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Dave Cohen Year in Review 2016

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It's. 2006. Teams want to hear it was. This is who won the most demoralizing and disappointing times of my life echoes Iran is the right man to take over this program. The person. They've shot and killed officer he is a person that was shot and killed this thing I am not aware of the union address when mr. Smith. When mr. Hayes story that's out there. Publicly have a different opinion. People live there all their lives. This never plus I'm Dave Cohen taking a look back at the top local news of 20s16. The WWL. Radio news and editorial staff has voted and coming in at number five for the top local news story of 2016. Jefferson Parish president Mike yankees sex scandal involving a seventeen year old boy. The FBI has been looking into allegations. That Jefferson Parish president Mikey any sent sexually explicit text to a teenage boy last year. WW LTV David hammer was first to report the investigation. In which the then seventeen year old said forty year old the any propositioned him inviting him to have group sex with any yet another male team. Matt the seventeen year old and a public bathroom and gave him underwear and kissed him. Reaction was swift at the ensuing Jefferson Parish council meeting with a one constituent calling any the lowest form of scum. On the face it is very. Seriously is this what we expect from the leader Jefferson Parish we can do better than us. I'm embarrassed this isn't tolerable from anyone not just elected officials for the first time since his election yeah any wasn't at the council meeting. Instead of being here to listen to the concerns of the citizens of Jefferson Paris yes hasn't tied it. After promising public comment shortly thereafter he any suddenly announced a change in plan. He sent a letter about an hour ago to council members saying that he has been deployed with his navy reserve unit. To the East Coast hurricane Matthew response. And he will be deployed there until October 15. But devers and counsel on one after another other public bodies passed resolutions calling for yet he's resignation. The Jefferson school board banned him from all school campuses and related events. Finally weeks later you any made his first public appearance this is and one the most demoralizing in this point times in my life. But are you any set after walking through the deepest valley of despair. He has climbed from it. My strong Catholic faith has guided me through this personal storm. And as I re acquaint myself with scripture. I was reminded of the verses. God is our shelter and strap. Always ready in times of trouble. He vowed to never repeat his or moral mistakes and reiterated he will not resign the mistakes I have made will never be repeated. That is not my promises just the people that is my promise to god that. And effort to recall he any is now underway we'll find out in the spring if the organizers are successful in getting the any recall on the ballot. Stay tuned as we unveil the top four remaining local news stories over the years. Thanks for joining us for this redo of the top news stories in 2016. I gave no. Coming in as the number four top local story of 2016. In Louisiana. The firing of LSU head coach less miles and the hiring event or is derived. Change is necessary give the players the best opportunity to succeed. Athletic director Joseph leave a made the announcement that miles was a gauntlet gone after the tigers lost. The second game of the season falling to Auburn in week. Four I felt that at this time it owes Iran is the right man to take over this program. His enthusiasm is contagious. Coach rose said he was up to the task you can expect. Aren't you coaching staff. Argue style of play. Or alternates. Yeah ago obviously it would probably a lot of time to change things but we are tweaked things around miles had nothing but praise for LSU after he we should on the endure. Time now to some extent does you know that. And I'll comment didn't support. In most important. Yeah that decision and these tigers should go forward. WWL dot com LSU columnist Jeff Blair mode joins us now from Baton Rouge. To help us look back at the LSU football season and Jeff it started out with a close game that ended with the tigers losing the season opener. In Lambeau Field. There was a disappointing game for LSU fans there was all this expectation of a new lost ads and you had all these guys that. Had decided to come back for their senior seasons someone like Kendall banquet that middle linebacker and had one of the top running backs in the country. In Leonard Duran in a returning starter at quarterback in Brandon Harris and expecting him to take that next step where he's in all SEC quarterback. But what LSU fans saw what if from Lambeau Field on that day it was the same type of LSU offense we've seen the last three or four years as. Run the ball right into the teeth of the defense no imagination and no attempt to really get the passing game going no. No shots downfield