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  • Advocate file photo by JOHN H. WILLIAMS
    Cool and calm, September 15, 1993
    Cool and calm first-year Southern coach Pete Richardson, 47, watches his team during the first half of Southern's game against Florida A & M. Hired on Dec. 18, 1992, Richardson won five SWAC championships and four black college national championships, earning a special place in the schoolís history as he piled up an overall record of 134-62. Richardson was replaced by Stump Mitchell in January 2010.

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    Night Air at the Fair, September 13, 1985
    With just a few days of the fair left, a large crowd showed up to take in the rides, games and exhibits at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair. The fair events in 1985 included a cheerleading contest, performances by country music artist Sylvia and Lacy J. Dalton. The fair is now held during the months of October and November. This year's fair dates are Oct. 23 through Nov. 3. This year's events include more than 40 rides and musical entertainment nightly (gospel, rock, bluegrass, country, blues, zydeco).

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by Patrick Dennis
    Hanson excites mallgoers with music, cuteness, August 16, 2000
    Zac Hanson, of the teen music group "Hanson," gave a cheer as he and his brothers Isaac (center) and Taylor (right), signed autographs and greeted fans in the Mall of Louisiana's Center Court. The Hansons signed autographs for 2 hours as throngs of mostly teenaged girls pressed in on all sides to get a look at the stars and get photographs.

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  • Advocate file photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK
    Dragonfly international airport,August 3, 1999
    A dragonfly landed on a stalk of Johnson grass in Iberia Parish. The insect feeds on flies, mosquitoes and other insects.

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  • Advocate file photo by KERRY MALONEY
    Snow show, August 1, 2003
    Six-year-old Max Morgan broke a snowball over his head at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. The center ended its Swamp Squirts Day Camp with a snow party. Campers learned about polar animals on Frozen Friday and played in shaved ice provided by The Sno-Mobile of Louisiana. Six-year-old Max Morgan breaks a snowball over his head Friday at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center in Baton Rouge, LA. The center ended their Swamp Squirts day camp Friday with a snow party. The five and six-year-olds learned about polar animals on Frozen Friday and played in shaved ice provided by The Sno-Mobile of Louisiana. ( Advocate staff photo by Kerry Maloney. Photo shot on 8/1/03.) Keyword Child, Recreation

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  • Advocate file photo by CHARLES EAST
    Ruins of Windsor, July 31, 1956
    Scenes for "Raintree County" were filmed at the ruins of Windsor, once one of the great plantation houses of South Mississippi. The iron steps were made in Hollywood but are replicas of the originals (now located at Alcorn State University). To the front of the house, for purposes of the picture, is a family graveyard, the stones and monuments also made in Hollywood.

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  • Advocate file photo by PHIL LAROSE
    Down On Tape, July 27, 1975
    Lynwood Ourso worked the controls and John Fred listened during a recording session at Deep South Recorders. At the time, Fred refuted the idea that eight-track facility is obsolete, saying that the song makes the hit, not the facility. He had a local radio show and was the lead singer of John Fred and the Playboys. John Fred Gourrier Jr. died in April 2005.

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  • Advocate file photo by DENNY CULBERT
    Learning about football, July 18, 2008
    Kathy Miles leads several women onto the field at Tiger Stadium for the annual Lady Tigers 'Football 101' clinic. The ladies were able to have their photo taken with the 2007 national championship trophy, listen to presentations from LSU assistant coaches, participate in interactive demonstrations and shop from local vendors, followed by a march down Victory Hill into the stadium.

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  • Advocate file photo by GARY HUNTER
    Demolition on Lafayette, July 27, 1975
    The former home of Baton Rouge's First National Bank, a turn-of-the-century structure, was demolished at Lafayette and Laurel streets. The building had varied tenants, including a sports shop in the mid-'60s and an antique store.

