Photos: Weekly Gallery, 3/24/13

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  • Advocate file photo by MARK SALTZ -- In this July 4, 2009, photo, Judy the elephant gets water sprayed in her face at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo. The 46-year-old Asian elephant died March 30 at the zoo. Officials released the cause of death on Friday, April 26 as chronic gastrointestinal irritation, a side effect from arthritis treatment.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Ethan Smart, 12, takes advantage of the beautiful weather on Friday while fishing in Baton Rouge's University Lakes. Although he'd been out there a couple hours, Ethan said, he hadn't caught anything yet.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Recalling memories -- Konner Frederic and Raegan Labat celebrate their one-year anniversary Friday with a picnic in BREC's Highland Road Park.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU students Marcus Toussaint, Kolby St. Germain, Brandi Guarino and Ian McMills, left to right, sit on the fire truck chassis their team is retrofitting with an educational biofuels demonstration system as part of their mechanical engineering senior project.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- They came in buses or on foot, traveling en masse or treading a solitary path as many New Orleans area residents part took in a Good Friday tradition to visit nine different churches on one day. James Stoner leads his group from St. Rosalie Church in Harvey on a visit to St. Alphonsus Church in the 2000 block of Constance Street in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Austin Wendt, 18, a student at St. Michael the Archangel Diocesan Regional High School, leads the Catholic Charities and St. Joseph Cathedral Way of the Cross procession Friday. He's flanked by Nate Wiggins, 12, left, a student at Sacred Heart of Jesus School, and, at right, Rocio Coto and her husband Juan Coto. The procession started at St. Joseph Cathedral and proceeded along a 14-station route through the State Capitol grounds before returning to the cathedral. The symbolic pilgrimage annually highlights the sufferings of Christ as well as offers an opportunity for people of many faiths to join for a day of united prayer in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Laura Latil and daughter Daniela Latil, 8, sing together Friday on the steps of St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Baton Rouge. They were among a large number of people who took part in the annual Catholic Charities and St. Joseph Cathedral Way of the Cross procession that began and ended at the cathedral.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Tyler Hassel, of Fort Drum, N.Y.,gets his Crescent City T-shirt and other goodies from Jalila Marshall, right, at the Crescent City Classic Expo in the New Orleans Hyatt Regency on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Ethiopian runners Aziza Aliyu, left, who won the 2012 Richmond, Va., marathon; Sofya Shemsu, left; and Hilwot Ayalew, who represented Ethiopia at the 2012 Olympics in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Belainsh Gebre, far right, practice Friday in the Roosevelt Mall in City Park by Tad Gormley Stadium while inspecting the course for Saturday's Crescent City Classic in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Horses get morning workouts on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the Fair Grounds as some prepare for the upcoming 100th running of the Louisiana Derby this coming Saturday. With the New Orleans skyline rising in the background, Departing runs down the backstretch with workout rider Trina Pasckvale on board.

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  • Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- A female Rhinoceros Hornbill displays its unique horn, or 'casque,' at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo. The zoo opened Easter Sunday in 1970.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- McKinley High School alumnus, class of '86, Darryl Milburn, center, stretches to dunk the ball during the the Parent Faculty Club's 17th Annual Alumni Basketball game in the school's gym Thursday. The game functions as a fundraiser for the club, as well as a homecoming. From left are alumni Jamile Emile, class of '84 (35, blue jersey); Troy Leonard, class of '84 (35, white jersey); Milburn and Allen Smith, class of '89 (34).

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A group of students from Red Bank Catholic High School in New Jersey has come to do recovery work every year since Katrina. Homeowner Carol Wright takes in the project under way on her front lawn Thursday, March 28, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A group of students from Red Bank Catholic High School in New Jersey has come to do recovery work every year since Katrina. On Thursday the students did landscapeing work at the home of Carol Wright in eastern New Orleans East. Shannon Norkus, 18, plants a tree on Wright's lawn.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Learning through service -- Southern University Service Learning students, in the background from left, Kirby Alsandor, Johnathan Preston, Tiah Jackson and Eldrin Lewis prepare bags of canned goods and other food items Thursday at the J.S. Clark Annex to give to East Baton Rouge Housing Authority representatives, Peggy Davis, front left, Marion White and Kanestra Mitchell. The bags will be distributed to elderly residents at Turner Plaza on North Street.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Steve Ruse, 18, and Taylor Verrett, 16, spend their third-year-dating anniversary together enjoying the warm weather near the fountain at Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette Thursday.