and Brandon Harris had another tough day and he Ellis is still had a chance to win that game but he throws a critical interception late in the fourth quarter that ends any chance of the tigers winning an act gave Paris right. Drew his line got free from pressure throws that put NA. Five yard line. Grew and grew right at the defender he noted Dixon. And the badgers have the football went 57 seconds to play. In the two point lead 64. Can that really. Got the rumors go and once again got the speculation. Stirred up once again whether less miles is really the right man for the job at this time. They face a powder puff the next weekend easily beat Jacksonville State 3414. And pick up a win over Mississippi State 23 don't want me. But just the wheels come off. When the tigers traveled Auburn had a good. All burn and their right there at the end of the game as well you know this was the first start for detainee at laying on the road as as LSU quarterback. And it looked like that Ellison had actually won this game Danny yet lane. Throws a fifteen yard TD pass to DJ chart and it's right at the buzzer right when the horn goes off. This will be the politically. And goes back running into is like no time on the clock and we'll throw it back and yet still. And at first it's ruled a touchdown and LSU starts celebrating and boom it looks like the LSU tigers are three and wanted her to an ill in the SEC. But then after they review and it's. Painfully obvious that LSU. Does not get the snap off in time. It's in a wave. It's symbolic as far as how the less miles era adds that he just ran out of time he. Here's a coach Stan has been criticized around this time is to. Head coach of LSU forest clock management. And here than it LSU tigers cannot get what could have been a potential game winning touchdown pass off in time. The next day. Jolie even makes the decision last miles as ten years done at LSU and and and doors around becomes the interim head coach. The mind the tigers at this point are two and two on the season miles gone come and coach show. And a big victory in his first game when they take on that Missouri Tigers yet it was a very impressive performance I'm grant Missouri not a very good team but LSU had 634. Yards of total offense in this game. As they defeated the Missouri Tigers 42 to seven. Guys goes left cut back to his wife now comes to the near side of the field. With some daylight but since 9 o'clock. They're. Derek is nice from 42 yards I don't. Big games from Darius guys Terrell Williams. Those guys were impressive they they did not have lettered for net net game. I do any yet languish RP threw for 216. Yards they rushed for 418. Yards it was a very impressive performance and really it was one of the first games that we've seen from LSU where they have. Dominated from the first play and that domination continued. All the way through sometimes during the last miles are alike in that Mississippi State game earlier in the season Ellis it would take the foot off the gas pedal. Here they did not and I think it was a sign of things to come and it was a very good first impression for coach at George era. Then they were supposed to go to the swamp and play Florida but hurricane Matthew derailed those plans will get to how that game eventually turned out after it was postponed so they get an extra week off before having to face. Southern miss and again yeah panel to the metal. And this tigers come up with a big victory. Yet and. And another easy 145 to ten and now southern miss in other season ended with a a seven and six record but still. This was a game where you eat it you you just didn't know what to expect with at Ort run at to help. But they get another good performance from Danny willing to defense is solid once again only allowing ten points. I'm al-Qaeda Dupree kind of breaks out of that early season slump that he was in where he catches a couple touchdown passes. Certainly looking for the home run ball. Down the field has a man opened. It's. Going to be an hour and I do believe it's. Buttons down tigers'. Sixteen a three iron. DJ chart has. Another good game Darius guys he rushes the he gets over a thousand yard mark as far as the running the ball but LSU showing that they can make big plays they averaged eleven yards per play in that game. Which was a job modern day school records sell all the somebody ought to start initial signs of life. And it tigers don't clearly alive and kicking and Ole miss game to Death Valley yeah that's the nice way to end we all know that LSU. At any time they play Ole miss that they get the rebels as shot but this war Leonard for net returns and he has a game for the ages of the tornado warning. The so. And here. He breaks the single game school rushing record with 284. Yards and what was impressive about it he only needed sixteen care needs to do it. He had touchdown runs of 597678. He had a school record eighteen yards per security. It's a performance that LSU fans will be talking about for a long time and it was really the last great performance we saw from Leonard Burnett an analysis. Uniform