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    Evangeline Celebration on the Fourth, July 5, 1965
    Evangeline State Park at St. Martinville was the scene for part of the state's Fourth of July celebrations. The minature priest pedalling along in the parade was William Greig, 9, of St. Martinville. A heavy rainfall during the afternoon forced cancellation of many events but the main address was held. Guests in the audience included St. Martinville Mayor Harold Reseweber, Sheriff Charles Fuselier, U.S. Rep. E.E. Willis and Secretary of State Wade O. Martin.

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  • Advocate file photo by GARY HUNTER
    The two bridges, June 19, 1988
    The interstate 20 bridge and the old U.S. 80 bridge across the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, Mississippi across to Vidalia, Louisiana in 1988.

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  • Advocate file photo by ART KLEINER
    The Women's Clubhouse, June 25, 1961
    The largest reception room of the Baton Rouge landmark was the scene of numerous club and social gatherings. Two hundred and thirty-four club activities and 112 social gatherings were held at the Clubhouse in 1960. In the reception room were, from left, Mrs. Raymond Post, Mrs. Anatole Keller, Mrs. Alfred C. Pickett, and Mrs. J. A. Tucker, the first Clubhouse president, all of whom are active supporters and board members of the Woman's Club, Inc.

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  • Advocate file photo by GARY HUNTER
    That's Us, June 2, 1976
    June Peay, secretary to the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, hung the new sign marking the location of the comittee's meeting room. The room was located in the far reaches of the state capitol building's sub-basement. The new sign, complete with a depiction of a worried citizen guarding a bag of cash, told where to find the legislative caretakers of the state's purse-strings.

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  • Advocate file photo by KEN ARMSTRONG
    Food Service, Too, June 4, 1959
    The Piccadilly Cafeteria was located in Westmoreland Center. At the time, the completed shopping center was the only one in Baton Rouge with large cafeteria facilities. At right in the above picture was the Auto-Lec Store in Westmoreland Center. Since the 1950s, several other Piccadilly restaurants have opened in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG
    Capital improvements, May 19, 1994
    The Perkins Road bridge over the Kansas City Railroad was one of the capital improvements planned by mayor Tom Ed McHugh in 1994. Various new construction of the overpass have happened over the years, including a major project that began in 2009.

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  • Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND
    "Olivia" at the library, May 8, 2007
    Hannah Woodring, and her mother, Shea Woodring react to a part in the story as library associate Stacey Causin reads the book "Olivia" to a small gathering at the Gonzales Library.

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  • Advocate file photo by GARY HUNTER
    Renovating the Bellemont, May 12, 1985
    Landscapers provide part of the renovation project at the Bellemont Hotel. The hotel was built in 1946 by A.C. Lewis Jr. and former Lt. Gov. Jamar Adcock, of Monroe. Room-rates for the original 36 rooms were $2.50 a night. The hotel and the Great Hall was demolished in June 2012.

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  • Advocate file photo by DAN HARDESTY
    Lonely departure, May 11, 1960
    Former Gov. Earl K. Long made a lonely departure as the inaugural ceremonies were coming to a close. He left the stand even as the honor guard was filing into place to form a corridor for Long's successor to reach his office. Long served two terms as governor for Louisiana - 1948 to 1952 and 1956 to 1960. Long won a Congressional election in 1960 but died in Alexandria a week after his victory on Sept. 5, 1960.

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  • Advocate file photo by JAMES CHANCE
    Louisiana Indians celebrate heritage and culture, April 29, 2006
    Terrell Bell of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw framed by the eagle feather bustle worn by his uncle, Stanley Bell, during a ceremony at the LSU Native American Student Association Powwow. Terrell and Stanley had both traveled from Philadelphia Mississippi to attend the event.

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  • Advocate file photo by JOHN BOSS
    St. Michael's Church Cemetery, April 2, 1988
    Rain clouds gather behind a cross in the St. Michael's Church Cemetery in Convent, blocking out the sun. Many of the tombs in the cemetery were built in the 1800s, and some are the final resting place for French natives who migrated to Louisiana.

