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Suspect in New Orleans officer’s death indicted for murder

NEW ORLEANS — The suspect in last month’s shooting of a New Orleans police officer was indicted on Thursday for first-degree murder. A grand jury indicted Darren Bridges, 30, of New Orleans, in the fatal shooting of Officer Marcus McNeil during a struggle, Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office said. McNeil, a three-year veteran, …

‘Project Runway’ fashion designer Mychael Knight dies

Georgia fashion designer Mychael Knight, who was a finalist on the popular TV competition show “Project Runway,” died Tuesday at age 39. Knight died outside Atlanta surrounded by family and friends, said friend Jerris Madison, the editor and photographer of Obvious Magazine, a fashion, lifestyle and cultural publication. An official cause of death has not been released, but …

‘Trombone Shorty’ takes main stage at Essence Festival

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — He’s no stranger to huge audiences and national exposure, but Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews says his upcoming performance at the Essence Festival is a dream come true. Andrews, known for high-energy shows with his band Orleans Avenue, regularly plays to big crowds. On Saturday, he performed with the Foo Fighters in …

Cold, grey morning doesn’t stop Mardi Gras revelers as New Orleans welcomes Fat Tuesday

  NEW ORLEANS – A cold, grey day greeted revelers gathering Tuesday along parade routes as New Orleans’ famed Carnival season headed to a crest with the unabashed celebration of Mardi Gras. The first street marching groups – including clarinetist Pete Fountain’s Half-Fast Walking Club – were to begin their marches along oak-lined St. Charles …

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