three wins in a row for coach Joseph after taking over but then they've got to face. Alabama. Acts. Tiger Stadium and it did not go according to plan. No same old story Ellis he's offense could do nothing against that very good Alabama defense now. This game was scoreless through three quarters LSU had a chance to pull this game off. And then that they probably would've hired and or drive on the spot afterwards but they could not. Do anything offensively they only had a 125. Yards of total offense. It was his meager of an offensive performance we've seen from an LSU team. Going all the way back today at 2012 BCS national championship game the tigers can do nothing to India plane had a bad game. Exactly it is he throws at them awfully small. Interceptions this season. That's what the doctor. Threw for only 92 yards Leonard Burnett once again stonewalled by an Alabama defense rushed for just. 35 yards and Jalen hurts to cornerback for Alabama. Made a couple of big plays and Crimson Tide leave tiger stadium of the time nothing win. Yet just wore down that LSU defense ten late points. LSU with a goose egg LSU falls to Alabama once again but a redemption when they take on Arkansas in Fayetteville. Yeah and what we've seen the last couple of years with LSU they lose that game against Alabama and and have a very flat performance against Arkansas two years ago I got shut out. In Fayetteville seventeen and nothing on a cold night. But Ellis scores on the first drive in this game they actually built. A 21 to nothing lead in the first twenty minutes and really never looked back they easily win that game over Arkansas. 38 to ten a huge performance from Darrius guys. Guys and get the coal and leaps over a defender now it took a hit a speed up across the fifty vehicle parts up like 3040. That's 51 bad drive to get. Yeah. Let's. The tigers. Are rushed for 252. Yards nearly breaking. Leonard for nets a single game rushing record that he broke against Ole miss. Ford ad also had a nice game as well he he had three touchdowns enact game but a really the last productive game for a Leonard for net. As he once again hurt that ankle. And Melissa and not supposed to play the next week. Sticks and. Read now the tigers are four and one under Cotto and they've got to now make up their game but Florida comes to Baton Rouge. After some wacky and silly situations unfold. And the gators are able to take care of business despite playing on the turf a Death Valley. Very frustrating loss for LSU they had so many chances to beat and undermanned Florida team that had they were hit with a litany of injuries Cornett was not supposed to play for LSU but he gets an a shoving match with an assistant coach. He goes out there he's obviously hobbled only rushes for forty yards eventually is. Put on the bench for the second half the final time that he plays in an Angel and analyses uniform but the tigers had three chances and a red zone. Where they came up with nothing. Three seconds remain in this game. Were down and goal from the war and we've Henderson with a night formation. Comes down to businessman. Tossed the dice trying to go over the top he lost the football did not get to the plane. Florida wins the game. It was also a costly fumble on a kickoff return. And the sixteenth ranked tigers are upset by the 21 ranked Florida Gators sixteen to ten and and many at apple understand well that means that or drive and will not be the head coach of the tigers and it'll either be Jim both Fisher at Florida State or Tom Herman and Houston. Now the six import tigers are facing a Thanksgiving Day at. At Texas NM. And they really handed it to the Aggies. Yeah very oppressive Darius Geist I'm spirited 85 yards rushing for. I. The game big boy the little things running. It's not a. Breaks Leonard Burnett single game rushing record which he. He broke or reset in the game against Ole miss and Danny how about this and LSU quarterback throwing for over 300 yards a novel concept hook it comes to LSU quarterbacks but he threw for 300. 24 yards. It only takes an hour. Conflicts now throws to the end zone looking for duper. I. It was another record setting performance by the offense 622 yards of total offense. Analysts the first game and LSU history in which the tigers had a 300 yard passer and a 200 yard rusher. Very impressive performance they needed all those points is Texas a M I kept scoring now but LSU ended up pointed out 5439. And it once again swung a little bit of positive momentum towards the direction of endorsed Ron and his head coaching candidacy. So the LSU tigers finished the regular season with seven wins and four losses qualifying for the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Eve. Taking on bull though for the first time in school history. And those dry and is now the head coach going forward the school making that decision. Do you think they settled on meadows drive or do you think that that was the guy that they want it. I think Jim both Fisher and Tom Herman were there to there are their top two choices but Jumbo Fisher elected to stay at