Some LSU Tiger fans smell upset victory over Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Delta Gamma's Kayleigh Spigler, 19, works on adding colorful balls of tissue paper to her sorority's Homecoming decorations behind the Delta Gamma house, Friday, October 24. This year's homecoming theme is

LSU Tigers fans remained optimistic — but more than a little nervous — in the runup to Saturday’s homecoming game against Ole Miss, an undefeated team ranked the third-best in the country. “I’m excited; I’m a little stressed, too,” said Fractyl Mertilus, a 32-year-old LSU graduate student. “If it was last year, I wouldn’t be afraid.”… Continue reading →

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Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- St. Thomas More Cougars taking the field at Cougar Stadium on Friday night October 17, 2014.

Get the scores from high school football games in south Louisiana on The Advocate's High School Football Scoreboard… Continue reading →

Lee High teacher arrested for alleged lewd comments to student

Oscar C. Mays

A Lee High School teacher turned himself in to law enforcement authorities Friday morning after one of… Continue reading →

Most BR area charter schools show gains on state scores

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Eighth grade teacher Bernadette Turegano, top right, watches over the end of a math test in her class. One of the charter school's earning a B grade is THRIVE Charter, an inner city boarding school that just started its third year. They have students in sixth to eighth grade.

Two-thirds of the charter schools in the Baton Rouge metro area improved academically during the 2013-14 school… Continue reading →



Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- A car that ran off of the access road underneath the overpass on Siegen Lane, sits in the canal below. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff deputies said one person was transported to a local hospital for observation.

Video: Vehicle plunges into Ward's Creek

A Kia Optima that ran off the access road beneath the Siegen Lane overpass on Thursday sits in the canal below. An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputy pulled… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, right, plays the washboard alongside Anthony Dopsie of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters during the first of a four-part series of free concerts on Sunday at the Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. The concert series, produced by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and hosted by the Gonzales Mayor's Council, continues Sunday with the Michael Foster Project.

True BR: Zydeco music brings La. together (Video)

​Anthony Dopsie, the accordion player of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters, explains the culture of zydeco music in Louisiana. He also talks about the legacy of… Continue reading →


Rabalais: Resurgent Rebels, improving Tigers both have a lot on the line

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU fullback Connor Neighbors and Ole Miss defensive end D.T. Shackelford jaw at each other after the kickoff during the first half last month at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss. Buy this photo

Back when the world was young, LSU and Ole Miss may have been the best rivalry in college football. Billy Cannon, streaking through the night like a Halloween phantom in 1959. Archie Manning, darting and scrambling and reducing LSU’s otherwise perfect… Continue reading →


Jack Bruce, bassist of 60’s band Cream, dies at 71

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 file photo, British musician Jack Bruce performs at the 'Zildjian Drummers Achievement Awards' at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71. A statement released by his family on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 said ìthe world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.

LONDON (AP) — British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71. Publicist Claire Singers said Saturday Bruce died at his home in Suffolk, England. A statement released by his family… Continue reading →


How you can help: Drive seeks warm clothing for homeless in Baton Rouge

Photo provided by DEBBY GAUTREAUX -- Debby Gautreaux visits with women at a downtown bus shelter. She and husband Russell are working to aid the homeless in Baton Rouge. 'We help them find resources, to find a job, to get transportation to a job or to get bus tickets to get home,' says Debby Gautreaux.

With the first stings of cold weather in the air, two ministries to Baton Rouge’s homeless men, women and children are teaming up to collect 1,000 coats in the next few weeks. Catherine Comeaux, of Signs and Wonders Outreach… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Domenica spinoff forges its own identity in N.O.

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Garlic knots are served with aged provolone fonduta at Pizza Domenica.

The same type of wood-burning oven produces the same char-pocked, bubble-crusted Neapolitan-style pizzas. The same unaccountably delicious, whole roasted cauliflower is a go-to appetizer. And the same chefs and partners — John Besh and Alon Shaya — are at the helm.… Continue reading →


Baton Rouge prep football

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Port Allen's Ken Broussard fights for yardage as he is stopped by Parkview defenders Nelson Smith (1) and Michael Tarwarter. Buy this photo

Images from the Baton Rouge area prep football on Friday Oct, 24, 2014.… Continue reading →


Smiley: Armed and ready

Dear Smiley: I don’t know just when electric automobile turn signals were invented (of course, half the world still refuses to use them!). But when I was a child, my mom used left arm signals, which meant the driver’s… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Jailer finds dead inmate in jailhouse bunk

A jailer found a dead inmate in a jailhouse bunk Saturday morning at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville, the Sheriff’s Office said. Foul play is not suspected in the death of the man, whose name was not released… Continue reading →


Seven Louisiana metro areas post job gains

Seven of Louisiana’s eight metropolitan areas gained nonfarm jobs over the year ended Sept. 30, according to seasonally adjusted figures released Friday by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Numbers for metro areas’ job categories were not seasonally adjusted, but they… Continue reading →

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