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LSU’s recruiting penalties are historic — and the national consensus is that they’re ‘pretty ridiculous,’ too

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles

LSU football coach Les Miles visited the home of recruit Matt Womack on Oct. 28. At the time of the visit, it was perfectly within NCAA rules. Two months later, it was not. Miles’ in-home visit with Womack, a tackle from Mississippi, is at the center of recruiting sanctions the program has suffered — penalties Continue reading →

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Free dental clinic in Baton Rouge brings smile to hundreds needing care

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Dr. Beom-June Kim, left, of New Orleans gets assistance from third year dental student Quyen Nguyen of Berwick, as they perform a full lower tooth extraction for patient Veanna Businelle, of Morgan City, Saturday on the second day of the the Mission of Mercy 'LaMOM' free dental clinic, held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center on Innovation Park.  Businelle had her uppers extracted Friday, and was getting a full set of dentures. In background, patient LaShonda Pikes of Baton ROuge gets ready for a procedure, as Dr. Daniel Choi of New Orleans world with her.

Thomas Johnson never forgot that his front tooth was missing since the age of 11 — especially… Continue reading →

Louisiana Department of Education hopes to improve quality of early childhood learning at private daycares

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Four-year-olds Jordan Brown, left, Darrien Jackson and Jason Demoulin, right, play and practice skills in the 'Housekeeping' area Thursday at Baton Rouge Christian Academy, a private daycare on Monroe Ave. A 2012 law, Act 3, calls for higher standards for private daycares, and daycares will soon get letter grades for performance, like elementary and secondary schools do now.

The windowless concrete building is not much to look at, but to the families who have… Continue reading →

Magnolia Mound Plantation event features slave stories, opera and spirituals

MET photo by mark h hunter, Givonna Joseph, director of Opera Creole, sings

Black History Month at Magnolia Mound Plantation closed on a high note Saturday with the dramatic telling… Continue reading →

Opinion

Video

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

LSU’s recruiting penalties are historic — and the national consensus is that they’re ‘pretty ridiculous,’ too

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles

LSU football coach Les Miles visited the home of recruit Matt Womack on Oct. 28. At the time of the visit, it was perfectly within NCAA rules. Two months later, it was not. Miles’ in-home visit with Womack, a tackle from… 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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LSU theater group to perform ‘Carrie the Musical’, yes... that ‘Carrie’

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Playing high school students in 'Carrie, the Musical' are, from left, Sarah Fruge, Jacob Voisin, Alexander Adams and Emily Heck, with Haley Schroeck, who plays Carrie's mother,  and Abigail Tatum as Carrie in the LSU Department of Theatre's production.

Get ready for Carrie. Yes, that Carrie — the one whose high school prom climaxes with a bloody finale. She’ll take the Reilly Theatre stage Wednesday, March 4, to begin LSU Theatre’s Main Stage run of “Carrie the Musical.” That’s… 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: Champions! St. Scholastica, St. Paul’s celebrate state soccer titles

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--St. Scholastica Academy and Mt. Carmel players, react as SSA wins 3-1 the the LHSAA Division I State Soccer Championship at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

Soccer Division I state championship games between Mount Carmel and St. Scholastica girls and St. Paul’s and Jesuit boys.… Continue reading →

Columnists

Political Horizons: Passenger train between Baton Rouge and New Orleans still possible, but far off

So, sitting in traffic, inching past the only part of Interstate 10 from Santa Monica, California, to Jacksonville, Florida, that narrows to a single lane, allows plenty of time for daydreaming. Will there ever be passenger railroad service between Baton Rouge and… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Baton Rouge man booked in DWI, accused of causing multiple crashes

Louisiana State Police on Friday arrested a 22-year-old man accused of causing multiple crashes while intoxicated and seriously injuring his passenger. Shane Roddy was headed north on U.S. 61 near La. 427 when he crashed into the back of another vehicle,… Continue reading →

Business

Patient tracking takes a techy turn at Ochsner

Photo provided by Ochsner Health System -- Ochsner Health System recently became one of the first health care providers in the U.S. to begin testing Apple HealthKit, a service developed by technology giant Apple Inc. that enables doctors to remotely monitor patients who suffer from chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

As fitness-crazed consumers embrace wearable activity trackers that record their every move, Ochsner Health System is among the first medical providers in the country to test the potential for similar technology to substantially change how doctors assess the health of chronically ill patients… Continue reading →

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