Photos: Weekly Gallery, 09/23/12

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Taylor Amedee, left, of New Orleans, and Sarah Gastinel, of Sunshine, dive onto water-sprinkled tarps Friday afternoon on the LSU parade grounds. The sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority enjoyed an afternoon of games as part of their "double dare" themed 2012 Founders' Retreat.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Danielle Adams and Jason Duga, in costume as a character called Wally Wise Guy, perform for students at Winborne Elementary in a song and dance stressing the importantance of sheltering in place during times of danger. Wally has been traveling to schools in the north Baton Rouge area to teach children how to be safe during a chemical emergency, specifically how to shelter-in-place. The program put on by Playmakers of Baton Rouge is part of a campaign involving the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; Baton Rouge Fire Department and other members of the North Baton Rouge Chemical Industry Task Force.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Attorney Barry Scheck embraces Damon Thibodeaux, who was released from Angola on Thursday, in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Mary Elizabeth Carruth, left, leads a group of children Thursday holding firmly onto a line while Erin Bruner, right, brings up the rear and makes sure there are no stragglers as the participants of the First Presbyterian Pre-School and Mother's Day Out program make their way west on North Boulevard to the downtown library.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Senira Honora, 5, and Jamari Foster, 4, take burn off some youthful energy Thursday afternoon on the playground at BREC's Independence Park.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --Ashley Bergeson and other CASA volunteers take part in training at the Baton Rouge CASA office. CASA provides volunteer advocates for children who have been removed from abusive homes.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Hundreds of people gathered at New Orleans' West End on Wednesday to witness the lighting of the New Canal Lighthouse. The lighthouse, which was heavily damaged in Hurricane Katrina, was reconstructed and lit for the first time since the 2005 storm.

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  • From left, Rep. Dalton Honore', D-Baton Rouge; Dept. of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri H. LeBas; Rep. Regina Ashford Barrow, D-Baton Rouge; Nick Frangos, vice president of Liberty Maintenance Inc.; and Roland Pruitt, paint foreman with the Liberty Maintenance-Alpha Paint Joint Venture, use brushes Wednesday to put a coat of paint on a structural support beam on the east ramp of the westbound lanes of the U.S. 190 Bridge at a bucket-opening and painting ceremony to mark the start of the Phase One, $74.8 million project to perform structural steel repairs on, and clean and paint the roadway portion of, the bridge. Phase Two of the project will involve similar work on the railroad portion of the bridge; DOTD anticipates accepting bids on this $15-20 million project in late December. The projects will extend the life and improve the appearance of the bridge, a vital link between East and West Baton Rouge parishes.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Gwen Hamilton, left, puts an apple in the bag of Ruth O'Connor, right, as Amanda LaGrange, second from left, hands out bananas and Bertha Smith, third from left, hands an orange to Ralph Ney, Wednesday during the announcement of the city-parish's new Healthy City website at the North Boulevard Town Square.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Steve Rushing sings a solo Wednesday during the Yom Kippur morning service at B'nai Israel in Baton Rouge. Jews around the world marked Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish year, with fasting, prayer, and temple services.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU Band Director Roy King, right, his wife Monya, left, a former Colorguard member in the Tiger Band and their daughter, Olivia, a freshman Colorguard member, stand Sept. 15 next to a chalkboard drawing of the LSU Tiger mascot that has been preserved in the old LSU Band Hall for many years. All three will be marching in Tiger Stadium on Saturday night when an alumni band joins the Tiger Band on the field.

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  • Advocate photo by BOB ANDERSON -- Residents of Watson lift candles Tuesday evening in memory of 6-year-old Tyler Myers, who died after being hit by a car while he played on his scooter Monday night.

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  • Advocate Photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Cedricka Brady, left, reads her memory of Josephine 'Maw Maw' Lathers with Shemika Lee, middle, and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Sgt. Carolyn Stapleton at the '2012 Evening of Remembrance' ceremony Tuesday at LSU's Chapel on the Campus.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Peggy Chalaronm, head of the LSU Library's Education Resource Center shows off the display during 'Banned Books Week' with a month-long exhibit starting September 30, 2012 to commemorate freedom of speech and freedom from censorship.

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  • Photo by Kevin Thibodeaux - An LSU fan fills up a cup from Barton Gilley's R2Dkeg on the LSU parade ground before the Tiger's game against Idaho.

  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- David Manship, publisher of The Advocate, discusses the newspaper's debut of a daily New Orleans edition Monday at a press conference at the Rock 'n' Bowl.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- The Lagniappe Brass Band plays during The Advocate's press conference Monday at the Rock 'n' Bowl in New Orleans to officially announce the newspaper's debut of a daily edition in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Champions Square outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features a vendors area for fans before the Saints-Kansas City Chiefs game Sunday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern University Lab School sixth-graders Kennedy Williams, left, Braxton Webb and Tarondia Harold work with their miniature battery-powered toothbrush robots in Tara Hollins class.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Wes Millard, 3, and his sister, Eila, 2, chase each other with inflatable replicas of hot air balloons on day two of the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Saturday. The children's mother said they have been to the Balloon Festival in Baton Rouge since they were born, but this was their first time to go at night.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Spectators gather around for the Balloon Glow event -- when hot air balloons are inflated at dusk -- at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Three 6-year-olds -- Conner Allen, from left, Matthew Matherne and Jackson Gilbert -- navigate their way through the corn maze at the Burden Center on Saturday. The maze opened Saturday morning in conjunction with the LSU Rural Life Museum's Harvest Days. Both activities will be open again from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Sam Gaspard helps Savannah Hawthorn, 7, place her hands correctly on a bow at the archery station Saturday at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center during Baton Rouge's 28th annual National Hunting and Fishing day outdoor festival. The event included a range of activities for adults and children from archery to fishing.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Volunteers behind tables laden with fresh produce distribute items to a long line of people Saturday during the Together Baton Rouge and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank's mobile food pantry outside St. Michael's Episcopal Day School on 77th Avenue in Scotlandville. The pantry distributed 31,000 pounds of fresh produce that would serve 825 households, said Amy Sellers, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank vice president of food procurement. Edgar Cage, co-chairman of the Together Baton Rouge Food Access Research Action Team, said 89 percent of Scotlandville residents live a mile or more from a major grocery store or supermarket, making Scotlandville the largest 'food desert' in East Baton Rouge Parish. The event is scheduled again Oct. 6 at the same location.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Breaking in a future bowmaster - Chase Tucker, 8, left, takes pointers from Sam Gaspard before he releases an arrow during Saturday's 28th annual National Hunting and Fishing Day event at the Waddill Wildlife Education Center. Tucker said he was trying his hand at archery for the first time, and members of the Amite River Traditional Archery Club assisted the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries staff for the archery shoot. The outdoors celebration also included fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rod-and-reel and fly fishing instruction, fish and wildlife identification, skeet and BB gun shooting and a new geocaching game, in which youngsters used GPS units to locate items at the Waddill Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Ian Shelby, top center, helps his father, Robert, cut his pizza as the family sits down for lunch at their Prairieville home. Next to Ian is Robert's wife, Amy, and, clockwise, Cade, Cai, Asa, Sarah, Isaac, Abram and Emma.