Photos: Weekly Gallery, 10/07/12

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- LSU AgCenter sugarcane breeding program research associate Dexter Fontenot, center, along with Cedric Jones, far left, and others work their crop on the schools 300-acre plot along River Road near St. Gabriel Wednesday. Through a 12-year cyclical process from seed to farmers fields, the researchers strive to select cane of different genotypes that will yield high sugar and high productivity with low disease rates. The goal, they say, is to introduce new and better varieties for Louisiana farmers.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- The MetLife Blimp glides past LSU's Memorial Tower whilet circling the campus Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's LSU/South Carolina game on Saturday. The 175-foot tower, also known as the Campanile, was built in 1923 and dedicated in 1926 as a memorial to Louisianians who died in WWI.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Supriya Jindal, right, helps 5-year-old kindergartners, from left, Jaynicia Mitchell, Ricardo Galmon and Devone Holiday try out their new interactive ActivTable during Jindal's visit to St. Helena Central Elementary School on Wednesday. Louisiana's first lady presented two interactive whiteboards and an ActivTable on behalf of the Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana's Children and charter partner Dow Chemical Co. Looking on are, from left, Dow Chemical Site Leader Sandy Holden, St. Helena Supervisor of Special Education Shayla A. Guidry and kindergarten teacher Anna Field.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON --Martha McCrory, Polly Blanche and Carolyn Selig, from left, are three of the remaining members of the Colonial Dance Club founded shortly after World War II by a group of friends who grew up in the Garden District. The club is disbanding due to dwindling membership.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Five-year-old Rowan Sutton stops to check out her find while scaling, what might seem to her, a mountain of orange in the shape of pumpkins Tuesday at Fresh Pickins Market on Coursey Boulevard in Baton Rouge. Jacques Houston, a store manager, said Fresh Pickins started with about 1,000 pumpkins and pile is at about half that number now.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- G. Lee Griffin, president and CEO of the LSU Foundation, was chosen Tuesday night as the 2012 Golden Deeds award winner.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Capt. Alton Ross, left, commanding officer of the Southern University Naval ROTC program, watches Tuesday as Midshipman Morgan Brenton, second from left, works a problem on Southern's Naval ROTC's new Mariner Skills Simulator at the Ronald E. McNair building on the Southern University campus. Observing the process are Southern Chancellor Dr. James Llorens, second from right and Beatrice Armstrong, Executive Assistant to the Provost for Academic Affairs, right.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Kimia Solomon, left, and Joseph Barrow, right, are about to be scooped up for a crawl along the floor by Port Allen firefighter Christina Jewison, who is demonstrating a rescue technique during a Fire Prevention Week event Tuesday at Port Allen Elementary School. This years fire prevention theme of 'Have 2 Ways Out!'emphasizes the need for families to have and practice a fire escape plan

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Casey Frank, left, and Cassidy Harrison, center, crawl along the floor in a smoky trailer Tuesday as the Port Allen Fire Department conducts a demonstration at Port Allen Elementary School in observance of Fire Prevention Week.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Taking a stand against crime -- Audrey Wascome recalls her own experience with violent crime on her 17th birthday, Oct. 9, 1995, at the "Take Back the Night" program Monday at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. Wascome is interim executive director of the Capital Area Violence Intervention Center Inc. Since last year's event, 52 people in Louisiana have died in domestic violence crimes, said Kim Brown, the center's community outreach coordinator.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- J.P. Patterson helps Raygan Irvin, 5, dance the 'wobble' with the Northeast High School Southern Harmony Show Choir on Sunday afternoon at the National Night Out Against Crime, which was hosted by local law enforcement at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- From left, Marriun Dunn, Ladaya James, Bethani Bell and Kristalyn Turnley perform with the Northeast High School Southern Harmony Show Choir on Sunday at the National Night Out Against Crime at Bernie Moore Track Stadium on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Baton Rouge firefighter Chase Metz, right, helps Derrick Aaron, 3, out of the fire engine after letting the boy experience being in the driver's seat on Sunday afternoon during Baton Rouge's National Night Out Against Crime on LSU's campus.

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  • Advocate staff photos by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Westdale Middle School Spanish immersion teacher Laura Fernadez works with students Armani Pitts, 13, left, and Michael Barnes, 14, during an eighth-grade Louisiana History class. Westdale's foreign language immersion program recently received an award from the Spanish government.

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  • Advocate Photo by April Buffington -- Maggie Bowles, from left, Christy Chachere, and Philipa Blair from Visit Baton Rouge stomp grapes at the Columbus Day Festa held at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel Atrium on Sunday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Julia St. Amant, center, with her dog, Farrah, walks up and down Fourth Street in downtown Baton Rouge during the third annual Yelp! Baton Rouge Yappy Halloween Run and Costume Stroll Saturday.

  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Marsha Rhein, from left, leads Mandy Drednick, 6, and her sister, Molly Drednick, 8, in a yoga exercise Saturday at the health hut during the ninth annual OBrien House/BREC 'Im a Good Kid, Too' Youth Festival in Gus Young Neighborhood Park. Rhein leads yoga classes once a week at O'Brien House, a halfway home for people recovering from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Erin Olson keeps up with her 10-month-old Vizsla Amos during the third annual Yelp! Baton Rouge Yappy Halloween Run and Costume Stroll up and down Fourth Street in downtown Baton Rouge Saturday.