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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 go flying and the back end of the truck rises off the ground, the wheels akimbo and still spinning. In slow motion, it’s like a ballet, hundreds of… Continue reading →

Video: Wishing you Happy Holidays from The Advocate

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.

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 wonderful holiday season.… Continue reading →

Video: Saints quarterback Drew Brees says the team responded well to the changes after the Carolina loss

Associated Press photo by Nam Y. HuhSaints quarterback Drew Brees throws a pass as Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea pursues during Monday's game.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29 of 36 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns to lead the team to a 31-15 victory at the Chicago Bears. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Once in disarray, Saints again filled with hope after win vs. Bears

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Kenny Stills (84) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — The New Orleans Saints have made many statements this season, each seemingly contradicting the previous one. On Monday night, they finally made the one they wanted to make. A season that just a few days ago appeared to be in disarray is now once again filled with hope, thanks in part… Continue reading →

Annual Ascension Christmas parade rolls through Gonzales

Ascension Parish celebrated the holiday season Sunday with its annual Christmas parade, which ran along Burnside Avenue in Gonzales. The event featured decorated floats, marching bands, dance teams, local dignitaries and the 2014 Jambalaya Queens.… Continue reading →

How LSU can still get 10 wins: Decisions of some of Louisiana’s top football prospects could make or break 2015 recruiting class

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson (1) is run out of bounds by East Jefferson defensive back Devin Samson (6) during the first quarter Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie.

Frank Wilson says LSU can still get to 10 wins. Addressing the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club this past week, Wilson, LSU’s recruiting coordinator and running backs coach, claimed the Tigers could reach the 10-win mark for a fifth straight season. That’s mathematically impossible, a questioner pointed out to Wilson. LSU is 8-4 with… Continue reading →

Video: LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture says he grew up watching Notre Dame on television

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture, center, celebrates with linebacker D.J. Welter , right, after the Tigers' 30-27 win over Florida on Oct. 11.

LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture talks how he got familiar with Notre Dame at an early age watching the Fighting Irish on television and has a lot of respect for them. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: The Pelicans' Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans say they respect the players and message behind the "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans talk about NBA players like LeBron James and Tyreke Evans wearing "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts to protest a grand jury ruling not to indict a police officer in the death of a New York man. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Panthers pound the Saints 41-10 in ‘embarrassing’ performance

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Fans including Larry Rolling react as time winds down in a NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

There was a moment Sunday when the Saints displayed so much heart that it couldn’t be denied — but it was probably more heart than anyone wanted to see, since it led to pushing and shoving and fisticuffs. You had to see it to believe that there was a moment during Sunday’s 41-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers… Continue reading →

Video: Let it burn

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  The graduating recruits of the LSU Fire Emergency Training Institute shows family and friends their skills by putting out a liquid fuel fire during

The LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute's graduating recruits show off their skills by extinguishing a large liquid fire during "Family Night", on Dec. 4… Continue reading →

Video: Saints quarterback Drew Brees says everybody is fair game when it comes to coach Sean Payton's in-game temper

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton yells at New Orleans Saints cornerback Leigh Torrence (24) during the second quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. The Saints lost the game 41-36. (Special to the Advocate/Steve Dykes)

Saints quarterback Drew Brees says when the game starts and the competitive juices of coach Sean Payton get flowing anyone can be on the receiving end of one of his angry outbursts. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman animation: Politicians take money from 'silly things' like schools, roads and give to 'rich and famous'

Here is the latest from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman.… Continue reading →

Gray scores 25 as Tigers dominate UMass 82-60

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU's Josh Gray drives the lane on UMass guard Jabarie Hinds on Tuesday at the Pete Maravich Center. Gray scored 25 points with five assists, four rebounds and three steals in the Tigers' 82-60 win.

After producing one of his better games during his short time at LSU in Saturday night’s game with McNeese State, Tigers point guard Josh Gray couldn’t wait for Tuesday night’s contest against UMass. Specifically, Gray couldn’t wait to match up with UMass’ fast-paced offense, which put 92 points on the scoreboard in a win over LSU in… Continue reading →

Video: Former Southern football player Calvin Mills proposes to his girlfriend at the Bayou Classic

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern fans celebrate Mike Jones' touchdown reception against Grambling in the 41st annual Bayou Classic, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

As a member of the Southern team and a former player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Calvin Mills has experienced a lot of things good and bad on the field in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Still, nothing could top what Mills did on Saturday when he proposed to his girlfriend with the help of the Southern University marching band during halftime… Continue reading →

Holiday Express rolls into Baton Rouge

The Holiday Express train visited Baton Rouge Friday, bringing with it holiday cheer and merriment.… Continue reading →

Video: LSU coach Les Miles talks about the Tigers' ball-control offense in their 23-17 victory at Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles and LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins (65) celebrate the win after the game Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won 23-17.

