U.S., Cuba reach historic accord

Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. President Barack Obama’s dramatic announcement in Washington — seconded by Cuban President… Continue reading →

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Bobby Jindal

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William Hayden

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Business owners, tenants along Perkins worry about widening effects, lack of turn lanes

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Business owners Terry Hodges, left, and Ron Chenevert, right,  discuss proposed Perkins Road widening designs  during a public hearing by engineering designers wednesday at St. George Catholic Church recreation center.

Property owners on Perkins Road said Wednesday that they want the often-congested thoroughfare to be widened… Continue reading →



Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   Madeleine Smith, 14 months, hangs an ornament on a Christmas tree as the Marine Corps Band of New Orleans plays one of four Christmas concerts in south Louisiana Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at the Northshore Harbor Center near Slidell. The Marines will return to Slidell on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for their annual Toys for Tots distribution.

Video: Wishing you Happy Holidays from The Advocate

Leslie and Donney Rose deliver a holiday poem to Advocate followers to wish our readers and web users a wonderful holiday season.… Continue reading →

Associated Press photo by Nam Y. HuhSaints quarterback Drew Brees throws a pass as Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea pursues during Monday's game.

Video: Saints quarterback Drew Brees says the team responded well to the changes after the Carolina loss

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JUCO defensive back Jeremy Cutrer inks with LSU

Courtesy the Biloxi Sun Herald

Jeremy Cutrer is an LSU Tiger – again. Cutrer, a 2013 commit out of Kentwood who didn’t qualify, signed with LSU on Wednesday. A former four star prospect out of Jewel M. Sumner, Cutrer is ranked as the sixth-best junior college safety… Continue reading →


Fraternity suspended over ‘Beyonce’ holiday card

In this Feb. 3, 2013, file photo, Beyonce performs during the halftime show of  the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A University of Pennsylvania fraternity has been suspended pending an investigation into a holiday card showing the mostly white group posing with what it says was a BeyoncĂ© sex doll. Phi Delta Theta’s national leadership halted its Penn chapter… Continue reading →


Side Dish: Many cooks go ham for the holidays

With Christmas only a week away, it’s time to make final decisions on what to serve for your holiday meals. Perhaps you are planning a Christmas Eve repast, a special breakfast for Christmas Day or the following morning, and, of course, there’s the… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Eat your Vegetables: Make a tasty bean salad for the holidays

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Let the colorful and tasty Bountiful Bean Salad be your healthful dish during the holidays.

This is a healthful and colorful salad to have in the refrigerator during the holidays. It’s a mix of garbanzo beans, black olives, nuts, green onions, roasted red peppers, garlic and parsley marinated in seasoned oil and vinegar. This can be eaten… Continue reading →


A glimpse at the Holiday Mix

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Campbell Wall, left, and Marianne Alford Wascom perform a dance move during rehearsal for the Cangelosi Dance Project's annual Holiday Mix. Performances are 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Manship Theatre.

Advocate staff photos by JOHN OUBRE -- The Cangelosi Dance Project will present its 10th Holiday Mix dance concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100… Continue reading →


Pat Shingleton’s Weather News for Dec. 18, 2014

We continue our column from Wednesday with Wilbur and Orville Wright’s designation of Kitty Hawk for their first flight. On Sept. 15, 1903, a Category 2 hurricane hit the Outer Banks with 72 mph winds. When the Wrights arrived at their… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Baton Rouge Crime Blotter: Police book Texas man in I-10 accident

Lionel Galvan

Baton Rouge police on Wednesday arrested a 32-year-old man accused of drunkenly slamming into another car head-on in late November after driving the wrong way on Interstate 10, injuring two people and himself. Lionel Galvan was driving west in a Kia on… Continue reading →


La. could benefit from increased trade with Cuba

Advocate staff photo by Richard Alan Hannon - Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco receives a welcoming handshake from Cuba's Alimport Chairman and CEO Pedro Alvarez shortly after she arrived at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana Tuesday.  Shot 3/8/05.       Keyword Tourism Governor Foreign Business

Louisiana — already the country’s leading outlet for limited exports to Cuba — could benefit down the line from plans to re-establish diplomatic relations and expand the types of goods U.S. companies are allowed to sell to the communist country, several Louisiana officials… Continue reading →

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