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  • Advocate photo by Bret H. McCormick -- Allen Stark, 8, of Gonzales, reads a book on Tuesday at the newly renovated St. James Parish Library in Lutcher.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- John Powell, left, gets a kiss from his wife, Nancy, after making a safe landing in the maiden flight of his home-built airplane.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- History lesson -- Upriver from the Belle of Baton Rouge casino, the USS Kidd rides high in the Mississippi River on Monday. The Fletcher-class destroyer, named for Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd Jr., is located downtown and has an adjacent museum. According to the USS Kidd website, the level of the river in Baton Rouge fluctuates as much as 40 feet per year. When the snow melts in the Appalachian and Rocky mountains and throughout the Midwest, the floodwaters travel down the Mississippi. When this happens, the KIDD floats. When the summer droughts come and the river drops, the KIDD sits in a specially-designed cradle to await the spring floods.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Edgar Martin Middle School Teachers Jennifer Guillory, left, and Abby Breaux are part of a group of Lafayette Parish teachers who organized a Facebook page for teachers to share solutions to issues they face in the classroom.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Bronx, New York-based painter Lee Erickson paints a watercolor image of the Jefferson Towers building, complete with its Robert Daffod mural Wednesday in downtown Lafayette. Erickson said he spends his winters in the Acadiana area, painting for Mardi Gras balls and floats, as well as doing commissioned works such as this street scene.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Marci Schramm raises a glass to toast The 30th annual French Quarter Festival, which kicks off April 11. The event will be four days this years with 1,400 musicians performing on more than 20 stages.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans City Council member Jacqueline Clarkson, right, and Mark Romig look over the schedule for the 30th annual French Quarter Festival.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Austin Aucoin plays with his seven-month-old Australian Cattle Dogs, Layla, left, and Hali, while walking them in the soccer fields along Coliseum Road in Lafayette Tuesday morning. Aucoin said he brings the dogs to the fields nearly every day.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Sarah Pollack reaches into the pocket of her grandfather, Marshall Gerson, for a piece of hidden matzah as her brother, Max Pollack, and grandmother, Jane Gerson, watch at the end of a Passover Seder at the home of Harold and Sue Singer on Monday. Known as the afikoman - that which comes after - the piece of matzah, broken off earlier in the meal, is to be eaten after the dinner is completed. Many families also make it a game for the children to find the matzah and receive a prize.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Observing Passover -- Joshua Stephenson watches his 3-year-old son Jacob taste a raw radish Tuesday during Passover Seder at Beth Shalom Synagogue. The Seder is the feast commemorating the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. It includes the reading of the Haggadah.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Greg Milneck holds a Cine Kodak Model B 16 mm home movie camera as he shows three other vintage movie cameras from his collection.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- The Algiers Ferry heads to Canal Street. A recent survey by a local transportation nonprofit found that the service was lost, it would have a major impact on people who work for the tourism and service industries..

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Virginia Jones rubs a replica of the Apollo Theater's Tree of Hope stump Tuesday morning during a news conference at the Louisiana Economic Development Authority to announce a partnership between the city of Lafayette and the Apollo Theater that will bring choeographers, dancers, and musicians to the city to prepare a musical production about James Brown for a national tour.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Tidying up -- Melvin Stewart uses a trimmer outside one of three greenhouses that were brought back to life Monday at Capitol High School. Volunteers and staff and students from Career Academy Public charter school refurbished the greenhouses, which they will use to teach classes.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Baton Rouge photographer Larry Johnson is photographed in his home studio with 18-month-old 'Pumpkin,' his male Maine Coon. Johnson has carved out an unusual career niche as a cat photographer, traveling to cat shows around the country, and also overseas.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Family members, standing from left, Keri Meyers, Jason Meyers and Scott Meyers, of Denham Springs, wear leprechaun hats Sunday to get the attention of the 'Star Wars'-themed Roma Auxiliary float in the 2013 Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade on Veterans Boulevard in Metairie.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Cecilia Junior High 8th grade French immersion students Evangeline Landry, left, and Alexis Angelle work on LEAP test preparation Thursday in their science class.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN BALLANCE -- St. Agnes Catholic Church parishioner Kateri Rizzi, left, holds a basket of palms as the church's pastor, the Rev. Joesph M. Camilleri, blesses them. Altar servers Thomas Williston, second from left, holds the Roman missal. In the background, Jude Aucoin holds a candle and Keith Bonnette holds the cross during a Palm Sunday service at the church.

