Lafayette Parish residents seek more classroom materials on ethnic studies

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Parish School Board Member Shelton Cobb, center, addresses the audience during the first of three school board candidate forums in this September 2014 Advocate file photo.

Sometime early next year, a task force will explore ways to ensure the various cultures in Lafayette Parish are reflected in the materials students use in the classroom. Last month, the Lafayette Parish School Board proposed a diversity and ethnic studies task force to discuss diversity issues within the school system. Board member Shelton Cobb said… Continue reading →

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Saints’ playoff hopes are put to rest as Falcons fly off with a 30-14 victory

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) is stuffed by the Atlanta Falcons defense during the third quarter Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints lost 30-14.

The New Orleans Saints’ locker room in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday afternoon was already about two-thirds… Continue reading →

Marchers in Lafayette ‘Lives Matter Rally’ draw cheers, jeers

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Protesters get support from passing motorists Saturday while marching north on Ambassador Caffery Parkway in Lafayette. The marchers were protesting police violence.

Dense holiday traffic inched along Ambassador Caffery Parkway at Dover Boulevard in Lafayette on Saturday afternoon as more… Continue reading →

Louisiana rice farmers could benefit from normalized Cuba relations

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Rice farmer Allen McLain, left, watches his son, Allen McLain Jr., load rice into a truck at their drying station Wednesday in Abbeville in this December 2013 Advocate file photo.

The prospect for normalized relations with Cuba could be good news for Louisiana rice farmers, who… Continue reading →



BRPD, Santa deliver toys to Audubon Elementary students

Members of the Baton Rouge Police Department welcomed Santa Claus to Audubon Elementary Friday and helped the man in red deliver gifts to students.… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   Madeleine Smith, 14 months, hangs an ornament on a Christmas tree as the Marine Corps Band of New Orleans plays one of four Christmas concerts in south Louisiana Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at the Northshore Harbor Center near Slidell. The Marines will return to Slidell on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for their annual Toys for Tots distribution.

Video: Wishing you Happy Holidays from The Advocate

The Advocate gives a different type of breaking news notification. Leslie and Donney Rose deliver a holiday poem to Advocate followers to wish readers and web users a… Continue reading →


LSU to wear bowl patch during Music City Bowl

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Brad Kragthorpe (16) pats LSU place kicker Colby Delahoussaye (42) on the head, after his long field goal in the fourth quarter, after Delahoussaye had some troubles earlier int he game, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won, 23-17.

. LSU players will wear a patch on their breast during the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 against Notre Dame, according to a tweet from an account belonging to the LSU football equipment staff. Click here to… Continue reading →


Witherspoon earns best actress nominations with moving ‘Wild’

Fox Searchlight photo by ANNE MARIE FOX -- Reese Witherspoon plays a young woman on an epic journey in 'Wild.'

Redemption movies often aren’t as inspirational as they’d like to be. They are more likely chores to watch. Not so “Wild.” The immersive, moving “Wild” is among the best redemption movies. Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, a reckless young woman who’s reached… Continue reading →


It’s ‘just a bite,’ but experts blame grazing the holiday spread for packing on pounds

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS shot on 11-20-07. 00009696a. Alphabet Soup: Tracy Kock's Christmas food.

It’s called grazing. That mindless movement of hand to mouth, hand to mouth, over and over again. And this is the grazing season, where just like cows on the levee, we park ourselves next to the holiday spread and chew and… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

At home in a revived historic hotel, Covington’s Oxlot 9 is making a case for road trip dining

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Chef Jeffrey Hansell works in his open kitchen at Oxlot 9, a Covington restaurant for Southern cuisine.

The streets of Covington were predictably quiet as we approached the Southern Hotel on a recent weeknight. Less expected was the bustle we found inside the hotel. Small groups of people seemed to be on self-guided tours,… Continue reading →


Lafayette temple setting for Hanukkah celebration

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Rabbi Barry Weinstein and Gail Johnson dance to Cajun music during a Chanukah celebration at Temple Shalom in Lafayette Sunday Dec. 21, 2014.

A Hanukkah celebration was held at Temple Shalom in Lafayette Sunday Dec. 21, 2014.Continue reading →


Quin Hillyer: Race for Louisiana governor could bring surprises

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne leads a town hall meeting on tourism and economic growth Wednesday at Vermilionville in Lafayette.

Unhatched political chickens? Don’t count them, of course. Especially in a Louisiana governor’s race, like the one about to kick into gear early in 2015. In early spring of 1987, a Tulane law student and former intern in Bob Livingston’s congressional… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Baton Rouge police seek suspect who allegedly kidnapped 7-year-old girl from BREC park, sexually assaulted her

Photo provided by BRPD -- Police released a picture of a car relevant to the investigation of a kidnapping on Dec, 13, 2014, at Gus Young Park. The car is described as a golden or tan Nissan Maxima with four doors.

A man who authorities are trying to identify kidnapped a young girl from a BREC park one day in mid-December and sexually assaulted her, Baton Rouge police said. Police said the man lured the 7-year-old girl away from Gus Young Park and… Continue reading →


Analysts say banking industry ripe for consolidation

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- IberiaBank in Lafayette has grown to be the largest bank based in Louisiana with more than $15 billion in assets, primarily by acquiring other institutions. Its latest in-state acquisition was Teche Federal in nearby New Iberia, but its also been aggressively acquiring out-of-state banks to become a regional player in the industry.

Rising costs and stiff competition have sparked a wave of mergers through the national banking industry, and as the activity ripples through Louisiana, it could substantially alter the landscape for small financial institutions around the state. Forced to comply with expanding… Continue reading →

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