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Denzel Washington praises Boys, Girls Club, but says Baton Rouge group needs its own building

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Actor Denzel Washington laughs with photographers as he disperses them from the aisle at an event with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in downtown Baton Rouge on Sunday, August 2, 2015, at the De La Ronde Hall.

When Denzel Washington was 6 years old, he was shy, overweight and never thought he would be successful. On Sunday, in Baton Rouge while filming a remake of “The Magnificent Seven” nearby, the now-famous actor said friends and counselors at his local Boys Club in Mount Vernon, New York, taught him lessons that led him to… Continue reading →

Providing foster care for dogs, cats grows in popularity in Baton Rouge; helps reduce overcrowding in shelter

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Staff member Nikki Leon walks Precious, a young yorkie-mix at the Yelp! house and shelter on Lanier Drive in Baton Rouge, Friday, July 24, 2015.

Sully, a 4-year-old border terrier mix who looks like “an over-sized Chihuahua with giant legs,” found the couple who would eventually become his new owner — but it wasn’t because they adopted him. First, they fostered him. Tyler Gray said he and his wife, Sarah, were providing foster care to six dogs, including Sully, over Christmas. Somehow,… Continue reading →

National poll hurts Bobby Jindal's chances for making the cut for the first Republican presidential debate

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (File)

. A national poll of Republican primary voters shows Gov. Bobby Jindal drawing 1 percent support, damaging his already dim chances of appearing in prime time Thursday in the first nationally televised debates of the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The NBC News/Wall St. Journal poll, released Sunday, put Jindal and former U.S.… Continue reading →

Six suspected of DWI between Saturday and Sunday in East Baton Rouge Parish

Authorities arrested at least six people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them: — Cihan Celik, 29, 530 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and… Continue reading →

Hooked on handmade fishing lures, UL-Lafayette graduate uses school’s incubator to spawn his own business

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Zach Dubois, the owner and creator of Cajun Lures, seen at his booth on Saturday July 25, 2015 at the Louisiana Outdoor Expo held in the Cajundome and Convention Center.

An avid fisherman, Zachary Dubois had a vested interest in discovering the best lures. After being accepted into the inaugural class of student entrepreneurs at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s business incubator, he drew on his love of fishing to spawn an idea that eventually would become Cajun Lures, a company that creates… Continue reading →

Ask The Advocate: Downtown construction, popular shortcut

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- With the sidewalk, parking and driving lane open on the south side of Laurel Street, the street and sidewalk are blocked off on the north side of Laurel Street at the Commerce Building, a $30-million, 8-story building that is being updated to provide 93 apartments and a ground floor of retail space.

QUESTION: Many of the construction projects downtown fence off public space: sidewalks, parking spots, traffic lanes, even entire streets. This goes on for weeks and months at a time. Are taxpayers paid for the public space that’s used for private purposes? ANSWER: City-Parish Chief Traffic Engineer Ingolf A. Partenheimer… Continue reading →

Neighbors report hearing no argument, just shots fired in triple homicide Sunday in Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- A man runs across the street where an early morning shooting took place. Sunday. Baton Rouge Police responded to a shooting around 1:00am in the 2300 block of Jefferson Avenue off of Plank Road, Sunday, August 2, 2015. Detectives found three male victims suffering from gunshot wounds in the driveway of the house at the top left, who were pronounced dead at the scene. The shooting remains under investigation.

