Photos: Weekly Gallery, 12/16/12

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- U.S. Army 1st Lt. Shamory Gipson, left, shocks his sons, first-grader Khamory Gipson, 7, center, and Khyren Gipson, 3, right, with a surprise Christmas visit home at Wedgewood Elementary School in Baton Rouge on Thursday. Shamory Gipson, home from Army training for a June 2013 deployment to Afghanistan, hadn't seen his sons since June 2012. School PTO volunteer Stephanie Wenger is second from left, and Randall Clifton is dressed as Santa Claus.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JAMES MINTON -- Veterans play SantaDixon Correctional Institute inmate Oscar Wooden, an armed forces veteran who served in Germany, carries two of 50 new bicycles and tricycles donated Thursday by members of DCI's Veterans Incarcerated organization for distribution as Christmas presents to needy children. The bicycles being loaded into the truck at left were destined for homes in the area surrounding the Jackson prison, club sponsor Maj. Joey Harrell said. Steven Amort, a Navy veteran and the organization's commander, said the group spent about $2,500 for the toys. The money is raised through a variety of fundraisers held throughout the year.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As teacher Laurie Williams, left, supervises, Louisiana School for the Deaf students, clockwise from left, Malakia Gowan, Michael Stilley, Caitlin Convento and Paige Watson, make sure material to be cut is lined up properly in the vinyl cutter. The students in Career and Technical Education are learning skills to help them develop careers in printing and graphics.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Michael Stilley carefully creases a Christmas card that members of his graphics class sell to staff members at the Louisiana School for the Deaf.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Children in the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church School Early Learning Academy Daycare wait patiently to see Santa and Mrs. Claus at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church School Wednesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Santa and Mrs. Claus depart in an Acadian Ambulance Service helicopter after visiting more than 110 children at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church School's Early Learning Academy Daycare Wednesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Jelyah Banks, center and Lasynn Kador, both 3 years old, were happy to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, portrayed by Dave and Paula Kane, at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church School's Christmas celebration Wednesday. More than 110 children received gift bags with toys, fruit and candy with the help of Holiday Helpers, Inc. of Baton Rouge volunteers.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Fairyn Moore, 1, crawls through a tunnel in Oak Grove Park, where her grandparents took her to the park to enjoy Wednesday's weather, an unusually warm December day with temperatures in the 70s.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- David Floyd, director of the LSU Rural Life Museum, shows off a homemade child's toy bat that is on display under the Christmas tree at the museum.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Trinity Gaines, 5, tells Santa, known to his friends as Skippy Reado, what she wants for Christmas, while Ke'Nya Barra, 4, waits her turn next to Councilwoman Tara Wicker Tuesday at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center. State Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D-Baton Rouge, and Wicker partnered to put on the Christmas Toy Giveaway, providing toys, a meal and a little Christmas cheer to five disadvantaged families from each of the six schools in the district.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Louisiana-Lafayette cornerback Melvin White bowls at the Rock and Bowl on Tuesday in New Orleans. White and his ULL teammates are in town to face East Carolina at 11 a.m. Saturday in Superdome for the New Orleans Bowl.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK Southern Chancellor James L. Llorens, left, Dawson Odums, center, and athletic director William Broussard share a laugh after Odums was introduced as the head football coach on Dec. 18.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Belaire High School's Bengal Tiger mascot Joshua Kennedy, left, tries to offer Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Robert Moses a box of donuts Tuesday before a basketball game. Members of the police basketball team took on staff and students in a friendly game of hoops.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- District Attorney Hillar Moore III, far right, reads the oath of office to the 78th Baton Rouge Police Department Basic Training Academy class Monday during the new officers' commencement ceremony at Baton Rouge Community College.

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  • Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Baton Rouge police officer Deena Clark receives the overall achievement award from Sgt. James Darron Leach on Monday at the 78th Baton Rouge Police Department Basic Training Academy class commencement ceremony at Baton Rouge Community College.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Gloria Guerin's Port Allen home is ready for Christmas. Last year she sent pictures of her home's decorations to the White House staff in hopes of getting chosen to help decorate for the holidays. She did get chosen and spent the week after Thanksgiving volunteering at the White House.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Hayley Cantu, 15, from left, tours the new Live Oak High School with her aunt, Selina Bennett, and her mom, Cindy Cantu, Sunday in Watson.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Live Oak senior physics students, from left, Trevor Darnell, Yquyen Vu and Brooks Wilson, all 17, make themselves comfortable in one of the new science labs in the new Live Oak High School building in Watson.

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  • Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Crisma Ramsey, 10, right, is given the flu vaccine nasal spray by registered nurse Alfreda Hebert, left, at La Belle Aire Elementary School in October. The nasal spray is a way for healthy people, ages 2 to 49, to get the vaccine.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- The Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge hosted a candlelight peace ceremony Saturday to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Volunteers, from bottom left clockwise, Fredrick Millican, 7, Fredrick Millican Sr., Julie Launey, Steve Spires, Justin Foster and Branton Moncriffe, place portions of green beans into plastic bags to hand out Saturday to Baton Rouge residents at the Food Pantry at St. Michael Episcopal Church. Additional photo page 5B

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Jeff Bazzi proposed to Caryn Pytleski at the penguin exhibit at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Friday. He surprised her in the room where patrons get to handler the arctic birds. Pytleski has a soft spot for penguins.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Stephen Kober, center, of Baton Rouge, a senior at Brighton School, a K-12 school for students with dyslexia, looks over a pair of testing glasses as Kenny Baxter, vice president of sales and a trained screener with ChromaGen Vision, which provides lenses that help those with dyslexia.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Cameron Gautreau, 15, of Gonzales, a ninth-grader at the Brighton School in Baton Rouge, a K-12 school for students with dyslexia, picks out a new eyeglass frame with the help of his mother, Leslie Gautreau. Cameron was fitted for special lenses developed to help those with the reading disorder.

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