Photos: Weekly Gallery, 08/05/12

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Schoolteacher Annie Beth Lemoine, center, hugs fourth-graders Trinity Mason, left, and Lanaira Louis, both 9, as they get off the bus Friday for their first day of classes this year at Cohn Elementary School in Port Allen.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Anna Hrybyk, program manager for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, answers questions Friday at an environmental volunteer group 'Pray for our Air' meeting at Allen Chapel on Scenic Highway. The Bucket Brigade provides free air quality testing buckets to citizens.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Lillie Carline Courtade of Baton Rouge celebrated turning 102 Friday at a birthday party with her family, including her son, Ken Courtade, left, at Southside Gardens assisted living home. Courtade has five children, 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

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  • Zachary's top teachers - Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- The Zachary Community School District presented its Teachers of Year for 2012 at a rally Wednesday morking the start of the school year. From left, are School Board President Jannie Rogers, State Education Superintendent John White, Chasity Jones, Port Hudson Career Academy; Pam Broussard, Zachary High School; Shinita Bethely, Copper Mill Elementary School; Julie Johnson, Northwestern Middle School; Gwen Savario, Northwestern Elementary; Charissa Dennis, Zachary Early Learning Center, and Superintendent Warren Drake.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Arthur D. Lauck -- Madeline Ervin, 6, keeps an eye on her new classmates while her mom, Jannelle Ervin, gives her a goodbye kiss Thursday as fall semester classes begin at South Live Oak Elementary School.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Arthur D. Lauck -- Tasha Luneau, camera in hand , gets one last look Thursday through a first-grade classroom doorway at her daughter, Kaylee McClendon, 6, who was starting her first day of classes at South Live Oak Elementary School.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by Travis Spradling -- Lance Harris, director of Curatorial Services for the Secretary of State's Museums Division, hangs an information board next to the First National Flag of the Confederate States of America. Harris was making final preparations for 'A City Torn: Baton Rouge and the Civil War,' before an opening reception for the exhibit Thursday. The exhibit continues through Dec. 22 at the Old State Capitol.

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  • Advocate photo by DERICK HINGLE -- Ponchatoula dermatologist Dr. Robert 'Bob' Benson shows off the interior of Chesterton Square, an event facility he established in Ponchatoula. The building comfortably seats 600 and is used for receptions and dinners.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - Students walk in front of the main building of a newly renovated and expanded Baton Rouge Magnet High School on Wednesday, the first day of the 2012-13 school year for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - Baton Rouge Magnet High School juniors Latonya Beverly, left, Cydney Mitchell and Elizabeth Alexis greet each other Wednesday on the first day of the 2012-13 school year for East Baton Rouge Parish public schools.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS - Ali Kennedy, 8, of Walker, scales a rock wall during the National Night Out Against Crime Aug. 7 at Sidney Hutchinson Park in Walker. The event was sponsored by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and the city of Walker. Representatives from two dozen local, regional and federal law enforcement agencies were on hand to showcase crime-fighting equipment and meet the community.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Cafeteria employee Carlos Jackson, gives first-graders Bryson Greene, left, and Camryn Johnson, both 6, a choice of lettuce or apples Wednesday in Dutchtown Primary School's new cafeteria in Geismar.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --Clyde Lawrence, manager of Militello's Shoe Repair Inc. on Corporate Boulevard, holds his dog, Pepper. The 2-year-old Chihuahua sleeps on a towel behind the shoe repair store's front counter.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Customer Belle Lucas, of Baton Rouge, stops to scratch 2-year-old Pepper at Militello's Shoe Repair Inc. on Corporate Boulevard. The Chihuahua, the pet of store manager Clyde Lawrence, generally seems to like women much better than men.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK --Stephen Babcock brings his 9-year-old yellow lab Tre Dog to work with him regularly. Tre watches Babcock dress each morning to see what kind of clothes he wears as a clue to whether he can go to work or the fish camp.

