Edmonson retirement law ruled unconstitutional by Baton Rouge state judge

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON --  Louisiana State Police superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson

An eleventh-hour pension boost that legislators gave to both the head of Louisiana State Police and a senior trooper was declared unconstitutional Tuesday by a Baton Rouge judge whose decision was backed by attorneys for the governor, the state’s treasurer, the state police retirement system and the two troopers. State District Judge Janice Clark agreed with… Continue reading →

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Whole grains and honey make for healthy snack cake

Associated Press photo by Matthew Mead -- Honey Applesauce Snack Cake With Orange Glaze has loads of fiber, healthy whole grains and a good taste.

My grandma Ursula relied on honey to solve nearly any culinary or health problem. Have a nagging nighttime cough? Swallow a spoonful of honey. Chocolate sauce not smooth enough? A dab of honey will do it. My mom loved honey,… Continue reading →



Smiley: A hypnotic tale

Val Garon milks this story for all it’s worth: “Around 1938 at St. James High School, a magician, Willard the Wizard, gave a performance attended by my eldest brother, Allen. “Allen was greatly impressed by the hypnotism that Willard… Continue reading →

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