Photos: Art Melt 2014

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Hannah Willson and Aaron Rhan, with the Cangelosi Dance Project, perform a piece at Forum 35's 11th annual Art Melt on Saturday at the Capitol Park Museum.  Art Melt is the largest multi-media, juried art exhibit in the state of Louisiana, and features only Louisiana resident artists.

Art Melt strives to promote professional artists throughout the state of Louisiana while providing an opportunity for the public to experience the best of local fine art, music, performing arts, and culinary creation.

Photos: Louisiana Hot Sauce Fest

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -  Keith Jenkins (R) of Frog Bone shares a sample with food blogger Ken Alexander during The Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo at Acadian Village in Lafayette July 19, 2014.

Lafayette’s Acadian Village will be more than 100 vendors, including 30 different hot sauce makers, nine bloody mary mix makers, and arts and crafts makers.

Photos: Ukraine plane crash

People walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A Malaysia Airlines flight traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian airspace has exploded and suspected of being shot down.

Photos: Talaija Dorsey funeral

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Several hundred people walk from the church to the burial site after attending 12-year-old Talaija Dorsey's funeral Saturday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in St. James.  Many attendees wore purple because it was Talaija's favorite color.

Mourners gather at Mt. Calvary Baptist Chuch to pay final respects to Talaija Dorsey in St. James Parish. Twelve year-old Talaija was reported missing on July 1 and her body was found on July 6 in near a sugar cane field.

Photos: Walls Project

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- The Walls Project executive director Casey Phillips, seated lower right, and participants whoop it up for a group photo before their lunch break, while painting two walls in BREC's Gayosa Street Park with murals Saturday. The Walls Project's event was held in partnership with BREC, Elevator Projects and PPG Paints, to enhance the park and the community around Gayosa Street near North 22nd Street.

BREC and the Walls Project is teamed up for a beautification project in Gayosa Park. The groups paired up to do a mural reflecting the community, similar to one done previously at Conventions St. Park.

Photos: Manning Passing Academy

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Family patriarch Archie Manning fields questions from the media during the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy held at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Friday, July 11, 2014.

The first day of the Manning Passing Academy begun on Friday. The Manning Family (Archie, Cooper Peyton and Eli) provided a camp at Nicholls State that teaches the fundementals of the quarterback position.

Photos: Remembering Talaija Dorsey

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Friends and family release balloons in memory of Ursin's cousin, Talaija Dorsey, 12, at the Lutcher Town Hall, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Dorsey disappeared on July 1, and her body was found in a grassy area near a cane field in St. James Parish, Sunday, July 6.

A balloon release was held in the parking lot of Lutcher Town Hall in memory of Talaija Dorsey, the 12-year-old who disappeared on July 1 and whose body was found on Sunday. A community prayer and candlelight vigil were held across the river in Vacherie after the release,

Photos: Looking for a way home

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Russell Eslinger of Spokane, Washington feeds his six-year-old dog D.O.G a donut outside the St. Vincent de Paul dining hall after lunch on Thursday in Baton Rouge. Eslinger, who has been in the city since Tuesday, is looking to get back home.

One year after Baton Rouge began funding a modest program to bus homeless people back to their families — most to cities in other states — funding has been doubled to $10,000 and homeless advocates are calling the program a success.

Photos: Clinton Fourth of July Fest

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- American flags lay on a table during a retiring ceremony hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution during The Red, White and Blue Festival, held Friday, July 4, 2014 at the local American Legion Club in Clinton. Festival goers were greeted by food booths, homemade goods, inflatable gyms, and a petting zoo by the Barn Hill Preserve in Ethel, LA. The festival focuses on community support for local veterans and active military personnel.

Images from the Red, White and Blue Festival organized by the local Lion’s Club Fourth in Clinton held just north of the city at the American Legion Park.

Photos: Kenilworth Independence Day Parade

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Jonathan Ledoux, 8, left, and Daniel Allain, 12, right, catch beads thrown from the Kenilworth Swim Team float, during the Kenilworth Civic Association's 42nd annual Independence Day Parade held Thursday evening. Starting at Kenilworth Science & Technology School, the parade focused its spotlight on American Red Cross volunteers, and the parade's grand marshal was Ruark Chick, chairman of the board of directors of the Louisiana Capital Area Red Cross. He has served with the Red Cross for seven years and was named chairman this month.

Kenilworth Civic Association held its 42nd annual Independence Day Parade Thursday evening, with walkers and floats from area organizations, political campaigns and governmental groups participating. Starting at Kenilworth Science & Technology School, the parade focused its spotlight on American Red Cross volunteers, and the parade’s grand marshal was Ruark Chick, chairman of the board of directors of the Louisiana Capital Area Red Cross. He has served with the Red Cross for seven years and was named chairman of the board of directors this month. The parade also honored Bob Mathews as the 2014 Kenilworth Resident of