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Dennis Persica: Louisiana addicted to oil production

It’s no secret that Americans are addicted to fossil fuels. When the price of gasoline goes down, as has happened in recent weeks, we drive more, buy bigger vehicles and push the fuel-efficient ones to the side. When… Continue reading →

Smiley Anders

Smiley: Neaux geaux zones

Richard Fossey, professor at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, wonders about reports of “no go” zones in various cities, the subject of some discussion in the news recently: “What’s the big deal? We’ve had ‘no go’ zones in… Continue reading →

Mark Ballard

Political Horizons: As Louisiana bashes gays, North Carolina moves on

As Gov. Bobby Jindal prepared Saturday for his prayer rally, sponsored by a group that argues hurricanes are divine retribution for same-sex marriage, Baton Rouge’s most prominent gay activist, Joe Traigle, prepared to close on a new… Continue reading →

James Gill

James Gill: A small lesson in investment deals

High finance make your head swim? Relax. If you’re not smart enough to understand how institutional investors plan their deals, I am here to explain. To accomplish this public service, we will need an example. Fortunately, one is… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace

Stephanie Grace: Bobby Jindal can't do a thing about same-sex marriage possibly becoming law; that's the way it should be

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to a crowd, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Baton Rouge, La. Gov. Jindal continued to court Christian conservatives for a possible presidential campaign with a headlining appearance at an all-day prayer rally hosted by the American Family Association. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

If the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up this year’s session by declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right — a scenario far more probable than not, most knowledgeable observers predict — tourism officials in New Orleans will be ready.… Continue reading →

Gregory Roberts

Washington Watch: Jindal’s public persona, history inspired strategy

If you didn’t know Gov. Bobby Jindal, you might think he was the sort of reactionary, know-nothing, anti-intellectual demagogue who gives knuckle-draggers a bad name. He’s scheduled to speak this month in Florida before a Catholic business organization… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: LSU baseball team tries again to climb College World Series mountain

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro, head coach Paul Mainieri, and volunteer assistant coach Will Davis observe bunting practice Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

If you play or coach baseball at LSU, the expectations never relent. It’s there from the moment you arrive at Alex Box Stadium for batting practice or a game and see the six national championship flags snapping in the breeze. Or the faces… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon

Patricia Gannon: And the winner is...

As a former movie columnist, I consider it my duty to help society make sense of the Academy of Motion Pictures Oscar nominees. Rest assured, there is a method to its madness, and it never takes long for the pattern to emerge. In… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Common Ground

Common Ground: Teen readers to pick their top books

The polls don’t lie. If you think teen readers are a dying group, then it might be worth visiting Scotlandville Magnet High today when hundreds of students will cast ballots for the year’s top teen book. The 2015 Louisiana Teen… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman: At Random

Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: For winter blahs, honey works well

On a cold, gray January day, when the sky is the color of ash, and wind whips the camellias to rags, and winter seems like a life sentence, it’s good to look up from your desk and see that a friend has arrived… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer

Quin Hillyer: In defense of Bobby Jindal, his 'no-go zone' comments are an inconvenient truth based on ton of facts

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to a crowd, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Baton Rouge, La. Gov. Jindal continued to court Christian conservatives for a possible presidential campaign with a headlining appearance at an all-day prayer rally hosted by the American Family Association. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

What is wrong with you people? I mean, really, what is your problem? You people, you media jackals, are having crazy attacks because Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dared say there are areas in Europe, heavily populated by Muslims, which effectively… Continue reading →

Pat Shingleton

Pat Shingleton’s Weather News for Jan. 27, 2015

In addition to the winter storm warning a hurricane force wind warning is posted for the northeast. Ampurdan is located in northeastern Spain where intense winds blow from the Pyrenees. High pressure downslopes air through mountain passes and is rapidly warmed by compression.… Continue reading →