Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.

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Laurence McKee (OSSO)

For more than two years, Laurence Andrew McKee stood accused of callously shooting a friend in the back in a New Orleans apartment after a night out drinking.

On Wednesday, defense attorneys presented an alternative theory: that McKee shot to defend himself from a drunken aggressor, and that the bullet could have ricocheted into his back.

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Public domain

Sunday night at approximately 9:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana received a call stating that a woman was driving around with a dead body in her trunk.

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Livingston Parish Sheriff/Exploretalent.com

A Louisiana man with former ties to law enforcement and the military was arrested after authorities said he committed a hate crime, targeting a Livingston Parish convenience store because he believed the owners were Muslims — a group he blamed for "killing his fellow service members overseas."

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Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. William Hopper

Louisiana lawmakers recently passed a bill through the state legislature that will eliminate the fees for veterans seeking licenses to carry concealed weapons.

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