Photos: Weekly Gallery, 07/01/12

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Associate librarian Rebecca Harris, top, laughs as Sannihith Uppe, 14, left, gets his fingers tangled in duct tape and Gabe Renaud, 11, right, watches in the 'Guys Stuff' arts and craft activity at the Ascension Parish Library's Dutchtown branch on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK - Donna Ellis is an online chaplain for the online degree program at Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas. Ellis makes several devotional videos a month for online students and administers a message board and prayer room online from her Baton Rouge home.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Arthur D. Lauck - A butterfly lands on a wildflower Thursday afternoon while feeding outside a Garden District home.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling - The low water level of the Mississippi River can be seen Thursday in this area just south of the Interstate 10 bridge, where water laps the shore under an old dock. Although the river’s level is very low for this time of year, navigation in the deep channel from Baton Rouge to the mouth of the river hasn’t been affected.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling - The Roberta Tabor pushes a string of barges down the Mississippi River on Thursday near Southern University just north of the U.S. 190 Bridge at Wilkerson Point. Low-water levels in the river could make navigation more challenging upriver from this point.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by Travis Spradling - In honor of Independence Day, the screen in the North Boulevard Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge projects photographs of local soldiers through July 8. The soldiers' families submitted more than 100 photos, and many wrote in emails saying they were grateful to see their loved ones honored, said Davis Rhorer, executive director of the Downtown Development District, which organized the tribute.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING - Charde Nelson, 8, left, and Trinity Spurlock, 9, right, participants in 'ArtStars,' test out the glow-in-the-dark- fireflies they made out of plastic Easter eggs, pipe cleaners and battery-powered LED tea lights at the River Center Branch Library.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING - Library technician Polly Root shows children an illustration in Eric Carle's 'The Very Lonely Firefly,' one of several firefly books she read during a program at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - Carly McConnell, 8, left, and Ainsley Pearce, 8, practice paddling on the lake at Greenwood Community Park.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - LOOP facilitator Roxie Wilson, right, teaches Antoni Staszkiewicz, 7, front left, and Salvador Nieto, 8, how to paddle backward during summer camp activities at Greenwood Community Park.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - Erin Sullivan, parks program consultant with the Louisiana Office of State Parks, right, prepares to launch Jillian Davis, 6, front, and Rodriana Hulbert, 6, back, into the lake at Greenwood Community Park. The girls were participating in a LOOP program while they were attending a BREC day camp.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - Samuel Le, 8, and Tyler Busby, Cole Brown, Alan Nieto, Antoni Staszkiewicz and Nicholas Tyson, all 7, from left, wait their turns while watching fellow day campers launch their canoes and kayaks into the lake at Greenwood Community Park.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - Ainsley Pearce, 8, left, hi-fives Rodriana Hulbert, 6, with her paddle as they row through the lake at Greenwood Community Park in Baker.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - LOOP facilitator Christiano Mouswaswa, standing, top left, and interim LOOP director Erin Sullivan, crouching on dock, give LOOP facilitator Roxie Wilson, in kayak, a push out to the lake as they demonstrate the proper way to enter a canoe or kayak for a group of 6 to 10 year olds on a recent Thursday afternoon at Greenwood Community Park in Baker.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU - Spectators watch and shoot video during Louisiana Air National Guard's air raid on the USS Kidd in downtown Baton Rouge as part of the 4th of July celebration in 2012.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND - Children, from left Jacie Budd, 9, Brody Lebourgeois, 5, Hunter Marcantel, 13, Camille Fontenot, 10, Ben Avants, 11, and Sydney Fontenot, 11 (in back obscured by Marcantel), enjoy a giant water slide on the levee in Port Allen before the Baton Rouge fireworks show on the Mississippi River Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND - Carey Quebedeaux and his daughter Becka Quebedeaux, front, and Carl and Kim Singletary (both in red back right) share a dance on the levee in Port Allen to live music before the Baton Rouge fireworks show on the Mississippi River Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU - Spectators on the USS Kidd in downtown Baton Rouge watch fireworks light up the sky last year.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND - People gather on the levee in Port Allen to enjoy a fireworks show sponsored by The Advocate and WBRZ on Wednesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU - Jenny Brooks

