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Photos: Train Day at the library

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Reece Delaune, age three, shows excitement with his mon Claire as a train rolls in front of them on saturday during Train day.

Train Day at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library. Day long event included displays, working train models, Operation LifeSaver presentations, and PowerPoint picture shows. Organizations contributing to the day’s activities include: The Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders, the Railway Locomotive and Historical Society, the Illinois Central Railway Historical Society, and individual railfans and photographers.… Continue reading →

Photos: Rev. Than Vu through the years: From leading mass to serving Baton Rouge community

Advocate file photo by Liz Condo. -- Father Than Vu, right, pastor of Christ the King Catholic church, washes the foot of Chukwudi Chukwudozie, left, with the help of Kathy Screen, center, during Holy Thursday mass. The tradition of foot washing on Holy Thursday is drawn from a Bible story in which Jesus washes the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. Father Matt Lorrain of Christ the King says the Holy Thursday mass celebrates the institution of the Eucharist and the institution of the priesthood in the Catholic faith.

Baton Rouge’s Rev. Than Vu died early Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements are still pending. Vu spent about 30 years in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. He was 56.… Continue reading →

Photos: Anthony Davis bowls with kids

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) greets children from the West Bank YMCA at Fulton Alley for AD√Ęs Flight Academy Bowling Event, part of the NBA's fit week, in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis will host his third event in the AD’s Flight Academy series hosting around 100 kids from the Westbank YMCA at Federal City in a bowling event at Fulton Alley. As a part of his individual community efforts in New Orleans, Anthony Davis provided a night of bowling, food/drink, giveaways and t-shirts for the kids.… Continue reading →

Photos: Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  Kyle Holzl of San Diego attempts to keep himself warm before the New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & Half Marathon Race in New Orleans, La. Sunday, on Jan. 25, 2015.

More than 13,000 registered for the race that began near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and winded its way through the CBD, the French Quarter, along the Esplanade and Bayou St. John ridges and to the lakefront before ending at City Park. Approximately 3,500 took part in the marathon, with more than 8,500 entering the half marathon.… Continue reading →

Photos: Brookstown Middle Magnet School fitness

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Students use a black light to judge how well they wash their hands Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, during the fitness workshop at Brookstown Middle Magnet Academy.

This EBR public school is holding a 5K run and health expo with Zumba and fitness classes, student activities and health screenings.… Continue reading →

Photos: Future City Competition

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- A city on the move, 'Aquacropolis' is taken to the judging room by Scotlandville Middle Magnet team members, left to right, Deylen Colligan, Dante Hicks, Juliet Walker, Danesha Caldwell, coach Ingrid Cruz and Craig Ferguson, inside LSU's Energy, Coast & Environment Building Saturday. Theirs was one of the teams of middle school students from Louisiana and Mississippi participating in the 2015 Future City Competition Regional Finals, vying for a chance to go to the competition's National Finals in Washington, D.C., February 15-18, 2015.

Teams of middle school students from around Louisiana are participated in “2015 Future City Competition Regional Finals, vying for a chance to win a grand prize in Washington DC. Theme is “Feeding Future Cities.”… Continue reading →

Photos: A look at Rita Benson LeBlanc, Gayle Benson with the Saints, Pelicans over the years

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Layne Murdoch Jr. photographs New Orleans Pelicans GM Dell Demps, New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, Vice Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans Rita Benson LeBlanc, Dennis Lauscha, president of Saints and Pelicans, Saints GM Mickey Loomis, and New Orleans Pelicans and Saints owner Tom Benson and his wife Gayle Benson at Pelicans Media Day in Metairie, La. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

Tom Benson’s wife, Gayle, will take control of his two sports franchises upon his death, possibly setting up a battle over the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans between Gayle and his granddaughter Rita Benson LeBlanc. Benson’s announcement was unexpected, as his granddaughter had been seen as likely to succeed him in running New Orleans’ two professional sports… Continue reading →

Photos: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg stun Pelicans, Lakers fans, tape movie scene at halftime

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Will Ferrell and Paul Scheer perform a scene for the movie

Pelicans fans got a big surprise during the halftime of the Pelicans vs. Lakers game Wednesday, when film stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Paul Scheer taped a scene from their upcoming movie “Daddy’s Home” in front of the crowd. A comedy from Paramount Pictures, “Daddy’s Home” is scheduled to continue filming in… Continue reading →

Photos: Brave Outreach

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Ronald Norman, right, hands out BRAVE unit info cards and pamphlets and chats with Dana Wilbert, left, who lives on Alliquippa street in a high crime neighborhood off Plank Road Wednesday.  BRAVE unit officers with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement departments joined in the canvas effort.