Florida State. Tom Herman it was his dream to coach at university of taxes that job opens up shortly after. Date Texas loses its regular season finale and so LSU really then have. Anyone else out there and during this whole time. Jolie was very impressed with coach at George Ryan talked about how he changed the culture of the program. Not easy to do for an answer head coach and the fan base a majority the fan base was behind coach O as while the players were behind coach though. The former players were behind coach Joseph. It would have been very typical I think for Jill leave if you wasn't able to get Tom Herman and Jim both Fisher if you went and got somebody else and Nguyen who went past and George run it was it was pretty obvious after Herman and Fisher said note analysts do that and George Ryan was the guy for the tigers. Up foremost thank you so much for helping us look back at LSU and when he sixteen on the football field that the news. Happy new year season coming up we'll continue the countdown and look at some beloved Louisiana the end we lost in points sixty. After tallying the WWL radio news and editorial staff votes the number three local stories from Louisiana and when he. Sixteen was the police shooting in bad owners that left demand dad. And sparked days of rioting before another man opened fire on police. In Baton Rouge killing three officers and wounding three more cell phone recordings of the first confrontation. Went viral and triggered immediate outrage. The studio shows to. Police officers and Matt motors ordering 37 year old Alton sterling down jumping on top of him and then an apparent struggle before sterling. Shot dead on the. It sparked protests. Actors police say the officers responded to a call an armed man threatening someone. The owner says sterling sold CDs outside of the convenience store. Police said sterling was reaching for a gun when he was shot and killed days of marches rallies rioting and unrest followed the that a man who called for violence against bullies. Did opened fire on cops in baton route. And absolutely unspeakable pain us attack. Former law enforcement here in Baton Rouge claimed the lives of two bad routes police officers went sheriff's deputy and injured. We go to Louisiana governor John bella Edwards made this somber announcement. And the Louisiana state police commander Mike Edmondson said that the suspect. Was also dead. The person. They've shot and killed our officers he's a person that was shot and killed this thing. The suspect had professed his desire to kill police officers salute and a grown man on the street. You love you get out. And don't ever give in Dallas after five cops were killed there Gavin long called for more violence. And fighting back. To bless you. He sat on line in the demonstrations and protests would not war. You've got to fight the only way of bullying no it really doesn't know works he called for revolution and rebellion against the oppressors when it. It bites back it's little. Every time I'm European. And our producer he's has many wondering why long couldn't be stopped. Before his call for bloodshed against police turned and he's shooting six officers. Killing three of them. Coming up we'll continue our countdown. Now. We're joined by saints sideline reporter Kurt premiere. Christian it was another year over the saints started out we'll hold an expectation that. After two years of not making the playoffs and who dat nation believed. That some of the pieces that need to be put into place to fix things where where they needed to be and the saints were starting another training camp. But then when the pre season started things just looked ugly didn't. Yeah look at ultimately came down to a lot of injuries were starting to crop up for this team in a pre season that that carried over into the start of the regular season but there was just some things you could tell that they were very young team off the bat that we're gonna have a little bit of growing pains. He saw that the pre season than he sought. It cannot but circulated to the in the regular season as well. Near the saints did not win a single game in the pre season losing all four of their exhibition battles. The regular season opened with the raiders who is has historically. Not been a great team but took the saints Toyoda told the whole way in this game. That was September 11 the openly gets the Oakland Raiders and that was a wild week one match up of back and forth affair between a very talented. Raiders' offense and defense was colonial Mac had some holes and in the seats office is able. You know drove down and score points due to a bit of a shoot out but how about the decision from Jack Del Rio the raiders coach to go for. Two in the final seconds of a ball and go for the win. That's sad I want to. It's Crabtree. Michael Crabtree goes up and snatches that horrible. Reception. 