Cooper to ask judge to reconsider ruling on school budget

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper speaks at a budget adoption meeting in September..

Superintendent Pat Cooper said Friday that he’ll ask a district judge to reconsider a denial of his request to force the board to continue operating with last year’s budget. Cooper said his decision is based in part on information he received from Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White and an attorney for… Continue reading →

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Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- St. Thomas More Cougars taking the field at Cougar Stadium on Friday night October 17, 2014.

Get the scores from high school football games in south Louisiana on The Advocate's High School Football Scoreboard… Continue reading →

University sends out warning text Friday morning, Lafayette police respond

University of Louisiana at Lafayette police sent an emergency notification to students Friday morning that a suicidal man suspected to have a gun was reported near campus.

LAFAYETTE — An unarmed man claiming to be suicidal near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus Friday… Continue reading →

‘Science Day’ gives students taste of campus life at UL-Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette Computer Science student Jacob Lecoq assists a high school student learning the basics of a comptuer language Friday during the University's Science Day in Lafayette. High school students from around Acadiana were given the chance to see many different aspects of science study that the university offers over the course of the day.

From dissecting cats and turning gummy bears into jet fuel, the University of… Continue reading →



Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Auston O'Neill plays taps on the USS Kidd Tuesday during a stop in Baton Rouge with  his wife Bonnie as they tour the country in a National Spirit of '45 Unity Tour bus to bring attention to veterans and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2015.

Video: The Spirit of 45

The Express is part of the National Spirit of ‘45 Unity Tour and organizers Auston and Bonnie O’Neill are on a mission to raise public awareness about the… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Raina Wirta, with Elevator Projects, helps Shameeka Dream, right, install her message on one of the quilts in the Monument Quilt display in downtown Town Square Tuesday. The Monument Quilt is traveling across the country to bring awareness to victims of sexual violence and help end the problem.

Quilting a stand against sexual violence

The Monument Quilt, which is traveling across the country to bring awareness to victims of sexual violence, was on display in Baton Rouge’s downtown Town Square on Tuesday.… Continue reading →


Rabalais: Resurgent Rebels, improving Tigers both have a lot on the line

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU fullback Connor Neighbors and Ole Miss defensive end D.T. Shackelford jaw at each other after the kickoff during the first half last month at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss. Buy this photo

Back when the world was young, LSU and Ole Miss may have been the best rivalry in college football. Billy Cannon, streaking through the night like a Halloween phantom in 1959. Archie Manning, darting and scrambling and reducing LSU’s otherwise perfect… Continue reading →


There goes ‘Honey Boo Boo’; TLC cancels reality series

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, file photo, beauty pageant regular and reality show star Alana

NEW YORK (AP) — The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family. The network had already completed filming of another season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and was… Continue reading →


How you can help: Drive seeks warm clothing for homeless in Baton Rouge

Photo provided by DEBBY GAUTREAUX -- Debby Gautreaux visits with women at a downtown bus shelter. She and husband Russell are working to aid the homeless in Baton Rouge. 'We help them find resources, to find a job, to get transportation to a job or to get bus tickets to get home,' says Debby Gautreaux.

With the first stings of cold weather in the air, two ministries to Baton Rouge’s homeless men, women and children are teaming up to collect 1,000 coats in the next few weeks. Catherine Comeaux, of Signs and Wonders Outreach… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Domenica spinoff forges its own identity in N.O.

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Garlic knots are served with aged provolone fonduta at Pizza Domenica.

The same type of wood-burning oven produces the same char-pocked, bubble-crusted Neapolitan-style pizzas. The same unaccountably delicious, whole roasted cauliflower is a go-to appetizer. And the same chefs and partners — John Besh and Alon Shaya — are at the helm.… Continue reading →


Baton Rouge prep football

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Port Allen's Ken Broussard fights for yardage as he is stopped by Parkview defenders Nelson Smith (1) and Michael Tarwarter. Buy this photo

Images from the Baton Rouge area prep football on Friday Oct, 24, 2014.… Continue reading →


Smiley: Armed and ready

Dear Smiley: I don’t know just when electric automobile turn signals were invented (of course, half the world still refuses to use them!). But when I was a child, my mom used left arm signals, which meant the driver’s… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Crowley pair arrested after shots fired at officer and other Acadiana area police news

Two Crowley men were arrested late Thursday night after one of them was accused of firing a gun at a police officer on North Avenue near West Eighth Street, authorities said. Jarvis Hopkins, 20, is accused of attempted… Continue reading →


Seven Louisiana metro areas post job gains

Seven of Louisiana’s eight metropolitan areas gained nonfarm jobs over the year ended Sept. 30, according to seasonally adjusted figures released Friday by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Numbers for metro areas’ job categories were not seasonally adjusted, but they… Continue reading →

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