Photos: Weekly Gallery, 06/09/13

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  • Advocate staff photo by Heather McClelland -- American Legion Nicholson Post No. 38 conducts a dignified disposal of an unserviceable flag to commemorate Flag Day on Friday. From left are, First Vice Commander John Nichols, Dale Lemoine, Sergeant-at-Arms John Rabalais, Commander Oliver Markland and Pete Leonard. The post accepts unserviceable flags from the public throughout the year in order to dispose of them properly.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Tom Hirschey, security director for the Shenandoah Estates Homeowners Association, right, along with Ed Campanella, security district president, work to place more than 2,000 American flags in the servitude to each house in Shenandoah Estates in recognition of Flag Day on Friday. The flags are to be left out through July 4th.

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  • Advocate staff file photo by Travis Spradling -- Dresser Kaylee Ritchie, left, assists drag queens Rami Alkadi as 'Alexa Milano,' center, and Carlos Perez as 'Miranda Mann,' as the Krewe of Divas members check their costumes and makeup before performing at the Sixth annual Baton Rouge Pride Fest in June 2012 at the LSU Student Union.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The new Betty Wisdom Elephant House at the Audubon Zoo Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Tyrone Alexander aims floodlights on a mobile rig on Friday in an empty field in Washington in prepartation for this weekend's Kountry Bunnies Fourth Annual Trail Ride.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Donald Cravins Jr., chief of staff for Sen. Mary Landrieu, speaks at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University's grand opening Friday. The center offers business solutions and resources to students and community members.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Students Ernesto Botello, left, and Daphne Chang, third from left, help Stephanie Anthony, second from left, Nakeisha Hill and Matthew Smith spruce up a garden at Little Rising Sun Church Center on Tuesday. Seven college students and recent graduates participating in the Ride for the Future project are riding bicycles from New Orleans to Houston, Texas, stopping along the way to complete community projects.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Miss Louisiana Lauren Vizza, left, and State Police Col. Mike Edmonston rappel down the sice of the 24-story Capital One Bank building on May 30.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Josh Jones, of Asoka Lawn and Landscaping Service, uses a power blower to remove cut grass from a sidewalk Thursday afternoon. Jones and his co-workers cut grass, edged, trimmed and cleaned up at 19 homes in one day.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Caroline Collins, left, gets help from from instructor Danny Holmes as she, Layla Thomas, 8, center, and other students practice chords they learned Wednesday at a five-day guitar camp. The camp is part of the LSU Performing Arts Academy, a program of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts at LSU.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Lighthouse Louisiana camper Henrynesha Hasten combs a pony's mane during a day of riding, games and horse-related activities at GaitWay Thearaputic Horsemanship in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Lighthouse Louisiana camper Stephen Toth, 16, rides around a ring as volunteers, from left, Mary Lago, Sarah Aldridge and Morgan Efferson assist. The visually impaired campers had a day of riding, games and horse-related activities in Baton Rouge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Visually impaired Lighthouse Louisiana camper Deja Oliver, 15, climbs atop her horse. Lighthouse's campers are introduced to activities they would not ordinarily experience.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Allen Witcheson, left, and Christian Francis battle for control of a basketball Wednesday during a game in Acadiana Park in Lafayette. Behind the two is Witcheson's brother, Keegan Witcheson. The three are taking part in Project Fitness, a summer sports camp taking place in the park.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Andre Massenburg, whose 18-year-old son, Joseph Massenburg, was killed nearby on April 1, speaks during a memorial service Wednesday for Joseph, an AmeriCorps NCCC team member from Chicago, at the Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK Kelsey Pheares works on her mural Tuesday at Zeeland Street Market. Pheares said her mural is based on how she wished the section of Perkins Road near the restaurant looked with more trees and people biking and walking in the area.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Gerald Meyers has his heart rate monitored by first year resident Leslie Birdsong at University Medical Center on Tuesday morning in Lafayette. Lafayette General Medical center will take over operations of UMC on June 24 and expand residency training starting July 1.

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  • Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Bobby the dog seeks relief from an afternoon heat spike in June at the dog park at New Orleans' City Park.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Eight-year-old Guibriane Johnson gets splashed from behind by her father Gui Johnson at the Girard Park swimming pool on Tuesday afternoon in Lafayette. The pool, which reopened earlier this month, is open to the public from two p.m. until five-thirty p.m. monday through Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Camille Eisele, bottom left, Sarah Buckley, bottom right, and other children make animal poses in a dance class for the first day of the Jewish Community Center's Summer Camp at its Uptown location in New Orleans, Monday, June 10, 2013. Summer camp also started at the JCC Metairie location along with summer camps throughout the area.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A horse-drawn carriage carrying the remains of National Guard Spc. Christopher Drake comes in for the graveside service Monday at Holly Gardens Cemetery in Hammond.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Rose Marie Drake, mother of National Guard Spc. Christopher Drake, lightly feels the folded flag from the coffin after she received it Monday during the graveside service for Drake at Holly Gardens Cemetery in Hammond.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- For feature titled "Oil on Canvas." Look back at how visual artists dealt with oil spill. Artist Jacqueline Bishop photographs oil on the beach at Grand Isle State Park Saturday, May 25, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Jamie Crane, a cystic fibrosis patient who had a double lung transplant last year, says he founded the Transplant Dream Foundation to give trips to Disney World to people who have had transplants like him.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Shuckers work at Acme Oyster House in Metairie on Thursday. The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Shell Oil Co. announced the creation of the Louisiana Oyster Shell Recycling and Reef Restoration Program, made possible by a $1 million gift from Shell.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Dwayne Dopsie of Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers plays his accordion Sunday, June 9, 2013, during the seventh annual Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans. The two-day free event featured Zydeco music, food and crafts.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Ed and Angela Hammerli of Thibodaux dance to the music of Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie Sunday, June 9, 2013, during the seventh annual Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans. The two-day free event featured Zydeco music, food and crafts.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- From left, Conan Zhang, 8, Amber Pelegrin, 7, Leah Elzahr, 10, and Olivia Baham, 7, hold up paper molecules of hydrogen and oxygen as Lisa Chumney explains why water has a neutral pH during the BASF Kids' Lab workshop on Sunday at Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge.

