Thousands turn out for Bobby Jindal's prayer rally at LSU; students, activists protest too

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Pro-life supporters exit busses in preparation of Gov. Bobby Jindal's speaking engagement near the LSU Greek Theatre prior to a prayer rally, called

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s day of prayer went off without a hitch Saturday — and without much commotion. Jindal didn’t make “the big announcement” regarding a presidential run. About 3,000 to 4,000 people prayed, hands lifted to the sky, for reconciliation among the races, the old and the young and men and women. The crowd sang uplifting, contemporary… Continue reading →

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Patricia Gannon: And the winner is...

As a former movie columnist, I consider it my duty to help society make sense of the Academy… Continue reading →

Do-Re-ME! Music program helps Acadiana youngsters learn

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Preschool students, from left, Ke'ani Page, Scarlett Brooks, Sa'niya Broussard, Harlee Burkhart, and Khylen Taylor, practice using

Each day, a chorus of “Hello! Hello!” starts a lesson for a group of 4-year-olds at Truman… Continue reading →

Lawmakers looking for ways to balance the budget

The Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana legislators are throwing out all sorts of ideas to see what sticks in hopes of short-circuiting possible… Continue reading →



Southern’s ‘Human Jukebox’ performs in Atlanta

Southern University’s marching band, known as the “Human Jukebox,” took to the field at Atlanta’s Georgiadome Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, competing against eight other historically black universities.… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --  Riverdale High School's Donte Jackson, left, eludes the grasp of Grace King High School's Leronta Butler, right, during a football game at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Riverdale's Donte Jackson on picking LSU: 'Prayed about it ... all signs pointed to' Tigers

The first time Riverdale coach Brett Bonnafons saw film of Donte Jackson was during Jackson’s sophomore year. He was so impressed that his initial two-word… Continue reading →


LSU stays hot on the road with a 79-75 overtime victory at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt center Damian Jones (30) is fouled going to basket by LSU forward Jordan Mickey (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Four of the first five games in Southeastern Conference play were grinders for the LSU men’s basketball team. With the exception of an 18-point bashing of Florida in Gainesville on Tuesday night, the Tigers have had to… Continue reading →


’American Sniper’ holds top spot at weekend box office

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Kyle Gallner, left, and Bradley Cooper appear in a scene from

LOS ANGELES — “American Sniper” hit the mark with moviegoers again. The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in first place, according… Continue reading →


What a night for Lafayette’s Krewe of Attakapas

Photo by DANNY IZZO/Noveau Photeau -- Attakapas' Cahoula, King Lacassine XLVII Richard Charbonnet Flower, Queen Karakondye XLVII and Laughing Water Kachina Koshare

The Krewe of Attakapas, the first women’s carnival krewe in Lafayette, held its 47th annual carnival ball, “Night of the Kachina,” on Jan. 24 at Frem Boustany Convention Center, headed by its captain, Cahoula, who prepared guests for an… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

With generous portions, quick service, varied menu, New China hits all the usual bases

Advocate staff photo by GEORGE MORRIS -- The Singapore chicken at New China restaurant is both sweet and spicy.

One of the joys of dining out is that, apart from chain restaurants, every eatery has its own twist on things. Not every roux is as dark as others. Spice amounts and mixtures vary. Cooking techniques make familiar cuts of meat seem like… 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 →


Smiley: 'Nonpersons' in N.O.

Paul Major says, “The recent expunging of various members of the Benson family from all media having to do with the Saints and the Pelicans brings to mind the actions of the old Soviet Union. “Party members who had fallen into disfavor… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Defendants held excessive time before charging

After he was accused of writing himself a fraudulent check for $1,800, Joshua Williams spent five months in Parish Prison last year. That might not be an unusually long time for a convicted thief to remain in jail, but Williams, now… Continue reading →


‘Little things’ could mean state tax savings

Associated Press photo by PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS -- Tax preparer Richard Sowell works with Courtney Mayhew at H&R Block offices in Atlas District in Washington. The Internal Revenue Service started last week accepting electronic returns and processing paper ones.

Although no major changes took place in the Louisiana tax code, accountants and financial advisers want taxpayers to remember the little things, like claiming often-ignored tax credits and exemptions. “Some of the things that people should be aware of that they sometimes… Continue reading →

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