A group of Baton Rouge police officers with the department BRAVE unit are heading out to neighborhoods in the 70805 ZIP code to speak with residents.… Continue reading →

Photos: The Jaguars battle the Delta Devils

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern guard Christopher Hyder, right, says the Jaguars have picked up their intensity and focus for conference play.

The Southern University Jaguars take on the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils on Monday, Jan. 19, at Southern’s F. G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

Photos: Miss. Valley falls to Lady Jags

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Lady Jaguars forward/center Jasmine Jefferson (15) grapples for control of the ball with Mississippi Valley State Devilettes forward Ashley Beals (20), Monday, Jan. 19, at Southern's F. G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.

Southern University Lady Jaguars take on the Mississippi Valley State Devilettes on Monday, Jan. 19, at Southern’s F. G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

The Cajuns take on the Warhawks in the Cajun Dome

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- UL-Lafayette guard Jay Wright drives to the basket while being defended by UL-Monroe's Justin Robertson in the Cajundome on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

The UL Ragin Cajuns take on the ULM Warhawks in the Cajun Dome on Monday January 19, 2015.… Continue reading →

Photos: Louisiana Marathon, Half Marathon, 2015

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Runners make their way down Park Boulevard, nearing the end of the Louisiana Half Marathon, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Running enthusiasts raced through Baton Rouge in the annual Louisiana Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 18.… Continue reading →


Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Miss American Coed Louisiana Zoey Francis greets the crowd during the Martin Luther King Day Parade on Willow Street in Lafayette Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.

Marchers took to the streets Sunday to participate in the March for Peace, from Clifton Chenier Center on MLK Boulevard to the MLK Center, as part of Lafayette’s 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day events. Immediately following the march, community members gathered at LaMont Does Park for an afternoon celebration featuring live… Continue reading →

Photos: Livingston Pet Education Expo

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Frankie, a pit bull, gets a kiss from her foster mom Serenity Anderson, left, of Walker and Actor, Director and Producer John Schneider, right, owner John Schneider Studios in Holden, which opened early in 2014 to serve filmmakers wanting to do projects in Louisiana. He and studio workers attended the Livingston Parish Animal Shelter's first-ever Pet Fest Adoption Event/Pet Education Expo, where Schneider, a friend of the shelter, adopted a dog and signed autographs, including Maia's adoption paperwork. Schneider first became famous for his role in television's 'The Dukes of Hazzard.'

Livingston Parish Animal Shelter’s hosted its first ever Pet Fest Adoption Event/Pet Education Expo.… Continue reading →

Tree planting a family affair, and tradition, at BR’s Burden Center

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Olivia Conaway, 5, and her brother Sam,  2, fill in the hole of planted Pecan tree on Saturday during Arbor Day at the Burden center.

Families and individuals planted trees in Burden Woods for Arbor Day. Participants received certificates with GPS coordinates so they can monitor growth of the trees.… Continue reading →

Photos: LA Marathon Day 1

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Runners take off at the starting line of the 5k and quarter marathon races, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 on Fourth Street in Downtown Baton Rouge.

The first race day of the weekend begins, with the 5K and 1/4 Marathon.… Continue reading →

Photos: Coach Steele and Orgeron introduced

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- From left, New LSU football defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, LSU head coach Les Miles and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.

LSU Coach Les Miles introduces new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.… Continue reading →

Photos: New defensive coordinator Kevin Steele arrives in Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by ROSS DELLENGER -- New LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele loads belongings into a white sport utility vehicle while assistant director of football operations Dean Dingman watches.

Newly named LSU Defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele arrived at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on Tuesday evening.… Continue reading →

Plaquemine falls to McKinley

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Plaquemine's C.J. Young (34) drives through McKinley's Tyrese Radford (23) and Joe Delpit (12) before losing control of the ball, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at Plaquemine High School.

McKinley beats Plaquemine 49-47 at Plaquemine High School on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015… Continue reading →