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Sweeping Vigil

Protesters Demand Justice for Harris

“What do we want? Justice! When? Now!”

“Justice for who? Eric Harris!”

“Killer cops? Must go! When? Now!”

These are some of the chants that the protesters yelled outside of District Attorney’s Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr.’s office, down Tulane Avenue, and on the steps of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court on Friday evening, February 26th.

JP Leads Way on Same Sex Marriage

Jefferson Parish is rarely cited as the model of progressiveness. However, on Monday (6.29), JP issued the first same-sex marriage license in the State of Louisiana. Until the wedding, the Boot held the distinction of being the only state in the Union with no same-sex marriages.

Uber Sketchy in JP

On Friday (6.27), the ride-sharing revolution made another leap forward in SoLa. Uber announced the start of operations in Jefferson Parish in an email reported on by Fox8 and WDSU. The only problem is that JP authorities say that the service is not licensed or permitted to do so.

Memory Motel: JP to Honor Ellis Marsalis Sr for Civil Rights Work

The Marsalis family is well known for their musical acumen. However, patriarch Ellis Marsalis, Sr. will be honored for something far greater than his prodigal progeny. On January 9, the Jefferson Parish Historical Commission, Jefferson Parish Officials, and the Marsalis Family will dedicate the Marsalis Mansion Motel with a Louisiana Highway Marker.

Serious Surplus

LA Agencies Got Rifles, Trucks, Armored Vehicles—and Snowshoes

Who wears shoeshoes in Orleans Parish?


Like law enforcement agencies across the nation, police and sheriffs’ departments in New Orleans received military equipment and supplies from the federal government. Louisiana agencies used a free Defense Department program to obtain weapons, trucks, and tactical gear, as well as mine-resistant vehicles, personnel carriers, and snow clothing.

JP Prez John Young Running for Lt. Gov.

Next year's Lieutenant Governor's race picked up another Southeast Louisiana parish president on Tuesday. John Young, who currently serves as the top official in Jefferson Parish, announced his run for the state's no. 2 post.

Floating Islands

Jefferson Parish Installs Living Shorelines by Bucktown

Orleans Parish is not the only place taking hurricane protection into our own hands. On Friday, August 23, Jefferson Parish announced plans to install floating islands built of recycled plastic bottles in Lake Pontchartrain, near the Bucktown Marina. The move is an attempt to help protect an existing wetland area on the South Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, providing habitat and shoreline protection.

Sherman Copelin, former State Rep, Arrested in Jefferson Parish

A former state representative who was once a key political power broker in the 9th Ward was arrested Wednesday on theft charges in Jefferson Parish, according to JP arrest records. Sherman Copelin, who helped found the SOUL political organization in the 1970s, was booked in to Jefferson Parish Prison on charges of theft more than $1500, and misapplication of payment. The charges appear to stem from a 2011 audit that found potential fraud in a job performed by Copelin's contracting company on a West Bank school.

Slammer Time: Aaron Broussard Gets Close to 4 Years in Jail

Former President of Jefferson Parish Aaron Broussard and his ex-wife Karen Parker were sentenced to prison and probation terms in federal court Monday for their involvement in a wire-fraud, bribery and theft scandal that cheated taxpayers out of $328,308. The conspiracy went undetected for over a six-year period, from 2003-2010.

Razor-Thin Crescent City Connection Bridge Toll Vote Margin Challenged in Court

by William Dilella

A month after voters weighed in on the fate of bridge tolls to cross the Mississippn River, the final bell on the fight has yet to toll. A citizens' opposition group "StopTheTolls.Org" announced today that they have filed a lawsuit in the 19th District Court (East Baton Rouge Parish) challenging the results of November's Crescent City Connection Bridge (CCCB) toll vote

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