3530 for the and a beat the saints well we were worried again about a defense that had been the worst in the league. But then the defense stepped up when the saints took on the giants but the offense couldn't do any thing for a second consecutive lost over the season yeah and look they forced return over the ball three fumbles on their half of the field body who's coming. On the pass through time. The money's got home. I'm free as well. And it did and it saves at the third turnover collected here in the second quarter great play by Michael Mahdi who came pouring in and had the strip sack of Manning. Typically when you've done that to do breezing given Drew Brees a short off a short field like that he was going to be able to make them pay. Make the opponent pay cash and for points in the offense wasn't able to do that and then. That was also the game who started deceit. Special teams become a bit of an issue for the states will Lutz had a field goal block and return for a touchdown that proved to be the difference in that ball game. So they lose that 116 to thirteen but then the falcons are coming to the superdome on the tenth anniversary of the reopening of the dome after Hurricane Katrina. Yet they got their doors blown off but by Atlanta to be ousted him in a defense who was still. Feel its way around deal with injuries not have to know I'll be out there a couple of guys Sheldon rankings going down in training camp he wasn't available dealt bro got hurt raiders game in week once they were really kind of a mash unit on defense at that point Matt Ryan carve them up pretty good the seats were able score 32 points but. Obviously wasn't large enough to be deal in south is now you're off to an a with restart for the second straight year. 45 to 32 the saints fault of the falcons. But then maybe just maybe Drew Brees brings the emotion to the team needed when he's going back to San Diego to play the chargers on their home field for the first time since the chargers. Threw him to the car. The chargers had a late lead in this ball game if not for a fumble there the U I would've be. Seats go downfield on a win the game rivers throws the slant on identity lost a foot long. As he turned upfield going to be New Orleans football odd that a complete loss. There wasn't anybody within three yards. Bobby veteran receiver. Didn't give in simply put the ball on the ground. 3530 for the saints first victory of the season than they get to rest up before facing the first foe with in the division. As they take on the NFC south Panthers the reigning NFC champions. The world has had a go on and it had their Mo Jo going that day. Be the Panthers in a bit of a shoot out and this is where you also started to see where. Pay in order for the saints to win games they're going at the score a lot of points because that defense was still not holding up their end of the bargain. Three while playing the saints pull off the 41 to 38 victory back to back wins may be their back on track until they go to Kansas City. Yet and it just to Canada's Rancho buzz saw this was the beginning of the angry Mark Ingram that the chiefs game he fumbled down around the goal line this is a chiefs team that to really just do enough offensively. But on defense they gave Drew Brees and company all the can only ask for more us. Aunts lose 27 to 21 then they face the Seahawks and pick up their third victory of the year. Yet and saints fans that wanted this one they gave one at Seattle and their place for a long time the last three trips to saint and it had to go to Seattle all losses in particular so they've always one of the seats in their house they got him. And they were able to get to win see that this was where you start to seal Lou but the defense improvement. He's starting to see him bill make a few more plays I think needs to pore had a fantastic interception. And this ball game over Russell Wilson worry kind of do them over the middle and and I was able to it to buzz in the some coverages. In taken off since around. Our I was a big wins against Seattle Seahawks that. I know they were banged up at the time and a lot of times and insults them not necessarily who you play the way you played in the states called the Seahawks at the right time. The saints are three and four now playing. At San Francisco trying to get to 500. And they did it mark each group had as long as one of his career breeze and it. You know not to look at the ball very good but the 404550. Foot race no of course not let clarity not literally but when he did he didn't. It stands six welcome back mark king hero. He looked like a different runner. After the Beijing the week before against Seattle where he had a turnover that led the points from the Seahawks Drew Brees and company. Part of that secondary this was is also gave Michael Tom's having had a big game meant so yeah a reason for optimism we got to foreign four here they are they're making that climb they're potentially make of that pushed maybe there. Start a peek at the right time. 4123. They come away with a victory but then it's another losing streak starting with the bronco. Yeah and now crazy way to lose that ball game at the end Drew Brees marched the saints down and he emerges from what looks like is going to be sacked. Throws a touchdown pass