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Smiley: Going hog wild

Dear Smiley: To continue suggestions of running with the bulls, reindeer, or nutria, here’s another suggestion — feral pigs. We have an abundance in the Felicianas we would love to share. My neighbor had two cross her driveway… Continue reading →

Smiley Anders

Smiley: Going hog wild

Dear Smiley: To continue suggestions of running with the bulls, reindeer, or nutria, here’s another suggestion — feral pigs. We have an abundance in the Felicianas we would love to share. My neighbor had two cross her driveway… Continue reading →

Mark Ballard

Political Horizons: Budget seems designed to bleed red ink

For something like six out of the last seven years, taxes, royalties and other revenues didn’t materialize as hoped back when lawmakers drafted the budget. On Friday, the state, again, had to officially reduce estimated revenue collections in the middle… Continue reading →

James Gill

James Gill: Officials waving a big unconstitutional stick

JFK was still alive, so New Orleans DA Jim Garrison had not yet had a chance to earn his global reputation as a crackpot. He did, however, come across as a bit of a wildman when he called a… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace

Stephanie Grace: Is the good fight enough anymore?

You could say U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s bid to get the lame-duck Democratic Senate to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline was a Hail Mary. Or maybe the whole episode seemed like a vintage Keystone Kops movie.… Continue reading →

Gregory Roberts

Washington Watch: Voters offer mixed messages in election

There’s no shortage of indications of American voters’ exasperation with their elected officials. Approval ratings for Congress are abysmally low — far lower, even, than the dismal ratings for Democratic President Barack Obama, whom Republican congressional candidates across the country bashed in their… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: LSU may dive deep into bowl pool

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGKentucky linebacker Tyler Brause (10) can't hold on as LSU defensive back Tre'Davious White (16) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Among many things, LSU’s hollow 17-0 shutout loss at Arkansas on Saturday was like a cannonball leap into the pool. Dropping LSU to 7-4 overall and 3-4 in Southeastern Conference play, the defeat certainly took the Tigers out of College Football Playoff… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon

Patricia Gannon: Death by Chocolate

Kay Texada, David Bennett, Mariusz Smolij, Pat Olson

You needed a shoe horn to get them in. People were lined up like a New York nightclub for Death by Chocolate, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra’s newest fundraiser, and it’s a good thing the fire marshal didn’t happen by. Presented by Lee Michaels, the… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Common Ground

Common Ground: Make lunch a priority for your kids

I thought I was doing a pretty good job of packing my children’s lunch boxes by filling them with all of their favorites — pepperoni pizza Hot Pockets, ham and cheese Lunchables, mini Oreos, an orange and a juice box.… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman: At Random

Danny Heitman’s 'At Random' : Moments away from news cycle abide

It’s a sickness of our country that we can’t get enough of politics, which is why, some two years before the next president is supposed to take office, there are already reporters in the Midwest, notebooks in hand, trying to handicap the Iowa… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer

Quin Hillyer: Seeing Red about Black’s endorsement for D.A. in St. Tammany

Alan Black

Oopsie. The public is sick of two-faced politicians and already skeptical of political endorsements. And the public in St. Tammany and Washington parishes ought to be sick of the ol’-boy network of outgoing District Attorney Walter Reed, now enmeshed in scandal. So… Continue reading →

Pat Shingleton

Pat Shingleton’s Weather News for Nov. 19, 2014

When Thomas Jefferson was Governor of Virginia, he designated 60 acres of land in Bourbon County, Kentucky for farming. Pioneers were instructed to build a permanent structure to raise, store and export “native corn.” Corn was too perishable and bulky for transporting. Families… Continue reading →