Crowd gathers for peaceful Michael Brown memorial on LSU campus

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU senior Nygel Anderson speaks during the protest after students gathered Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at LSU's Greek Theatre during a candlelight vigil held in memory of Michael Brown and recent events in Ferguson, Mo., regarding his death.

More than 200 people gathered on LSU’s campus Wednesday night to hold a memorial for Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown and others whose deaths they believe illustrate tensions between law enforcement and the black community. A white police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Brown, who was black, in the middle of a street in August, setting off… Continue reading →

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Destrehan teacher accused of having sex with student pleads not guilty

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Former Destrehan High teacher Shelley Dufresne, left,  leaves the courthouse after appearing in St. Charles parish Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Shelley Dufresne, one of two former Destrehan High School teachers accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student,… Continue reading →

Metro Council annexes first residential neighborhood from path of potential St. George

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Council members speak Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, about creating new committee to vet Parish Attorney candidates during the Metro Council meeting in City Hall.

Legacy Court, a small neighborhood of 35 homes off Coursey Boulevard, became the first group of homeowners… Continue reading →

Embattled Gonzales councilman, target of recall effort Gary Lacombe resigns

Gary Lacombe

Gonzales City Councilman Gary Lacombe resigned Tuesday, almost two weeks before a recall election… 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 →


Saints report card: Offense gets stuffed early in the red zone

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Saints running back Mark Ingram, top, gets stuffed by the Baltimore Ravens defense for a 2-yard loss on a fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line during the first quarter of the Ravens' 24-27 win Monday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Sean Payton wanted to send a message to Baltimore. Payton wanted to make it hurt, to make the Ravens feel as if his team could inflict its will upon them and do what it wanted. So after pushing down… Continue reading →


‘Duck Dynasty’ star makes ‘Dancing’ finals

ABC photo by Adam Taylor -- Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas react to the judges' scores on Monday night's 'Dancing with the Stars.'

Louisiana contestant Sadie Robertson has made it to Tuesday’s finale of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” The “Duck Dynasty” reality show personality and her professional dance partner Mark Ballas wowed the judges Monday night with a repeat of the… Continue reading →


Facing HIV/AIDS: Years of treating patients illustrated in graphic art of retired psychiatrist

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER --  Eric Avery's molded paper woodcuts,  'The Face' project, show the graphic and sometimes horrific course of AIDS. The piece is part of his exhibit, 'The Art of Eric Avery, M.D.: HIV/AIDS Witness, Healer, Survivor,' which runs through Dec. 7 at the LSU School of Art's Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts.

Warning: Eric Avery pulls no punches. His artwork is graphic and sometimes horrific. But so is the world of HIV/AIDS, where its victims experience a daily dose of fear, despair and hopelessness. Those were the conditions Avery… 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 →


Photos: Angola Sugarcane Syrup

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Inmates Ernest Hancock, left, and Rene Gaines work at feeding in sugar cane on a mechanically-driven grinder at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola Tuesday,  as inmates and corrections staff work together to make syrup from sugar cane planted on the prison's grounds.

yrup-making day at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Images from the harvest and process of make syrup.… Continue reading →


Common Ground: Thankful for some time to catch up

If your children are not in a holiday camp, chances are they are doing what my children are doing today — watching Netflix movies, snacking and asking questions about which relatives homes they’ll visit tomorrow. Holiday and winter break periods… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Crime blotter: Baton Rouge man accused of punching pregnant girlfriend

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of punching his girlfriend in the stomach and face two years ago, when she was four months pregnant with their child. Lequinton Johnson, now 24, got into an argument with his girlfriend outside… Continue reading →


LSU center to host entrepreneurs from Mexico, South America

LSU’s Louisiana Business & Technology Center will host 20 entrepreneurs from Mexico and South America in February for two weeks of training and mentoring on U.S. business practices and rules. Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru will send five successful entrepreneurs each.… Continue reading →

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