to bring it cooks who went up in the year in pretty much jump through the roof of the superdome. That's between two Rockwell brings it down and 32 yard strike. Breeze through a book burning up close and. There they were go for the extra point to to get the win. And it gets blocked and run back for a a two point conversion in favor of the Denver Broncos that's the difference of the game I've never seen a game and like that. Lots time for the extra point. And it's war. And being run Mac by the Broncos now out of the thirty winning drive what may fifteenth and ends at the end zone for a two point return. And that is two points where the difference Broncos win 25 to 23. And then the saints have to play the Panthers again. And the Panthers. Apparently they figured a few things out after that loss to the saint. Saint earlier in the season. Offense comes sputtered at times defense gave up a couple of big plays but also on short fields. That that was that gave him Marcus Murphy ended up. And trying to field a ball kick off that was going out of bounds in the step and out of the law that changed a lot of field position momentum and a ball game in I think a lot of it had to do to hang over from the week before with the Broncos in a short week. Going to Carolina. But then thank goodness after that 2320 loss to the Panthers sent get to play another West Coast game. The rams this time. I renewal of a rivalry and also a little bit of a vengeance game at least Greg Williams their former defensive coordinator under Sean Payton helped them win the Super Bowl was on the ramp sidelines. And you saw Sean Payton takeover play calling duties like receiver screen to staff. Strong. He made news. It stand. That leads me. In my tower. Did you get that 4921 win but then analysts started thing. I wonder if they have enough emotion left in the tank where they gonna have an emotional letdown the next week against the lions I thought that was a bunch of hooey. And so we saw that game unfold. In alliance came in here religious ultimately. Never allowed seats into the game never a lot of get into the rim they dominated time possession they dominated the amount of plays. Matthew Stafford was was pretty magical in a lot of ways the surgical. And that karma that saints defense. Stanford drops straight. Didn't throw it deep down field and wide open on the far side like this tape touched. And lions. Yet at that that that game against the lions the saints were never really in the game I didn't really feel like. That's pressure yeah like there was no motion no effort nothing. Allow the saints to get in and no touchdown by Drew Brees. In a home game something that had essentially it never happened before. Yeah hadn't happened since 2009 ironically. The of the seats in an appointment the Super Bowl but the same sentiments so custom see in the saints. It quarterback Drew Brees be so efficient on offense at least it one touchdown pass out of him. Each and every game in in in day this has started a little bit of a disturbing trend would that happen than that in the next game as well and then Drew Brees threw three interceptions against the lions. Essentially is that on 2813 but still have some realistic hope. That if they win out that they could still make it to the post season still get a playoff berth. Despite how badly they've been playing but really all hope with the playoffs came to a crashing and when the saints had to go to Tampa Bay and play the Buccaneers and for the second week in a row as you pointed out Drew Brees throws three interceptions and doesn't have a touchdown. Yeah I was a that was the stat line that was a little bit troublesome when yo six interceptions zero touchdown and he started to wonder all right you know what's the issue what's going on. With the saints offense and Hideki we get stampeded have you senator Max Unger you also were without Michael Thomas I think that had a factor but give credit to the Buccaneers in and beat the saints sixteen to eleven Francis said. I this passes but the saints defense. Really played well enough to win that ballgame that's been the issue up to the games we talk about so far is 11 week the saints offense is on fire and then. The next week the defense improves in the State's office goes cold of the special teams. As a pick up so that's been the story of the saints season is all phases of the game have literally showed up at stadium at the same time. And that was their eighth loss of the season took all the air out of the balloon and really made its so that the saints. Would not be in the playoffs had people then starting to talk about next season WWL's Bobby Hebert said definitively. That next season. If Drew Brees and Sean Payton did not make the playoffs they are probably gone. Mr. officially start now. For Sean Payton and with Drew Brees even at the Helm back combination of the on the hot seat. And it's either playoff or bust next here law without a doubt it's a make or break year for Sean Payton and Drew Brees three straight years that they missed the post season three straight years they've been at