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  • Advocate file photo by SARAH ORR
    Operation Starting Line, March 31, 2002
    Charlie Daniels was one of the featured muscians at the Louisiana State Prison of Angola during Operation Starting Line, a national prison outreach program that brings a concert to prisoners and provides spiritual education and post-prison help. Aaron Neville also performed for the prisoners.

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  • Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON
    Zebra stripes, March 21, 2003
    This baby Grant Zebra, center, was born on Mardi Gras day in 2003. The stripes on Grant Zebras are like fingerprints. No two are alike. The patterns do not camouflage the zebras. Instead they confuse predators by making it hard to tell where one zebra ends and the other begins.

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  • Advocate file photo by JOHN BOSS
    It's Ellie! March 31, 1966
    Baton Rouge's own Donna Douglas, Ellie May Clampett of 'Beverly Hillbillies' fame, does a takeoff on Ellie May for the benefit of the audience at the Louisiana Municipal Association convention Thursday afternoon.

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  • Advocate file photo by JOHN BOSS
    Gumbo lunch, March 6, 1990
    Marceline McCall, a veteran of St. James Episcopal Lenten gumbo lunches adds ingredients to a savory batch. Church dietician Mae Brock, left, and Susie Irby, chairman of the lunches that raise money for the Episcopal Church Women, supervise the lunches served Friday during Lent. This year, Easter is on March 31, 2013.

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  • Advocate file photo by BRADLEY K. BIGLEY
    Catch of the day' Feb. 17, 1997
    A water bird, perhaps with an oversize appetite, perches on the claw of a 30-foot crawfish, which itself perches atop a billboard along Interstate 10 between Lafayette and Scott. The giant sign, installed in October 1992, promoted the Lafayette Restaurant Association.

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  • Advocate file photo by MARTIN L. TANNEY
    Band building destroyed, March 19, 1958
    Flames soaring tree top high destroyed the LSU band building. Damage had been estimated to exceed $100,000. All three of the building's occupants escaped injury. Visible shows only walls of the gutted building, located just west of the Pentagon Barracks. The new building, known as Tiger Band Hall, was completed in April 2012 on Aster Street just off Highland Road near the university's north gates.

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  • Advocate file photo by CHARLES WESTON
    St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 17, 1966
    The Irish, near-Irish, would-be Irish and Irish sympathizers of Baton Rouge staged a gala parade which winded its way along a green stripe through the downtown area yesterday, honoring St. Patrick. Frank McConnel rides along in a buggy. The observance, "one of the grandest ever," featured kilted bagpipes, bands and other marching units. This year's St. Patrick's Day Parade is March 16.

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  • Advocate file photo by Leatus Still
    The Way Is Lighted, March 1, 1969
    Motorists formerly accustomed to total darkness while driving on a five-mile section of Interstate 10 and 12, on February 28, 1969 were greeted with a lighted roadway between Perkins Road and the Airline Highway. No formal announcement of the lighting had been made by the State Department of Highways. The lights were erected along the 4.9 mile stretch by Louisiana Electric Co. of Baton Rouge for $392,697. This picture was taken at the intersection of I-10 and I-12 looking west toward College Drive.

  • Advocate file photo by GARY HUNTER
    Holiday plant advice, Feb. 6, 2009
    Ed Cullen, author of the "In The Yard" column, had the following advice for the holiday cactus: Winter out your holiday cactus near a sunny window. Too much watering leads to root rot, but you need to keep the growing medium moist. When warm weather comes - and stays - move the holiday cactus outside under high shade or to a place where it gets morning sun but protection from blasting midday and afternoon sun. With proper care, the holiday cactus may bloom for many Thanksgivings and Christmases.

