Uber launches ride-share service in Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Dixie Cab will soon have some competition as the Uber ride sharing service begins operations Friday in Lafayette.

Lafayette residents in need of a lift can now just tap on their smartphones. Uber launched Friday in Lafayette, offering a taxilike service that connects riders with contract drivers through a smartphone app. The growing company, which operates in more than 270 cities worldwide, rolled out service last year in Continue reading →

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Political Horizons: Talk of Bobby Jindal trimming health care budget a little quiet, but cuts possibly devastating

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to a crowd, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Baton Rouge, La. Gov. Jindal continued to court Christian conservatives for a possible presidential campaign with a headlining appearance at an all-day prayer rally hosted by the American Family Association. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Maybe it’s the difference in the images: fresh faces brimming with promise versus weary looks of the stress… Continue reading →

Lafayette native Mark St. Cyr to find out Super Bowl Sunday if his Doritos commercial contest entry is the big winner

Photo provided by MARK ST. CYR -- Lafayette native Mark St. Cyr is featured in the opening scene of the 'What Could Go Wrong?' Doritos commercial, one of 10 finalists in its 'Crash the Super Bowl' competition.

Mark St. Cyr will have to wait just like everyone else. It won’t be… Continue reading →

Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown still alive at hospital after being found unresponsive in tub

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, singer Whitney Houston, left, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif.  The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, unresponsive in a bathtub by her husband and a friend and taken to an Atlanta-area hospital. The incident remains under investigation.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

ATLANTA -- The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken… Continue reading →

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Video

Video: Dog Park fun

People and their pups enjoy an evening of cool, calm weather as the play at the Raising Canes Dog Park on Dalrymple Drive, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.… Continue reading →

Baby goat found beheaded at Algiers park

Authorities are investigating the beheading of a baby goat found slain Thursday morning at Brechtel Park in Algiers.… Continue reading →

Sports

The Advocate’s 2015 Super Dozen: Louisiana’s top high school football recruits

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --University fullback Nick Brossette tries to stiff arm Parkview Baptist cornerback KJ Drummer in the Division II championship game of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Division II State Championship game on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The class is especially loaded at running back, with a pair of star backs from Baton Rouge in Derrius Guice (Catholic) and Nicholas Brossette (University). Guice and Brossette are considered to be two of the nation’s best backs. Throw in fullback David Ducre (Lakeshore), and the depth of the class at the position is even deeper. Continue reading →

Entertainment

Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown still alive at hospital after being found unresponsive in tub

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, singer Whitney Houston, left, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif.  The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, unresponsive in a bathtub by her husband and a friend and taken to an Atlanta-area hospital. The incident remains under investigation.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

ATLANTA -- The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was found by her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend. Her husband and… Continue reading →

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Classic ‘All My Sons’ coming to LSU; Jane Page: ‘I jumped at the chance to direct this play’

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Joe and Kate Keller, played by Terry Layman and Kate Skinner, will star in Swine Palace's production of 'All My Sons.'

Jane Page is crossing “All My Sons” off her bucket list. It’s a story she’s always loved but never directed until Swine Palace invited her to head its production of Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning 1947 drama, which opens this week in LSU’s… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Downtown Baton Rouge's Aztecas stays a step above typical Tex-Mex

Advocate photo by Jill Arnold -- The shrimp El Paso featured eight jumbo shrimp stuffed with fresh jalapeno, wrapped in bacon and charbroiled.

The pulse of downtown Baton Rouge seems to beat faster each time we visit. A new park here, a new grocery store there and a large building going up right where The Advocate once stood. It’s probably a good thing the… Continue reading →

Photos

Photos: Train Day at the library

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Reece Delaune, age three, shows excitement with his mon Claire as a train rolls in front of them on saturday during Train day.

Train Day at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library. Day long event included displays, working train models, Operation LifeSaver presentations, and PowerPoint picture shows. Organizations contributing to the day’s activities include: The Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders, the Railway Locomotive and Historical Society,… Continue reading →

Columnists

Stephanie Grace: David Duke once again shows he’s ‘a petulant, resentful, racist, anti-Semitic, self-regarding and seriously thin-skinned low-life’

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, left, and David Duke

So now David Duke is threatening to run against Steve Scalise. Talk about ungrateful. If anything, the former state representative, Ku Klux Klan leader, and way-too-close-for-comfort gubernatorial candidate should be thanking the Metairie congressman for inadvertently shining the… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Baton Rouge-area crime: Man accused of indecent behavior with girl, 14; teen arrested after he was confronted for littering

Baton Rouge police Friday arrested a 25-year-old man accused of indecent behavior with a 14-year-old girl. Decoty Joseph was found lying in bed naked when a social worker from the Department of… Continue reading →

Business

NFL players find second careers as entrepreneurs

Associated Press photo by STEPHAN SAVOIA -- Fred Nanni, a professor of management accounting and Babson College Provost, conducts a three-day business workshop for former NFL players with entrepreneurial interests, in August at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Entrepreneurship seemed like a natural path for former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister. McAllister, who played for the Saints from 2001 to 2009, grew up in a small-business family — his father was in trucking.… Continue reading →

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