Photos: Weekly Gallery, 4/14/13

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- A caterpillar makes its way along a railing in BREC's Botanic Gardens Thursday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- BULLDOGGING CHAMPION -- Derald Smith walks his three French bulldogs, left to right, Mimi, 7, Vinnie, 8, and Marcie, 4, down Westchester Drive Thursday. Though the dogs get along, he said he's learned it's usually a good idea to keep Vinnie between the girls to keep them out of trouble.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Kyle Anderman, owner of Frosted, a gourmet cupcake store, presents his ideas for a cupcake truck and cupcake vending machines to a panel of judges during the LSU Student Incubator Venture Challenge Friday. He won the top prize of $8,000 for his business.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Raindrops on a car windshield act like tiny camera lenses picking up the image of the flag at Harrison Avenue in Lakeview. The flag is flying at half staff to honor the bombing victims of Boston.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Sandy Sheuermann labels bell pepper plants Friday in a greenhouse at the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center in Lafayette in preparations for Saturday's Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners Plant Sale. The sale, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center, features vegetable plants, trees, annuals, perennials, tropicals and shrubs.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA -- Hope Tobin, right, hands out an informational flyer to Joseph P. Cronk with Marathon Petroleum Company, left, during the River Region Chamber of Commerce's Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel Event at John L. Ory Elementary School on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Park Vista Elementary School Pre-Kindergartener Wesley Thibodeaux, 5, playson playground equipment Thursday at Girard Park in Lafayette. Thibodeaux's class was on field trip to the Children's Museum followed by lunch at the park.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The 2013 season of Jazz in the Park, a weekly concert and market series held Thursdays at Armstrong Park, kicked off at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013 with a parade featuring the New Skool Brass Band and the Undefeated Divas and Gents. James Andrews and Flow Tribe performed beginning at 5. The series is organized by People United for Armstrong Park. Kevin Devezin, center, paves the way for the New Skool band as it enters the park.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- As part of Einstein Week, presented by the physics department and the Society of Physics Students at the University of New Orleans, students conducted a demonstration involving liquid nitrogen, 1,500 ping pong balls and a garbage can. The result was ping-pong balls blown all over the quad outside the Earl. K. Long Library by the force of the nitrogen.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- As part of Einstein Week, presented by the physics department and the Society of Physics Students at the University of New Orleans, students conducted a demonstration involving liquid nitrogen, 1,500 ping pong balls and a garbage can. Students also used liquid nitrogen to make ice cream. Here student Zerhow Chan blows the evaporating nitrogen from his cup to get at the ice cream.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Jerry Mendoza feeds pecans to a neighborhood fox squirrel shortly after arriving home from work Monday in Plaquemine. 'They see my truck come up and they're comin' down the tree,' said Mendoza who was nipped by one the day before after a territorial dispute.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Kyle Crabtree, an LSU freshman from New Orleans majoring in animal science, plays catch Tuesday on the LSU Parade Ground with fellow student Armand Daigle (not pictured), framed by the informational displays next to a sea of 3,700 pink and blue flags. The flags were place there by about 25 members of 'Students For Life at LSU' to symbolize an estimated 3,700 daily abortions in the United States, said member Darrick Landreneau, an LSU freshman biology major.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- John Noland, who has served on the board of St. James Place for more than three decades, is being honored by the local retirement community, which is naming its Health and Wellness Building and its Residency Endowment Fund in his honor.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's Ballet for Children dancers Katherine Glenn and Geoffrey Hyams perform Tuesday in "Into the Swamp: Healthy Choices Win" at the Mall of Louisiana.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Howard Richard, right, and Jacob Vernon spread pine straw mulch around a flowerbed outside the Alumni Center on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus Tuesday afternoon. The two said they had just finished planting the seasonal flowers in the bed.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Mandolin player Adrienne Edson took a break from busking on Royal Street to embrace spring with flowers in her hair next to a City Park lagoon Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Bobbie Broyles holds a photograph of her father, the late Lt. Col. Don Carlos Faith Jr., and his Medal of Honor in her home. Faith posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War. His body was left behind, but remains that were recovered a few years ago were identified as his last fall, and he will be buried Wednesday with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Johnny Rodgers, 1972 Heisman Trophy winner for Nebraska, runs a passing drill with Marquise Guitroz, 8, at a Heisman football clinic for young players featuring six previous Heisman winners at Joe Brown Park's Victory Field in New Orleans East on Monday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Johnny Lattner, 1953 Heisman Trophy winner for Notre Dame, shows Clarence Cotton, 7, how to grab and grip a football at a Heisman football clinic for young players featuring six previous Heisman winners at Joe Brown Park's Victory Field in New Orleans East, Monday, April 15, 2013.

