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

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Fans fill the field at Tiger Stadium after an upset win over Ole Miss,   Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge.  LSU won, 10-7.

LSU received an unexpected but welcome commitment Thursday when highly regarded offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke gave his pledge to the Tigers, according to several national recruiting services. A 6-foot-6, 305-pound prospect out of Ludowici (Georgia) Faith Baptist Christian Academy, Valentine-Okeke becomes the Tigers’ 19th commitment. According to 24/7 Sports, his addition to LSU’s class pushes the Tigers… Continue reading →

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Senate heads toward approval of Keystone XL pipeline bill

The U.S. Capitol in Washington is seen Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate is moving toward passage of a bipartisan bill approving the Keystone XL… Continue reading →

Saints’ Drew Brees discusses ‘Deflategate’ on ‘Conan’

During an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s television talk show, Saints quarterback Drew Brees offered his insight on the… Continue reading →

Why Sasol is delaying $14B fuel facility -- the priciest industrial investment in Louisiana history

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- An investment decision has been delayed on a $14 billion gas-to-liquids plant that would be part of the site for an expansion at the Sasol plant in Westlake. The pond would be filled for the expansion. Sasol's existing ethylene plant is in the background.

A decision on a $14 billion chunk of a project touted to be the most expensive industrial investment… 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 →

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 →


Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. set world record for most one-handed catches in a minute

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. set the Guinness World Record for the most one-handed catches in a minute with 33 on "NFL Live" on ESPN on Thursday. The previous record was nine one-handed… Continue reading →


New Orleans area calendar for Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2015

Photo by John Barrois -- Marc Fouchi, middle, as Will Rogers, and the Zeigfeld Follies girls perform a number from Rivertown Theaters' 'The Will Rogers Follies.' The show runs thorugh Sunday in Kenner.

The New Orleans area calendar is a listing of events taking place in New Orleans and surrounding areas from Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2015. It covers music, plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →


Food Bowl for Super Bowl Sunday

Associated Press photo by MATTHEW MEAD -- The New England Super Seven Dip is made with barbecued pulled pork topped with skillet sauteed apples and butter.

Honestly, most football fans in south Louisiana probably will be more interested in what’s on the buffet than who wins the Super Bowl Sunday. Whether you are a fan of the Seattle Seahawks or the New England Patriots — or… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Gourmet Galley: Bean Healthy

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Warm up with White Bean Soup With Pasta on a cold day.

We hear something every day about the importance of beans in our diet. Thank goodness, most Louisianans have grown up liking red beans and white beans. They’re full of healthy nutrients and fiber our bodies need, and the best news is that they’re… 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: Going hog wild

“Seeing the articles about old WWL shows in New Orleans reminded me of this story,” says Ernie Gremillion: “Back in the late 1940s, WWL had a Saturday evening show called ‘The Wadda You Know’ show. “Their studio was located in the Roosevelt Hotel… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Man wanted on rape charge caught after kidnapping woman and child in Watson

Charles A. Smith

A man wanted on a rape charge in Tangipahoa Parish was arrested in the aggravated kidnapping of a woman and her 2-year-old son from a Watson-area Dollar General store. The St. Helena Sheriff’s Office contacted Livingston Parish deputies about a chase… Continue reading →


Walk-On’s gets first franchisee, plans Lake Charles restaurant

Walk-On’s has signed up its first franchisee, who plans to open a location of the sports bar and grill in Lake Charles by the end of the year. Clarence “CO” Vallet will open a Walk-On’s at 5313 Common… Continue reading →

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