Smoking ban proposal headed to Lafayette council before summer

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Bar patron Jake Kulbeth, right, holds a cigarette while sitting at the bar in Marley's downtown Lafayette, La., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

The City-Parish Council could decide before the summer whether to ban smoking in bars. Council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux announced at a news conference on Wednesday that he plans to bring a proposed ban to the full council within 90 days. The councilman said he has no illusions of easy passage, considering the nine-member council is… Continue reading →

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Source: NFL, NBA not likely to worry about past lawsuits against Gayle Benson

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Lane Murdoch, Jr. photographs Hornets owner Tom Benson and his wife Gayle Monday, October 1, 2012 at the Alario Center in Westwego during media day. Before Tom Benson came into her life, Gayle suffered financial challenges and was the subject of litigation and foreclosure.

Neither the Saints nor the Pelicans anticipate Gayle Benson’s record of being sued numerous times in… Continue reading →

Sasol delays $14B fuel facility

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- An investment decision has been delayed on a $14 billion gas-to-liquids plant that would be part of the site for an expansion at the Sasol plant in Westlake. The pond would be filled for the expansion. Sasol's existing ethylene plant is in the background.

A decision on a $14 billion chunk of a project touted to be the most expensive industrial investment… Continue reading →

Special ed teacher sues Carencro principal for alleged harrassment

Advocate file photo by Bryan Tuck.-- Carencro Middle School.

A special education teacher claims Carencro Middle School Principal Spurgeon Banyard sexually harassed her during her time… Continue reading →



Mormon leaders call for gay rights protections

The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while also protecting people who assert their religious… Continue reading →

Southern’s ‘Human Jukebox’ performs in Atlanta

Southern University’s marching band, known as the “Human Jukebox,” took to the field at Atlanta’s Georgiadome Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, competing against eight other historically black universities.… Continue reading →


Tigers top Gamecocks in see-saw affair

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU's Jarell Martin pushes past South Carolina's Michael Carrera in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

Struggling for the third game in a row, LSU point guard Josh Gray couldn’t buy a basket in the first 37 minutes of his team’s Southeastern Conference matchup Wednesday night against South Carolina. Gray misfired on his first four shots from the… Continue reading →


Wholesome, less racy Super Bowl ads expected

Advertisers are spending record amounts of money on this year’s Super Bowl commercials, hoping to score big with sports fans and consumers. After a string of domestic scandals in the NFL, analysts say expect to see more hopeful, positive ads.… Continue reading →


Food Bowl for Super Bowl Sunday

Associated Press photo by MATTHEW MEAD -- The New England Super Seven Dip is made with barbecued pulled pork topped with skillet sauteed apples and butter.

Honestly, most football fans in south Louisiana probably will be more interested in what’s on the buffet than who wins the Super Bowl Sunday. Whether you are a fan of the Seattle Seahawks or the New England Patriots — or… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Gourmet Galley: Bean Healthy

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Warm up with White Bean Soup With Pasta on a cold day.

We hear something every day about the importance of beans in our diet. Thank goodness, most Louisianans have grown up liking red beans and white beans. They’re full of healthy nutrients and fiber our bodies need, and the best news is that they’re… Continue reading →


Photos: Rev. Than Vu through the years: From leading mass to serving Baton Rouge community

Advocate file photo by Liz Condo. -- Father Than Vu, right, pastor of Christ the King Catholic church, washes the foot of Chukwudi Chukwudozie, left, with the help of Kathy Screen, center, during Holy Thursday mass. The tradition of foot washing on Holy Thursday is drawn from a Bible story in which Jesus washes the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. Father Matt Lorrain of Christ the King says the Holy Thursday mass celebrates the institution of the Eucharist and the institution of the priesthood in the Catholic faith.

Baton Rouge’s Rev. Than Vu died early Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements are still pending. Vu spent about 30 years in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. He was 56.… Continue reading →


Smiley: Wedding from hell

When Fay Weilbaecher, of Covington, wrote in to announce the 55th anniversary of her marriage to husband Wayne (on Friday, Jan. 30), she included this wedding horror story to tell why “on our wedding day many years ago we were not… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Baton Rouge police investigating Plank Road shooting

Baton Rouge police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting on Ontario Street that left a man with serious injuries. The shooting happened about 7 p.m. in the 2900 block of Ontario Street, near Plank Road, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton… Continue reading →


Albemarle misses Wall Street earnings projections

Baton Rouge-based specialty chemicals maker Albemarle Corp. reported a fourth-quarter loss of $18.5 million, or 24 cents per share, compared to a profit of $155.9 million, or $1.91 per share a year ago. For the year, the company reported a profit of… Continue reading →

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