Jury finds Monique Kitts, Karl Howard guilty in murder-for-hire case

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Monique Kitts sits in the back of a police unit after being found guilty Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Port Allen courthouse.

A West Baton Rouge jury Thursday found Monique O. Kitts and Karl Howard guilty in the murder-for-hire case involving the killing of Kitts’ husband, Corey Kitts. Kitts had been accused of conspiring with Karl Michael Howard, the alleged trigger man, to murder her husband. Corey Kitts, 40,… Continue reading →

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Hamilton appointed as EBR Redevelopment Authority interim director

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Gwen Hamilto

Longtime public servant Gwen Hamilton was appointed on Thursday to succeed Walter Monsour as the leader of… Continue reading →

Louisiana same-sex marriage proponents seek shortcut to U.S. Supreme Court

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Andrew Bond and Nick Van Sickles are one of six legally married couples who argue that Louisiana must recognize their marriages just as the federal government does. Nick holds their adoptive daughter Jules, 2.

The plaintiffs in Louisiana’s lawsuit over same-sex marriage are hoping to leapfrog the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of… Continue reading →

Feds question Jindal’s standing to sue over Common Core standards

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- La. Gov. Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal has no right to sue the federal government over Common Core academic standards that… Continue reading →



Video: Highlights from the final day of the LHSAA state cross country meet

South Louisiana teams dominated on the second and final day of the LHSAA state cross country meet in Natchitoches, La. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas welcomes new sand tiger shark

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has announced the addition of its newest resident to the Gulf of Mexico exhibit. Caroline, a 3-year-old sand tiger shark, arrived on Nov.… Continue reading →


Rabalais: LSU may dive deep into bowl pool

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGKentucky linebacker Tyler Brause (10) can't hold on as LSU defensive back Tre'Davious White (16) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Among many things, LSU’s hollow 17-0 shutout loss at Arkansas on Saturday was like a cannonball leap into the pool. Dropping LSU to 7-4 overall and 3-4 in Southeastern Conference play, the defeat certainly took the Tigers out of College Football Playoff… Continue reading →


Red’s best bets for holiday movie season

Photo by MARK POKOMY -- Ian McKellen, left, and Orlando Bloom reprise their roles in the final installment of the Hobbit series, 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.'

The holiday movie season starts Friday with surefire hit “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. Like the book series-based “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” movie franchises that preceded the likewise lucrative “Hunger Games” movies, the “Mockingjay” filmmakers are stretching their box office receipts by… Continue reading →


Garden News: Good time to plant beets, spinach seeds

Photo by RICK BOGRENLSU AgCenter vegetable specialist Kiki Fontenot says dinosaur kale is a 'fun' plant to grow and makes great kale chips.

Just about any time of year is a good time to plant vegetable seeds in Louisiana. “If you’re just itching to plant something now, try beet and spinach seeds,” says LSU AgCenter vegetable specialist Kiki Fontenot. “And you can sow seeds of… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro hits the mark from start to finish

Photo by Tim Arnold -- The fig cobbler with brandy sauce at Jolie's Louisiana Bistro was outstanding.

Sometimes eating out is about sustenance, and sometimes it’s the night’s main event. Our party enjoyed the latter recently at Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro in Lafayette. Elegant yet relaxed, we enjoyed good food and good conversation with charming service. The… Continue reading →


Gallery: Tulane women hold off LSU in 51-45 victory

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Anne Pedersen fouls Tulane's Jamie Kaplan Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Green Wave was quicker to the basket than the Tigers Wednesday night, producing enough clutch offense to slip out of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with a 51-45 victory.… Continue reading →


Smiley: Muscular ducks

Alex “Sonny” Chapman, of Ville Platte, says, “I love to eat mandarin duck. “When I was an avid duck hunter, I came up with a bright idea of how to mix both. “I brought five gadwalls to Ville Platte’s only… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Teens arrested in bomb hoax at Comeaux High School

Two Comeaux High School students were arrested Thursday morning after allegedly posting sticky notes that warned there was a bomb on campus, KATC-TV reported. School administrators and the campus resource officer identified the students through video surveillance and… Continue reading →


EBR mortgage agency investing in The Palms at Juban Lakes

The Palms at Juban Lakes, a new Denham Springs apartment complex, is getting a $1 million investment from the East Baton Rouge Mortgage Finance Authority — the first time the organization has teamed up as an equity partner on a development. The… Continue reading →

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