The Advocate’s top stories of 2012

Photo 1/10
  • Photo provided by Assumption Parish Police Jury -- An aerial view of the sinkhole in the Bayou Corne community in Assumption Parish photographed on Oct. 29.

  • AP file photo by Gerald Herbert -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton

  • Associated Press file photo -- In this Sept. 26, 2010, photo, Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams looks on during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans

  • Associated Press photo by Mark Lennihan -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma arrives at NFL headquarters in New York on June 18.

  • Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- Blake Luminais of Paulina, second from left, sandbags with local volunteers to save a home along Dey Say Street in Lutcher on Sept. 2 where water continued to rise in the days following Hurricane Isaac. The National Weather Service was dispatched to assess why floodwaters continued rising in areas of St. James Parish while receding in other areas of the state.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Catherine Thiel, 70, right, and Yvonne LaCrosse, 90, left, are helped off an airboat by emergency responders after being rescued from floodwaters in West Pointe a la Hache on Aug. 30, the day after Hurricane Issac swept through Plaquemines Parish. West Bank residents continued to be evacuated and sent to shelters in Belle Chase throughout the day.

  • Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- State Education Superintendent John White, center, meets with Breaux Bridge Junior High Principal Denise Frederick, left, and St. Martin Parish Superintendent Richard Lavergne during a tour of the school in January.

  • PHOTO SUBMITTED BY CHARLENE "CHARLIE" SHUNICK Charlie Shunick pictured to the left. Mickey Shunick pictured to the right.

  • Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Police move bagged items to a vehicle from a residence at 143 Elaine Lane in rural St. Landry Parish on July 5 in conjunction with the Mickey Shunick case. Brandon Scott Lavergne was arrested and later pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the case.

  • Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- LSU cornerback Jalen Mills (28) defends against Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood (83), forcing an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter of an SEC football game at LSU’s Tiger Stadium on Nov. 3. Alabama won 21-17.