Photos: Weekly Gallery, 12/09/12

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Pearl Harbor survivor Ben Wicker, a Marine Corps veteran stationed on the USS California at the outbreak of World War II, at his home in Central Friday holding his identification card along with select medals from his service.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Pearl Harbor survivor Ben Wicker, a Marine Corps veteran stationed on the USS California at the outbreak of World War II, at his home in Central Friday. Wicker was allowed to retrieve his family photo album, his seabag and his rifle from his disabled warship.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Pearl Harbor survivor Ben Wicker, a Marine Corps veteran stationed on the USS California at the outbreak of World War II, at his home in Central Friday. Wicker was allowed to retrieve his family photo album, his seabag and his rifle from his disabled warship, and was given a copy of a first-edition Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper from December 7, 1941.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Masters of Public Administration graduate Megan Stone of Baton Rouge receives a hug and flowers from her children Timmy, 10, and Emma, 8, after walking across the stage during the E.J. Ourso College of Business graduation ceremony at LSU in Baton Rouge Friday. .

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Sotia Economides, left, of Cypress, attempts Friday to tie a tie for a classmate as Wendy Hazey, second from left, Claire Eskind and Kevin Dupuy, all of Baton Rouge, look on prior to the start of the LSU College of Art & Design's graduation ceremony. LSU graduated 1,672 students Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- New LSU bachelor of science in marketing graduate Andrew Stover of Coppell, Texas, receives a hug from his mother Lee Stover following the E.J. Ourso College of Business graduation ceremony at LSU on Friday.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Thomas Massey celebrates after receiving his degree in Civil Engineering from Southern University on Friday.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- School of Nursing graduate, Trinette Jackson celebrates during Southern University's fall 2012 commencement ceremony held at the F.G. Clark Activity Center Friday morning.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Marilyn Martell, right, helps Darnell Lassiter light seven candles of a menorah Friday during a lighting ceremony at Beth Shalom Synagogue. Lassiter visited the synagogue for the first time to participate in the lighting ceremony.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Jacob Stephenson, 3, middle, lights seven candles of his family's menorah with his parents, Joshua and Rachel Stephenson, during a group lighting ceremony Friday at Beth Shalom Synagogue. Friday marked the seventh night of the Jewish holiday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Teacher Monica Gee helps Cedric Washington, 4, try on his new jacket Friday as DeShayla Carney, 3, looks on at East Baton Rouge Parish's Freeman-Matthews Head Start Center on Napoleon Street -- part of WBRZ-Channel 2's 24th annual Pat's Coats for Kids drive. This year, an estimated $115,000 in donations through the organization Operation Warm was used to help purchase the more than 7,500 coats distributed to kids.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON Ernest Russell, left, and Joe Meyer, both of Gramercy, work Thursday building an 18-foot teepee-style structure made of willow in preparation for the annual Festival of the Bonfires atop the levee along the Mississippi River between Gramercy and Lutcher.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK - Claire Harvison, left, helps Oliver Scott out as Alicia Graves, right, spooned out a bowl of grits for an unidentified man Thursday morning. The women, set up next to the Louisiana Arts & Science Museum in downtown Baton Rouge, helped Melba Braud serve 200 meals to the homeless.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK - Melba Braud, center, visits with Oliver Scott, left, and Leonard Thomas Thursday morning in downtown Baton Rouge. A group of friends helped Braud make breakfast for the homeless living near downtown. They called it "Amber's Gift," after Braud's daughter, Amber Roussel, who was killed in a traffic accident in July.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- LSU professor Graca Vicente, left, presents papers dedicating the Komma and Allam Remembrance Garden to Jane Cassidy, vice provost for Human Resources and Facilities Management, Thursday at the International Cultural Center on Dalrymple Drive. The garden was built in honor of two LSU international students, Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, who were killed in a home invasion in 2007.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Averion Lawson, 6, left, and Jeremiah Hills, 5, perch happily atop their new bikes Wednesda at Park Elementary School. One hundred students received bikes for Christmas, courtesy of Universal Surveillance Systems Foundation, after being selected by the school on the basis of good behavior and attendance.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Amy Jackson, of Baton Rouge, left, kisses her new husband Patrick Gianelloni, of Baton Rouge, at exactly 12 minutes after noon in the labyrinth at City Park in Baton Rouge Wednesday as her son, Landon Glascock, 6, looks on. The two were engaged on Nov. 11, 2011 at 11:11 a.m.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Art patrons Jeff and Lynne Pisto, left, pose with artists Alex Harvey, center, and TJ Black, right, Wednesday with a scale drawing of their creation which is now on display at the new Convention Street Park in downtown Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JAMES MINTON -- Adrian Franklin cuts up the top of a hickory tree that snapped during Monday's tornado at the home of his friend, Terri Easterly, on South Magnolia Drive in Baker. Easterly said she normally parks her car where the treetop fell, but for some reason had it in another location that morning.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Maj. Gen. Ronald Richard (retired) speaks during the Wreaths Across America ceremony sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, John Aububon Chapter, Monday morning in the Louisiana State Capitol Rotunda. The ceremony, observed in state capitols around the country, honors all branches of the U.S. Military.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Bill Blount with BREC checks the lights of one of the displays Wednesday at City Park, where BREC will host Caroling in City Park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13. The event will feature holiday lights and displays, candlelight caroling, magic shows, snacks, and a visit from Santa.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- St. Aloysius Catholic School principal John Bennett, who received a Distinguished Principal Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, poses in front of the Stuart Avenue school.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Reide Wallace, 13, cheers Sunday with other members of the St. Jean Vianney Catholic School cheer squad as they march in the annual Jones Creek Christmas parade. There were about 75 entries in the parade, including floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus.

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  • Advocate file photo -- The Jones Creek Christmas Parade rolls at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Spanish students from the Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet School sing Spanish holiday songs Sunday under the direction of music teacher Emcarnita Somoso at BREC's Magnolia Mound Plantation Creole Christmas celebration.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Hundreds of girls and their race partners warm up Saturday by doing Zumba before setting off on the Girls on the Run 5K race at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. Over 500 girls in the third through eighth grades participated in the race, culminating their 10-week Girls on the Run season.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Runners dressed in Santa Claus outfits participate in the first ever Santa Fun Run that opened the 62nd annual Cortana Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Allie Cook, 13, left, and Morgan Talley, 15, toss beads from the Louisiana State Police float in the annual Cortana Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Polite Stewart Jr., 18, left, and Ronald Alexander, 20, are poised to become two of the youngest graduates in Southern University's history on Friday. Alexander started college at age 16. Stewart enrolled at age 14.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Tiffany Martin carries handfuls of candy given to her Saturday during the Gus Young Annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle and the Martin Luther King Community Center. Martin came to see the parade with her nephew, Tyler Tolbert, 11, left.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Denise Dupont, from left, greets Raymond Magnolia and Debbie Ferracci Verrett at Drusilla Seafood during a reunion with former Broadmoor High School Key Club members. Magnolia was one member of the Key Club who helped Dupont, who has cerebral palsy, with exercises when she was a young child.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Fourth night of Hanukkah -- Morris Bart, a well-known lawyer, lights the Chabad of Louisiana menorah, the tallest menorah in the area Tuesday at Lakeside Mall in New Orleans. This annual event has been held at the Riverwalk in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK - Brian Heimann with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries releases a net of redear sunfish, also known as chinquapin, iinto False River on Tuesday as part of the oxbow lakes restoration plan.

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