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Photos: Crime victims picnic

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Valerie Harris Washington, right, sister of murder victim Corneelius Harris, gets a hug from Megan Vessell, left, the victims' assistance coordinator who worked the Harris family's  case, after Cornelius' 2011 murder in Wilson, La. Valerie had just won a strawberry cake in a drawing  at the District Attorney's Office and BRAVE's  annual victims rights awareness week picnic Saturday. 'Megan was just awesome,' Valerie said.

District Attorney’s Office and BRAVE helded its annual victim’s rights awareness week picnic Saturday at BREC Howell Park. Survivors of violence and families of homicide victims spoke on how violence has affected their lives.… Continue reading →

Percy Sledge remembered as a singer who lit up concert stages with his smile: ‘A genuinely good guy’

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Sanricca Sledge Lawrence sings during the funeral services for singer Percy Sledge at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baker, La..

Percy Sledge, singer of “When a Man Loves a Woman,” the 1966 No. 1 hit that became a soul-music classic, was remembered Tuesday as a kind and charismatic man who lit up rooms and concert stages with his unmistakable smile. The three-hour-plus funeral service for Sledge at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baker was streamed live… Continue reading →

Photos: 2015 Legislative session begins

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- First day of the legislative session. Gov. Bobby Jindal, right, gives his state of the state speech as his father, left front, watches.

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s final State of the State speech won mixed reviews Monday, focusing largely on the ongoing budget crisis, Jindal’s opposition to Common Core and his support for a proposed “religious freedom” bill.… Continue reading →