Patrons flocking to new East Regional Library in Youngsville; main library in Lafayette to reopen Monday

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Library employee Deshirca Goudeau re-shelves books Monday, June 29, 2015, at the East Regional Branch of the Lafayette Public Library in Youngsville, La.

Eight-year-old Brooklynn Martin pauses from coloring to pull out a few of her favorite books of the moment from her tote bag. She opens the book “Freaky Facts About Natural Disasters.” “It’s really cool,” she says as she points to a page on tornadoes. Her family makes frequent visits to… Continue reading →

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Baton Rouge men nearly gave up on finding love, become first same-sex couple to wed in parish

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, Justice of the Peace Moses Evans, Jr., jokes around with newlyweds Ronald Granger and Madison Maddux at Evans' Chapel, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Madison Maddux and Ronald Granger had each “given up” a little over three years ago, disappointed by the string of bad relationships that seemed to come standard issue with dating. So after they met in a bar in Memphis, Tennessee, Granger was surprised… Continue reading →

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Smiley: Fictional Louisiana

Dear Smiley: In 1972, I was stationed with the U.S. Army in Heidelberg, Germany. I quickly discovered that a majority of GIs and Germans had preconceived notions of our state, and nothing I would say could… Continue reading →

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Florida Boulevard office building sold

A 91,000-square-foot office building on Florida Boulevard designed by renowned architect A. Hays Town has been sold for $1.7 million. GNL Properties of Dallas sold the building at 10225 Florida Blvd. to BR Florida Street Property LLC in a deal that… Continue reading →

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