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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 →

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. 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 →

Families weave their way through nearly 4-acre corn maze

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tatum Kopfinger, 7, leads her brother, Allen, and sister, Libby, both 3, through the corn maze at Harvest Days, held at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden Museum and Gardens in Baton Rouge, Sunday, Sept. 28.

Seven-year-old Tatum Kopfinger moved decisively through the twists and turns of the tiger-shaped corn maze on Sunday, leading her parents and two younger siblings through the labyrinth of 5- to 8-foot-tall corn stalks. “Just follow me,” she said as she bounded forward with a corn cob in one hand. Even with the small… Continue reading →

LSU sophomore living his dream, broadcasting LSU games for Spanish-language radio stations

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Mario Jerez, a 20-year-old LSU sophomore, is living is dream, calling the LSU football games in Spanish for radio stations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Voices throughout the pressbox rose to screams as radio and television announcers described the LSU Tigers’ 31-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the Mississippi State game. But only one screamed in Spanish. Mario Jerez, a 20-year-old sophomore at LSU, calls the games for Spanish-language radio stations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, reaching out… Continue reading →

Oscar Reyes makes sure the Tiger Band’s uniforms look sharp

“If I’m working on the Tiger Band’s uniforms, even the movie people know they’re going to have to wait,” says Oscar Reyes. “The band always comes first.” Reyes owns and operate El Bengal Tailor Shop, a business his dad, Oscar Reyes Sr., opened on Government Street in 1972.… Continue reading →

Native Culture Day held at Vermilionville

Spectators visited the Bayou Vermilion District’s Vermilionville to partake in their annual Native American Culture Day on Saturday. Representatives from many of Louisiana’s Native American tribes were present to celebrate their living cultures through craft demonstrations, food, music, dance and cultural exchange.… Continue reading →

True BR: The best fishing spots in Baton Rouge (Video)

Advocate Staff Photo by Arthur D. Lauck  Leonard Baker of Baton Rouge hauls in a perch Monday afternoon while fishing at City Park. Baker said he spends 4 to 6 days a week fishing cause it's better then watching TV.  MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT / ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ Louisiana Business Inc. out (including Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, 225, 10/12, InRegister, LBI custom publications)

Fishing is an important part of Louisiana’s diverse culture. The act of fishing is more than simply capturing the delicacies of the area. Fishing bonds families and creates unforgettable moments with friends. In this video, Brian Heimann, a biologist supervisor with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, gives an inside look at fishing and lists some of… Continue reading →

Episcopal uses new interactive game technology to teach its students

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Teachers Sonny James, left, and Margaret Boudreaux, center, use wands as they try their hand at 'Particle Predator,' a 'systems thinking' game in which participants can design rule sets that define how the moving, differently-colored particles interact. At right offering feedback is Heather Harpole. The exercise is part of  Arizona State University professor David Birchfield's   'small lab,' which he is demonstrating at Episcopal School, where teachers and students are participating in the 'embodied learning' project.

Episcopal High School took an ordinary classroom and converted it recently into an educational playroom where students abandon their seats to play interactive games that allow them to explore nearly any topic, ranging from the nature of gravity to Roman history. Turn out the lights, turn on the technology, and the room transforms into a simulator where… Continue reading →

True BR: The power of gumbo (Video)

Chef Carolyn Shelton gives a cooking demonstration at the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn.

Carolyn Shelton, chef and ambassador for the River Road African American Museum, spotlights one of Louisiana's favorite dishes — gumbo. Gumbo is influenced by the many cultures of Louisiana and has the power to bring people together in both celebration and mourning. Every culture has a soup, and for Baton Rouge and surrounding areas that soup is… Continue reading →

Video: ‘Without the Eye of the Tiger,’ it wouldn’t really be Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Eric Fasbender, LSU Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities & Grounds, sprays gold paint as he and his crew of staff and student workers paint the Eye of the Tiger, in preparation for Saturday's Tiger Stadium home opener, which pits LSU against Sam Houston State. The 90-year-old stadium's new south end zone expansion and scoreboards loom behind him. The grass gets a special water-based paint that has optimized amounts of binding agents and solids, for adherence and color, but also to allow as much light as possible to pass to the plant, allowing the photosynthesis that keeps the grass alive. His crew battled intermittent rain showers Thursday as they painted the Eye, all the numbers, hash marks and SEC logo. Tiger Stadium is unique in that it paints numbers in five yard increments, not the usual 10, he said. 'But without the Eye of the Tiger,' it wouldn't really be Tiger Stadium,' he said.

Eric Fasbender, LSU assistant director of athletic facilities and grounds, and his crew of staff and student workers paint the Eye of the Tiger, in preparation for Saturday’s Tiger Stadium home opener, which pits LSU against Sam Houston State. The grass gets a special water-based paint that has optimized amounts of binding agents and solids, for adherence and… Continue reading →

Video: Get ready for ‘Pregame’ in Tiger Stadium

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Video by Moe Athmann, Command Cam Productions The LSU Tigers will play their first home football game against Sam Houston State University on Saturday, Sept. 6. Here’s a video from the LSU Tiger Marching Band’s videographer, Moe Athmann, to get fans revved up before the band steps on the field to play “Pregame.”… Continue reading →

Video: Louisiana's Great Common Core Debate

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Cohen Jones writes the math equation to express what he created with blue and red dots Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Debbie Giroir's first-grade class at Belle Chasse Primary School.

Rarely has an issue in Louisiana triggered heated arguments for months like the push for the new academic standards called Common Core. It has caused rifts between Gov. Bobby Jindal and his former allies, divided parents and triggered countless hours of debate in the Legislature, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and courtrooms. And even after… Continue reading →

Video: Duck Festival

Dog trials, skeet shoot, a beauty pageant and parade were the main events at the 38th Annual Duck Festival in Gueydon on Saturday. The festival will feature several duck calling competitions today. Admission today at Duck Festival Park is free.… Continue reading →

Video: New traffic signal installed at southeast entrance to LSU campus

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Traffic travels through the intersection of West Lakeshore Drive and East Parker Boulevard, Thursday, August 21. In an effort to improve safety at the intersection, the City of Baton Rouge Traffic Engineering Division, in conjunction with LSU, has installed a temporary signal to service the intersection. The temporary signals will remain while the intersection is being studied and a permanent solution can be designed and constructed. The new configuration will be monitored by both the city and LSU, and changes will be made as necessary.

Traffic travels through the intersection of West Lakeshore Drive and East Parker Boulevard at the southeast entrance to LSU’s campus on Thursday. In an effort to improve safety at the intersection, the city-parish Traffic Engineering Division, in conjunction with LSU, has installed a temporary traffic signal at the intersection. The temporary signal will remain while the… Continue reading →