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  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- U.S. Postal Service workers from across south Louisiana, including, at right, Troy Scott, state president of the Louisiana State Association of Letter Carriers, gathered Sunday at College Drive near the Southeast U.S. Post Office at 4535 Bennington Ave., to rally against the proposed end of mail delivery on Saturdays.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Randy LeBlanc is shown at his home recently, with one of his woodworking tools and a wooden horse he made for his children, now grown, when they were little. LeBlanc, 53, who was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's disease several years ago, has taken up woodworking again. One of his pieces was featured in this year's calendar published by the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Players fight for the ball during a Gaelic football exhibition Sunday in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Damian Sheridan, left, and Kyle Kroszner fight for the ball during a Gaelic football exhibition Sunday at Audubon Park in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Dancers from the Muggivan School of Irish Dance perform Sunday during a family-day celebration sponsored by Irish Network New Orleans at Audubon Park.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Samuel Stafford runs an obstacle course at the Baton Rouge Police Department Training Academy on Thursday. An analysis of five years of hiring data shows black applicants seeking to become police officers remain less likely than their white peers to be selected for the training academy

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Sam Caruso, a U.S. Navy petty officer who served in Vietnam, fights back emotions Saturday as he remembers fellow armed forces members who lost their lives. Caruso was among speakers addressing the audience at the 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans' Recognition Day held at the USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial on the Baton Rouge riverfront..

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial Executive Director Maury Drummond, left, embraces retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Sherian Cadoria, center, after he introduced her as the keynote speaker at Saturfday's 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans' Recognition Day. Ramona Hudson, right, a member of Women Veterans of Louisiana, looks on.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- U.S. Navy veteran Jerry Pugh, a member of Fleet Reserve Association #371, strikes a bell during a Two-Bell Ceremony to honor Vietnam-era veterans who gavel their lives, at the close of the 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans' Recognition Day held Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the USS KIDD Veterans Memorial.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Amite's Lanna Alkazin, left, and her husband Norman Alkazin, a U.S. Navy veteran who served in Vietnam from 1966-1969, sing the National Anthem at the start of the 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans' Recognition Day held Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the USS KIDD & Veterans Memorial. At far right are Marksville's Orsola Darjean and her husband Preston Darjean; both of their fathers served in the military in World War II, and some of their relatives served during the Vietnam era.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Eye Medical Center runners cheer on some of their 30 or so teammates just crossing the finish line at the Providence Corporate Cup Saturday on North Boulevard in downtown Baton Rouge. In foreground, surgery coordinator Janette Merrill, left, and Anne Imsick, right, yell encouragement. Behind them, from left, Katie Hoffpauir, Jessica Calligen, Dr. Annette Rhodes, and Dr.Allen Pearce share in the excitement.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Runners, including men's winner Twijukye Reuben, far right, and women's winner Rosalie Teeuwen, center, in green sleeveless jersey, take off Saturday from the starting line on North Boulevard to compete in the 25th annual Providence Corporate Cup.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Connor Gillen, left, putting in service hours for Jesuit High School helps Paula Felton, second from left, of the Tiny Girls Foundation, and John Georges, right, founder of Lemonade Day Louisiana, prepare some of the 9,000 Lemonade Day backpacks for distribution. The backpacks being readied in the locker room of the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome in New Orleans Saturday will contain marketing tips and other information to help young entrepreneurs establish lemonade stands during Louisiana Lemonade Day on May 4, a learning program that teaches young people how to start, own and operate their own businesses Editor's note: John Georges has signed a letter of intent to buy The Advocate.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Krystal Kennedy, right, of the Louisiana Department of Social Services, tags an evacuation victim ID on a National Guard member playing the role of a rescued civilian.The Louisiana National Guard and other state and local agencies conducted their annual Interagency Destructive Weather Exercise at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Veteran Jeff Argrave, left, gives a tour of his newly built Prairieville home, while contractor David Albrecht, right, tests a shower in the master bathroom. Argrave received the keys to the home at a ceremony on Saturday morning. The home was built by community volunteers and Homes for Our Troops, a Boston-based charity.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Complete with a unicorn safety helmet, Claire Callegan, 5, waves to her friends at Sacred Heart of Jesus School as the elementary school students (K/first-graders) ride bikes in the Annual Trike-A-Thon to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital. Photo shot on Thursday March 21, 2013, in Baton Rouge, La

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