Metro Council approves policy to make Baton Rouge more walkable, bikeable

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- A cyclist takes on a path along Dalrymple near May Street at City Park Lake. Phase 2 of the 'Easy Streets' program calls for more bike paths to make the LSU campus more pedestrian friendly.

A group pressing for more sidewalks and bike paths to make it easier for people to move around the city of Baton Rouge has won the Metro Council’s support. The council on Tuesday adopted a Complete Streets policy recommended by the group. The policy is intended to improve the city’s quality of life by adding and… Continue reading →

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LSU scientist and others offer new theory of bird species evolution

Photo provided by of Mike Hankey -- Macaws flying over the rainforest canopy at dawn. A new study published recently in Nature found that bird lineages that inhabit the forest canopy, such as these macaws, accumulate fewer species over evolutionary time than do bird lineages that inhabit the forest understory.

What makes one bird species turn into two species of birds? A long-standing theory posited that… Continue reading →

Racism, obstruction of government claims fly in Gonzales; councilman resigns, another up for recall

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Gonzales City Council member Timothy Vessel Sr. waits for the start of the council meeting on June 23.

A rift in Gonzales framed by allegations of obstructionist government on one side and… Continue reading →

The spirit moves at BR’s ‘OneStop Homeless Services Center’

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Freddie Thomas performs during a talent show at the One Stop Homeless Services Center located at 153 N. 17th Street.

It was 16 minutes until the talent show, and nobody had signed up. Erica Clovis… Continue reading →



It’s Denham Springs vs. Zachary in Friday night football

Scenes from the Denham Springs High School-Zachary High School Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, football game.… Continue reading →

The LSU Tiger band spells out

True BR: Tiger Stadium an iconic destination in Baton Rouge (Video)

Ronnie Haliburton, former LSU player and now Senior Associate Athletic Director in charge of LSU facilities and grounds, shares why he believes Tiger Stadium is an iconic part… Continue reading →


Sources: LSU assistant Frank Wilson serious candidate for Troy head coaching job

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson stands on the sideline at a high school scrimmage in 2013. Wilson is a candidate for the coaching job at Troy, according to a report from

LSU recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Frank Wilson is a serious candidate for the head coaching position at Troy and is “very interested” in the job, multiple sources told The Advocate on Wednesday. Wilson is believed to be one of several finalists… Continue reading →


‘Duck Dynasty’ star makes ‘Dancing’ finals

ABC photo by Adam Taylor -- Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas react to the judges' scores on Monday night's 'Dancing with the Stars.'

Louisiana contestant Sadie Robertson has made it to Tuesday’s finale of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” The “Duck Dynasty” reality show personality and her professional dance partner Mark Ballas wowed the judges Monday night with a repeat of the… Continue reading →


Gourmet Galley: The day after Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal too

Advocate file photo  --  A New Orleans favorite, Turkey Poulet, uses leftover Thanksgiving  turkey and ham, plus bacon. A cheesy sauce and onions go atop the meat.

As you sit there savoring the slices of tender, juicy turkey on Thanksgiving Day, is there an idea in your mind how good some of that will be on a sandwich on Friday? Most of us look forward to Thanksgiving leftovers,… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

What a Crock: Slow-cooked Cornish hens perfect for small groups

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS  --  Not expecting a crowd for Thanksgiving? Serve Apple-Pecan Cornish Hens.

Perhaps you stock up on Cornish hens when they go on sale. I do, and it has saved me many times over when I needed a dinner idea. Thanksgiving is no exception. In many households, including ours at times, a turkey… Continue reading →


Photos: Angola Sugarcane Syrup

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Inmates Ernest Hancock, left, and Rene Gaines work at feeding in sugar cane on a mechanically-driven grinder at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola Tuesday,  as inmates and corrections staff work together to make syrup from sugar cane planted on the prison's grounds.

yrup-making day at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Images from the harvest and process of make syrup.… Continue reading →


James Gill: Technicality? It’s called the U.S. Constitution

The lament that some criminal got off on a “legal technicality” is naturally a common one, for we have a bunch of legal technicalities to choose from in this country. We even have an official list of them for crafty defense attorneys… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Accused of stealing from coworkers, ATC employee arrested, fired

Louisiana State Police on Wednesday arrested a non-commissioned employee of the agency’s Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control accused of stealing money from her coworkers. Lindy Tullier was arrested after her several of her coworkers reported money missing from their… Continue reading →


LSU center to host entrepreneurs from Mexico, South America

LSU’s Louisiana Business & Technology Center will host 20 entrepreneurs from Mexico and South America in February for two weeks of training and mentoring on U.S. business practices and rules. Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru will send five successful entrepreneurs each.… Continue reading →

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