RAGIN' CAJUNS -- THE NEW ORLEANS BOWL

UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns veterans helping bowl first-timers

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns quarterback Terrance Broadway (8) practices with the team at the Superdome in preparation for the New Orleans Bowl against the Nevada Wolf Pack in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.

The men poised to line up to Donovan Williams’ left and right have been here before, a few of them multiple times. On the offensive line alone, Louisiana-Lafayette have seven New Orleans Bowl starts — not appearances, starts — under their belts. Daniel Quave has started three, his younger brother Mykhael has started two, center Terry… Continue reading →

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Opelousas residents rally against police brutality and racial profiling

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO -- Taneisha Richard holds a sign as she prays during a demonstration in solidarity with police brutality protests nationwide on the courthouse steps in Opelousas on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

“Hands up! Don’t shoot!” “Enough is enough!” “Every life… Continue reading →

Legislators OK mid-year budget cut plans

 Jim Fannin

Louisiana legislators made some minor changes Thursday but otherwise approved the Jindal administration’s plan to fill an unexpected… Continue reading →

Legislative panel weighs housing protections for domestic violence victims

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Aerial of the new State Capitol building and grounds.

Some Louisiana lawmakers are hoping that efforts to protect victims of domestic violence from eviction could become a… Continue reading →

Opinion

Video

Causeway officials see hope in railings designed to keep vehicles out of Lake Pontchartrain

The truck speeds toward the bridge railing at over 60 mph. On impact, puffs of white can be seen as the tires explode, shards of glass and metal… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   Madeleine Smith, 14 months, hangs an ornament on a Christmas tree as the Marine Corps Band of New Orleans plays one of four Christmas concerts in south Louisiana Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at the Northshore Harbor Center near Slidell. The Marines will return to Slidell on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for their annual Toys for Tots distribution.

Video: Wishing you Happy Holidays from The Advocate

The Advocate gives a different type of breaking news notification. Leslie and Donney Rose deliver a holiday poem to Advocate followers to wish readers and web users a… Continue reading →

Sports

On a roll: LSU surges past UAB with strong second half

LSUs Jalyn Patterson pressures UABs Nick Norton  during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Once again Thursday night, the LSU basketball team found itself on the short end of the score at halftime of a game — this time against UAB. But for the fourth time in five opportunities, the Tigers found a way to extricate themselves… Continue reading →

Entertainment

Director guides Witherspoon’s troubled character down rocky road

Fox Searchlight photo by ANNE MARIE FOX -- Reese Witherspoon, left, and director Jean-Marc Vallee film on location for the new film 'Wild.'

As a troubled young woman in “Wild,” Reese Witherspoon has earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations and is a frontrunner for a best actress Oscar nomination. Canada’s Jean-Marc Vallée directed Witherspoon, an Oscar winner for her role in 2005’s… Continue reading →

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Community column for Dec. 19, 2014

Photo provided by EUGENE RHEAMS -- East End Masonic Lodge -- East End Prince Hall Masonic Lodge 209 assisted the Twin Oaks Elementary faculty in providing 20 families with a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 18. The lodge provided the turkeys and the faculty completed the meals with holiday fixings. Shown are, from left, Maurice Stacker, Jerell Walker, Melvin Beverley, Vice Principle Charlotte Britten, Trouman Morrison, Greg Ridgle and Cardarro Cloy. Not shown is Eugene Rheams.

Southern Mississippi graduates announced The University of Southern Mississippi held fall commencement exercises Dec. 12 on its Hattiesburg campus. Area graduates are: Amy Lynn Enos, Baton Rouge, master of science; Andrea Ellen Hill, Carencro, bachelor of science;… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

The Plant: Whimsical name, seriously good food

Advocate photo by GEORGE MORRIS -- The Plant restaurant in Plaquemine offers a whole new take on shrimp and grits.

First, a confession: We’re kind of partial to businesses with a hint of cleverness in their names. Not having been to The Library bar off LSU’s campus, we still can’t help but enjoy the wry joke as students tell others of their evening… Continue reading →

Photos

Photos: Ragin Cajuns Parade

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Kellie Boudreaux with the Cajun Jazz Dance Team cheers as Ragin' Cajuns fans march behind a bass brand and second line around the French Quarter during the Ragin' Cajuns parade celebrating a fourth consecutive invitation to the New Orleans Bowl on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

The Rajin Cajuns celebrate their invitation to the New Orleans Bowl with a parade and second line in the French Quarter.… Continue reading →

Columnists

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 →

Police & Fire

Baton Rouge Crime Blotter: Police find guns, cash, drugs at Eastbank Drive home

Authorities on Wednesday found guns, cash and nearly 25 pounds of marijuana at the home of a Baton Rouge man they arrested and accused of selling drugs. Baton Rouge police conducted surveillance for several hours on the home of Sittipong Jitarun,… Continue reading →

Business

Baton Rouge's L'Auberge, New Orleans' Harrah's casinos see big drops in November winnings

Winnings at Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos plunged in November, dropping 10.1 percent from what they brought in during November 2013. The riverboats brought in $21.7 million in November, compared with almost $24.2 million in November 2013, according to figures released… Continue reading →

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