Photos: Weekly Gallery for Sept. 15-21, 2013

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Micah Fontenot, 3, from Baton Rouge watches climbers in a rock climbing class at the Perkins Road Community Park Rock Climbing Tower. Fontenot's dad, Chet Fontenot, said the youngster loves to climb on anything and gets really excited when watching the rock climbers at the tower.

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  • Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Zach Harris art show and reception. Frahn Koerner, Zach Harris, the Rev. Kevin Wildes, Karoline Schleh. Thursday September 05, 2013.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As BASF chemist James Flanagan, left, shows how the result should appear, students, from left, Ryleigh Volland, Grayson Gill and Will Edwards from Liz Crawford's 4th grade class create "Playful Polymer Slippery Slime" with water, glue, borax and food coloring. Employee volunteers from BASF in Geismar, LA are bringing the companys popular Kids Lab program to Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Episcopal School. Students will perform hands on chemistry experiments to explore how polymers work and the mysteries of chromatography.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Ssg. Brandon Branch, of Bastrop, holds his son, Gage, 4, during the Louisiana National Guards 927th Engineer Company, 769th Engineer Battalion deployment ceremony on Friday at the Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge-based unit will deploy more than 90 Soldiers to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to conduct route-clearance operations.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Looking on, Rachel Beck, BASF engineer, second from left, as BASF chemist James Flanagan, top, shows how the result should appear, students, from left, Jack Williams, Maggie Safer, Ryleigh Volland, Grayson Gill and Will Edwards from Liz Crawford's 4th grade class create "Playful Polymer Slippery Slime" with water, glue, borax and food coloring. Employee volunteers from BASF in Geismar, LA are bringing the companys popular Kids Lab program to Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Episcopal School. Students will perform hands on chemistry experiments to explore how polymers work and the mysteries of chromatography.

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  • Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTONNoel, a two-toed sloth, hangs out with the Aubudon Zoo’s, left, Rick Atkinson, curator of the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit/Jaguar Jungle, and zookeeper Richard Ferris.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Angus Armstrong, 11, climbs a route at the Perkins Road Community Park Rock Climbing Tower.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Zayd Rawashdeh, 7, gets guidance from Louisiana State Police trooper LaConnda Ernest, as he drives an adult tricycle around a course using "fatal vision" goggles to simulate the impaired vision a driver would experience after using alcohol or drugs during the Louisiana State Police "Troop A Day" Sunday at the Blue Bayou water park parking lot. The annual event featured exhibits promoting health and safety as well as hands-on interaction with local law enforcement and safety agencies.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Dylan Sandifer, 12, from Zachary, sits in the cockpit of a State Police helicopter on display during the Louisiana State Police "Troop A Day" Sunday at the Blue Bayou water park parking lot. The annual event featured exhibits promoting health and safety as well as hands-on interaction with local law enforcement and safety agencies.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Reagan Hagge, 5, of New Orleans, signs a banner for the troops during the Louisiana National Guards 927th Engineer Company, 769th Engineer Battalion deployment ceremony on Friday at the Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge-based unit will deploy more than 90 Soldiers to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to conduct route-clearance operations.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The Golden Band from Tigerland comes down Victory Hill prior to the first half outside LSU's Tiger Stadium.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU's live mascot, Mike the Tiger rides to the stadium in his travel trailer prior to the first half outside LSU's Tiger Stadium.

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  • Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- The Z-Day 5K + Festival was held in Kenner on Saturday September 21, 2013. The event consisted of a 5K military style obstacle course covered in mud & ÒbloodÓ while runners navigated the course to escape the hordes of zombies that were set loose to ÒinfectÓ them. Runners make their way through a mud pit while the zombies attack.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Watson Williams III, of the Baton Rouge Public Works Department, cuts grass and small shrubs in a vacant lot in the 900 block of North 46th Street on Friday. The crew had a list of around 110 vacant lots in the 70802 area code to mow.

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  • Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- The Z-Day 5K + Festival was held in Kenner on Saturday September 21, 2013. The event consisted of a 5K military style obstacle course covered in mud & ÒbloodÓ while runners navigated the course to escape the hordes of zombies that set loose to ÒinfectÓ them. Lisa Collinsowrth, right, attended the festival with her friend Roxanne Belala and adopted Linus, center, from the SPCA.

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  • Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Stacey Roberts kisses her dog, Bud Dee, on Friday in the area where she found him. Bud Dee was a former stray dog living under a Highway 190 overpass in West Baton Rouge. After months of feeding him, spending time with him and gaining his trust, Roberts and West Baton Rouge Animal Control were able to catch Bud Dee.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Adrien Connangle works on a section of a custom apparatus, wrapped in protective mesh to shield the uninvolved portion of the piece. Eleven years ago, Connangle was recruited from his glass blowing school in Paris to come to LSU and work for the chemistry department.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Adrien Connangle blows a bubble to help remove impurities from a piece that he was working on recently. Eleven years ago, Connangle was recruited from his glass blowing school in Paris to come to LSU and work for the chemistry department.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- 'Glassblowing is hard,' says LSU's resident glassblower Adrien Connangle, as he detaches an unused section of glass tubing from a piece he's crafting.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Adrien Connangle, who came here more than a decade ago from Paris, crafts a custom piece for LSU chemistry department in his campus workshop.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Apparatus, a reflux flask custom made by Adrien Connangle for LSU's chemistry department. Eleven years ago, Connangle was recruited from his glass blowing school in Paris to come to LSU and work for the chemistry department. The school is one of the few colleges in the South to employ a glass blower to create the various types of glassware used in experiments.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Adrien Connangle's glass pendant, made from a heated glass rod dipped in 'frit,' fine fragments of broken colored glass, the swirled. Eleven years ago, Connangle was recruited from his glass blowing school in Paris to come to LSU and work for the chemistry department. The school is one of the few colleges in the South to employ a glass blower to create the various types of glassware used in experiments.

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