Future Saints, Pelicans owner Gayle Benson's 18 lawsuits might raise eyebrows among NFL, NBA

Associated Press file photo by BILL HABER -- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson alongside his wife Gayle Benson before the Saints-Packers game in October.

As the NFL and NBA begin the process of vetting Gayle Benson, the wife of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and the new proposed heir to his two sports franchises, the leagues’ officials might raise their eyebrows at one fact from her life as a businesswoman before she married Louisiana’s lone billionaire. She ended up… Continue reading →

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Central mayor supports letting voters decide fate of St. George

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Central Mayor Jr. Shelton

The mayor of Central said Tuesday he supports letting voters decide if St. George should become its… Continue reading →

No more ‘Johnny Wholestaff’: LSU relievers hope to develop roles with addition of rookie starters

LSU pitcher Alden Cartwright and the Tigers' relievers might be more specialized this season. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Alden Cartwright actually enjoyed when he didn’t have a specific role in LSU’s bullpen last season. He never… Continue reading →

Walk-On’s, Stroubes, plus 6 new retailers coming to Juban Crossing in Livingston Parish

Rendering provided by Creekstone Companies -- A Stroubes Grille, along with Walk-On's, will be in the Juban Crossing development. Other new tenants announced will include retailers Dress Barn, GNC, LA Nails, Mattress Firm, Maurices and Verizon.

Walk-On’s and Stroubes, two popular Baton Rouge restaurants, are set to open locations in the Juban Crossing development… Continue reading →

Opinion

Video

Southern’s ‘Human Jukebox’ performs in Atlanta

Southern University’s marching band, known as the “Human Jukebox,” took to the field at Atlanta’s Georgiadome Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, competing against eight other historically black universities.… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --  Riverdale High School's Donte Jackson, left, eludes the grasp of Grace King High School's Leronta Butler, right, during a football game at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Riverdale's Donte Jackson on picking LSU: 'Prayed about it ... all signs pointed to' Tigers

The first time Riverdale coach Brett Bonnafons saw film of Donte Jackson was during Jackson’s sophomore year. He was so impressed that his initial two-word… Continue reading →

Sports

LSU's Jalen Mills headed to trial in early April for simple battery charge, could face 6 months in prison or $1,000 fine

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU junior safety Jalen Mills

LSU defensive back Jalen Mills will head to trial on April 8 for a charge of simple battery. A trial date was set during a status hearing last week, court records show, and it could impact Mills’ participation in spring practice.… Continue reading →

Entertainment

Hollywood sign seekers disrupt neighborhood

Apps, maps and blogs are helping tourists find their way up curvy roads in search of the best view of the iconic Hollywood Sign. But the increased congestion is driving frustrated residents to take action.… Continue reading →

EatPlayLive

Getting their kicks: Get ready to smile at Of Moving Color’s ‘Kick it Out’ show

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Marlon Grigsby, left, and Rebecca Sawyer practice their steps -- the smiles comes naturally -- to 'A Wink and a Smile' for Of Moving Colors' upcoming 'Kick It Out.'

Smiles are contagious in the studio on Sunday afternoons. That’s when the cast of 80 youngsters gathers in the Powell Moise School of Dance to rehearse for Of Moving Colors’ annual community show “Kick It Out.” The show… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Red beans and rice: A take on the classic Louisiana dish from Food Network’s Melissa D’Arabian

This Jan. 12, 2015 photo shows red beans and rice in Concord, N.H. This is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

When I was growing up, beans and rice were an end-of-month staple. As money got tight, my mom would whip up a beans and rice casserole, a healthy, budget-friendly choice that stretched our pantry a bit longer. Not that we necessarily appreciated… Continue reading →

Photos

Photos: Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  Kyle Holzl of San Diego attempts to keep himself warm before the New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & Half Marathon Race in New Orleans, La. Sunday, on Jan. 25, 2015.

More than 13,000 registered for the race that began near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and winded its way through the CBD, the French Quarter, along the Esplanade and Bayou St. John ridges and to the lakefront before ending at City Park. Approximately 3,500 took… Continue reading →

Columnists

Common Ground: Teen readers to pick their top books

The polls don’t lie. If you think teen readers are a dying group, then it might be worth visiting Scotlandville Magnet High today when hundreds of students will cast ballots for the year’s top teen book. The 2015 Louisiana Teen… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Ascension Parish escapee recaptured

A man who escaped Monday while in the custody of an Ascension Parish deputy and still in handcuffs was recaptured Tuesday. Ricard Rodriguez, who is accused of sex crimes in Georgia, ran from a deputy with his hands cuffed behind his… Continue reading →

Business

Americana in Zachary buys nearby land for commercial development

The developers of Americana in Zachary have purchased a 36.5-acre tract across the highway from the traditional neighborhood development that they plan to put to use as commercial property. EV-Americana North bought the land for $1.4 million in a deal that was… Continue reading →

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