or below 500. And eat you look at that that's a resume that usually gets you on the hot seat in in the following year if you follow that up with a 87 and nine are eight economic campaign changes have to be made. Final thoughts Christian on the 2016. Season we're looking ahead duo hopeful 2017. Many people see reasons to think the saints. Could put all the pieces together next season. But after another disappointing season three in a row without going to the play offs. Well. I think the U should be eight can be hopeful that it has some wanted to play with the gonna have some better draft picks as well they've drafted better the last couple of classes and they've had a window there. Where it was two or three years when they were completely with the a lot of picks but here lately they've tracked him pretty well and I like the direction of the defense under the Dennis Allen and that unit you know they're still in the bottom half totally honest a lot of categories we've seen pretty marked improvement I think in a lot of areas got a couple of nice building blocks to build a defense around him particularly children reckons. In camp Jordan I think you have to make it a priority is signed nick fairly back in the offseason. He's got cutie Carl command that I like the addition of on bell as a rookie safety. Dealt them bro what can he do when he's truly healthy after the sound players sterling Moore. And also can crawl so there's some building blocks of a defense that would give you optimism and you know what's gonna have a year in year out from. From reason he also likes trio wide receivers that they're currently operating with a brain coats and Willie Snead and Michael Thomas I don't think they're that far off the we've been saying that for a couple years ago. Happy new year Christian and thank you for help and as review 2016. For the new war and sides happy new year new worlds happy new year days now look at notable deaths of Tony sixteen. You know our own. Fidel Castro is being remembered as both the freedom fighter and a dictator. Antonin Scalia Nancy Reagan and Shimon Peres were saluted for their public service. CDS mourns Morley Safer I lowered through stories that no one else is doing Harper Lee only published two books but one of them was a classic. You know and when he came to boxing probably. Mohammed Ali left us as did hockey's Gordy Howe and golfer Arnold Palmer. Okay. What you did Gene Wilder was make fans laugh. Final hallelujah new music greats Leonard Cohen Princeton David volley. Broke. And godspeed to space pioneer John Glenn. Jim Shannon BC BS news year's salary. And and Hollywood says he invited TV mom Florence Henderson from the Brady Bunch. And TV dad round pegs from growing pains. We've lost some great Louisiana yens and 2016. Some that exported our culture and music globally. Including. 86 year old Pete fountain. Pete fountain was known here in New Orleans as the prince of Mardi Gras. For more than fifty years he and his half. Fast walking club we kick off Fat Tuesday festivities. With their procession through the city just after dawn. Round helped define the sound of New Orleans can. Says he went to one of the finest institutions. Consumed through your birdies. That's a minimalist. Outplayed in the French Quarter for decades. Entertaining countless jazz fans is unique fusion upswing in Dixie land. It was known around the world when he sixteen also Saab buckwheat zydeco died. Both Greek side could spread the sounds of Louisiana creole zydeco music to the world Grammy and Emmy winner has the top three selling medical albums of all time. He died of lung camp. Sorenstam at Doral junior the singer songwriter played accordion and organ around the world and it presidential inaugurations. And Olympic ceremonies. Collaborator with the likes of Robert Plant Willie Nelson and Keith Richards and perform with Eric Clapton YouTube. In the Boston Pops. But we try to cope with 68. We also saw the passing this year of Edgar Dickey j.'s. But Vijay filters family restaurant to the occasion to a New Orleans landmark report along with his wife. How famous chef Leah chase family members tell us who died at the age of 88. WW LTVs my costs hitting particularly hard in 2016. Here at WWL. Was the death of hokey guys John. The voice of the sank him understand shared the broadcast Booth with hokey for fifteen years collings saints' games. I really value to characteristics. That he had a very self effacing sense of humor I'm very quick wit. Really ready smile. Pokey guys aren't thrilled us running the ball at LSU and then for the black and gold of the New Orleans Saints. New direction and I'm OK. Okay. OK okay. He would go on to scout for the saints before getting into the broadcast Booth. And describing plays for the saints in ways only he could. The four yard game but that's not goes back to about mid field because that would. One heck of a tackle right. Gone too soon hokey guys down and taken down by cancers DA to. Coming up our number two stories the death of another New Orleans Saints great. Welcome back I'm Dave Cohen the number