Photos: Weekly Gallery, 12/02/12

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Maury Drummond, executive director of the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial & Museum, speaks at the 71st anniversay Pearl Harbor Day ceremony on Friday.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Frank Masanz, left, salutes while John Wilbert, right, plays taps at the Pearl Harbor Day remembrance Friday at the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial & Museum. Masanz, 90, a retired Navy chief bosun’s mate, was the only World War II veteran attending the ceremony.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Jarrod and JoLynn Hegwood act as Joseph and Mary in the birth scene of Florida Boulevard Baptist Church's The Live Nativity Friday night. JoLynn holds their infant son, Asher Hegwood, acting as the baby Jesus.

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  • Robyn Bordelon works at setting the second wall of her gingerbread house. About 100 people took part in a gingerbread house building contest to benefit local non-profit homebuilders including Build Now and Make It Right at the Healing Center in New Orleans Thursday.

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  • Advocate photo by Mark H. Hunter -- Bill Smith stirs a pot of chili he's prepared for about 100 people attending 'Ranch Day With Jesus' at a rural Greensburg ranch in late October.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Tons of ice were ground up and turned into snow and blown on the front lawn of Loyola University Wednesday. The annual event attracted students as well as neighborhood kids.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- One of six groups of participants throw out ideas Wednesday for a new magnet program at Lee High School during a forum at the East Baton Rouge Parish Instructional Resource Center. From bottom left, clockwise, are Cindy Perret, Steve Riggins, Wayne Birch Jr., Tracey Stephens, Wanda Crump, Laura Boord, Maria Tatman and Shirley Carr-Duvall.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Know your status -- Greg Dahlke, 20, an LSU student from Kenner, left, gets instruction on taking an oral swab HIV test from Metro Health assistant director Wendell James as part of LSU's 'Geaux Red,' a World AIDS Day-related event Wednesday in the LSU Student Union. 'It's good to know your status, and having events like this more frequently could help,' Dahlke said. World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, began in 1988, and was the first global health day.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Kirk Jones, left, is utilizing a website to raise money to help pay for medical bills, because her daughter, Lindsay, right, has endured three strokes, heart surgery and four surgeries on her left eye.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Brooklyn Hebert, 1, left, is less than thrilled to meet Santa Claus for the first time unlike her sister, Mallori Hebert, 3, right, who was more than happy to sit in his lap for a photo at Gonzales Civic Center in Gonzales on Tuesday. The girls lined up with their mother, Michelle Hebert, and hundreds of other Ascension Parish kids and parents for a chance to meet merry old St. Nick before Christmas.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Stormy flight -- An egret takes flight over a small group of white pelicans Tuesday on City Park Lake as storm clouds move in.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Teacher Jaret Guidry, right, goes over the story 'Tumbleweed Stew' by Susan Stevens Crummel about the ingredients needed for the soup as third-grader Tristan Bennett, 9, top left, writes the items on the board as they are called out.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Teacher Jaret Guidry, center, works with kindergarteners Cedric Washington, left, and Sienna Bailey, right, to pull the tops of onions

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Teacher Jaret Guidry, right, shows the radishes just pulled out of the garden to, from left, Ryan Ferguson, Edan Stagg, Tai Johnson and Corinne Robinson.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- St. John Cathedral's Marlon Woods hangs wreaths from the top o fa light pole on the church grounds Monday afternoon. Decorating nine light poles with wreaths is one of several jobs Woods will do to decorate the downtown Lafayette cathedral for the Christmas holiday. Woods said it takes his crew a week or more to decorate for the holiday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Ronnie Kerr, left, and Patrick Baldwin work Thursday on some of the finished woodwork at the new Fairwood library branch on Old Hammond Highway.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Elayn Hunt Correctional Center offenders, from left, Michael Boyer, Tony Glover and Christopher Newcomb lead inmates from the Intensive Motivational Program of Alternative Correctional Treatment (IMPACT) in the correctional center's Christmas parade Sunday in St. Gabriel.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Neighbors and friends Madison Tircuit, left, and Haley Marcotte, both 9, reach out to catch candy and beads as parade floats pass by Sunday during the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center Christmas parade in St. Gabriel.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Reading Friend Bess Stacy, right, high-fives Taylor Jackson, 5, a kindergarten student at Magnolia Woods Elementary School, after Taylor correctly filled out his work page.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG --Retired teacher Claudette Powell, right, celebrates with Magnolia Woods Elementary School kindergarten student Emily Osorio, 5, who just got a correct answer during a tutoring session at the school.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Frances Falcon, left, works with Magnolia Woods Elementary School kindergarten student Breanna Scott, 5, who is learning to recognize letters of the alphabet. Breanna had her hand to her head while remembering the letter 'Y.'

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Don Pennington, left, walks Magnolia Woods Elementary kindergarten student Tyrus Muse, 5, back to class after a tutoring session. Pennington is the school's volunteer handyman as well as being a Reading Friend in the VIPS Everybody Reads program.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Girl Scout from Troop 10885 Cecily Stelly, 17, helps paint a newly built single-family home in Gardere as part of a Habitat for Humanity's Women Build project on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Scouts from Troop 10885 worked with other volunteers on the house while younger scouts from Troop 10547 served lunch to the crew.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Hanna Lee and Olivia Gremillion, Girl Scouts from Troop 10885, both 16, from left, pick up a freshly painted plank of wood siding while volunteering to help build a single-family home in Gardere. They were taking part in a Habitat for Humanitys Women Build project on Saturday. Another Scout, Cecily Stelly, 17, stands on a stepladder while painting siding in the background.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Andrea Ramirez, 16, right, hammers new siding into the wall of a single-family home under construction in Gardere while Ciarra McNeely, 16, left, holds aside wiring as both girls volunteer their services as part of a Habitat for Humanitys Women Build project on Saturday. The members of Girl Scout Troop 10885 worked alongside other construction volunteers on the house while younger girls belonging to Girl Scout Troop 10547 served lunch to the crew.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Runners for both the marathon and half-marathon leave the start, at the Baton Rouge Beach Marathon.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- St. Francisville's Daniel Wilcox, left, a park ranger at Audubon State Historic Site, and Denham Springs' Dale Lampton, right, examine a flag after it was presented to them by Central's Michael Matherne (not pictured). The living history re-enactors portrayed South Florida rebellion militia members during a Colonial Christmas event at Audubon State Historic Site Saturday. Behind them on the porch of a slave cabin are other re-enactors, left to right, Susan Matherne, John Flippen and Rhett Termini.

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  • Advocate staff photo by DERICK HINGLE -- From left, Tracy Hatty 23, dressed as Catwoman; Kelly Saucier 23, dressed as Rogue from X-Men; and Thomas Garatie 23, dressed as Gambit, visit a booth during Wizard World Comic-Con Friday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

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