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  • Photo provided by LANNY DAIGLE --Lulu, a bulldog who once roamed the print shop at Sprint Print, died in February. She came to work with owner Lanny Daigle daily for a decade.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --Pepper snarls at the passing foot belonging to Van Porter, 'chief shineologist' at Militello's Shoe Repair on Corporate Boulevard. The dog, a 2-year-old Chihuahua, will sometimes be friendly with Porter, who's known the dog for two years now, but only if he's reaching into the pocket of his apron for a dog treat.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Andrea Colar, left, says she is upset that her 10-year-old son, Le'Brandole Green, was told that in order to receive a voucher to attend Faith Academy, he would have to repeat the fourth grade, despite being nearly a 4.0 student who passed the state's LEAP test last year.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Megan Guitreau, right, with Women's Hospital, checks in mother Regan Kliebert, on the gurney, left, and one of her twins, Eva, right, Sunday as the hospital staff moved mothers and babies to the new facility off Airline Highway near Stumberg Lane. Kliebert's other baby, Liza, was in the newborn and infant intensive care unit.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Delana Heltz, right, pregnant with her second child, gets a checkup from Dr. Marshall St. Amant on Sunday after she was moved into the new Woman's Hospital off Airline Highway near Stumberg Lane.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - After sunset Friday evening, the lights illuminating the Virgin Mary statue at Hoa Nguyen's home light up Broadmoor Circle. Visitors from as far as California have come to see the statue. The high volume of visitors caused the Nguyen family to line the road with caution tape to keep visitors parked on one side of the narrow road.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - The statue of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus draws a steady flow of people every day to the Nguyen home on Broadmoor Circle where the statue stands in the front yard. Visitors bring candles and flowers to place around the statue, and ask for blessings. Some witnesses claim that Mary and Jesus' faces sometimes appear to cry or smile, but usually in the early morning hours.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - Nhu Thi Le, left, prays before the statue of Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus on Broadmoor Circle. The Nguyen family, who owns the statue, has set up flood lights and tents in their front yard so that visitors can come by at any time during the night to pray and ask for blessings.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK - Riveroaks Elementary School teachers Wanda Hall, left, Angela Oquin, Mary Beth Burns, and Principal Shilonda Shamlin cheer Tuesday for East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Bernard Taylor after he spoke at Southern University's F.G. Clark Center. The staff was dressed as fairy tale characters for the event and planned to wear costumes Wednesday to kick off the school year.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - Boat ride - Eric Hebert's boat, coming back to the Sportsman's Landing boat launch, casts a reflection while cutting across a glass-smooth Bayou Corne on Tuesday after going under La. 70. Hebert said he did 'OK' while doing some early morning fishing on the bayou.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON - Taking a walk - LSU sophomore Lily Winnett of Baton Rouge walks past the Indian Mounds from her intersession class Tuesday on campus. Winnett had been studying all day for an upcoming test in biology, physiology and anatomy.

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  • Advocate photo by DERICK HINGLE -- Latimore Smith stands next to longleaf pine trees he planted in the late 1990s at the Lake Ramsay Savanna Preserve near Goodbee. Longleaf pine grow more slowly than loblolly and slash pine, which were more popular among foresters for much of the 20th century.

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  • Advocate photo by DERICK HINGLE -- A field of both mature and young longleaf pines, a remnant of native longleaf pine trees, stand at the Lake Ramsay Preserve near Goodbee. The preserve was set aside for conservation in the late 1980s.

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  • Advocate photo by DERICK HINGLE -- Latimore Smith, of The Nature Conservancy, discusses the longleaf pine savanna habitat. The longleaf pine stands to the right and contrasts with the crowded mixed hardwood-pine forest to the left.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG - Bennett Bruns maneuvers around a light fixture while mowing the grass at his parents' dental clinic to make money for his summer travels with the People to People progam.

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  • Advocate staff photo -- Randy Jarreau, left, and James Cannon, right, present the colors Saturday morning at the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Baton Rouge at Magnolia Cemetery. Joining Jarreau and Cannon in representing the Louisiana State Militia are, in line from left, Kevin Adkins, John Sledge, Tyler Massey, Dustin Milam, John Flippen, Andre Jacob and Paul Bergeron.

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  • Advocate file photo -- Brothers Christian Villere, left, and Joshua Villere march along with the Louisiana State Militia during last year's ceremonies at Magnolia Cemetery marking the anniversary of the Battle of Baton Rouge. This year's commemoration and reenactment of the battle starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery, 422 N. 19th St.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - Dressed in period attire and fanning themselves to keep cool, Christina Cummings, left, and Mona Fraering, listen to the presentation at the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Baton Rouge Saturday morning in Magnolia Cemetery.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- A monument in Magnolia Cemetery honors Confederate soldiers killed in the Battle of Baton Rouge on Aug. 5, 1862. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the battle.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Arthur D. Lauck -- Katy Cordero tries to find a new belt for her son, David Bones, 8, while shopping Wednesday at Young Fashions School Uniforms.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Arthur D. Lauck -- THRIVE Charter School teacher Bree Quinn works on a a poster for her new classroom Thursday afternoon at the new boarding school. The school will open with 20 sixth-graders who will board Sunday night through Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Teachers Nadia Pitts, right, and Shunda Perry, second from right, join colleagues in visiting residents around Winbourne Elementary School Saturday. The Back-to-School Neighborhood Walk was aimed at encouraging residents to register their children for the school year, as well as deliver information on supplies, nutrition, and truancy.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Rebecca Armstrong-English, left, distributes school supplies to J'Ven Norman, 10, middle, and his mom, Vonettra Norman, Saturday afternoon at the Anna T. Jordan Community Park in Scotlandville. The event, hosted by Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options, included a school supply giveway, gift card door prizes, music and food.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG Christian Lawson is selling watermelons to raise money for his freshman year at Louisiana College. Lawson said he intentionally misspelled the word 'college' to make people smile.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER - Lauren Yegge, 18, middle, feels a set of twin sheets as she shops with her mom, Paris, left, and her younger sister, Drew, 14, right, in Dillard's at the Mall of Louisiana. Yegge and her roommate, a native of Nashville, Tenn., have been coordinating their dorm room decor via text messages. They met in person one time at orientation, but continue to communicate and work out the details.

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