two local story of 2006. Teams the shooting death of former saints player Will Smith. We will build. A strong case for the district attorney to prosecute car donate to the fullest extent of the law. I don't PDT Michael Harrison after Hayes admitted to shooting and killing Will Smith after a road rage incidents. But Hayes is attorney said. When mr. Hayes story gets out there. Publicly have a different opinion. John Fuller said it was self defense and it was Smith who was going to get a gun to shoot pays when they shot him first but the Smith family attorney said. I am not aware that these threats by mr. Smith. Peter Thomson says Smith and his wife walked away when guard LA shot rock tells Smith twice warning there. Then shots met seven times in the back and once in the side killing him to killer in this case. Was enraged. At trial we learn Smith had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system and has wife testified she had a stare me in the eyes and repeated children's names to calm him down. But she insisted. Things worse settled and they were walking away. When they were shot. The jury found Hayes guilty of manslaughter he's awaiting sentencing and that could land him. Up to sixty years in prison and his former teammate Deuce McAllister said. So at least here guilty and some sense. Gives you some relief permanent end of the day is it's it's not a win. Other major local stories in 2016. Not making the top five governor John Bell Edwards inauguration. And then facing one massive challenge after another the horrible budget struggles Louisiana faced with lawmakers raising taxes and slashing spending. The election of John Kennedy is US senator from Louisiana to replace retiring David bitter. And the shooting death after another road rage president. Of former NFL player Joseph make nine. We've made it to the number one local stories of 2016. And every single thing and held his daughter Lourdes and little. Larger hands this house has been family 56 generations. It's all revealed he'd. Did you think. Twice in 20161. In the spring then in the summer torrential rainfall across huge swathes of Louisiana. Filled areas with floodwaters that historically remain high and dry people look at all their lives. This never fly FEMA director Greg few gate came to survey the unprecedented damage along with Louisiana governor John bella Edward. I just want everyone to understand this is a very serious weather incidents have declared mercy state and local and federal rescue crews race to the scene along with people in private boats. To pluck people off of rooftops pulled them out of submerged cars and ferry them to safety as their homes filled with the water in the two events some 200000. Homes were damaged or destroyed. This system. The most significant natural disasters since sandy. It brought out big names in politics and entertainment to try and help starting with van GOP nominee. Donald Trump. Locals created Donald Trump thanking him for taking time to visit the flood torn region obviously to help from help hand out supplies and toys to Vick dobbs. He remarked the world's not getting a full picture of the historic flooding and the tens of thousands impacted need more assistance. They need a lot of help what's happened here is incredible nobody had the sense of that it is the president later Camden resident we are heartbroken. By the loss of life walking between massive piles of debris belongings from one family after another stacked up on the roadside president Barack Obama noted the federal government alone. And not make everyone whole again. Some asking every American to do what you can to help get families in local businesses back on the fate private donations. Are going to be extremely important as well. And there were efforts for a private citizens to help those impacted Harry Connick junior and. Jackson the batters native musicians and Richie the first music community at united Connick is from New Orleans. Louisiana was struck by that name the storm that caused unbelievable flooding and destruction. Louisiana native Aaron Neville performed. Along with country star hunter Hayes and many more including rebirth brass band and Better Than Ezra. Match gimmick not a Britney Spears John Goodman Eli Manning among those sharing messages of hope on the race come broadcast we'll wheezing and we'll rise once again. More than four months later that recovery has been painstakingly slow and difficult my heart breaks because it does to. Governor Edwards says he hopes to have everyone back into their homes in March or April it's always this it's more penal people that you want them have to do more. How bad was this disaster compared to Katrina not quite. Is the biggest Katrina but huge in its own. And so right. FEMA is Jerry Stoller says more than three times as many homes were destroyed in Katrina some 700000. And some 18100 more people. Were killed by Katrina and the great floods of 2016. I'm Dave Cohen thank you so much for joining us for this look back at 2010 sixteenths. May everyone have a safe. Happy and healthy New Year's.