Photos: Weekly Gallery, 5/5/13

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- An egret hunts for food in the shallow water of the pond near Vermilionville on a rainy Friday afternoon.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- A duck settles in at University Lake at dusk during a break in Friday's rains.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- As part of Euro-American Celebration in New Orleans, which began Thursday and runs through Wednesday, Bon Operatit performed classic opera pieces and musical theater tunes at the French Market Friday, May 10, 2013. Singers Jesse Nolan and Mary Penick Akin belt out a tune.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Special location -- As people walk by, a goose sits on her clutch of eggs Thursday in the 'G' parking lot at Woman's Hospital off Airline Highway near Pecue Lane in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Cycling for a cause -- Paul Drummond, of San Antonio, and Chris Christensen, of Plano, Texas, center from left, turn into a hotel parking lot in Gonzales on Thursday as part of a stop during the Fifth annual Tour Du Rouge. More than 100 cyclists are riding from Houston to New Orleans to raise awareness and money for the American Red Cross along the Gulf Coast. Standing by are Red Cross volunteers Gary Compton, left, and Mike Estrada. The ride will end at Fulton Street Square in New Orleans on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Mental health awareness -- Tori Collins, 6, left, and Nijah Mitchell, 7, right, with the Hosanna Christian Academy dance team, enjoy dancing Thursday during a program to promote awareness of National Children's Mental Health Day at the North Boulevard Town Square. The event was organized by the Louisiana Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, said Cheryl Laugand, the federation's program director.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Last-minute prep work is done Thursday at the historic Amand Broussard home at Vermilionville Thursday. The park will hold a rededication ceremony Saturday and will welcome Broussard's descendants for their annual family reunion.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Samia Lalani, holding sign, was among about 30 people who rallied outside NOPD headquarters Thursday to demand that Police Chief Ronel Serpas hold a public meeting to solicit community feedback on draft policies to end discriminatory policing practices particularly in regard to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- When a water oak tree died in his front yard, Dasher Short hired a chain saw carver to turn the stump into a piece of art.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- A bald eagle treated by doctors from the LSU Veterinary School takes flight after being released near Gramercy on Wednesday. The adult female was released along with a juvenile male bald eagle who had fallen from its next after a month of care at LSU.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Stroke awareness -- Peter Mutty, 81, of Baton Rouge, who suffered a stroke in late 2012, paddles a kayak Wednesday on University Lake with BREC lifeguard David Wynot behind him during the 'Strokes for Stroke' event held by the East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission and the American Heart Association as part of its stroke education campaign.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- East Ascension High School senior Luke Ducote, 18, center, celebrates as he is helped out of Ascension Hospital's pond by a classmate during the annual senior pond jump in Gonzales on Wednesday. The pond-jump festivities date to 1967 and commemorate the last official day of school for graduating seniors.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Tom Dufour, back row center, poses for photos with Scout leaders and members of St. Jude Catholic Church's Cub Scout Pack 103, after they completed assembly of their wood duck houses at Dufour's woodworking workshop in Central.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Tom Dufour, center, gives instructions on wood duck house assembly to parents, scout leaders and members of St. Jude Catholic Church's Cub Scout Pack 103 at Dufour's woodworking workshop in Central.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Tom Dufour, left, helps a Scout dad, Chris Stelly, center, and St. Jude Catholic Church's Cub Scout Pack 103 member Brandon Lee, 8, right, as they construct a wood duck house at Dufour's woodworking workshop in Central.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Ethan Winchester, 9, of St. Jude Catholic Church's Cub Scout Pack 103 tries a duck call on April 13 at Tom Dufour's woodworking workshop in Central.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Acadiana Center for the Arts Education Director Bree Sargent, foreground, and Education Coordinator Paige Krause hang art work for the Student Arts Expo taking place Saturday in downtown Lafayette. The exhibition features work done by students from schools around Lafayette Parish.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk performsat the Square in Lafayette Square in New Orleans Wednesday, part of a free, 12-week concert series that offers food and drink for sale to benefit the Young Leadership Council.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Aiden Ely, 6, climbs a bunny sculpture as Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk performs at the YLC Wednesday at the Square in Lafayette Square in New Orleans. Food and drink sold during the free, 12-week concert series benefits the Young Leadership Council.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Honoring moms -- Gwendolyn Carriere laughs Tuesday during a Seniors Mother's Day celebration at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center in Baton Rouge. Senior mothers from the area around the center were honored during the program and luncheon.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Salomeya Sobko swings on a rope near Dumaine Street in Mid-City Monday, May 6, 2013. She often swings there and climbs the rope for fitness.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Arm wrestlers Andi Aguilar, who performed as One Dollar Baby, and Jodi Shipley, known as Rosie the Rioter, compete at the Baton Rouge Arm Wrestling Ladies Blunt Force Brawl. Aguilar made it to the finals before losing to Captain of the Sister Ship, a wrestler from New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- New Orleans native Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews plays the final set Sunday for Jazz Fest 2013 with his band Orleans Avenue on the Acura Stage in New Orleans. Andrews is taking over the task of closing out Jazz Fest on the Acura Stage from the Neville Brothers.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Teach For America alums Derek Roguski and Hannah Sadtler created the New Teachers Roundtable, a group to offer support for young out-of-state teachers working in New Orleans. Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Rhett Pipsair stands on a pier extending through a swamp behind his house in the Bayou Corne community.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Brusly High School students tend Friday a memorial garden at the school dedicated to Sylviane F. Lozada, a foreign languages teacher from Belgium who has been missing for nearly two years. Working in the garden, from left, are Justin Jarreau, teacher Gale Jones, Anna George, physical education teacher Karen Wooley, Abigail Poh and Dedrick Wright.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Jeffrey Jeter, left, flags down passing customers on Sherwood Forest Boulevard for his son Samuel Jeter, 7, and 'Samuel's Old Fashioned LemonAid' stand on the front lawn of Amedisys Home Healths Corporate Headquarters in Baton Rouge on Saturday. The Jeters sold ice-cold lemonade and cookies as part of National Lemonade Day, a day-long event teaching kids to start, own, and operate their own businesses. 'He usually calls me Dad,' Jeffrey Jeter said of his son, "but today I call him Boss.' The Jeters donated proceeds from their stand to a charity that funds the drilling water wells in Africa.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Robert Watkins, 8, yells for passersby to stop Saturday at the 'Divalicious Lemonade' booth, operating as a partnership between the Demo Diva and Trinity Christian Community. About 13,000 students in Louisiana participated in Saturday's National Lemonade Day festivities, said Dana Hansel, the program's statewide director.

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