LSU held the ball for 41 minutes and 13 seconds in its 23-17 victory at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving. Tigers coach Les Miles talks about that subject, the character of his players and his desire to try to get backup quarterback Brandon Harris into the game. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

True BR: Tiger Stadium an iconic destination in Baton Rouge (Video)

The LSU Tiger band spells out

Ronnie Haliburton, former LSU player and now Senior Associate Athletic Director in charge of LSU facilities and grounds, shares why he believes Tiger Stadium is an iconic part of Baton Rouge. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas. By looking at the… Continue reading →

It’s Denham Springs vs. Zachary in Friday night football

Scenes from the Denham Springs High School-Zachary High School Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, football game.… Continue reading →

Video: Highlights from the final day of the LHSAA state cross country meet

South Louisiana teams dominated on the second and final day of the LHSAA state cross country meet in Natchitoches, La. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas welcomes new sand tiger shark

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has announced the addition of its newest resident to the Gulf of Mexico exhibit. Caroline, a 3-year-old sand tiger shark, arrived on Nov. 5 from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The sand tiger shark is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List and is… Continue reading →

For second straight night, an LSU team comes up big in OT

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU and Texas Tech scramble for control of the ball Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

For the second consecutive night, an LSU basketball team had to go to overtime in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Tuesday night. And for the second night in a row, LSU rewarded its fans with a win. After the Lady Tigers defeated Jackson State on Monday night, the Tigers followed it up with… Continue reading →

Saints fan Tony Williams who snatched ball away from Bengals fan Christa Barrett: It was fair game

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Saints fan at the left hijacked a touchdown football which a player tried to hand to the woman at right as the New Orleans Saints faced the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, November 16, 2014.

Tony Williams said Monday morning he kept it for his eight-year-old grandson, who plays football. Continue reading →

Video: LSU suffers an Alabama hangover in its 17-0 loss to Arkansas

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) hands the ball off to Connor Neighbors (43) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Arkansas won 17-0. (AP Photo/Sarah Bentham)

In this "Advocate's LSU Postgame Show," Advocate sportswriters Ross Dellenger and Scott Rabalais talk about how LSU was listless in its 17-0 loss to Arkansas, which came a week after its 20-13 overtime loss to Alabama. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Saints’ frustration reaches new high after 27-10 loss to the Bengals

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Larry Rolling reflected the frustration of Saints fans during their loss to the Bengals on Sunday, November 16, 2014.

Kenny Vaccaro sat down Saturday night and started watching all of the defensive plays from his rookie season. Then he watched all of the plays from this season. And then he watched the Cincinnati Bengals offense. The safety was up late — maybe even too late, considering the New Orleans Saints played the Bengals on… Continue reading →

St. Amant and Dutchtown take to the gridiron

The sounds of marching bands mingled with cheers filled the air under the November sky as St. Amant and Dutchtown met on the field to battle it out.… Continue reading →

Tiger Cubs at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo ready to meet visitors, but they need your help with names

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Two female Malayan tiger cubs born at BRECâs Baton Rouge Zoo paw each other, as they play after a nap Thursday afternoon,  Born in late July, they are out of the den they had been sequestered in, now on exhibit for public viewing, accompanied by their mother. They can be seen during normal zoo operating hours until 4 p.m., weather permitting. The Zoo is now asking for the publicâs help in naming the two cubs; name suggestions can be submitted via the Zooâs Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages now through November 21.

Baton Rouge’s two sister tiger cubs were shy around their first visitors Thursday morning, greeting them at first with just their black-and-white ears poking up behind a grassy slope. Minutes later, their mom strolled toward a cameraman behind the glass pane of their habitat, her little ones showing off their stripes as they followed a… Continue reading →

Video: House fire at University Club Plantation home

Advocate staff photo by MATT MCKINNEY -- St George and Baton Rouge Fire Departments responded to a house fire at 14759 Memorial Tower in University Club Plantation Saturday at 7:43 p.m.

St George and Baton Rouge Fire departments responded to a house fire at 14759 Memorial Tower Drive in University Club Plantation Saturday at 7:43 p.m.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Halloween Parade

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Plaquemine's Donald Gonzales tosses candy and beads on River Road, as he and his wife Judy Gonzales, right, members of the Krewe of the Ghoulish Mortals, walk in the 2014 Baton Rouge Halloween Parade Saturday.

Ghosts, goblins, zombies and many more other-worldly creatures descended on Baton Rouge Saturday as the city hosted its annual Halloween parade.… Continue reading →

At LSU, high-tech mouthpieces are on guard against football injuries

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU tight end Dillon Gordon shows his  i1 Biometrics Impact Sensing Mouthguard in the LSU training room Thursday. LSU has been using a number of the Kirkland, Washington-based firm's mouthpieces in practice and games, to monitor the force and type of impact delivered by blows to players' heads.

