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Political Horizons: Passenger train between Baton Rouge and New Orleans still possible, but far off

So, sitting in traffic, inching past the only part of Interstate 10 from Santa Monica, California, to Jacksonville, Florida, that narrows to a single lane, allows plenty of time for daydreaming. Will there ever be passenger railroad service between Baton Rouge and… Continue reading →

Smiley Anders

Smiley: Edited letters to Mom

Dear Smiley: After reading Claude Nall’s story about letter writing, I was reminded of a post-Hurricane Katrina find. While going through the flood-ravaged contents of my mother’s house in Chalmette, I came across a box stuffed with letters she… Continue reading →

Mark Ballard

Political Horizons: Passenger train between Baton Rouge and New Orleans still possible, but far off

So, sitting in traffic, inching past the only part of Interstate 10 from Santa Monica, California, to Jacksonville, Florida, that narrows to a single lane, allows plenty of time for daydreaming. Will there ever be passenger railroad service between Baton Rouge and… Continue reading →

James Gill

James Gill: Louisiana's coastal decline a national problem; does President Obama care?

James Gill

Does President Barack Obama hate Louisiana? Citing a newspaper headline asking that question, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, at a recent budget hearing, seemed to think the answer is yes. While we cannot know what is in Obama’s heart,… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace

Stephanie Grace: David Vitter is 'absolutely a problem' for Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign, and here's why

U.S. Sen. David Vitter; Gov. Bobby Jindal

Pretty much everyone who follows Louisiana politics knows that the state’s two leading officials, Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Sen. David Vitter, aren’t allies. They’re not even “frenemies,” two people who don’t like each other but manage to… Continue reading →

Gregory Roberts

Washington Watch: PACs packed with plenty of loopholes

The successful prosecution of Tyler Harber may not quite equate to a shot across the bow of the ocean liner of campaign finance, but it could cause a flicker of reflection on the part of political operatives — and… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: It’s cold outside, but Lady Tigers are riding a hot streak

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Beth Torina coaches against Memphis, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

The weather at Tiger Park on Tuesday was chilling. The home team couldn’t be hotter. The LSU softball team returned from the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in posh Palm Springs, California, over the weekend with another sack full of victories, five of… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon

Patricia Gannon: All Hail the King

Josh and Lindsey Billeaud, Becky Voorhies, Sport Voorhies

His Majesty King Gabriel LXXVI Pothier Jean Voorhies III held his royal luncheon at the Cajundome Convention Center amid family and loyal subjects. The Second Line played outside to welcome one and all, while inside security was heavier than the White… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Common Ground

Common Ground: Little pitchers always have their ears on

I found out the hard way that not everything you say in your home is going to stay within its walls, particularly if you have Wi-Fi and internet. As the old saying goes, “watch what you say around your children.”… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman: At Random

Danny Heitman’s At Random: Oliver Sacks’ books help keep wonder alive

After reading the newspaper each morning for years now, I’ve grown accustomed to getting bad news over breakfast. Or so I thought. Nothing could really prepare me for taking my first sip of the day’s coffee last month and learning… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer

Quin Hillyer: Perfidy and poison: What’s left of the levee lawsuit

When opponents of a Louisiana levee board’s lawsuit against energy-related companies wanted to kill the ill-advised legal action last year, they were right to be frustrated by a hideously expensive, so-called “poison pill” in the board’s contract with its… Continue reading →

Pat Shingleton

Pat Shingleton's Weather News for March 1, 2015

Possibly a clap of thunder today and when the heavy showers hit, they’re referred to as “frog stranglers” and “gully washers.” “It’s gonna come a stump-floater,” refers to flooding rain. Continue reading →