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  • Advocate file photo by LORI WASELCHUK
    Hearts aisle, Feb. 14, 1991
    Ayanna Vector and an infant friend, Parres Craft, peruse the Valentine's Day gift items at Hallmark Holiday Shop in Cortana Mall.

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  • Advocate file photo by STAN ALOST
    Chicken scratching, Feb. 4, 1984
    Homemakers club leaders learn chicken scratching during workshop at Main Library. The needlecraft, known as "chicken scratching" made a return to popularity in 1984. At this workshop, 27 clubs of the East Baton Rouge Homemakers Council met to learn the craft. The ladies received a gingham that had been marked for stitching of designs. Markings are made with a water soluble pen or pencil. The markings are rinsed out after stitching is completed.

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  • Advocate file photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK
    Sign of the times, Jan. 30, 2007
    A resident rides his bicycle past several large flamingos in City Park Lake. The flamingos are placed in the lake each year to announce the Spanish Town Ball. The ball this year was Jan. 26. The Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade is Feb. 9, 2013 at noon.

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  • Advocate file photo by TIM MUELLER
    Ice Skating fever, Jan. 24, 1998
    Scott Hamilton performing at the Discover Stars on Ice show at the Riverside Centroplex. Hamilton won gold in the men's in 1984 Olympics. Other stars included Katerina Witt and Kristi Yamaguchi, who both won gold in women's skating and Ekaterina Gordeeva, who won gold in pairs in 1988 and 1984. Hamilton's signature move is a backflip.

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  • Advocate file photo by JEFF ADKINS
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19, 1999
    Warren Wessinger, center, and the Capitol Senior High School Marching Band parade down Government Street in the Martin Luther King Jr. march. Each year the city holds many activities to celebrate the civil rights leader.

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  • Advocate file photo by KEN ARMSTRONG
    Band of Angels, Jan. 15, 1957
    State-Times reporter Charles East dressed as an extra for the film Band of Angels during its filming in Baton Rouge. Footage featuring East never made it into the final version of the film. The movie came out in 1957 and was based on a novel by Robert Penn Warren. It starred Clark Gable and Sidney Poitier.

  • Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK
    Winter sunset, Jan. 2, 2003
    The sun sets behind a cypress tree in Lake Martin at the end of a chilly, cloudless day in St. Martin Parish. Temperatures fell into the upper 20s throughout south Louisiana.

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  • Advocate file photo by KERRY MALONEY
    Sobbing with Santa, Dec. 19, 2002
    Two-year-old Cole Granier, left, and his 14-month-old brother, Reece, seek a quick exit from Santa's lap Thursday at the Mall of Louisiana. Their father rescued them a moment later.

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  • Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON
    Preparing for Christmas, Dec. 19, 2005
    St. John The Evangilist Catholic Church members Brenda Babin, left, and Jane Gauthreaux adorn the choir loft railing inside the church. The church, located in Plaquemine, kept the decorations displayed until January 6 that year.

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  • Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON
    Downtown Festival of Lights, Dec. 11, 2009
    Spectators watch from behind the Old State Capitol as fireworks explode above the Mississippi River during the 2009 Downtown Festival of Lights on Friday night. Rain began to come down just a few minutes later, sending most of the attendees home.

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  • Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON
    Holiday Helpers, Nov. 27, 2009
    Krystal Berkins, left, and Nikki Green serve Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the Holiday Helpers of Baton Rouge 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Together meal at the River Center downtown. The cousins were among the 500 volunteers and 1,500 recipients who turned out for the event.

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  • Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG
    Double-take, Oct. 16, 1987
    Travellers crossing the Mississippi River from Vidalia to Natchez, Mississippi, may do a double-take as they approach the twin spans crossing the river. Work is moving along on the left span, while two-way traffic makes use of the right. Looking across the river from Natchez, the church spire in Vidalia can be seen in the middle of the twin bridges.

