How Louisiana could reap the benefits from a repaired relationship between U.S., Cuba

Advocate staff photo by Richard Alan Hannon - Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco receives a welcoming handshake from Cuba's Alimport Chairman and CEO Pedro Alvarez shortly after she arrived at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana Tuesday.  Shot 3/8/05.       Keyword Tourism Governor Foreign Business

Louisiana — already the country’s leading outlet for limited exports to Cuba — could benefit down the line from plans to re-establish diplomatic relations and expand the types of goods U.S. companies are allowed to sell to the communist country, several Louisiana officials said Wednesday. Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who led a four-day trade mission to Cuba… Continue reading →

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Emails show LSU board member helped set up Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's controversial prayer rally at PMAC

Bobby Jindal

A member of the LSU Board of Supervisors played a key role in helping select the… Continue reading →

Lafayette School Board agrees to spend funds to avoid mid-year school-level staffing changes

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Parish Schools Interim Superintendent Burnell LeJeune gives his opening remarks at the start of the school board meeting Wednesday in Lafayette.

The Lafayette Parish School Board voted 6-3 Wednesday to spend about $875,000 to prevent midyear staffing changes that… Continue reading →

Lafayette courthouse to reopen Thursday

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- A sign outside of the entrance to the Lafayette Parish Courthouse states the building's closure on Wednesday afternoon in downtown Lafayette.

The Lafayette Parish Courthouse is scheduled to reopen Thursday after an electrical short left the building without… Continue reading →

Opinion

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Causeway officials see hope in railings designed to keep vehicles out of Lake Pontchartrain

The truck speeds toward the bridge railing at over 60 mph. On impact, puffs of white can be seen as the tires explode, shards of glass and metal… 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

Leslie and Donney Rose deliver a holiday poem to Advocate followers to wish our readers and web users a wonderful holiday season.… Continue reading →

Sports

Report: Michigan ups the ante for Jim Harbaugh to $48 million; school declines comment

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh talks to the media after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the 49ers 17-7 in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the University of Michigan continues to make a push for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to be its new football coach and is reportedly offering $48 million. If Harbaugh accepts the offer… Continue reading →

Entertainment

Battle rejoined in action-packed ‘Hobbit’ finale

Photo by MARK POKORNY -- Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.'

The three-part saga centered upon title character Bilbo Baggins reaches a furious finale in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” Following 2012’s “An Unexpected Journey” and 2013’s “The Desolation of Smaug,” “The Battle of the Five Armies” is the… Continue reading →

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Bites of History: Christmas sweets have a long history around the world

Photo by Cynthia L. Nobles  --  The no-bake Nanaimo Bar is common on Canadian Christmas cookie platters and is inextricably tied to the City of Nanaimo.

Let’s all climb on board Santa’s sleigh and take a trip back in time to learn the origins of some of those sweets we love scarfing down this time of year. One of the oldest Christmas cakes is the much maligned,… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Eat your Vegetables: Make a tasty bean salad for the holidays

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Let the colorful and tasty Bountiful Bean Salad be your healthful dish during the holidays.

This is a healthful and colorful salad to have in the refrigerator during the holidays. It’s a mix of garbanzo beans, black olives, nuts, green onions, roasted red peppers, garlic and parsley marinated in seasoned oil and vinegar. This can be eaten… Continue reading →

Photos

A glimpse at the Holiday Mix

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Campbell Wall, left, and Marianne Alford Wascom perform a dance move during rehearsal for the Cangelosi Dance Project's annual Holiday Mix. Performances are 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Manship Theatre.

Advocate staff photos by JOHN OUBRE -- The Cangelosi Dance Project will present its 10th Holiday Mix dance concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100… Continue reading →

Columnists

James Gill: Right to jury trial not all it’s cracked up to be

If Corey Miller lived anywhere else in the United States, he wouldn’t be asking a judge to give him a new trial, because he would have gotten one automatically after the jury voted him guilty 10-2. That doesn’t… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Baton Rouge police on lookout for suspect who robbed Circle K near LSU campus

Baton Rouge police are looking for a man who committed an armed robbery at a Circle K on Brightside Drive near LSU's campus Monday.

Baton Rouge police are looking for a man who committed an armed robbery at a Circle K on Brightside Drive near LSU's campus Monday. The suspect approached the front counter and pulled out a gun while demanding cash from the register. He fled with… Continue reading →

Business

Baton Rouge area home sales rise 4.4% in November

Home sales in metro Baton Rouge were up by 4.4 percent in November, thanks to increased sales in Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes. There were 615 home sales that closed in November in the eight-parish area, according to figures released Thursday… Continue reading →

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