Photos: Weekly Gallery, 07/08/12

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING - New food pantry - Theresa Sandifer, left, Catherine LeBlanc,14, Akbar Zamin,14, Leah Courter, 16, Andree Halliburton, 15, and Zainab Zamin, 16, organize about 2,700 pounds of food from a Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank truck inside a pantry Friday at St. John's United Methodist Church, 9375 Highland Road. 'The Shepherd's Market' food pantry, a new ministry of Opening Doors, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the church, is scheduled for its grand opening on July 17. It will serve clients with ZIP codes 70808, 70810 and 70820 in East Baton Rouge Parish. The pantry will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III, left, asks a question of car owner Neal Hawkins on Friday, center, as driver Chris Buhler, right, watches. Neal Hawkins, father of 2005 murder victim Corey Hawkins, has dedicated this sports car to his son and the law enforcement community that worked the murder case. The car sports a portrait of Corey Hawkins and the names of everybody who worked on the case.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK - Bookworm - Sarah Breaux, 9, reads a book Friday in the children's section of the South Branch of the Lafayette Parish Library. Breaux, a student at Prairie Elementary, said she likes the "Wimpy Kid" series of books, and visits the library 2 to 3 times a month.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - Good things happen in the dark - Yoga enthusiasts of all skill levels gathered Friday at Tari's School of Dance to participate in Glowga, a free, community-wide yoga class offered by Lululemon and Yoga Bliss. Ashley Holley, front, works for Yoga Bliss in exchange while also working as a U.S. Army officer. Glowga class participants painted themselves with neon-colored paint and donned glow sticks on their ankles and wrists as the class was held in the dark.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - A helping hand - Retiree Joe Temple cleans out the ditch and culvert under his neighbor's driveway on Cal Road Thursday in Baton Rouge. After a considerable rain, a little help was necessary and Joe said he did not mind lending a hand, or in this case, a rake.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND - For a good cause - Hope Perrin searches on Friday for the correct size uniform for her child at the Walker Police Department's 8th annual From Our Uniform to Yours" school uniform drive at Revival Temple. Parents were invited to pick out two free complete uniforms, many of which were donated.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - After delivering his inaugural sermon as the new minister at Ingleside United Methodist Church on July 1, the Rev. Jay Hogewood invites the congregation to a potluck lunch in the Fellowship Hall. He is joined in front of the congregation by the lay leader, Amy Cole, right.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU - U.S. Geological Survey research scientist Stephen Horton, left, answers questions Thursday from concerned residents about gas bubbles and tremors in Bayou Corne in Assumption Parish.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by Travis Spradling - UMBRELLA FELLA - Raymond Bernucho, an employee at Poor Boy Lloyd's at 201 Florida St., takes down an umbrella outside the downtown restaurant in between rain showers on Thursday to prevent strong winds from blowing it away.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON - The Claycut Road Bridge, seen Thursday atop Wards Creek, has been closed for repairs since May 23. Thomas Stephens, chief design engineer for the East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Public Works, said the bridge should be open to traffic by noon Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Richard Alan Hannon - Lawyer Trippe Hawthorne, left, tosses a bad bicycle pedal belonging to Tyris Walker, right, as he works to repair Walker's bike during a monthly free bicycle repair workshop in a parking lot at Florida Bouulevard and 17th Street.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON - Ian Guedry, a personal trainer who volunteers as a bicycle repairman fixing rides for the homeless and carless, looks for a hole as he and other volunteers repair bicycles on a parking lot at Florida Boulevard and 17th Street.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Richard Alan Hannon - Jack Roberts, right, watches as bicycle repair volunteer Tommy Groves, left, a Blue Cross/Blue Shield employee, works to repair a wobbly rim, two broken spokes and cables at a free repair workshop for people who depend on their bicycles for transportation.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON - Library construction hits milestone - Milton J. Womack Inc. employees Jonathan Wade, bottom, Will Nezat, left, and Howard Jones Jr. work to secure a holly tree Wednesday before a rainstorm during a 'topping out' ceremony at the site of the new East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard. The construction custom, performed shortly after the placing of the last piece of structural steel in a building, signifies growth and good luck. The 126,000-square-foot library is scheduled to open in spring 2014.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU - Shipwreck - A barge passes the remains of the sunken Le Pelican along the Mississippi River in Donaldsonville on Wednesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling - Fishing trip - Wendell Rouse, center, of Port Allen, takes his daughters Demyra Wheeler, 9, right, and Demaycia Wheeler, 8, fishing Wednesday at BREC's Milford Wampold Park on University Lake.