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Louisiana Spotlight: Evidence of oil-collapse pain mounts

Kevin McGill, Associated Press staff, in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Businesses and households have lower energy and product costs, and Louisiana motorists can pump gasoline for less than $2 a gallon these days. But economic pain also flows from the collapse in world oil prices, as was evident last week at… Continue reading →

Smiley Anders

Smiley: Football, not fighting

A number of readers who lived away from Louisiana have told stories about going out to their cars to listen to LSU football games on WWL radio because they couldn’t get the games on their indoor radio. Karen Wax Schmitt, of Denham… Continue reading →

Mark Ballard

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 of an all-too-realistic present. Most of the conversation has focused on the Jindal administration’s plans to cut higher education. Talks about hacking a… Continue reading →

James Gill

James Gill: Tom Benson’s ‘dignity has been shredded’ in sad soap opera

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Rita Benson LeBlanc and Tom Benson showed off the new Pelicans practice facility next door to the Saints' headquarters off Airline Drive in Metairie Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

It always has seemed impossible that we would have reason to feel sorry for Tom Benson, the richest man in Louisiana by a wide margin. But the public humiliation of an old man is a spectacle calculated to distress regardless of… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace

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 →

Gregory Roberts

Washington Watch: For Bobby Jindal, what does the hyphen in Indian-American mean?

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2012, file photo, Rep. Ami Bera is seen at his campaign office in Elk Grove, Calif., before winning his election that unseated incumbent Republican Dan Lungren. Bera, a first-term Democrat in a Sacramento-area seat, is a physician who favors expanding access to health care. Yet he has been voting with the Republican majority in the House to amend or overturn parts of the federal Affordable Care Act. Bera is one of a handful of Democrats in California who represent congressional districts that are closely divided between Democrats and Republicans, after voters approved an independent redistricting process. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Ami Bera is proud to be an Indian-American. “I do not shy away from my story,” Bera, a Democratic congressman from California whose parents immigrated from India, said recently. “There is no problem being an Indian-American. Because that… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: LSU baseball team tries again to climb College World Series mountain

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro, head coach Paul Mainieri, and volunteer assistant coach Will Davis observe bunting practice Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

If you play or coach baseball at LSU, the expectations never relent. It’s there from the moment you arrive at Alex Box Stadium for batting practice or a game and see the six national championship flags snapping in the breeze. Or the faces… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon

Patricia Gannon: And the winner is...

As a former movie columnist, I consider it my duty to help society make sense of the Academy of Motion Pictures Oscar nominees. Rest assured, there is a method to its madness, and it never takes long for the pattern to emerge. In… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Common Ground

Common Ground: Teen readers to pick their top books

Photo provided by EVANGELYNN CLARK -- Scotlandville Magnet High School senior and SGA president Anthony Kenney votes Wednesday for his favorite Louisiana Teen Readers' Choice Award.

The polls don’t lie. If you think teen readers are a dying group, then it might be worth visiting Scotlandville Magnet High today when hundreds of students will cast ballots for the year’s top teen book. The 2015 Louisiana Teen… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman: At Random

Danny Heitman: How I’m faring with my New Year’s resolution to shed one personal item per day

Today marks a month since I began working on my New Year’s resolution to get rid of at least one personal possession each day. As I mentioned in a column about my resolution last month, my inspiration came from… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer

Quin Hillyer: In defense of Bobby Jindal, his 'no-go zone' comments are an inconvenient truth based on ton of facts

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to a crowd, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Baton Rouge. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

What is wrong with you people? I mean, really, what is your problem? You people, you media jackals, are having crazy attacks because Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dared say there are areas in Europe, heavily populated by Muslims, which effectively… Continue reading →

Pat Shingleton

Pat Shingleton’s Weather News for Feb. 2, 2015

Punxsutawney is the Native American name for “ponksad-uteney,” or “town of sand flies.” The Delaware Indians considered groundhogs honorable ancestors. The Pennsylvania Dutch advanced the folklore. You’ll hear the results of Phil’s experience this morning as he is “extracted” from sleep, held before… Continue reading →