Victor White III's family, supporters refuse to accept narrative he shot himself while cuffed in Iberia Sheriff’s vehicle

Photo by LANIE LEE COOK -- Surrounded by supporters and members of the Lafayette NAACP, the Rev. Victor White Sr., of Alexandria, speaks to the media on Feb. 8, 2016, about the 16th Judicial District Attorney's Office's announcement that no criminal charges will be filed in the shooting death of his son, Victor White III, while handcuffed in the back of an Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputy's car.

Acadiana-area residents who have protested Victor White III’s death while in Iberia Parish police custody gathered Monday in Lafayette to reiterate their continued support for the 22-year-old’s family after state and federal prosecutors closed the door on potential criminal charges in the case. At Imani Temple on East Willow Street — a familiar setting for a… Continue reading →

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Saints, Jahri Evans part ways

Associated Press file photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack -- In his 10-year career with the Saints, guard Jahri Evans made six Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro four times.

Only a few minutes after the 2015 season ended, Drew Brees, Jahri Evans, Marques Colston and Zach Strief paused on their way off of the Georgia Dome turf to take a picture. With the offseason beginning and the uncertainty… Continue reading →


Baton Rouge Music Studios continues to grow

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Austin Ardoin, 11, plays guitar with his band, The Elemental 5, in 2014 during the band's performance at Yvette Marie's Cafe after a week of band camp hosted by Baton Rouge Music Studios, the educational music venue which is looking to expand its services.

As Baton Rouge Music Studios rolls into another year, the local educational venue is looking north for ideas on expanding. BRMS director of programs and owner Doug Gay said the musical academy is partnering with the Real School of Music in… Continue reading →


Food & Dining

Review: Seafood and steaks, Duke’s does it right

Photo by Randy Bergeron -- 'Duke'd Up' oysters at Duke's Seafood and Steakhouse

Duke’s Seafood and Steakhouse is new to Watson, but there’s an old hand in the kitchen. Duke Landry grew up in his family’s restaurant business, Don’s Seafood, and is a five-time U.S. Oyster Shucking Champion. Landry and business partner Rudy Chandler, a… Continue reading →



Smiley: Czech it out!

Thanks to Jacqueline Pressner Gothard, of Metairie, for this Carnival time trip: “Pressner’s Carnival Mart, back in the 1960s, was my parents’ business, on Veterans Boulevard in Metairie, across from Clearview Shopping Center. “Ralph and Etta… Continue reading →


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