Pacing LSU’s sideline during the wild win over Ole Miss last Saturday, Shelly Mullenix kept checking her phone. It only looked like she was checking her phone. It wasn’t her phone at all. Mullenix, LSU’s senior associate athletic trainer, carried with her a smartphone receiving, not texts, emails or calls, but alerts transmitted from players’ mouthpieces.… Continue reading →

Handelsman animation: Heads up! Negative campaigns ads coming at you

Heads up! Negative ads are flying your way in Walt’s newest animation.… Continue reading →

Video: Boo with the Blue

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Cpl. Mickey Duncan, left, puts some tricks into Brue Rainey's, 2, pumpkin, with help from Brue's mother, Tricia, right, during Baton Rouge Police's

Baton Rouge Police’s first Halloween party with costumes, games and food was held at the department’s new headquarters at the site of the former Woman’s Hospital on Airline Highway at Goodwood Boulevard.… Continue reading →

True BR: Kid Stuff (Video)

A little girl plays a game at Celebration Station. Video by Kevin McQuarn

On any day in Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas, a gathering, show or festival can be found to enrich one’s thirst for culture. Even though many of these events are geared to older audiences, there are quite a few activities that are made just for kids. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine… Continue reading →

Scenes from Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show

The Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show, Oct. 25-26, 2014, in Convent featured cooking competitions, music, a pig roast, more than 30 food choices, more than 125 arts and crafts vendors, pony rides, face painting, tours of the historic mansion and lots more. Video shows scenes from Day 1.… Continue reading →

Video: Vehicle plunges into Ward's Creek

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- A car that ran off of the access road underneath the overpass on Siegen Lane, sits in the canal below. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff deputies said one person was transported to a local hospital for observation.

A Kia Optima that ran off the access road beneath the Siegen Lane overpass on Thursday sits in the canal below. An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputy pulled the 39-year-old driver from the water. He was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.… Continue reading →

True BR: Zydeco music brings La. together (Video)

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, right, plays the washboard alongside Anthony Dopsie of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters during the first of a four-part series of free concerts on Sunday at the Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. The concert series, produced by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and hosted by the Gonzales Mayor's Council, continues Sunday with the Michael Foster Project.

​Anthony Dopsie, the accordion player of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters, explains the culture of zydeco music in Louisiana. He also talks about the legacy of his father, the legendary zydeco musician Rockin' Dopsie. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of… Continue reading →

Association holds Columbus Day events

The Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association’s Columbus Day Festa kicked off with a performance by Deana Martin and continued the following day with a full schedule of events, including a celebrity grape stomp.… Continue reading →

Grand jury rejects negligent homicide charge

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Louisiana State Police investigate the scene where an SUV left Bluff Road in a curve and fatally struck two youths fishing along the road.

GONZALES — An Ascension Parish grand jury declined Friday to charge with two counts of negligent homicide a Prairieville woman who drove off Bluff Road in late June, killing two children fishing at a bayou.… Continue reading →

Video: Los Angeles deputies are girl’s ‘guardian angels’ after mom’s slaying

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- (from left to right) Katty Gomez's grandmother, Sgt. Blanca Arevalo, Senior Deputy Nancy Bowley, Detective Jorge Padilla and Katty Gomez (bottom)

Katty Gomez was preparing for her 15th birthday party at her Baton Rouge apartment Saturday afternoon when three sheriff’s deputies from Los Angeles strolled up to the front door. Katty grew up in Los Angeles, and the three deputies she has come to regard as her guardian angels were in Louisiana to surprise her on her… Continue reading →

State Police, BRPD raid Evangeline Street home

Authorities said three men were arrested Friday after State Police and BRPD raided an Evangeline Street home in search of a man wanted for several prescription drug burglaries of pharmacies across the state.… Continue reading →

BBC profiles Baton Rouge girl, 13, training to be first person on Mars

Alyssa Carson

Baton Rouge teenager Alyssa Carson has big dreams. At the age of 13 she is determined to be the first person to land on Mars. But this is more than wishful thinking. NASA thinks she stands a chance, and she is already in training. BBC.com has a video profile of the girl with big dreams. Continue reading →

Street Performer Series: Mime Uncle Louie

Uncle Louie, a street performer in New Orleans, performs with a tourist.Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn.

Uncle Louie is a full-time mime who can be found on Royal Street and near the Natchez Riverboat. He has been performing for over 21 years and believes the hardest part about street performing is making admirers happy. If there was one message Uncle Louie could share with the world, it would be simply, “love.”… Continue reading →

Video: Sugar Fest sights and sounds

Screen image from video

Sights and sounds of the Sugar Fest hosted by West Baton Rouge Parish Museum in Port Allen on Sunday, Oct. 5… Continue reading →

Video: Overturned 18-wheeler on I-110 south

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Traffic was disrupted for several hour after an 18-wheeler overturned on Interstate I110-south in Baton Rouge on Monday afternoon.

An overturned 18-wheeled vehicle disrupted traffic on Interstate I110 south for several hours on Monday afternoon.… Continue reading →

Sights and sounds of Southern University’s Homecoming

Southern University in Baton Rouge held its annual Homecoming football game Saturday. The event was accompanied by a number of festivities.… Continue reading →

True BR: The rising art of spoken word poetry (Video)

Leslie D. Rose performs at the Independence Park Theatre on Sept. 19. Video by Kevin McQuarn

Spoken word poetry has been a staple in the arts community in Baton Rouge for well over two decades. However, with a new crop of poets rising from local high schools and universities, this art form has seen new life. Leslie D. Rose, a spoken word poet and journalist, shares an insider’s perspective on the culture of spoken… Continue reading →