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Guardsman’s body transferred to Lafayette cemetery

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- The motorcade and hearse carrying La. Air National Guardsman Chief Warrant Officer George Wayne Griffin, Jr., who died when his Blackhawk helicopter crashed two weeks ago, passes through Baton Rouge on the way to Fountain Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette where he will be interred. His funeral was this morning in Hammond.

A motorcade and hearse carrying La. Air National Guardsman Chief Warrant Officer George Wayne Griffin, Jr., who died when his Blackhawk helicopter crashed two weeks ago, passed through Baton Rouge on Monday on its way to Fountain Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette, where he will be interred. His funeral was Monday morning in Hammond.… Continue reading →

Photos: Google Street Art

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Untitled mural by SETH photographed Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015, at 340 S. 14th Street in Old South Baton Rouge, La.

Baton Rouge’s most colorful outdoor murals are now on display for the world to see as part of the Google Cultural Institute. Google archives capture street art from more than 30 countries, Baton Rouge is the only Louisiana city featured. Neighboring cities with archived street art collections include Dallas and San Antonio, while those perusing the website can… Continue reading →

Photos:Corporate Cup

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Runners take off from the starting line Saturday at the Providence Corporate Cup, a 5K run/walk that advocates wellness in the workplace and supports Mid City Redevelopment and Big Buddy. The event started at North Boulevard Town Square, and wound its way through Mid City. Originally established in 1985 by Rolfe McCollister, Jr., publisher of the Baton Rouge Business Report, the Corporate Cup event is an annual run/walk where thousands of runners and walkers from hundreds of companies in the Greater Baton Rouge area come together to celebrate corporate wellness, camaraderie, and community fellowship for a fun-filled morning. Among the events were a 'Future CEO' Obstacle Challenge' for ages 14 and under, and an 'Oldie but Goodie' award for the oldest male and female runners.

Providence Corporate Cup is a 5K run/walk held in Downtown and Mid City Baton Rouge that advocates wellness in the workplace and supports Mid City Redevelopment and Big Buddy.… Continue reading →

Photos: Art in the Park

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Jessica Montague helps her son Treuil, 2, with his sidewalk art on Saturday during Art in the Park as Ian Leonards, background, 4, evaluates his own work.

Art in the Park highlights the visual and performing arts in Baton Rouge set in the City-Brooks Community Park. Locals demonstrate techniques in sculpture, pottery painting and more. Dance, theatrical and spoken word performances children’s art activities, including a sidewalk chalk drawing contest.… Continue reading →

Photos: Race for the Cure

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - A girl writes a message for cancer victims and survivors on the "Lafayette" sign, painted pink for the Susan Komen Race for the Cure run in Lafayette Sat., March 21, 2015.

The Komen Race for the Cure has grown from one race to a global series of more than 140 races on four continents with over 1.6 million participants. These fitness walks and runs like this one in Lafayette celebrate breast cancer survivorship and honor those that have lost their battle with this disease as they raise funds and… Continue reading →

Photos: Down Syndrome Conference

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Down Syndrome Awareness Group ambassador Isiah Miller, 19, right, gets help from his personal care attendant Lena Cole, left, as he paints his bird house during the art class taught by Annette Gaudet Saturday at the Down Syndrome conference at the Renaissance Hotel.

One of the events at a Down Syndrome conference held in Baton Rouge was an art class taught by Annette Gaudet for adolescents or kids. Gaudet plans to make the class monthly, holding Saturday classes at Jones Creek library for special-needs kis. Her 14-year-old daughter has Down Syndrome and will be part of the class.… Continue reading →

Five things Saints fans will miss about Jimmy Graham

New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham leaps to throw the ball over the goal post after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the NFL Football Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Ex-New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (how strange does that sound?) garnered a faithful fan following during his time in the city since 2010. Here's a quick look at five things Saints fans will likely miss now that Graham is ... gulp ... a member of the Seattle Seahawks. 5. His community involvement and charity. Inn May 2014, Graham donated… Continue reading →

Relive LSU basketball, baseball, softball, gymnastics' big weekend wins with photos, analysis

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU senior Jessie Jordan performs her floor routing against Minnesota, Friday, Mar. 6, 2015, at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU freshman baseball player Grayson Byrd might have put it best: “I’m on top of the world,” he said after Sunday’s 4-2 victory against Nebraska. Most LSU fans are feeling the same way after another weekend of near-perfection from the school’s most prominent teams. The most memorable moment? Probably Keith Hornsby’s game-winning 3-pointer Saturday… Continue reading →