2016 LEGISLATIVE SPECIAL SESSION

House Republicans resisting governor’s call for new tax to plug budget hole, setting table for a rollicking debate

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Black lines painted over lines in a recalculation of spacing for Senators' parking spaces, outside the State Capitol Thursday as staff and legislators prepare for the start of the Special Session on Sunday.

When the Louisiana Legislature approved this year’s state budget in June, just about everyone agreed it was actually far out of balance — everyone, that is, but Gov. Bobby Jindal, who proclaimed it a successful day and announced his campaign for president two weeks later. With Jindal gone, newly minted Gov. John Bel… Continue reading →

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Review: ‘Deadpool’ suffers from juvenile humor

Photo provided by Marvel and Twentieth Century Fox -- Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) doesnt really see eye-to-eye with Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand).

“Deadpool” hates its audience, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Nothing is sacred to either this film or this character (played with “I’m so naughty” abandon by Ryan Reynolds), which pokes fun at superhero movie culture, Hollywood itself, Reynolds, director Tim… Continue reading →

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Crash claims life of Hammond motorcyclist

A Hammond motorcyclist was killed when he ran off the road Saturday and was thrown off the bike, police said. Charlie Carner, 24, was driving on the Interstate 55 East Service Road when he drifted off the road, crossed a grass embankment… Continue reading →

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