Photos: Weekly Gallery, 4/28/13

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Bozie, BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo's Asian elephant, who will be leaving soon for a new home at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington D.C., stretches her trunk toward a visitor taking photos at the zoo Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Adam Levine, lead vocalist and front man of pop rock band Maroon 5, performs at the Acura Stage at Jazz Fest 2013 in New Orleans on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Josh and Maddy Clark, who were married Friday, dance to the music of Willie Nelson at the Gentilly Stage at Jazz Fest 2013 in New Orleans on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- River Levenson, 2, and Hero Levenson, 4, run around the Kids Tent to the music of the Bari Koral Family Rock Band at Jazz Fest 2013 in New Orleans, Friday, May 3, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Juan Nava, right, gets help from co-worker Jesus Sanchez, left, as the two local tree service company workers trim hedges Friday outside a residence on South Foster Drive.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Boeings’ Ricardo Navarro briefs Lori Garver on a dome fabrication project. Garver, the second highest ranking NASA official, toured the Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Lori Garver, second-highest-ranking NASA official, tours the Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans on Friday with NASA’s Pat Whipps, left, and Malcolm Wood.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Associate Dean of LSU's College of Engineering Warren Waggenspack holds a model of the remotely operated vehicle seen in the background during the Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design exhibition held at Patrick F. Taylor Hall Friday. Students, from left, Chase Corte, Peter Tran, and Benjamin Ewing, as well as Taylor Graham (not pictured), were sponsored by the Subsea Tieback Foundation, to create a second generation of underwater vehicle, which will be used to show children how math and sciences can be applied in interesting ways.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Artist Charles Barbier puts the finishing touches on Wednesday to the figure of Lil' Ray Neal on a mural on the side of the Cash America Pawn building at Government Street and S. Acadian Thruway. In his "Baton Rouge Blues" mural, commissioned through the BR Walls project, Barbier paints prominent Baton Rouge area Blues artists, both living and deceased. He started the project April 12 as the Baton Rouge Blues Festival kicked off, and expects to finish later this week.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Acadian Middle School Principal Linda Nance greets Acadian Middle School Student Fabian Carrington Friday during a visit to Holy Family Apartments in Lafayette.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Acadian Middle School student Cameron Joseph, left, receives food Friday from Acadian Middle School Para Educator Johnathan Francis and Computer Proctor Kathleen Gibson outside Holy Family Apartments in Lafayette. School officials are improving outreach efforts to help with student performance.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Students from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church's School of Religion release a balloon rosary at the school's closing ceremony Wednesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Wheels and skills -- E.J. Broussard, left, along with DeMariel Catlett and Chris Buck, right, skateboard at the park on St. Julien Street Friday near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JAMES MINTON -- Dixon Correctional Institute inmate Raymond Franco hugs Valdez after the potential companion animal-in-training followed Franco's command to put his paws in Franco's lap on Friday. Franco and three other DCI trusties have spent 17 months preparing three dogs for a second round of training by Canine Companions for Independence to work with adults or children with disabilities. The inmates also welcomed three puppies making up the second training class for the nonprofit organization at DCI.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Training Day -- Blue Springs, Mo., police Sgt. Colby Lalli, left, protects his weapon while "under attack" from instructor Dante Pastrano during a class Thursday at the 23rd annual International Police Mountain Bike Association Conference in downtown Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Easter is this Sunday in the Othodox faith, and that means 200 loaves of Tsoureki bread are being braided and baked. The bread will be consumed after Easter services at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in New Orleans, marking an end to fasting. Helen Malachias, whose son Ilya Malachias oversaw the baking, weighs out a ball of dough Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Samantha Miller, second from left, is congratulated by Kathy Norris for winning the Crystal Apple Award, while Nancy Garland, far right, is congratulated by Carolyn Cavanaugh, after winning a Golden Apple Award during Volunteers in Public Schools recognition ceremony Thursday at University Baptist Church.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Elizabeth Smart speaks to a group at Our Savior's Church in Lafayette Thursday evening. Smart made headlines across the country when she was abducted in 2002. She was returned to her family nine months later.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Gabriel, the Zoo of Acadiana's male giraffe, foreground, has a new mate in Evangeline, seen in the background. The two are set to be 'married' in a ceremony Sunday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Eliot Kamenitz -- High school students, part of the Trombone Shorty Academy, an after-school music program based at Tulane University, practice Tuesday in preparation for Thursday's Shorty Fest, during which they will play the music of the Meters. Instructor Jessie McBride conducts the group.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Renee Daniel weeds a planted bed in the front yard of her Saints Streets home in Lafayette Wednesday. Daniel said she was trying to get the bed weeded before attending her exercise class that afternoon.