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  • Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING
    Nice landing, Nov. 19, 2004
    Craig Gaspard of Baton Rouge comes in for a landing in his power chute ultralight flying craft, with first-time student flyer Roy Bolton of Walker La. aboard. Flying by in background at Omni Airfield north of Port Allen are Kendall Ducote (left) of Walker and Kevin Manuel of Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate file photo by JOHN H. WILLIAMS
    Know Your Habits, Nov. 3, 1977
    The horse show at the John M. Parker Agricultural Center. There is an important code of etiquette in having the proper attire for women's riding habits. Jenne Graeser, above, with Tombstone's Spirit, is dressed properly for showing Walking Horses.

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  • Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS
    Hall of Honor induction, Nov. 11, 2003
    A crowd observes Veterans Day during ceremony at the USS Kidd and Nautical Museum. Veterans were honored and Lawrence Barbay was inducted into the Louisiana Veterans Hall of Honor at the USS Kidd and Nautical Museum. Barbay was a POW for six and a half years in Vietnam after being shot down in 1966.

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  • Advocate file photo by JOHN BOSS --1958 LSU Championship Team Reunion, on Oct. 29, 1988. Members of the 1958 national championship backfield -- halfback Billy Cannon (left), quarterback Warren Rabb and halfback Johnny Robinson, all Baton Rouge natives -- huddle with Paul Dietzel, the 1958 team's coach and former LSU athletic director, at their reunion dinner at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

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  • Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON
    Pumpkin Picasso, Oct. 23, 2002
    Sophomore Megann Reece of New Orleans puts the finishing touches on her pumpkin Wednesday during a post-midterm stress reliever at the LSU Union. During the 'art therapy' event, 33 pumpkins were painted for display.

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  • Advocate file photo by MARK SCHIEFELBEIN
    Romance at sunset on the levee, Oct. 25, 1998
    Jim Menard and Claudia Cecile enjoy the setting sun recently from a bench along the Mississippi River near downtown Baton Rouge. The sunny skies and fair weather that have blessed the area are expected to continue at least through the end of the week.

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  • Advocate file photo by CHARLES GERALD
    LSU Pool Cover, Oct. 13, 1975
    Dr. Ivan Harless, LSU pool director, smiles on a sunny day in front of an air-supported cover enclosing the Huey P. Long pool which eliminates the problem of bad weather interfering with daily practices. The white, vinyl-coated nylon cover is supported by air pumped through a large blower.

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  • Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG
    Back where they belong, Sept. 25, 2006
    New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, left, congratulating Saints coach Sean Payton on the field after the Saints' 23-3 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night in the Superdome. The game marked the homecoming of the Saints to the New Orleans Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. Sean Payton is suspended by the National Football League for the entire current football season for his involvement in the Saints' bounty scandal.

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    Here for filming, Sept. 25, 1957
    Orson Welles, who stars in 20th Century-Fox's "The Long Hot Summer," arrived in Baton Rouge bearded for his role in the picture. Welles was at the Bellemont Hotel for his interview with State-Times reporter Charles East. Also starring in the movie was Paul Newman.

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  • Advocate file photo by MELINDA SHELTON
    Birthday bash for New Orleans streetcars, Sept. 22, 1985< br />A maze of overhead electrical lines and street tracks leads the way to the Carrollton station and shop for both streetcars and buses in New Orleans. The city held a 150th birthday celebration for New Orleans' St. Charles Streetcar Line.

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  • Advocate file photo by JOHN BOSS
    Festival Acadiens, Sept. 11, 1977
    Participating in the tribute to Cajun music are members of the Church Point Playboys: Elton Cormier, Ambrose Thibodeaux, Leola Denson, and Besyl Dutton. The festival had different names when it began in the 1970s. In 1980 the festival was named Festival de Musique Acadienne/Cajun Music Festival. The Lafayette Jaycees took over sponsorship since it was already involved with Festival Acadiens through the Bayou Food Festival and the Acadiana Fair & Trade Show.

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