Stephanie Grace: State's budget problems can't wait for Jindal to leave

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Aerial of the new State Capitol building and grounds.

In speaking to lawmakers over the last couple of years, I’ve heard a common refrain from both House and Senate members, Republicans and Democrats: Just wait until Gov. Bobby Jindal leaves office. Then — finally, they say — they’ll be able to stop factoring Jindal’s national ambitions into… Continue reading →

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'A house for grown-ups' and 4,500 books: Baton Rouge authors find open floor plan inviting

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- This large room to the left of the front entrance features a contemporary wood and metal staircase, a built-in bar and a grand piano, which Mike Rubin, a former professional jazz pianist, plays every day.

Authors Mike and Ayan Rubin needed “a house for grown-ups.” And for more than 4,000 books.… Continue reading →

Tom Benson ups ante in proposal to take Saints, Pels out of estranged heirs’ trust

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson holds a miniature replica of a statue of him during an unveiling ceremony outside the Mecedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Behind him are Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, Benson's wife Gayle Benson, an aide, and granddaughter and Saints co-owner Rita Benson LeBlanc, right. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ORG XMIT: LAGH102

After several days of watching his family’s infighting transfix New Orleans in a way that only his football… Continue reading →

Tigers land unexpected commitment from highly touted offensive tackle, but there's a risk 

The best way for Mike Tunsil to sum up LSU’s newest commitment is this: “He was the… Continue reading →



Baby goat found beheaded at Algiers park

Authorities are investigating the beheading of a baby goat found slain Thursday morning at Brechtel Park in Algiers.… Continue reading →

Mormon leaders call for gay rights protections

The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while also protecting people who assert their religious… Continue reading →


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell calls Saints ownership dispute unfortunate

FILE - in this March 26, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference in Orlando, Fla. Goodell says the league asked for, but was not given, a just-released video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee on an elevator. Goodell says during an interview with CBS aired Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014:

. PHOENIX — Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, was asked at his Super Bowl news conference about the ownership dispute taking place in New Orleans over Tom Benson announcing his intentions to leave the Saints and Pelicans to his wife, Gayle,… Continue reading →


Review: Standoffs between Costner, Spencer are ‘Black or White's' strong suits

Photo by TRACEY BENNETT -- Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer star in 'Black or White.'

Star performances propel the made-in-New Orleans “Black or White.” A script that has an identity crisis, however, weighs the movie down, pulling it into messy dramedy. Kevin Costner stars as the well-meaning, well-to-do guardian of his biracial… Continue reading →


Watoto Children’s Choir to perform in BR area

Photo provided by Watoto Children's Choir -- The Watoto Children's Choir from Africa is bringing its dynamic show to the area. Performances are free and open to the public.

The Watoto Children’s Choir, which has traveled here from Africa, will be giving several performances of “Oh What Love” in the area. Through this dynamic worship experience, the members of the Watoto Children’s Choir, who were once orphans, share their… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Downtown’s Aztecas stays a step above typical Tex-Mex

Advocate photo by Jill Arnold -- The shrimp El Paso featured eight jumbo shrimp stuffed with fresh jalapeno, wrapped in bacon and charbroiled.

The pulse of downtown Baton Rouge seems to beat faster each time we visit. A new park here, a new grocery store there and a large building going up right where The Advocate once stood. It’s probably a good thing the… Continue reading →


Photos: Rev. Than Vu through the years: From leading mass to serving Baton Rouge community

Advocate file photo by Liz Condo. -- Father Than Vu, right, pastor of Christ the King Catholic church, washes the foot of Chukwudi Chukwudozie, left, with the help of Kathy Screen, center, during Holy Thursday mass. The tradition of foot washing on Holy Thursday is drawn from a Bible story in which Jesus washes the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. Father Matt Lorrain of Christ the King says the Holy Thursday mass celebrates the institution of the Eucharist and the institution of the priesthood in the Catholic faith.

Baton Rouge’s Rev. Than Vu died early Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements are still pending. Vu spent about 30 years in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. He was 56.… Continue reading →


Smiley: Tale of two Jimmies

Dear Smiley: Recent references to Jimmie Davis brought to mind the most unique day of my life, which involves a bit of Louisiana history: In Natchitoches, after a round of golf on a Saturday in 1971,… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Bathroom heater sparks apartment fire in Baton Rouge

A faulty bathroom heater sparked a fire Friday afternoon at a Florida Boulevard apartment, officials said. No one was injured. The Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived at 10550 Florida Blvd. about 1:44 p.m. Friday and brought the blaze under… Continue reading →


Collapse of oil prices hits investors hard

The collapse of oil prices has chopped $393 billion out of publicly traded companies’ share prices since June, hitting investors where it hurts, according to Bloomberg.com. Roughly $353 billion of the hit came from 76 companies in the Bloomberg Intelligence… Continue reading →

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