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LSU’s recruiting penalties are historic — and the national consensus is that they’re ‘pretty ridiculous,’ too

Advocate staff file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Tiger Stadium

LSU football coach Les Miles visited the home of recruit Matt Womack on Oct. 28. At the time of the visit, it was perfectly within NCAA rules. Two months later, it was not. Miles’ in-home visit with Womack, a tackle from Mississippi, is at the center of recruiting sanctions the program has suffered — penalties Continue reading →

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Late-night show gives BR native’s Super Bowl ad controversial twist

Baton Rouge native Louis Herthum stars in the 'A Bold Dad' commercial for Toyota that first aired during Super Bowl XLIX.

The Baton Rouge native Louis Herthum-starring Toyota commercial, which first aired during the 2015 Super Bowl,… Continue reading →

Magnolia Mound Plantation event features slave stories, opera and spirituals

MET photo by mark h hunter, Givonna Joseph, director of Opera Creole, sings

Black History Month at Magnolia Mound Plantation closed on a high note Saturday with the dramatic telling… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman: What are Mr. Spock and Governor Jindal doing in a cartoon together?

What are Mr. Spock and Governor Jindal doing in a cartoon together? Follow this… Continue reading →

Opinion

Video

Video: The conclusion of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic

Advocate videographer Gary Krouse chronicles the last day of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic from Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- With a boost from dad Al Camp, Belle, 4, left, takes beads from a rider as the pair are joined by friends Benjamin Forkner and his daughter Valentina, 4, as the Spanish Town Parade rolls down Spanish Town Road, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

One more look back at the spectacle that was Spanish Town Parade 2015

The crowds are gone, the streets are clean and parade mascot “Flessie” is back with her rightful owners after a brief time… Continue reading →

Sports

DaShawn Harden powers LSU women past No. 12 Texas A&M 80-63; Lady Tigers score No. 4 seed and double-bye in SEC tournament

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU's DaShawn Harden (24) pulls up for a shot during the first half of LSU's 80-63 win over Texas A&M Sunday in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

In her final home game as an LSU Lady Tiger, DaShawn Harden was never better. The senior guard poured in a career-high 28 points — 22 of them in the first half — as LSU rolled to a crucial 80-63 win Sunday… Continue reading →

Entertainment

Late-night show gives BR native’s Super Bowl ad controversial twist

Baton Rouge native Louis Herthum stars in the 'A Bold Dad' commercial for Toyota that first aired during Super Bowl XLIX.

The Baton Rouge native Louis Herthum-starring Toyota commercial, which first aired during the 2015 Super Bowl, got a controversial parody on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” The original, feel-good television ad, opening with the words “Being a dad is more that… Continue reading →

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The Rouge Roubaix: This Louisiana-Mississippi event gaining reputation as longest, hardest bike race all year

Photo provided by Will Jones -- Racers attack a gravel-and-dirt road during the Rouge Roubaix bike race, which tackles some of the toughest roads in West Feliciana Parish and Wilkinson County, Mississippi.

There’s only one bicycle race so hard that Robert Lee dismounted his bike to walk — the Rouge Roubaix in St. Francisville. The 103-mile race, now in its 17th year, has earned a reputation as one of toughest one-day events… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

We'll find out soon if Taco Chops Cantina's taco-focused strategy will work out in Baton Rouge...

Advocate photo by GEORGE MORRIS -- Slaw and beans accompany a fish taco and buffalo chicken taco.

Baton Rouge seems to be big and Tex-Mexy enough to support at least one taco truck. What about a taco restaurant? Looks like we’re going to find out. There is more to the Taco Chops Cantina menu than tacos, but not… Continue reading →

Photos

Tiger sports teams notch win after win through two weekends of action

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Players celebrate LSU first baseman Sandra Simmons' (3) three run homer down the right field line in the third inning against Stephen F. Austin, Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

No rest for LSU’s sports teams the last two weekends. The Tigers and Lady Tigers have been winning big and big games in sport after sport. The Tigers softball team extended its record start to 21-0 with five-game sweeps of tournaments in… Continue reading →

Columnists

Louisiana Spotlight: Common Core puts Dardenne at odds with opponents

Among Louisiana’s candidates for governor, Republican Jay Dardenne is alone in his support for the divisive Common Core education standards, a position that could help define his campaign. Stakeholders in the heated education debate disagree about whether that stance is wise or… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Ten accused of DWI in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least 10 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them:… Continue reading →

Business

Patient tracking takes a techy turn at Ochsner

Photo provided by Ochsner Health System -- Ochsner Health System recently became one of the first health care providers in the U.S. to begin testing Apple HealthKit, a service developed by technology giant Apple Inc. that enables doctors to remotely monitor patients who suffer from chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

As fitness-crazed consumers embrace wearable activity trackers that record their every move, Ochsner Health System is among the first medical providers in the country to test the potential for similar technology to substantially change how doctors assess the health of chronically ill patients… Continue reading →

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