Photos: Weekly Gallery, 11/18/12

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Members of Southern University's Gold and Blue dance team warm up the audience as Grambling and Southern fight it out with music for the annual Greek Show followed by the Battle of the Bands the day before the Bayou Classic. Friday, November 23, 2012.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- From left, LSU's Deion Jones (45), Odell Beckham Jr. (3), J.C. Copeland (44), La'El Collins (70), Corey Thompson (12), Josh Dworaczyk (68) and James Wright (82) hoist 'The Boot' trophy after beating Arkansas 20-13 on Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. For more see pages 1C, 2C, 12C, 13C, 14C.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Best friends -- Matron of honor Lauren Fournerat, left, fixes bride Lizette Fisher's veil during her bridal photo session Friday outside LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Fisher, a 2009 LSU graduate, will marry her fiancé, an Alabama graduate, on Jan. 18 in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Carole Cross, left, passes a Thanksgiving meal to a smiling Thomas Smith, 11, who served the plate to visitors Thursday at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room. Smith and his family helped serve Thanksgiving meals for the first time, while Cross is a regular server on Thursdays, and has served on Thanksgiving for eight years.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Carol Stack, left, and Fred Nichols, right, prepare plates of Thanksgiving meals to be served by volunteers Jennipher Williams, middle left, and Carole Cross Thursday at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room. About 150 volunteers filled the dining room to serve Thanksgiving meals to those who visited St. Vincent de Paul.

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  • Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Stilled saw blades gather rust from the elements at Louisiana State Cypress, a dormant cypress mill in Tangipahoa Parish. After the mill failed, the bank sued the state to collect several million dollars.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Robin Kanatzer of Baton Rouge keeps her turkey hat in place as she sprints toward the finish line during the 26th annual March of Dimes Turkey Trot five-kilometer race through downtown Baton Rouge Thursday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Contestants, including Karin Johnson, in wheelchair, begin the 26th annual March of Dimes Turkey Trot, a five-kilometer race through downtown Baton Rouge Thursday that drew more than 1,200 people.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK --Sandra Jean Cole, left, and Daniel M. Dupas, stack and pack cups at Lighthouse Louisiana in Baton Rouge. Cole and Dupas talk throughout the day while working at the cup manufacturing facility, which employs 18 blind workers. Lighthouse Louisiana is "a family," Cole said.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK - LSU Head Gymnastics Coach D.D. Breaux , right, Mayor-President Kip Holden, second from right, and Constable Reginald Brown, laugh as they watch District Attorney Hillar Moore III, left, decorate his turkey Wednesday during the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Third Annual Turkey Carving Contest. St. Vincent de Paul is expected to serve more than 240,000 meals this year with more than 600 being served Thanksgiving Day. The organization expects to serve between 85 and 90 turkeys with all the trimmings for the 600 meals. Breaux took first place in the contest.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- James Ayo, Jr, standing, left and Avril Patrick, standing, right, serve meals to Pearling Price, seated, left, and the Rev. DeBorah George, seated, right, during a Thanksgiving dinner for elderly and homeless Wednesday at the Shriner Ismael Temple on North Boulevard.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Friendly contest -- East Ascension High School student Kade Waguespack, 16, left, makes a catch against East Ascension High School alumnus Tyler Wright, 20, right, during a two-hand touch football game Tuesday on the school's field in Gonzales. Students and alumni gathered for a friendly match-up while schools are out for Thanksgiving break.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Virginia Hopper, 87, standing, joins hands with Amber Terrace Senior Living Center resident Johnnie Loggins, 88, seated, as Hopper is joined in a song by other members of the St. James Place Rag Tag Not Over the Hill Yet Ensemble, from left, guitarist Bert Knight, 88, Catherine Martin, 96, Elizabeth Nanney, 89, pianist Joyce Dickerson, 87, Ed Curry, 93, washboard player Helen Fant, 84, and Betty Curry, 87. The ensemble performed for the residents of the center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK - Bill Morgan, a resident of St. James Place, works with his reading buddy Antonio Bonner, 7, at Magnolia Woods Elementary School. Morgan has been volunteering for 6 years at the school.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Watercolorist Byron Levy, center, and his wife, Carol Levy, left, tell a group of St. James Place residents, including Virginia Hopper, how Byron Levy's art has led to volunteer opportunities.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Self-reflection -- Tonya Gilchrist finishes her ninth day of a 21-day, 15 minute-per-day meditation challenge Tuesday while listening to Deepak Chopra on her phone along the levee in downtown Baton Rouge. 'I always wanted to do meditation but I never think I have the time,' said Gilchrist, who started doing yoga last year. 'After my first two days I can tell a difference. I completely understand what people mean by being centered now. I will be a religious meditator.'

