Two Destrehan teachers arrested in Kenner for alleged sex with student

Rachel Respess, left, Shelley Dufresne

Two Destrehan High School teachers are facing accusations that they invited a 16-year-old student to a Kenner apartment last month for a three-way sexual encounter. Rachel Respess, 24, and Shelley Dufresne, 32, were booked on one count each of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a… Continue reading →

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Letter: Family’s story important

I would like to commend The Advocate’s recent article on the Sabillon-Bardales family’s immigration situation. The article really illuminated the humanistic exigency of the immigration crisis and showed… Continue reading →




GLAAD study: Gay depictions increase on TV

This photo released by ABC Family shows, from left, Jake T. Austin, Lorraine Toussaint, Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, and Maia Mitchell, in a scene from

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Television has increased its depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters, with the edge going to cable and the Internet over broadcast networks, according to a study released Wednesday by the advocacy group GLAAD. Networks are promoting the… Continue reading →


Food & Dining

Fresh Ideas: No apple today; take pears to the next level

Photo by Helana Brigman  --  For a pretty fall treat, make Candy Pears dipped in dark chocolate and coated with chopped nuts.

Every grown woman has that one treat she just can’t say “no” to. For me, it’s candied apples; I just love them. With their crunchy, chocolate-covered exterior and their crispy, sweet apple insides, candied apples invoke my favorite fall flavors. And, they’re fun… Continue reading →