Photos: Weekly Gallery, 2/10/13

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri, far right, gestures at the end of the national anthem before the Tigers' season opener Friday night against Maryland at Alex Box Stadium. Mainieri and the Tigers hope to finish the season with their first trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., since 2009.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK - Baton Rouge Fire Department graduating recruit Lane Holland gets his badge pinned on by his wife, Anna, and son, Emmett, 3, as Chief Scott Shelton looks on. Holland was one of 35 recruits who became firefighters after six months of firefighter and emergency medical technician training.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Joseph Denison, 15, Zach Kershaw, 14, and Grant Racca, 11, from left, dressed in a 'YMCA' song theme, guide pigs in the Market Hog Parish Groups competition Thursday during the LSU AgCenter's State Livestock Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Thursday. The group led Calcasieu Parish to win the event for the 10th straight year. The week-long livestock show warps up Saturday and is open to the public..

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Linda Cannon, left, of Gonzales, and her friend, Catherine Metzger, right, of Walker, put out gift baskets and teddy bears at a roadside Valentine's Day gift stand Thursday on Plank Road near Evangeline Street. Cannon, who runs the stand, assembles the gift baskets herself. She's been doing it 20 years, and said 'men know better than to come home without a gift on Valentine's Day.' Cannon's niece, Whitney Cannon, also from Gonzales, stands in the truck in the background. At least ten vendors set up stands on Plank Road on Thursday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Power of Nine award recipients for October, from left, Christian Sexton, 13 Nathan Gilly, 12, and Spencer Thomas, 12 photographed in the studio Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/MANDATORY CREDIT THE ADVOCATE/ Heather McClelland The Capital Area United Way recognizes volunteers in the community as United Power of 9 honorees at a luncheon sponsored by Capital One Bank and WAFB-TV. This photo is being republished to correctly identify the award recipients.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Richard Jordan of Superior Window Cleaning wipes windows in the press box and suites Thursday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium in preparation for LSU's home opener against Maryland on Friday night.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Sage Garrett, second from left, Carolee Laffoon, and other members of The Red Shoes move in a spiral dance in the North Boulevard Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge on Thursday as participants in One Billion Rising. The event is the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, according to the organization's website. The Red Shoes partnered with STAR (Sexual Trauma and Response Center) to host the event.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, chats with Hilda, second from left, and Ed Guedry, seated, as family members take pictures. The Guedrys, of Brusly, have been married for 73 years. Several of Louisiana's longest married couples were honored Thursday by Jindal at the Governor's Mansion.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- The new Wally Pontiff Jr. Hall of Fame displays LSU's national championship baseball trophies, photos, memorabilia and video monitors. The Hall, located inside Alex Box Stadium, opens Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- LSU gymnast Rheagan Courville performs on the beam against Florida in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Cynthia Orgeron explains the history of the top row of wax dolls in her doll collection at her home in Ponchatoula.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Monsignor Gerald Lefebvre makes a point while giving the sermon during the Ash Wednesday Service at Ollie Steele Burden Manor.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- In this April 2012 file photo, Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy robotics team members, from left, Joseph Landry, Jacob Evans and Tyler Guillory work on a mock-up of a machine they are entering in a national competition. The Lafayette Parish school district plans to apply for a federal grant that would help it strengthen science, technology, engineering and math educational pathways.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- After the Deployment Ceremony, Spec. Derek Gann gives his stepdaughter Halle Percle (3) a ride for a bird's eye view. Approximately 150 soldiers of the Louisiana National Guards 922nd Engineer Company are scheduled to bid farewell to family and friends during a deployment ceremony at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The 922nd Engineer Company, based out of Gonzales, will conduct a 365-day deployment to Kuwait to utilize their expertise and versatility to provide command and control of engineer construction operations in the Kuwait Theater of Operations. The 205th and 922nd will conduct mobilization training together at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying overseas together. Photo shot on Thursday Jan. 31, 2013, in Gonzales, La..

