in JacksonSquare this morning for the 67th annual Red Mass ceremony, traditionally held the first Monday

in October. Judges, lawyers and officials of all faiths were invited to attend the Mass which isoffered for guidance in the administration of justice in the year ahead. 

Kaitlin Dougherty /

The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a popular New Orleans restaurant to pay $238,000 in back wages to 222 employees who weren’t properly paid for overtime work.

News outlets report an agency investigation determined Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by not combining the hours worked each week by workers who held more than one position. That means a worker who clocked 40 hours as a bartender and another 20 hours as a waiter wasn’t paid any overtime.

Orleans Parish District Attorney /

A Louisiana prison inmate tied by DNA evidence to six rape cases from the 1980s has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate reports 52-year-old inmate Alfred Berry was sentenced Friday in New Orleans.

He had been acquitted of two rape charges at a trial in 1988. At another trial that year, the jury deadlocked on a rape charge but convicted Berry of armed robbery. The judge gave him 99 years in prison, the maximum sentence.

Noé Alfaro /

The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) will hold additional meetings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge to plan the new Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. These additional meetings continue the planning process started in the spring with a series of meetings held across the state.

Olivier Bruchez /

A man considered to be the nation's oldest living World War II veteran was serenaded and showered with kisses during a celebration of his 110th birthday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Lawrence Brooks was born Sept. 12, 1909, and served in the predominantly African American 91st Engineer Battalion stationed in New Guinea and then the Philippines. He was a servant to three white officers and his daily routine included cleaning their sheets and uniforms and shining their shoes.

Brooks attained the rank of Private 1st Class during the war.

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Visitors to New Orleans who want to learn more about cocktails will soon have a new place to go. No, it's not another bar.

The Sazerac Company, a Louisiana-based spirits maker, is opening the Sazerac House on October 2.

Described as an "immersive exploration of the spirited culture of New Orleans," the six-story building houses multiple floors of exhibits as well as a gift shop and the company's headquarters.

Karen Neoh /

13-year-old Lynell Reynolds was sentinced to juvenile life on August 27 for the attempted murder of a 21-year-old man.

Orleans Parish Juvenile Judge Candice Bates-Anderson sentenced Reynolds to a state juvenile facility until he turns 21.

On March 26, Reyonolds and other teens approached two men on Morrison Road in New Orleans. After demanding a dollar, Reynolds shot Darrelle Scott in the back. The bullet struck Scott's spine and left him paralyzed from the waste down.

Reynolds was found guilty in July.

Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans /

Workers looking for blockages in an underground New Orleans drainage canal found the usual mucky debris — and at least one car.

Heavy equipment hoisted the wreck out of the Lafitte Canal on Thursday, a day after the city's Sewerage and Water Board announced its discovery. It was found using an amphibious vehicle and underwater camera during an inspection ordered after parts of the city flooded during a July 10 deluge as Hurricane Barry was forming off the coast.

Phil Roeder/ /

 A 27-year-old New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting of a Black Lives Matter activist known for his leap through police tape to try to seize a Confederate battle flag during a 2017 demonstration over Civil War monuments in South Carolina.

Roosevelt Iglus had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Muhiyidin (muh-HEE'-ih-din) Moye, better known as Muhiyidin d'Baha, of Charleston, South Carolina. Conviction would have brought an automatic life sentence.

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A favorite New Orleans confection is making a comeback seven years after a devastating fire ended production.

Hubig's Pies will be produced again next year in suburban Jefferson Parish, the Louisiana Economic Development agency said in a news release.