LSU to make nearly $9 million on neutral site games against BYU, Miami

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU played Wisconsin in Houston to open the 2014 season.

LSU will make nearly $9 million from its two most recently scheduled neutral site games, according to game contracts obtained by The Advocate. ESPN will pay LSU $4 million for a game against BYU in Houston in 2017, and the Tigers will get a whopping $4.75 million from the network for the game against Miami in Arlington,… Continue reading →

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BP to call first witnesses as it fights for lesser oil spill penalty

FILE - In this June 4, 2010, file photo, Steve Gardner scrapes oil from the sand along a 700-yard long strip of oil that washed up on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. Pictures of fouled beaches and dead, oil-coated birds flashed on a courtroom screen as attorneys for the federal government outlined their case Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in New Orleans, for adding some $13.7 billion in penalties to costs already incurred by BP after the 2010 Gulf oil spill. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) ORG XMIT: GARV202

It will be oil giant BP’s turn Monday to call witnesses as it makes its case for… Continue reading →

Two people shot dead in Donaldsonville just hours before prayer rally against violence

Advocate photo by David Mitchell -- Shooting scene of double shooting on Latino Street, Donaldsonville.

Two men were gunned down Monday and killed on Latino… Continue reading →

‘We’ve got things rolling again’ — new Gonzales City Council restores funding requests killed by former council

Advocate staff photo by ELLYN COUVILLION - David Guitreau and Barbara Duhe, shown at their December 2014 swearing-in as interim Gonzales City Council members by Judge Alvin Turner of the 23rd Judicial District Court, fill the seats left vacant by a resignation and a recall that reconfigured the City Council.

With the first unanimous votes on major city issues in a year, the… Continue reading →

Opinion

Video

NBC photo by -- GENIE LAVINE -- Steve Harvey, right, interviews Baton Rouge newlyweds Max and Bonnie Kate Zoghbi.

Baton Rouge couple will appear on ‘Steve Harvey’

Baton Rouge newlyweds Bonnie Kate Pourciau Zoghbi and Max Zoghbi will tell their love story on “Steve Harvey” at 10 a.m. Tuesday on WAFB, Channel 9… Continue reading →

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 →

Sports

LSU's Kevin Steele to get 2-year contract; salary a big drop from John Chavis’ deal

Associated Press file photo by Hilary Scheinuk -- Kevin Steele, left, shanes hands with LSU  coach Les Miles as he was introduced as the Tigers new defensive coordinator. Steele was offered a two-year contract at $1 million per year, which is expected to be approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday.

New LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has been offered a two-year contract paying him $1 million per year. Steele’s contract was released Monday afternoon and is expected to be approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday. Steele’s… Continue reading →

Entertainment

Baton Rouge couple will appear on ‘Steve Harvey’

NBC photo by -- GENIE LAVINE -- Steve Harvey, right, interviews Baton Rouge newlyweds Max and Bonnie Kate Zoghbi.

Baton Rouge newlyweds Bonnie Kate Pourciau Zoghbi and Max Zoghbi will tell their love story on “Steve Harvey” at 10 a.m. Tuesday on WAFB, Channel 9 (cable Channel 7), and 3 p.m. on WBXH, Channel 39 (cable Channel 16).… Continue reading →

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Bayou Corne’s collapse among sinkholes examined by NOVA

Photo provided by WGBH -- The Bayou Corne sinkhole, seen here in October 2012, will be one of the suibjects of PBS' NOVA installment,, 'Sinkholes-Buried Alive.'

As Jeffrey Bush slept in his Florida home, a sinkhole opened beneath his bed one night in February 2013 and pulled him into the depths, never to be seen again. An entire community was abandoned in Pilatos, Spain, in the 1970s because… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Gourmet Galley: Try these recipes with deer or duck meat for something tasty and a little different

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Gourmet Galley, deer sausage with sauted peppers for sandwiches,  and elk wrapped in bacon

Fortunately for me I’ve always had hunters and fishermen in my family, so I’m used to having wild game and fish available. Now, my grandsons, James Poché, 14, and Thomas Rimes, 12, are avid hunters. Each of them bagged a deer… 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

Smiley: Small blessings

The Weather Channel was on the telly Monday morning, focused on the upcoming blizzard in the Northeast. There was an extended segment on snow shoveling — the proper motion of the shovel, the importance of keeping your back straight, etc. I… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Baton Rouge Crime Blotter: Police identify woman found shot dead in north Baton Rouge

Brooke Ashley Crawford, the woman who was found fatally shot in the field near Gracie Street

Police said the woman found in a field on Saturday has been identified as Brooke Ashley Crawford, 30, with no known address. Crawford was found partially nude and shot multiple times near the 1500 block of Gracie Street about 12:30 p.m.… Continue reading →

Business

4 Louisiana detention centers part of Geo, LCS deal

Prison operator The Geo Group will spend $312 million to buy eight correctional and detention locations — four of them in Louisiana — from privately held LCS Corrections Services. The deal could rise to about $350 million, if the locations meet some… Continue reading →

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