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Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Crèche a little broken, like me

I never met my wife’s Aunt Pat, who died long before I entered the family. But I connect with Pat each Christmas when we unpack her crèche and place it under the tree. My wife inherited the nativity scene from Pat, which makes… Continue reading →

Smiley Anders

Smiley: How a couple of Tiger fans greeted strangers from Utah, converted them to die-hard LSU fans

Bob Veitinger, of Franklin, says, “Recent nostalgia stories and Christmas season bring to mind fond memories of my two granddaughters, Kayla and Sarah, when they were little. “During the Christmas season, the girls loved for me to… Continue reading →

Mark Ballard

Political Horizons: Genuine convert, or Republican in name only?

A klatch of politicos say that had Mary Landrieu run as a Republican, she would have won a fourth term to the U.S. Senate back in November. Pro-business, pro-energy and one of the most conservative members of the Democratic Party, Landrieu was… Continue reading →

James Gill

James Gill: Right to jury trial not all it’s cracked up to be

If Corey Miller lived anywhere else in the United States, he wouldn’t be asking a judge to give him a new trial, because he would have gotten one automatically after the jury voted him guilty 10-2. That doesn’t… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace

Stephanie Grace: Have you heard this new radio ad? Critics tie Obama with, yes, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise

There’s a new ad running on local radio, and if you’ve stumbled upon it while scanning the dial, you may have thought you were hearing things. The commercial sounds familiar… Continue reading →

Gregory Roberts

Washington Watch: Continuing resolution omnibus makes strange friends

— Politics, as the cliché has it, makes strange bedfellows. It’s been bit of a strange week in D.C., what with “cromnibus” — a word that, until a month ago, was probably never spoken by anyone in the… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: Wrapping up Christmas gifts for the LSU football team

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) and LSU head coach Les Miles celebrate as they head to the locker room after the Tiger's 30-27 win over Florida, Oct. 11, 2014 in Gainesville.

Before I dash out to finish my Christmas shopping (don’t judge me), here are a few presents I’d like to bestow on the LSU football family: -- For coach Les Miles, a fresh white LSU hat to wear during the… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon

Patrica Gannon: A true Christmas carol

Christmas came early this year, judging by the stores stringing lights before Halloween and Black Friday shoppers stepping out before the turkey thawed. “You see it and grab it before anyone else can get to it,” said one shopper in The… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Common Ground

Common Ground: How’s your Web IQ measure up?

I wrote my last old-fashioned letter on a Hewlett-Packard typewriter about 25 years ago. That machine is now tucked away in the attic along with its dinosaur cartridges and accessories. Today, we use sleek laptops, wireless printers and handheld tablets… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman: At Random

Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Crèche a little broken, like me

I never met my wife’s Aunt Pat, who died long before I entered the family. But I connect with Pat each Christmas when we unpack her crèche and place it under the tree. My wife inherited the nativity scene from Pat, which makes… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer

Quin Hillyer: Cassidy still owes some answers

Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race is blessedly over, but a few loose ends unfortunately remain. Each camp still should answer for allegations of misconduct. The first allegation — the most serious if true, although the least likely to have… Continue reading →

Pat Shingleton

Pat Shingleton’s Weather News for Dec. 21, 2014

Welcome to winter. The direction of the wind is a determining factor as to changing weather conditions. In my younger days, our grandfather would ask us to “check that thar weather vane” on top of the house. As noted in a… Continue reading →