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- A tour of history -- Denham Springs' Michael Eckler, right, wife Terri Fangue, center, and their son Josh Fangue, 15, walk through Bayou Waterfront Park Tuesday to Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site. The parents grew up around the area and said they wanted to show their son some of its history.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- U-High's Cle Katzenstein, right, kicks the ball past Northlake's Stephen Satterlee during the soccer game between University Lab School and Northlake Christian School at Jeff Boss Field on Wednesday evening.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Northlake's Cam Broussard, left, and University High's Martin Padial fight for the ball during their game at Jeff Boss Field on Wednesday night. University won, 2-1.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- The Rex parade travels down St. Charles Avenue towards Canal Street to the theme of All Creatures Great and Small. Revelers in costume celebrated Mardi Gras throughout the French Quarter and Canal Street.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Big Shot float travels past Liberty Street and Jackson Avenue as the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club kicks off Mardi Gras, parading under the theme One World, One Love.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON

    Chris Hebert, 14, of New Roads, delivers his best Michael Jackson 'Thriller' imitation as the Louis family float rolls during the 91st Community Center of Pointe Coupee Carnival Parade in New Roads on Tuesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- King Altin Warr Jr., right, shares a toast with New Roads Mayor Robert Myer, left, during the 90th annual Community Center of Pointe Coupee Carnival Parade in New Roads on Tuesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Legendary Wild Magnolias Big Chief Bo Dollis, confined to a wheelchair, takes part in a long-standing tradition of the Mardi Gras Indians, who have taken to the streets of the Crescent City for at least 150 years, engaging in contests of dancing, sewing and singing between rival tribes, or ‘gangs.’

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Zulu King Cedric Givens and his queen and wife, Monica Givens, arrive at Woldenberg Park for the Lundi Gras celebration ahead of Fat Tuesday Monday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Krewe of Orpheus Parade marks the culmination of Lundi Gras on Monday as it parades along the traditional Uptown route, marking the 20th anniversary of the organization founded by musician and actor Harry Connick, Jr. Connick tosses beads to the crowd as he joins more than 1,250 riders.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Honoring a sniper -- Ryan Settoon, a chef's assistant at Capital City Grill, stands Monday in front of the Baton Rouge restaurant's sign where he put a message to honor Chris Kyle, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and author killed at a Texas gun range while apparently trying to help a troubled veteran. Settoon, a former U.S. Navy intelligence operator, said Kyle's death was shocking.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Catholic High's Trey Porche and Brother Martin's Adam Rodriguez battle for the ball in Monday's quarterfinal soccer game at Pan American Stadium in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Baton Rouge native Ana Andricain, a Broadway veteran who makes jewerly in her Jewel of Havana workshop in Baton Rouge, will be singing in a Valentine's Day concert at Baton Rouge LIttle Theater, and also exhibiting her jewelry in an upcoming show in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff file photo by Travis Spradling -- At last year's Wellness Day for Women at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Chelsea Ashford, right, Pennington Preventative Medicine research associate, scrutinizes the form of Baton Rougeans, left to right, Patricia Hadley, Rachel Redpath and her sister Sarah Redpath as they do 'standing crunches,' during a seminar on fitness.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Azaleas bloom Thursday afternoon at the Burden Center in Baton Rouge. Due to warmer than usual winter weather, azaleas have been blooming earlier than normal, said Bob Souvestre, of the LSU Agricultural Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Ramblin' Readers book club members, from left, Becky Patterson, Sondra Pilgreen, Linda Green and Annette Mire, look through a scrapbook that documents their travels to destinations they study in the books they read.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Spectators wave for beads while the Krewe La Moula float passes by the Capitol Grocery on Spanish Town Road during the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Baton Rouge Community College Chancellor Andrea Miller marks her one-year anniversary at the school this month. The Memphis, Tenn., native has faced a number of challenges since taking the job, but said she's optimistic the college is on the verge of rapid growth.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Vivian Bordelon, 4, right, and her sister, Lola Bordelon, 2, reflected in the glass of a reptile tank, take a closer look at a submerged anaconda Saturday at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. The zoo was celebrating the Chinese New Year's year of the snake.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Isabella Landry, 2, of Paincourtville, checks out a rainbow boa Saturday at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Darian Lessigne, 10, of Mermentau, ties up his sheep in a pen Saturday at the 2013 Louisiana Livestock Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. The show continues through Feb. 16.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Jerry and Nicole Douzat pose for a portrait with five of their eight children, from left, Claire Williams, Sara, Clint, Philip and Joe Douzat. The children have been painting houses with their dad since they were little. Not in the photo are Paul and John Douzat and Marcelle Gautreaux.

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