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Randy Conarroe, Teresa Sanchez, Freddie Ivory and Laura Parker, from left to right, stroll under the lines of convergence and symmetry that make up the Baton Rouge Dock on the Mississippi River Monday, checking the river's high water. Conarroe, from Mt. Vernon, Texas, is visiting Sanchez, his sister, who lives in Baton Rouge. Ivory is from Simmesport, and Parker is from New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Jerrell Gray, right, plays the host for a Praxis-themed "Family Feud" game Wednesday for education students at Southern University, a "Praxis Fun Day" activity designed to help Southern College of Education students relax before taking the Praxis assessment test. The test must be passed by all teacher candidates applying for certification in Louisiana. Also shown, at far left, is assistant professor of education Alita Robertson, and students, from back left, Jonothan Edwards, Chayla Price, Octavia Lafayette, Crystal Briscoe, Shanice Ciro and Ashley Justice.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Dayne Sherman of Ponchatoula, representing the American Association of University Professors and Association of Louisiana Faculty Senates, spoke Tuesday during the Enough is Enough rally. A Senate committee inside the State Capitol debated legislation that would press Gov. Bobby Jindal to accept federal money to expand the rolls of Medicaid.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- One mode of transportation -- Dillon James uses his work shirt to shield himself from the light but persistent rain Tuesday as he waits for a Capital Area Transit System bus. James biked to his job at a College Drive restaurant earlier in the day, but the afternoon rain made him opt to wait it out, in order to put his bike on the bus and enjoy a safe and dry ride home.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- City officials cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Treme Center at 900 North Villere Street in the historic Treme neighborhood. Mayor Landrieu tried out the basketball court Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Fly fishing -- Joe Kahler, a member of the Red Stick Fly Fishers Club, casts in pursuit of brim Tuesday in a pond at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Waddill Wildlife Refuge and Outdoor Education Center on North Flannery Road. The organization in March hosted its 22nd annual Red Stick Day Conclave, which offered fly tying and casting demonstrations, seminars for beginners, and kayak and canoe demonstrations.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Tipitina's held its 12th Instruments A Comin' benefit, to raise money to buy band instruments for New Orleans school marching bands Monday, April 29, 2013. Here the Martin Behrman Charter Academy of Creative Arts and Sciences performs on Napoleon Avenue in front of the music club.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Garden Club Member Henrietta Boriskie waters recently planted flowers at the Bridge Gardens at the Alumni Center on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Campus Monday. Boriskie said she and a group of Girl Scout Daisies planted the flowers this past weekend and she wanted them to be well-watered.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Tonia Stockton, left, and Donna Hoglen clean an apartment kitchen at Turner Plaza on Sunday. The cleanup was part of Go Day, a a community service project across East Baton Rouge Parish spearheaded by Istrouma Baptist Church.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Heather Spooner cleans an air conditioning unit in an apartment at Turner Plaza on Sunday as part of Go Day, a community service project spearheaded by Istrouma Baptist Church. Members of the church and other organizations fanned out across East Baton Rouge Parish to assist the needy and infirm.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Dwayne Self, left, and Mike Townley remove trash from a ditch at Turner Plaza on Sunday for the annual Go Day volunteer efforts across East Baton Rouge Parish.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE --Tanya Evanson dances to the music of her band, Neyaz, on Sunday afternoon at the Scene TV5MONDE Lafayette stage during Festival International de Louisiane. Sunday marked the end of the five-day event.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Maurice Baird, left, and Veronica Barbarin with Friends of Joe W. Brown Park & Louisiana Nature Center clean up the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center behind Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Veronica Barbarin, left, Unger Hazet, center, and Maurice Baird, work Saturday on clean up chores next to a broken window at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center behind Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Barbara Johnson with Fast, Forward, Restart helps cleanup the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center behind Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East on Saturday.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson, members of the Louisiana native band Royal Teeth, perform on Saturday afternoon at the Scene TV5MONDE Lafayette Stage during Festival International de Louisiane in downtown Lafayette. This year's event is the 27th annual Festival International de Louisiane.

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  • Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Gospel recording artist Michael A.V. Mitchell, right, performs with the Sunrise Brass Band, behind Mitchell, at the Community Awareness Project on Saturday in observance of the National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The event was held outside of House of Refuge Ministries.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Calvin Griffin, 15; Afsheen Sajjadi, 16; Tyler Smith, 17; Andre Clay, 15; and Cole Carter, 15, from left, of Lafayette Parish's Team 3616 high school robotics team prep their robot for a parade during National Robotics Week Open House at LSU's Patrick Taylor Hall in Baton Rouge on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Mountain bikers and BRAMBA members enjoy lunch after rides during Kerry Stamey Day at the BREC Comite River Park mountain bike trail system. Brandon Reid, Jeff Vaughan and Callan Costa, from left, relax at the picnic table while Dianne Taylor, Kerry Stamey's widow, speaks with Bob Walker, right. Stamey was one of the founding members of the Baton Rouge Area Mountain Bike Association.

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