A $400,000 fight: LSU, John Chavis sue each other over disputed buyout

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Defensive coordinator John Chavis yells during LSU's spring game Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

The budding rivalry between LSU and Texas A&M has moved from the football field to the courthouse. Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis and LSU filed lawsuits against each another Friday as the sides continue to squabble over whether the former LSU assistant owes a $400,000 buyout. The Advocate received copies of both lawsuits. LSU filed… Continue reading →

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Baton Rouge, New Orleans rank high in ag, chemical bioscience jobs

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Nicole Baute Honorée, assistant vice chancellor of economic development and strategic initiatives with LSU Health New Orleans, left, and  Gus Kousoulas, associate vice chancellor for research and economic development at LSU, right, listen as James Greenwood, president and CEO of the Washington D.C.-based Biotechnology Industry Organization addresses a Focus on Biotechnology audience on the LSU campus Friday.

Bioscience jobs in the United States grew seven times faster than those in the rest of the economy… Continue reading →

Prairieville man booked on numerous sex counts involving a child

Benjamin Tonguis of Prairieville was arrested Feb. 25, 2015 by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office on multiple counts, including 16 counts of aggravated rape.

A Prairieville man was booked Wednesday on 16 counts of aggravated rape and… Continue reading →

Looking to encourage kids to go to church? First Baptist deacon attracts youth with exotic sports cars like Lamborghinis

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- A Lamborghini Murcielago was one of the cars youngsters got to see up close at the February Lamborghini Youth Training Academy.

As deacon chairman at First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Kimuel Lee was looking for a… Continue reading →

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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

A $400,000 fight: LSU, John Chavis sue each other over disputed buyout

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Defensive coordinator John Chavis yells during LSU's spring game Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

The budding rivalry between LSU and Texas A&M has moved from the football field to the courthouse. Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis and LSU filed lawsuits against each another Friday as the sides continue to squabble over whether the former LSU… Continue reading →

Entertainment

Review: Like a con artist, ‘Focus’ charms and deceives you, in a good way

Warner Bros. photo by FRANK MASI -- Margot Robbie plays Jess and Will Smith is Nicky in the new heist film, 'Focus,' shot in New Orleans and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what’s going on — when of course you haven’t a clue — that’s also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn’t it?… Continue reading →

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Looking to encourage kids to go to church? First Baptist deacon attracts youth with exotic sports cars like Lamborghinis

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- A Lamborghini Murcielago was one of the cars youngsters got to see up close at the February Lamborghini Youth Training Academy.

As deacon chairman at First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Kimuel Lee was looking for a way to attract young people to church. He found it in his garage. Of course, it’s no ordinary garage.… 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

Photos: Steelworkers strike

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Members of the United Steelworkers union at Shell's chemical plant and at Motiva refineries in Norco are joining the nation's largest refinery strike since 1980 in Norco, La. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015.

Several hundred workers at Motiva refineries in Convent and Norco and at a Shell Chemical plant in Norco joined workers striking at other refineries around the U.S. A work stoppage was launched at midnight Friday at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur,… Continue reading →

Columnists

Edward Pratt: This just in: a random act of kindness

I want you to meet Jack Scott, Tony Monroe and James Fox. What they did the other day does not rank among the great acts of heroism. And some might say what they did is not newsworthy. Human kindness, though, is… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Gun used in Donaldsonville slayings tied to 5 shooting injuries in New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans police say a 25-year-old man was shot twice in the body with non-life-threatening wounds mid-day on May 2, 2013, at the intersection of Aubry and North Dorgenois streets in New Orleans, seen Thursday afternoon. Ascension Parish sheriff's investigators say that shooting and three others in New Orleans in 2011 have been linked with a Jan. 26 double-homicide in Donaldsonville. The tie was made through a ballistic match of shell casings left at the various crime scenes.

Investigators believe a single handgun used in the slayings of two Donaldsonville men in January also was involved in a series of five shooting injuries in recent years in New Orleans. Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said Friday… Continue reading →

Business

Baton Rouge, New Orleans rank high in ag, chemical bioscience jobs

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Nicole Baute Honorée, assistant vice chancellor of economic development and strategic initiatives with LSU Health New Orleans, left, and  Gus Kousoulas, associate vice chancellor for research and economic development at LSU, right, listen as James Greenwood, president and CEO of the Washington D.C.-based Biotechnology Industry Organization addresses a Focus on Biotechnology audience on the LSU campus Friday.

Bioscience jobs in the United States grew seven times faster than those in the rest of the economy from 2001 through 2012, with Baton Rouge and New Orleans ranking high in one category. The Baton Rouge area ranked second among the nation’s… Continue reading →

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