Three men were gunned down early Sunday morning near the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Plank Road, and Baton Rouge police are trying to determine what led to the shooting. The shooting happened at about 1 a.m. near 2331 Jefferson Ave., where Baton Rouge police detectives found Kevin Ford, 24, Fredrick Corner, 25, and Antoine Harris, 23,… Continue reading →

Designed to be 'greatest building in the history of mankind!' the Superdome still amazes even on its 40th birthday

Louisiana's $129.5 million Super Dome is taking shape in New Orleans, November 30, 1972. The 72, 000-seat facility is slated for completion in the fall of 1974. The center crown of the stadium is currently under construction at center. (AP Photo) ORG XMIT: APHS43759

. As the story goes, then-Gov. John McKeithen was uncharacteristically silent while he was considering businessman and sports visionary Dave Dixon’s proposal for a domed stadium in New Orleans. Then suddenly, McKeithen brought his fist down on his desk and thundered, “My God. That would be the greatest building in the history of mankind! “We’ll… Continue reading →

Following Lafayette mass theater shooting, 'Trainwreck' actress Amy Schumer responds to open letter to fight gun violence

Photo MARY CYBULSKI -- Amy Schumer plays a writer at a New York City-based men’s magazine in the new comedy 'Trainwreck,' opening Friday.

"Trainwreck" actress Amy Schumer responded to an open letter asking her to speak out on gun violence on Twitter Saturday morning, according to People Magazine. "I'm on it. You'll see," Schumer tweeted. The call to action comes after last month's mass shooting in a Lafayette theater during a showing of "Trainwreck." The gunman injured nine victims and killed two before… Continue reading →

DA Hillar Moore: Cell phone encryption is hurting murder investigation of Baton Rouge woman, her child

Recent cell phone encryption practices could be keeping officials from solving the murder of Brittney Mills and her son, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Saturday. Pregnant mother Brittney Mills, 29, was shot and killed April 24 at her Ship Drive apartment after she refused to lend her car to her… Continue reading →

John Georges hands Advocate publisher’s reins to Dan Shea

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A news conference marking the sale of The Advocate to Georges Media Group was attended by Peter Kovacs, editor of The Advocate; Dan Shea, chief operating officer and general manager; and John Georges, publisher and chief executive officer.

Advocate co-owner John Georges has named Dan Shea to replace him as publisher, the paper’s top executive position. Georges said he has achieved his goals under his first two years of ownership and wants to spend more time on his other business and civic interests. Georges owns a number of businesses, ranging from Imperial Trading, a… Continue reading →

Four killed in single-vehicle accident in New Iberia

Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a single-vehicle accident in New Iberia that has resulted in the deaths of four people and injuries to a 7-year-old child, KATC-TV reported. The accident happened just before 5 p.m. Saturday at South Lewis Street and Connie Rue Road. Officials first reported several injuries and one fatality when… Continue reading →

Spencer Drum Clinic seeks to teach students to succeed in music and in life

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- From foreground left, Kendrick Henderson, Jr., 5, Vyron Carter II, 6, and Jayden Jones, 4,  follow director Kelvin Spencer Saturday during an exercise in reading sheet music, an important skill he teaches early on during kids' experience at the Spencer Drum Clinic.  At far left is Joshua Mason, 10.

If Kelvin Spencer’s drum students sound or look anything like Southern University’s famed Human Jukebox marching band, it’s no mistake. Spencer was a section leader in the band in the 1970s. His students, who range from 4 to 15 years old, even wear T-shirts printed with a blue and gold logo. At the Spencer Drum… Continue reading →

Community works to get Lafayette's Freetown-Port Rico neighborhood on National Register of Historic Places

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  A woman walks with a child through the intersection of East Vermilion and Gordon Streets in the Freetown neighborhood of Lafayette Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Residents of a Lafayette neighborhood once known as a safe haven for freed slaves and free men of color during the mid-1800s are working to add the area to the National Register of Historic Places. The proposed boundaries of the Freetown-Port Rico Historic District include East University Avenue, Lee Avenue, Garfield Street, Taft Street,… Continue reading →

DA, chief judge confident EBR system of assigning criminal cases would pass court challenge

The 19th Judicial District Court’s rules for allotting cases to its eight criminal court judges, particularly cases with more than one alleged crime or when a specific date of offense cannot be pinpointed, are constitutionally sound, the Baton Rouge court’s chief criminal judge and the parish’s top prosecutor contend. “Ours is as safe as one can… Continue reading →

Body of Hammond man recovered from Mississippi River, authorities say he likely drowned

Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office reported Saturday that it was a Hammond man whose body was recovered Friday from the Mississippi River, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The Sheriff’s and Coroner’s offices made the identification of Jmarcus Raphael Watson, 24, through his fingerprints, the release says. The preliminary findings of an… Continue reading →

Six people booked on DWI charges

Authorities arrested at least six people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them:… Continue reading →

New Veterans Affairs clinics should be ready by the end of 2016 for Lafayette and Lake Charles, officials claim

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  A sign with information about the upcoming construction of a Veterans Affairs clinic in the 3100 block of Ambassador Caffery Parkway--across from Wal-Mart Supercenter--stands at the site Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Lafayette, La.

Though it was initially planned to open years ago, it now appears area veterans could have a new, expanded clinic by winter 2016, Veterans Affairs officials said. For the past few years, a new, expanded clinic has been planned though delays — bungled paperwork and later technicalities involving VA leases — have set back… Continue reading →

Walker woman booked in killing 2 on La. 1062

A Walker woman was arrested after she struck two women with a vehicle on La. 1062 in Tangipahoa Parish early Saturday morning, State Police said in a news release. Charlotte Woods Ross, of Loranger, and Angel Aimmons Gill, of Husser, were walking in the middle of La. 1062’s eastbound lane about 4 a.m. when Katy… Continue reading →

Mississippi man dies after vehicle strikes tree

State Police began investigating a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning after a 28-year-old man died after his car hit a tree along Interstate 10 in Ascension Parish, State Police said in a news release. Louisiana State Police Troop A began the investigation about 3 a.m. and identified the victim as Seth Orcutt, of Lorman, Mississippi,… Continue reading →

LSU rejects offer for outside mediator to settle disputes with foundation that manages Shreveport, Monroe hospitals

The foundation that manages LSU’s Shreveport and Monroe hospitals under a privatization deal says it has sought to bring in an outside mediator to work out disputes with LSU, but the university has rejected the effort. LSU has charged that the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, known as BRF, failed to live up to its contract.… Continue reading →

26 years later, uncompleted road plan helps shape Louisiana transportation spending

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The newly renovated and expanded Huey P. Long bridge in Jefferson parish Thursday, June 13, 2013.

More than a quarter of a century after Louisiana voters approved funding for 16 road and bridge projects, the list is far from done. In addition, the costs of the work will take an increasing bite of Louisiana’s key transportation fund amid constant bickering over shrinking resources and demands for improvements. The overhaul, which voters… Continue reading →

Louisiana governor candidates address local government officials at forum — and some hand out personal cell numbers

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle, center, address the Louisiana Municipal Association 78th Annual Convention during a gubernatorial forum Friday July 31, 2015 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.. Seated at he head table from left to right are John Bel Edwards, candidate for governor, Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel, US Senator David Vitter, candidate for governor, David Camardelle, LMA President, Carroll Breaux, 1st Vice President LMA, Jay Dardenne, candidate for governor, and Barney Arceneaux, 2nd Vice President LMA.

Two of the four major candidates for governor gave out their personal cellphone numbers to local government officials Monday, saying it’s important to have direct contact with the state’s top elected official. U.S. David Vitter, R-Metairie, did so first, followed by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, R-Baton Rouge, attracting much applause from the audience attending the candidate… Continue reading →

Live updates from Saints training camp practices

Advocate staff photo by Patrick Dennis -- The Saints conduct drills during a foggy Friday morning practice at training camp at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Follow live updates from New Orleans Saints training camp practices from The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va... Continue reading →

State revokes license of Baton Rouge child care center after reports of 2-year-old child left behind on field trip

The state has launched action to revoke the license of a Baton Rouge child care center after a complaint that its employees left behind a 2-year-old at a restaurant during a field trip, officials said Friday. The facility is the Our Blessings Christian Daycare Learning Center, 9835 Old Hammond Highway. Officials of the state Department of… Continue reading →

