Now’s the hard part for Lafayette: tweaking zoning and development codes to mesh with the new comprehensive plan

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- An apartment complex being developed in downtown Lafayette is seen Friday Feb. 27, 2015.

City-parish officials last year hammered out the details of a comprehensive plan to guide Lafayette’s long-term growth and development. Among other things, the plan calls for making it easier to get around on foot or bicycle, compact developments to fill in the vacant gaps in Lafayette’s core, and sections of the… Continue reading →

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Cajuns rally past Alabama 6-5 to give coach Tony Robichaux his 1,000th win

Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Tony Robichaux, right, is congratulated by Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard after UL defeated Alabama 6-5 for his 1000th victory at Hoover Met Stadium Saturday  Feb. 28, 2015 in Hoover, AL. Photo by Brad Kemp/

HOOVER, Ala. — Tony Robichaux’s 1,000th win wasn’t easy, but it will be memorable. The Louisiana-Lafayette… Continue reading →

Lafayette students find true love — and singing and acting skills — through ‘Guys and Dolls Jr.’

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Students Kaylee Richard, left, and Kaiser Decuir rehearse a song from Guys and Dolls Friday at Northside High School in Lafayette.

When Northside High junior Kaylee Richard croons the words to “If I Were… Continue reading →

Bill Cosby welcomed with cheers, applause in Lafayette appearance

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2015 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby salutes the crowd as he begins a performance at the Buell Theater in Denver. Cosbys lawyers asked a federal judge on Friday, Feb. 27, to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women accusing the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses. The women, all of whom have stepped forward in recent years, say Cosbys representatives publicly branded them as liars while trying to defend Cosbys innocence. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Bill Cosby walked onstage Friday night at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette to cheers and… Continue reading →



Video: The conclusion of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic

Advocate videographer Gary Krouse chronicles the last day of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic from Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- With a boost from dad Al Camp, Belle, 4, left, takes beads from a rider as the pair are joined by friends Benjamin Forkner and his daughter Valentina, 4, as the Spanish Town Parade rolls down Spanish Town Road, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

One more look back at the spectacle that was Spanish Town Parade 2015

The crowds are gone, the streets are clean and parade mascot “Flessie” is back with her rightful owners after a brief time… Continue reading →


DaShawn Harden powers LSU women past No. 12 Texas A&M 80-63; Lady Tigers score No. 4 seed and double-bye in SEC tournament

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU's DaShawn Harden (24) pulls up for a shot during the first half of LSU's 80-63 win over Texas A&M Sunday in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Because it was Senior Day, DaShawn Harden got her first start in a month and a half. Man, did she know how to finish. Her LSU women’s basketball team facing a crucial regular season-ending game Sunday against Texas A&M,… Continue reading →


Late-night show gives BR native’s Super Bowl ad controversial twist

Baton Rouge native Louis Herthum stars in the 'A Bold Dad' commercial for Toyota that first aired during Super Bowl XLIX.

The Baton Rouge native Louis Herthum-starring Toyota commercial, which first aired during the 2015 Super Bowl, got a controversial parody on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” The original, feel-good television ad, opening with the words “Being a dad is more that… Continue reading →


The Rouge Roubaix: This Louisiana-Mississippi event gaining reputation as longest, hardest bike race all year

Photo provided by Will Jones -- Racers attack a gravel-and-dirt road during the Rouge Roubaix bike race, which tackles some of the toughest roads in West Feliciana Parish and Wilkinson County, Mississippi.

There’s only one bicycle race so hard that Robert Lee dismounted his bike to walk — the Rouge Roubaix in St. Francisville. The 103-mile race, now in its 17th year, has earned a reputation as one of toughest one-day events… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

We'll find out soon if Taco Chops Cantina's taco-focused strategy will work out in Baton Rouge...

Advocate photo by GEORGE MORRIS -- Slaw and beans accompany a fish taco and buffalo chicken taco.

Baton Rouge seems to be big and Tex-Mexy enough to support at least one taco truck. What about a taco restaurant? Looks like we’re going to find out. There is more to the Taco Chops Cantina menu than tacos, but not… Continue reading →


Tiger sports teams notch win after win through two weekends of action

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Players celebrate LSU first baseman Sandra Simmons' (3) three run homer down the right field line in the third inning against Stephen F. Austin, Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

No rest for LSU’s sports teams the last two weekends. The Tigers and Lady Tigers have been winning big and big games in sport after sport. The Tigers softball team extended its record start to 21-0 with five-game sweeps of tournaments in… Continue reading →


Louisiana Spotlight: Common Core puts Dardenne at odds with opponents

Among Louisiana’s candidates for governor, Republican Jay Dardenne is alone in his support for the divisive Common Core education standards, a position that could help define his campaign. Stakeholders in the heated education debate disagree about whether that stance is wise or… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Opelousas man killed in St. Landry Parish wreck and other Acadiana crime briefs for March 2, 2015

An Opelousas man was killed Sunday morning in St. Landry Parish when he drove his car off La. 35 and crashed into a storage building, State Police said. Reginald Jenkins, 32, was driving north on La. 35 toward Live Oak Road when… Continue reading →


Patient tracking takes a techy turn at Ochsner

Photo provided by Ochsner Health System -- Ochsner Health System recently became one of the first health care providers in the U.S. to begin testing Apple HealthKit, a service developed by technology giant Apple Inc. that enables doctors to remotely monitor patients who suffer from chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

As fitness-crazed consumers embrace wearable activity trackers that record their every move, Ochsner Health System is among the first medical providers in the country to test the potential for similar technology to substantially change how doctors assess the health of chronically ill patients… Continue reading →

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