Photos: Weekly Gallery, 2/24/13

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Marine Corps Reservist 1st Sergeant Vincent Heller returned from overseas deployment early and went to Holy Name of Jesus school in New Orleans to surprise his three children there Friday. Here son Jack, 8, right, rushes to his father's arms on the playground. Gus, 13, and Marigny, 11, are at left.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- During its 2009 remodeling, Dufrocq Elementary School in Baton Rouge beefed up its security with a more secure front entrance, where parents like Cynthia Landry of Baton Rouge, seen Thursday bundling up her son, kindergarten student Javin Thomas, wait for their children to leave at the end of the school day.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Alice Carroll scans through the biographies looking for an interesting read Friday at the annual LSU Book Bazaar, which continues until Saturday, in the 4-H Minifarm Building on LSU's campus.

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  • Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Tim Arceneaux, president of Needy of Greater Baton Rouge, right, hands Lisa Hubble with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge several Easter baskets Friday for needy children in the community.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- BIG CAT, LITTLE HAT -- Baton Rouge firefighter Charleston O'Connor, right, laughs as LSU head baseball coach Paul Mainieri, left, tries on his red-and-white striped Dr. Suess hat during "Real Men Read" day at LaSalle Elementary School on Friday.. Twenty-two men, including large contingents from the fire department and LSU baseball team, read books from Dr. Seuss to students from pre-K to the 5th grade.

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  • Advocate staff photo by James Minton -- Rice University student Adara Robbins answers a question Friday from third-grader Javonte Sims during a language arts exercise in a classroom at Jackson Elementary School. Robbins was one of 13 Rice students who spent the past week at the school, helping teachers in the classroom, acting as tutors and leading the children on a field trip to LSU. The visit to Jackson was one of 12 'Alternate Spring Break' trips that Rice students took to study various social issues across the nation.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Gardere Community Christian School teacher Paula Walker, second from left, and Principal and founder Nancy Zito work with students, from left, Elisha Bateman, 5, Arianna Alexander, 7, James Brown, 5.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Library technician Keisha Perkins works to shelve books on new stacks Thursday inside the Fairwood Branch Library, to be opened March 20, along Old Hammond Highway. The 15,800 square-foot library will hold 25,000 books on opening day.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU softball players, from left, Allison Falcon, Bianka Bell, Tammy Wray, Kellsi Kloss and Sandra Simmons, photographed Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Pallbearers load the casket of the late U.S. District Judge Frank Polozola into a hearse in front of St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Baton Rouge on Wednesday. Hundreds attended memorial services for Polozola.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Cross painting -- Candace Dodson and Morrow Baldo roll primer on one of the three giant crosses Wednesday on Reiger Road near Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge. Harry Mitchell Jr., of Harry's Painting Service, said they will use about 50 gallons of paint on the crosses, including the 150-foot one in the middle.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The moon sets over the lighthouse at the New Orleans West End early Tuesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Jose Lopez, left, his friend Luis Torres, center, (with his 7-month-old son, Ethan Torres, in stroller) and Lopez's son, Brandon Lopez, 3, cross a field at BREC's Independence Park late Tuesday afternoon, followed by their shadows. They were getting ready to practice playing soccer, including Brandon, who was riding his bike before kicking the ball around. At 7 months, Ethan was not quite ready for soccer.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- From left, Betty Falgout, Cindy DiVincenti and Karen Zajac work as a team to construct a mini raised vegetable garden bed following a presentation at the Burden center on Essen Lane. Other workshop participants called the garden builders the 'drill team'.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- An egret hunts for fish along the swollen banks of the pond outside Vermilionville Monday after heavy rains flooded local waterways.

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  • Staring Education Center students Jeff Perry, 16, center, Daigia Brown, 14, back left, and Odarijua Henry, 14, listen to an anti-bullying presentation Thursday at their school. The "To Be Honest" anti-bullying campaign, created as part of a national contest by several LSU public relations majors, ends at the end of this month.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Staring Education Center student Lillie Batiste, 12, left, helps with a role playing exercise Thursday conducted by LSU students Catherine Parsiola, center, and Jacquelyn Duhon, during an anti-bullying talk the two LSU students gave at the alternative school.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Mary Legendre, 22, plays frisbee with her friends by the University Lakes Sunday afternoon.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- Wearing everything from the finest runner gear to the most outlandish costumes, some 16,000 people competed in last years Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon and Half Marathon.

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  • Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Dr. Steven Zuckerman, seated, coaches Chet Herndon, left and Martin Louper, right, through a coin trick while Mario Lozanov watches during a recent memory seminar at Bacio di Roma.

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  • Advocate staff photo by KARI DEQUINE HARDEN -- Zenia Williams, a 1997 Xavier University Preparatory Academy alumna, stands outside the meeting room Saturday at Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School where more than 500 people gathered to discuss ways to keep Xavier Prep open. The all-girls parochial school announced Wednesday that it will close after operating 98 years in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Geraldine John-Louis, whose mother, Almenia Freeman, was one of the carpool drivers who helped make the 1953 Baton Rouge bus boycott successful, shakes hands as she meets Clovis Hayes, right, Baton Rouge’s first black bus driver. They met just before a program commemorating the boycott’s 60th anniversary Saturday at Mount Zion First Baptist Church. Hayes, who drove Baton Rouge buses from 1964 to 2000, is flanked by, right to left, his wife Mildred Hayes; son, Juan Deandre Hayes with wife Bridget; granddaughter, Kashonna Conner, and her mom, Weverlyn Hayes-Conner, who is Clovis’ sister.

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  • Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Leslie Villemarette, middle, with her sons Dillon, left, and Drew, right, shovels dirt around the roots of the tree they planted during the Arbor Day event at Burden Center in Baton Rouge on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Suzannah DesRoches, right, helps Lily Thompson, 5, middle, pick out a sapling for planting with Janice Logsdon, left, during Saturday's Arbor Day celebration at Burden Center in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Ben Franklin's Jenny Kjellgren battles with Vanderbilt Catholic's Carly Ellender at the LHSAA's Division II girls soccer state championship at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Sumner High School's Devin King took first place in the Division II Boys Pole Vault event, with a height of 17-01.00, in the LHSAA Indoor Championships held in LSU's Carl Maddox Field House Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Glasgow Middle School talented art class students construct fins for their dolphin, a large sculpture made of 'sporks' washed and recycled from the lunchroom. The students are, clockwise from left, Abigail Jahnke, Michelle Shin, Nina Dicharry, Barsha Shrestha and Renée Desporte.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Glasgow Middle School talented art class students hold a 7-foot alligator sculpture made of 'sporks,' plastic eating utensils recycled from the school cafeteria. The students are, from left, Sean Northern, Tyri Young, Sophie Sheffield, Desiree Verrett, Juliane Ding and Miguel Alvarado.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Ben Franklin's Audrey Peterson, top center, celebrates after scoring the team's first goal in a 2-0 victory over Vanderbilt Catholic with teammates at the LHSAA's Division II girls soccer state championship at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans , Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Celebrating with Peterson are Noelle Higginson, (9), Samantha Shedd, hugging Peterson, Alex Thomas (8), who scored the other goal and was selected the best player of the tournament, and Jenny Kjellgren (16) who assisted on the goal. Kristen Dorion of Vanderbilt Catholic walks by at right.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Ben Franklin's Audrey Peterson, center, who scored the team's first goal in a 2-0 victory over Vanderbilt Catholic celebrates with teammates at the LHSAA's Division II girls soccer state championship at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans , Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

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