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Libby Isenhower - Hundreds of orchids surround John and Beth Blackstock in their shade house where Beth tends a variety of the delicate flowers. John Blackstock built the shade shed. Orchids flourish in hot, humid climates. In the winter, the Blackstocks seal off the shade house and run heaters.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND - Ken Keegan and his wife, Kathy, owners of Las Vegas based K&K Bowling Services, pack up their vendor booth Tuesday on the last day of competition for the U.S. Bowling Congress Open Bowling Tournament in downtown Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - Getting his kicks - Roger Charcap, left, works with Brandon Temple Monday on maneuvering and kicking drills during individual training at the BREC Soccer Complex on Burbank Drive. Charcap said they got a break from the weather after rain showers cooled temperatures down a few degrees.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON - Gabrielle Deer, right, and Veronica Spicer learn how to feed and burp babies recently during the American Red Cross' two-day babysitting course.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - Valerie Evans, front row, second from left, puts her arm around her son, Gabriel Evans, 11, while she and Ken Campbell, left, president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, discuss their plans to support the school choice program, which is under attack by lawsuits filed by teachers' unions and other associations.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling -- Tourists head towards the state Senate Chamber from Memorial Hall in the State Capitol. They pass construction fencing that protects steps leading to an area between the inner and outer walls of Memorial Hall, during construction that is part of the ongoing facelift of the State Capitol building.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - Ann Watts stands next to the food warmer Friday in the large room where a flat screen TV waits to be installed. Watts is the site coordinator for the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging's Central Senior Center at 17070 Greenwell Springs Road. It is scheduled to open Thursday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND - LSU physics senior Gregory Tobin, left, and NYU physics senior Abi Polin demonstrate a Ruben's Tube during Astronomy Night at LSU last month. The tube is an instrument used to create a visualization of sound waves. The tube's filled with propane gas on one end, and sound waves, created by a machine, enter the other end. The waves create pressure that pushes the gas out of the holes on the top at different heights, depending on the frequency.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND - Astronomy Night at LSU aims to interest undergrads in the university's physics graduate program and high school students in enrolling in undergrad programs. Some physics students, well-rounded in math and computer science, end up looking not at the firmament but at Wall Street investment strategies.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND - Physics professor Kip Matthews does an experiment with sulfur hexaflouride, a gas heavier than air, during Astronomy Night at LSU. The balloon, filled with air (not helium), floats because the sulfur hexaflouride is heavier and pushes the balloon up.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK - Tour guide Phanat Xanamane speaks Friday to a group visiting the new Buddhist simi, or Buddhist monk ordination hall, at Lanexang Village in rural Iberia Parish about what the new building means to village residents.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy Scott Mansfield patrols the Westminster-Pine Park subdivisions as part of neighborhood crime prevention district efforts. A sign on a light pole at Fleet and Baker drives notes the area is patrolled by EBRP sheriff's deputies. The area has been able to beef up patrols since the crime prevention district's creation and approval of a parcel fee on everyone's property to finance operations.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - LSU professor Barry Keim, left, and graduate student Hal 'Hurricane' Needham created a new database of historical tropical storm surges along the Gulf of Mexico coastline.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by Arthur D. Lauck - Baton Rouge's five City Court judges work at the City Court House, located downtown. The five judges have collectively taken 101 publicly funded trips in the past five and a half years.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling - Kinslee Sink, 9, waves American flags Saturday during the Baton Rouge chapter of the Nation of Patriots' third annual Passing the Flag ceremony at Harley-Davidson of Baton Rouge on Siegen Lane. Behind Sink taking pictures and applauding are, left to right, Cassie Hubert, of Central; Kinslee's mother, Heather Johnson, visiting from South Carolina; and Heather's aunt, Polly Himmel, of Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIGTorn clothing streams from the trees above part of the four blocks of devastation carved through a Kenner residential area by the fatal flight of a Pan Am jet that crashed July 9, 1982. Workers sifted through the rubble looking for clues to what caused the disaster and for any victims trapped in the debris.