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  • Tommy Christie chomps down on a chorizo taco from La Cocinita. Food vendors and customers kept on trucking in a Metairie parking lot Monday evening as Jefferson Parish relaxed the rules against food trucks to hold an event designed to attract people to Fat City. The mobile dining experience was held in the Villiage Square Shopping Center and featured a variety of fare from Korean barbeque to tacos.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- During the Monday morning "huddle" prior to opening, Dr. Kevin DiBenedetto, in blue scrubs, Medical Director of Lake After Hours; Lakendra Thomas, in white shirt, a patient service representative; and Angela Gourney, director of Clinic Operations, prepare for the first day of the LSU Health Baton Rouge Urgent Care Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Wilmer Rodriguez, foreground, and his father, Wilfredo Rodriguez, paint parking blocks and boundary lines that make up the parking lot of a small shopping center on Rena Drive in Lafayette Monday. The shopping center is being renovated as new tenants open businesses there.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Kendell Richter gets back aboard her pony while practicing the sock race, which requires riders to dismount and remount in motion.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Kendell Richter stands with her 24-year-old Chincoteague pony, Chino, before practicing at BREC's Farr Park Equestrian Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Burke Elementary School student Vincent Fuentes works with substitute teacher Margaret Ellett in Dawn Paschal's reverse mainstream class.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Contestants sign in for an open audition for the television show 'X-Factor' on Sunday at Universition of New Orleans' Lakefront Arena.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The rain didn't deter Mark Wodz, from left, his daughter, Karegan Wodz, 15, and wife, Dianne Wodz, all of Deland, Fl., and Anthony Sacco, 19, of Orlando, Fl., from auditioning for the television show 'X-Factor' on Sunday at the University of New Orleans' Lakefront Arena.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Puddles of fun -- Allie Worthington, 5, on a scooter, right, and her sister, Kate Worthington, 2, on a tricycle, ride through standing rainwater puddles Sunday at Kenilworth Park. Their mother, Shelly Worthington, said the weather was ‘too beautiful to keep them cooped up inside.’ The family took advantage of the skies that finally cleared up and the mild spring weather to enjoy the afternoon.

  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Nikki Leader, 66, left, and Mavis Albin, 76, two members of the six-member Tigerettes Senior Women's basketball team of Livingston Parish, practice Tuesday at the C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA in Baton Rouge. Their team is featured in a documentary that will air nationwide on PBS this summer, and they were on the 'Today' show recently.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Leslie Martin plays piano Saturday with Gerald French and the Original Tuxedo Brass Band on Bourbon Street on the Rick's 315 Stage during the 30th annual French Quarter Festival in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Luqman Asadullah plays his tambourine to the music of Donald Harrison Jr. on Saturday at the Abita Beer Stage in Woldenberg Riverfront Park during the 30th annual French Quarter Festival in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Crowds fill Jackson Square during French Quarter Festival in 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Laura Mullen, of Baton Rouge, applauds and yells encouragement from the audience Saturday during the Galvez Stage performance by C.C. Adcock & the Lafayette Marquis at the 2013 Baton Rouge Blues Festival.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Baton Rouge artist Taufeeq Muhammad puts the finishing touches on an acrylic painting, started Saturday morning, of blues piano player and singer Henry Gray, who grew up in Alsen, La. Gray was scheduled to perform later Saturday during the 2013 Baton Rouge Blues Festival. Muhammad had set up his easel next to the Old State Capitol and not far from the crowds attending the Blues Festival.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Mike Schexnayder and other cyclists use a temporary bike lane on Government Street on Saturday. The temporary lane was part of Mayor-President Kip Holden's Better Block BR project, which transformed a two-block section of Government Street into a more pedestrian and bike-friendly area on Saturday. The display continues Sunday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Pedestrians enjoy temporary landscaping and seating in the Westmoreland Shopping Center parking lot Saturday. The landscaping was just one of many elements in Mayor-President Kip Holden's Better Block BR project, which transformed a two-block section of Government Street into a more pedestrian and bike-friendly area on Saturday. The event continues Sunday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Katie Wang, 8, arranges her sheet music before playing some classical music on the nine-foot Horowitz Steinway grand piano at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Baton Rougen Saturday. Katie's mother Chau Wang, seated, and father Wilson Wang, right, watch and photograph the rare opportunity offered their daughter to play the world-renowned piano. Katie's siblings, Lanie, 10, and Andrew, 6, were among others taking advantage of the chance to play the piano during its North American tour. It was played for years by Steinway Artist Immortal Vladimir Horowitz, widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, and was one of the famed classical pianist's favorite instruments. The piano also was featured later Saturday in a recital by LSU faculty and students from the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette punter Daniel Cadona of Australia spends a moment with Major Hudspeth, 3, Wednesday while practicing at the school's athletic complex. Hudspeth is the son of head coach Mark Hudspeth and his mother, Tyla, said he is a fan of the school's kickers. "He says, 'I like Daniel. He's from Outback Steakhouse," she said.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Monica and Henry Bradsher enjoy an active retirement in Baton Rouge after his career as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press and the Washington Star and as a senior analyst for the CIA and her career as a teacher and staff member of the National Geographic Society.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Henry Bradsher, left, serves as a Volunteers in Public Schools Reading Friend to Bernard Terrace Elementary School student Malik Blair, who read an entire book with Bradsher's assistance.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Joshua Stephenson and his son Jacob Stephenson, 3, dance along with music performed by New Orleans band Phunky Monkeys at Live After Five held at the newly renovated Repentence Park on Friday, April 5, 2013, in downtown Baton Rouge.

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