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU - A vintage World War II-era warplane buzzes the USS Kidd in downtown Baton Rouge during Wednesday's Louisiana Air National Guard's air raid show. Five planes attacked the ship during a mock exercise as part of the city's Fourth of July celebration.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU - Matt Lynch, 23, right, dodges a tag from Jeff Darling, 23, center, during a friendly game of touch football on the levee in downtown Baton Rouge during Wednesday's Star-Spangled Celebration.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Arthur D. Lauck - Boaters throw water balloons at each other Wednesday during the 30th Annual False River Fourth of July Boat Parade. Throwing water balloons is a parade tradition.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Arthur D. Lauck - The "Miss Mary Ann" boat makes its way past the judging stand Wednesday during the 30th Annual False River Fourth of July Boat Parade. The vessel won the parade's Founder's Trophy and Best Decorated Small Craft awards. This year's parade theme was Bounty Gate: Save Our Saints.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON - Manjaro Hills Jr., left, and his longtime friend and boxing partner John Williams, third from left, are 15-year-old boxers from Baton Rouge who have qualified to compete in Russia. Manjaro Hills Sr. coaches his son while Williams' dad, John McClendon, far right, coaches him.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - Donivan Manning, right, gets ready for the Fourth of July Fireworks on The Mississippi spectacular by placing shells into tubes Tuesday prior to fusing them together. Thomas Kelly, left, brings a handful of fuses to another set of shells. The shells in the blue tubes, foreground, are ready to go for the annual Baton Rouge event.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - Leonard Aillet rests on a bench at Port Allen's Riverfront park, with the Baton Rouge skyline and the Mississippi River in the background. City and parish officials are discussing working together to fund an extension of the levee-top park.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND - Scott Burke rides an extra-tall unicycle with other cycling enthusiasts in the Kenilworth Civic Association's annual Independence Day Parade on Tuesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND - Claire Lassalle and her grandchildren, from left, Barrett Klar, 2; Taylor Jennings, 5; and Catherine Hall, 2, enjoy the Kenilworth Civic Association's annual Independence Day Parade on Tuesday. The Baton Rouge neighborhood parade has been a tradition since the 1970s and this year's event included 51 entries.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU - Dance to the music - Judy Crochet, left, and Catherine Breaux dance to the tunes of The Avenue Cruisers on Tuesday at Donaldsonville's Crescent Park during the city's annual July 3 celebration. It featured food, music and fireworks.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - Emily Taylor and Chris Frink, from left, use smoke to calm bees so they can check out their hives.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - Chance Matthews, 12, from left, KJ Dantzler, 12, Tyson Bessie, 11, and Kelcie Vappie, 14, make steampunk boxes out of old Altoid tins Monday at the Baker Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG --- Pete Rose, left, signs photos and chats with Nicholas Suire (11), center, and his brother Tyler Suire (13), right. Pete Rose, a legendary and controversial baseball player and manager, signined autographs at Owens Collision Center. Monday July 2, 2012, in Baton Rouge,

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - Pete Rose, left, poses for a photo with former major league baseball player David Dellucci. Rose signed autographs at Owens Collision Center on Monday./

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  • Advocate staff file photo by Richard Alan Hannon - 'Twilight' movie fans Kira Arthurs, left, of Baton Rouge, and her cousin, Jamie Ryan, of Lubbock, Texas, train their binoculars on activity below in the hopes of seeing stars of the film from atop the Louisiana State Capitol in January 2011. A panel is tasked with determining how much tax revenue the state receives in exchange for granting credits for film productions.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling - Durell Hamilton, left, gives his wife, Tarj Hamilton, a kiss Saturday at Howell Park during the third annual 'Pack the Park' crime-fighting event. The couple began organizing the annual community gatherings after recovering from gunshot wounds they suffered during an attempted carjacking outside their home in 2007. Tarj was paralyzed as a result.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling - Members of the Louisiana National Guard's Youth Challenge Program perform a drill Saturday at Howell Park during 'Pack the Park,' an event promoting community involvement in fighting crime.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - Natalie Stumpf, 1, eats a slice of watermelon Saturday morning in the watermelon tasting tent during Garden Fest at the Burden Center. Homegrown watermelons and tomatoes used in tasting contests to help farmers learn which varieties taste the best.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling - Charlistha Brown, 9, left, and Trinity Franklin, 10, play checkers while their friend, Ra'Kaila Hall, 11, looks on during Saturday's anti-crime 'Pack the Park' event at Howell Park.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER Members of L'Assemblee Francaise, seated from left, Madeleine Campbell and Mabel Smith, and, standing from left, Lillie Gallagher, Heck Olinde and Jacqueline O'Quinn, gather for a photo during a planning session for the organization's 50th anniversary celebration.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGThe serenity of Stanley Jackson's porch overlooking Bayou Plaquemine is a stark contrast with the nuclear bomb code-named Hood. When that bomb was detonated on July 5, 1957, in the Nevada desert, Jackson was one of more than 2,000 Marines crouching in trenches a few kilometers away.