Cooper says 'black Mafia' comment was 'off-the-cuff' remark

Advocate staff file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper.

School Superintendent Pat Cooper said Tuesday his use of the term “black Mafia” at an event earlier this month was an “off-the-cuff” remark now being unfairly used to paint him as a racist. “It’s just a lot of misleading social media stuff out there that is portraying me particularly as a… Continue reading →

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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 →



America says no to cappuccino potato chips

This combination file photo made from images provided by Frito-Lay shows the four finalists for its second annual

NEW YORK (AP) — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists —… Continue reading →


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Lanny Keller: Old friends, a few million apart

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Advocate Columnist Lanny Keller.

Editor’s note: Today The Advocate’s Commentary page begins a column by Lanny Keller that will appear on Wednesdays. Keller’s column will focus on politics and public policy in the Baton Rouge area, with occasional commentary on issues in the wider region and state government.… Continue reading →


Workshops set for small business plan competition

Workshops have been scheduled this week for participation in a statewide small business growth plan competition with $60,000 in prizes that is being held by Capital One Bank in conjunction with the 41st Annual Bayou Classic football game in New Orleans. The… Continue reading →