LSU Football sends off scholarship offers to top recruits

. With football season looming around the corner, LSU football is sending off scholarship offers to get recruits ready. recruiting anaylst Hunter Paniagua tweeted photos Saturday morning of LSU football scholarship offers ready to be sent off. The pictures show wide receiver's Nate Craig and Mykel Jones' offers, two of several other who's… Continue reading →

New state law increases cost of buying auto insurance

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- North and southbound traffic on Bluebonnet backs up at 5:45pm, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

An innocuous bill got an expensive hitchhiker during the 2015 session of the Louisiana Legislature: a fee increase generating $21.8 million for State Police operations that some say will add to the cost of buying car insurance. The rider allowed the Office of Motor Vehicles to increase by $10 the cost of a report on a… Continue reading →

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle helps secure vehicle, escort unconscious driver to hospital

While Friday’s gubernatorial forum at the Cajundome was fairly exciting, for Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, it paled in comparison to the ride home. His opponents headed off to the campaign trail after the Louisiana Municipal Association forum. But, Angelle ended up jumping up on the running board of an out-of-control pickup, stopping it before the vehicle crashed, then accompanied the… Continue reading →

Poll backs up Bobby Jindal’s claims of noticeable Iowa surge

A new poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers appears to back up Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign’s claims that he’s gaining momentum there. Gravis Marketing surveyed 227 Republican Caucus participants and found Jindal in fourth place, at 7.2 percent and trailing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (10%), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (15.4%) and Donald Trump (30.9%). The poll, released… Continue reading →

Little-claimed Citizens rebate lowered

Everyone in Louisiana who buys property insurance will lose 28 percent of a tax credit they can get for covering the debt of the state’s property insurer of last resort. In addition, the reduction is retroactive, meaning those who failed to file for the tax credit over the last four years — and still could claim that… Continue reading →

Salvation Army, Baton Rouge organizations to assist families Saturday preparing for school year

The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge, with the help of other local service organizations, will provide backpacks stuffed with school supplies Saturday to families preparing for the new school year. The Salvation Army’s Back-to-School Bash will distribute resources and health information from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Corps Community Center, 7361 Airline Highway.… Continue reading →

Louisiana’s FastStart workforce program ranks No. 1, again, by Business Facilities magazine

Louisiana’s FastStart workforce development program has been ranked No. 1 for state workforce programs for a sixth straight year by Business Facilities magazine. The Business Facilities 2015 State Rankings Report placed Louisiana among the Top 10 in seven categories of economic competitiveness, with Louisiana ranking as the No. 3 business climate in the U.S. Five… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge General buys remaining stake in imaging centers

Baton Rouge General has purchased the two Baton Rouge Radiology Imaging Center clinics for $4.5 million. Baton Rouge General has had a 50 percent stake in the clinics at 5422 Dijon Drive and 2550 O’Neal Lane since 2011, said Meghan Parrish, a hospital spokeswoman. The purchase, which was filed with the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk… Continue reading →

$1 million donation from Louisiana boatbuilder Gary Chouest boosts Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential run

Washington — Louisiana boatbuilder Gary Chouest contributed $1 million to an outside group backing Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a federal fundraising report filed Friday shows. That helped boost the total received by the Believe Again political action committee, a single-candidate super PAC, to nearly $3.7 million in the first half of the year. Although… Continue reading →

New La. law taking effect Saturday targets ‘revenge porn’

Sending “revenge porn” can land you behind bars, new housing protections are being extended to domestic violence victims and enforcement of sea turtle protection laws is tightening as hundreds of new Louisiana laws take effect Saturday. The provisions of more than 260 bills passed by state lawmakers earlier this year kick in Aug. 1. Many of the… Continue reading →

Replacement sought for retiring U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Riedlinger

Attention all lawyers with at least five years of experience who are looking for a demanding full-time job that pays $185,012 annually for eight years. The Baton Rouge-based U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana is looking for a new magistrate judge to replace the retiring Stephen Riedlinger. The application deadline is 5… Continue reading →