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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 -- Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium Exhibit Technician Paul McCasland installs brackets that will hold decorative lights outside of the building in downtown Lafayette Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Racers make the turn for a Tour de Louisiane race on Sunday in downtown Covington.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Davon Martin does engine work on his 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck. Replacing gaskets that caused a "check engine" warning light to come on is a two day job, Martin said. The work includes trips to the store for parts and tools, he said.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Racers break from the starting line during a Tour de Louisiane race Sunday, June 9, 2013, in downtown Covington.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Jacob Schoen of 4D Racing rounds the corner during his win of the Category 4 race in the Tour de Louisiane on Sunday in downtown Covington.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Joe and Lucille Ruppel, of New Orleans, celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary Saturday at the Presidential Palace in Kenner. 'We had two witnesss when we got married,' Joe Ruppel said during the cake cutting. 'But I don't remember who they were.' The evening included a second-line parade, entertainment and the renewing of vows.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Joe and Lucille Ruppel, of New Orleans, take a ride around the hall as they celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary Saturday at the Presidential Palace in Kenner. 'We had two witnesss when we got married,' Joe Ruppel said during the cake cutting. 'But I don't remember who they were.' The evening included a second-line parade, entertainment and the renewing of vows.

  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Pelican rookery Queen Bess Island near Grand Isle Sunday, May 26, 2013. Apart from brown pelicans many gulls, ibises, white pelicans and Roseate Spoonbills gather at the small spit of land in Barataria Bay.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A juvenile brown pelican stretches his beak among a group of nestlings and adults Sunday, May 26, 2013.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by Eliot Kamenitz---- The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium chefs Jayme Necaise, left, Zack Lemann, center and GW Fins Executive Chef Tenney Flynn go antennae to antennae as they cook their own arthropod specialties for audience members and a panel of celebrity judges to decide who will be the 2013 Arthropod Top Chef on Saturday, June 8, 2013. The insectarium chef prepared a cicada shish kabob while Flynn did crawfish ravioli. The audience voted the cicadas better.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Andrew Glover teaches Jerome Watkins, 8, how to position his hands for blocking, at the 3rd Annual Eddie Robinson, Sr. Foundation Football Camp Saturday at McKinley High School. Glover, 46, grew up in Gonzales, played for Coach Robinson, Sr., at Grambling then played for the Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, and retired in 2000 from the New Orleans Saints. Andre Williams, 13, is at left, and Jalinn Cooper, 13, right, and Demonte Jordan, 15, far right, are behind Glover.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Aaron Scott, 10, practices pitching out the football, during quarterbacks drills Saturday at the 3rd Annual Eddie Robinson, Sr. Foundation Football Camp on Saturday at McKinley High School.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Heather McClelland -- Isis Dukes, 5, prepares a cup of lemonade for a customer on Alabama Street in Baker Saturday, June 8, 2013. Isis, her 2-year-old sister Egypt, and mother Destinique, both back left, ran the stand as part of National Lemonade Days, a three-day national event that raises money for childhood cancer research. Founded by Alex Scott (1996-2004) in 2004, the event grew out of Alex's front yard lemonade stand, and is held every year over the same June weekend. This year marks the 10th Annual Lemonade Days with an estimated 10,000 volunteers at over 2,000 Alexs Lemonade Stands around the nation.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- LSU's Raph Rhymes and Mason Katz celebrate with fans after the game between LSU and Oklahoma on Saturday at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.

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  • LSU's JaCoby Jones (23) goes high to land on the top of the dog pile after an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Baton Rouge. LSU won 11-1 and advances to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Trea Gallo, 11; his sister Kade-Micah Gallo, 10; their great-grandmother Rita Hathorne, 70; and Rita's fiance's grandchild, 19-month-old Hope Dicapo, get ready to have dinner together at home.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- Robyn Holifield takes a photo of her nephews and mother, from left, Jessie Regina, 13; James Regina, 13, and Winona LeJeune, at James' graduation ceremony May 21 at Galvez Middle School. The Reginas are being raised by LeJeune, who said that the Ascension Parish school system has been a big help to her.

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  • Linda Cosey watches her grandchildren, Jay'Mani Jolla, 13, and Jay'Shon Franklin, 4, interact after choir practice at New Hope Baptist Church. Cosey, 59, has been raising Jay'Mani and Jay'Shon their whole lives.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Mia Santosuosso, 7, carries her balloon dog, made by Chris Pierce of The Party Artist, Saturday at a reunion party for YELP! dogs and their families.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- A healthy and happy Joseph, a Labrador/Shepherd mix, found in an emaciated condition along the side of the road a little over a year ago, gets his paw painted to make his mark on a YELP! Family Tree poster, assisted by owner Leila Arefi-Pour, left, of Lafayette, and YELP! Baton Rouge volunteer Lacey Lamana, right. The anniversary party celebrating Joseph's adoption and return to health also served also as a reunion of all past, present, and future YELP! dogs and their families, Saturday at Petz Plaza in Baton Rouge.

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