Baton Rouge high school, college students talk about unrest in Ferguson, racial profiling, promoting equality

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Brandon McClendon, Laytron Lewis, Toiryan Milligan and Abel Thompson, left to right, give their point of view during a forum to discuss community and law enforcement relating to Ferguson, MO. The forum, sponsored by The LSU African and African American Studies Program, was held in the LSU Student Union.

Dominique Ricks was preparing the first lesson plan of his young teaching career when he heard news that police had fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. “It unfortunately didn’t surprise me,” the East Iberville High School teacher said Sunday at a forum on police, race and safety in Baton Rouge. “But it drove home… Continue reading →

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Party lines drawn in runoff

Mark Bellue; Jennifer Andrews

Voters in the Broadmoor-centered District 1 of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will decide on Dec.… Continue reading →

After $11 million donation, Pro Football Hall of Fame stadium will be renamed in honor of Saints' Tom Benson

A general view of Fawcett Stadium during the Hall of Fame Game between the Saints and Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 5, 2012, in Canton, Ohio. The Saints won 17-10. (AP Photo/David Drapkin)

The stadium attached to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, will be renamed in… Continue reading →

New push to revamp teacher job reviews

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Four years after the state overhauled the way teachers are evaluated, critics hope to reopen the… Continue reading →



It’s Denham Springs vs. Zachary in Friday night football

Scenes from the Denham Springs High School-Zachary High School Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, football game.… Continue reading →

The LSU Tiger band spells out

True BR: Tiger Stadium an iconic destination in Baton Rouge (Video)

Ronnie Haliburton, former LSU player and now Senior Associate Athletic Director in charge of LSU facilities and grounds, shares why he believes Tiger Stadium is an iconic part… Continue reading →


Digging into the roots of LSU’s quarterback quandary

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) attempts to elude the sack from Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers (86) but can't during the 4th quarter Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas won 17-0.

Gary Crowton had it all figured out. Matt Flynn was “the guy.” Ryan Perrilloux was “the next guy.” Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee were the “developing third guys” and Jordan Jefferson was the guy scheduled for a redshirt. Flynn graduated. Perrilloux… Continue reading →


‘Pitch’ trailer features several BR spots

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Crews work to film 'Pitch Perfect 2' in June at BREC's Highland Road Community Park in Baton Rouge.

There’s the LSU Quad, BREC’s Highland Road Community Park and the LSU Union Theater. Those are just a few of the local sites which pop up on the just-released trailer for the feature film “Pitch Pefect 2.” The film was shot… Continue reading →


Balance the binge: Holidays don’t mean you can’t splurge at festive meals

This Sept. 15, 2014, photo shows super fast roast turkey in Concord, N.H. ìThe Thanksgiving turkey is the centerpiece of the meal, but despite its being cooked every year for generations, it still causes anxiety. The annual conundrum? Getting a flavorful turkey that also looks good, and the rest of dinner, on the table before the grandparents fall asleep,î Tyler Florence writes in his new cookbook, ìInside the Test Kitchen.î (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) ORG XMIT: NHMM315

Mark that Thanksgiving calendar page in red — the annual holiday food binge is about to begin. It’s that time of year when we subject ourselves to a weeks-long eating frenzy, followed by a relentless and punitive New Year’s resolution… 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 →


St. Jude ‘Give Thanks Walk’ in BR draws more than 3,000

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Walkers gather in front of the stage for the opening ceremony prior to walking during a benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Saturday morning at Highland road park.

The serpentine fitness track at BREC’s Highland Road Community Park was a mass of colorful, moving humanity, as more than 3,000 people of all ages participated in the St. Jude “Give Thanks Walk” on Saturday morning. The event, one of… Continue reading →


Louisiana Spotlight: Big Oil lawsuit survives, so far

Kevin McGill, Associated Press staff, in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board’s lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early on. But that was roughly 15,000 billable hours ago. That ever-growing… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Baton Rouge firefighters battle tire warehouse blaze for 12 hours

Firefighters battled a blaze at a tire warehouse on Plank Road for about 12 hours Saturday night and into Sunday morning before extinguishing it, according to the Baker Fire Department. After a passerby alerted firefighters to the blaze on Plank Road… Continue reading →


Retailers prepare for year-end sprint toward profits

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Courtney Gora, left, looks over tops while assisted by Laura Gremillion. Shoppers were cruising the aisles and making purchases at The Royal Standard at  2877 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge.

Retail sales for the holiday season in Baton Rouge appear headed for a significant gain over those recorded in November and December a year ago, according to some local owners and managers. The Royal Standard near the Perkins Road overpass… Continue reading →

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