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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. 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

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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 →

Violinist serenades Southern fans at Gala on the Bluff

Violinist Michael Ward thrilled attendes at this year’s Gala on the Bluff. Ward was backed by Harry Anderson & the Jazzy Jazz for the Southern University homecoming event.… 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 →

Common Core implementation in St. Francisville schools

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- West Feliciana Parish Schools Supt. Hollis Milton, left,  talks with principals, supervisors and literacy integration staff during a leadership meeting held Wednesday at Bains Lower Elementary School in St. Francisville. Despite lawsuits and other arguments, Common Core is being taught in classrooms, including Bains Elementary and Bains Lower Elementary in West Feliciana Parish.

The debate over Common Core may continue across Louisiana, but this new approach to education has become a part of the daily routine in St. Francisville schools.… 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 →

Sights and Sounds from the LSU-Mississippi State game

Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University battled Saturday night in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.… 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 →

Travel Trouble: A Walt Handelsman animation

Mary Landrieu is on the move in Walt Handelsman’s new animation.… Continue reading →

LSU grad student develops artificial limbs for horses

Nike Hansen’s doctoral research at LSU aims to create the first successful prosthetic legs for horses — artificial limbs implanted into the horses’ bones that can support a 1,000-pound animal and up to 4,000 pounds of force.… 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 →

Central teen is a wonder on one wheel

Cole Rankin has been a unicyclist for the past four years. The 16-year-old Central High senior loves to test himself.… Continue reading →

Southern University band, dance team keep team spirit high

Southern University’s band and dance team took to the field Saturday night, entertaining the crowds gathered to watch the Jaguars play.… Continue reading →

Tiger Band, Golden Girls wow crowds in Tiger Stadium

LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland and the university’s dance team The Golden Girls entertained fans in Deaf Valley Saturday night during the LSU-UL-Monroe football game.… Continue reading →

Fans gather at Tiger Stadium for tailgating fun

LSU Tiger fans from all over converged on Tiger Stadium Saturday for a huge tailgating party before the LSU-University of Louisiana-Monroe game.… 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 →

LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland makes its way to Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The Golden Band from Tigerland comes down Victory Hill on the way to the stadium prior to the game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland plays the fight song on the way to Tiger Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6.… Continue reading →

Video: LSU fans, band usher in LSU’s home opener

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LSU fans converged around Tiger Stadium; the Tiger Band paraded down the hill trumpeting the arrival of the 2014 football season… 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: The Bengal Belles converge on the River Center

The Bengal Belles held their first Baton Rouge luncheon of the season with special guest Les Miles at the River Center on Sept. 4. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn

The Bengal Belles held their first Baton Rouge luncheon of the season with special guest Les Miles at the River Center on Sept. 4. In this video, Aimée Simon, president of the Belles, gives the inside scoop on this LSU booster organization.… 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 →

Robots compete in annual Redstick Rumble

The Redstick Rumble Robotics Festival offers teams the opportunity to get together during the off-season and enter their machines in competition.… 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 →

Fraternities hold Fall Bid Day at LSU

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Guys line up to find out about fraternity membership bids at LSU.

The LSU Interfraternity Council held its Fall Bid Day on Sunday at the LSU campus, handing out 649 bids to prospective fraternity members.… Continue reading →

Video: Gas for Guns

BRAVE held a “gas for guns” exchange Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, to try to get more unsecured guns off the street.… 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 →

McAllister takes ice bucket challenge R

Rep. Vance McAllister took the ALS ice bucket challenge and made a challenge of his own -- for fellow elected officials to take part in the event.… Continue reading →

Video: Ringmaster of 'The Greatest Show on Earth'

Ringmaster David Shipman

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is back in Baton Rouge with its “Super Circus Heroes” show. In this video, David Shipman, the show's ringmaster, tells fans about being in the spotlight of the “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will take place at… 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 →

Ready for Blast-off!: A Walt Handelsman animation

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

Video: Welcoming event for first day of classes at Southern University

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Willie McCorkle III, the newest addition to the Southern University Barbershop staff, provided 12 dozen donuts and five gallons of orange juice for Southern students on Monday, the first day of classes.… Continue reading →

True BR: An 'udderly fantastic' dairy (Video)

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The Kleinpeter Dairy has been in business for well over 100 years. During this time, the company's milk, juice and ice cream products have become a tradition in both homes and businesses throughout the Baton Rouge area. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton… Continue reading →

Coaches Challenge held at Olympic Stadium

High school athletes and coaches ompeted Saturday at Olympia Stadium on Perkins Road in the Coaches Challenge, Events included a water balloon toss, tug-of-war and obstacle course.… Continue reading →