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK - A white pelican feeds on small fish early Monday in University Lake at LSU. Hundreds of white pelicans have returned to area lakes.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Best in Show students, from left, Tim Coles, photography; and Alexander Garrett, artwork, hold their winning entries in a contest sponsored by East Baton Rouge Parish schools and the Mid-City Historical Cemeteries Coalition. An exhibit of entries will be up through December at the school board offices, 1050 S. Foster Drive.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Harley Brown, left, of Baton Rouge, and James C. Gremillion, of Central, look outside Sunday onto the backyard dock of Brown's second home in Bayou Corne. The fishing buddies have both been vacated from their neighboring Bayou Corne camps since a sinkhole emerged on Texas Brine's salt dome operation more than three months ago.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Spencer Spivack, 11, right, loads turkeys onto a cart outside the St. Vincent de Paul kitchen Sunday morning. Spivack delivered the turkeys with other members of the synagogue Congregation B'nai Israel, including Jessica Yellen, at left. The congregation collected 116 turkeys to be cooked for Thanksgiving meals at St. Vincent de Paul in the coming week.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK - Steve Sanders helps his wife Tammy with her drink on Friday, as more than 700 seniors enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at the Atrium at Belle of Baton Rouge. East Baton Rouge Council on Aging with Peoples Health put on the event.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Adoptive parents Lori DeBenedetto-Webb, left, Paul Lang, center,his son, Jackson, 2, and Leslie Lang, right, get to visit and chat during Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge's annual party for families who have adopted a child.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Promise Kinchen, 9, left, celebrates a foosball game win with her adoptive mom, Angela Kinchen, right, during Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge's annual party for families who have adopted a child.

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  • Advocate staff photo by KYLE PEVETO --Helen Li, left, plays with her son, Alex, on the slide at Perkins Road Park in Baton Rouge while Deborah McElgin, right, watches over son Thomas. The pair are two of the most active members of the New to Baton Rouge Playgroup, a group composed of mothers of young children who are new to the area.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Members of the New 2 Baton Rouge Play Group, Helen Li, left, and Deb McElgin, right, watch as their sons Alex Li, 16 months, and Thomas, 17 months, play together at the University Baptist Church Harvest Festival. The group allows young mothers new to the area to meet other people and form a small community, members say.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Deb McElgin helps her son, Thomas, 17-months, play a game while friend Helen Li, and her son, Alex, 16 months, watch as they get together at the University Baptist Church Harvest Festival.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU seniors go out winners -- LSU offensive guard Josh Dworaczyk hands flowers to his mother Melissa Dworaczyk during Senior Day ceremonies before LSU's game against Ole Miss on Saturday in Tiger Stadium. LSU won, 41-35. For more coverage, see Sports, pages 1C, 8C, 9C, 10C, 11C.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Jean Roan, left, of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, and Sara Olivier, with Together Baton Rouge, work Saturday to clean up Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery on Greenwell Springs Road.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Tammy Square, right, and her daughter Raven Square, 10, take photos of McKinley Magnet Middle School students Catyra Duhon, 12, far left, and Lanae Hudson, 12, second from left, next to a banner on the school's wall announcing its Blue Ribbon achievement.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- McKinley Magnet Middle School students Sean Barner, 13, left, and Triston Brown, 13, play basketball across the street from McKinley's campus Saturday.The school held an activity day for students and their families to celebrate being presented with the National Blue Ribbon award by the U.S. Department of Education.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Maria Parks, a volunteer with the St. Jean Vianney Church group Just Faith, braves agitated fire ants as she meticulously cleans a headstone at Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery on Greenwell Springs Road on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Karen S. Doerr -- Runners approach the blue color zone of the Color Run on the University of New Orleans campus in New Orleans Saturday. Runners in The Color Run begin the 5K race wearing white and are doused with a different color powdered pigment at each kilometer "color zone". The Arts Council of New Orleans was the charity partner for the race.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- A large crowd of festival-goers wanders among booths at Broadmoor High Schools 39th Arts & Crafts Festival in Baton Rouge on Saturday

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  • Aimee Gremillion, left, laughs as she watches her daughters, Megan Gremillion, 12, and Ashley Gremillion 14 , from left, react to plunging their hands in an icewater bath before getting wax molds made of their hands at the Nola Waxhands booth during Broadmoor High Schools 39th Arts & Crafts Festival in Baton Rouge on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Trystan Jeffers, 8, left, walks with his mom, Brandi Jeffers, as she pushes her daughter, Zoey Jeffers, 1, Saturday in the Walk for Kicks at BREC's Gus Young Park in Baton Rouge on Saturday. The entry fee for the walk was one pair of new or gently worn shoes to be distributed to homeless students in Baton Rouge by the Family and Youth Service Center on Government Street.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Tralacia Trask, 10, Ty'Kerriah Brooks, 4 and Key'ra Cummings, 10, front row from left, perform dance steps under the direction of Crystal Dugas, left, during an Angels of Praise Community Outreach dance practice session.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUPaddle powerA kayaker paddles along the tree-lined shore Friday on the LSU Lakes in Baton Rouge.