Black Friday in Acadiana means holiday deals, full carts, happy shoppers

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- From right, Elizabeth Hoang, Roberto Crespo and Patrick Sarradet wait in line for Best Buy to open their doors Friday in Lafayette.

Eager Acadiana-area shoppers rushed through the aisles, piling televisions, toys and video game systems into overstuffed carts as early as 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and into the early morning hours on Black Friday. For millions of people, the day after Thanksgiving is the time to do some serious Christmas shopping.… Continue reading →

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Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Patriot quarterback, Myles Washington, center, runs the read option against the  Edna Karr Cougars at Muss Bertolino Stadium in Kenner on Friday, Sept. 27, 2014.

Get the latest up-to-the-minute LHSAA high school playoff scores as they happen on The Advocate's High School Football… Continue reading →

Hurricane season quiet as Atlantic storms stay out at sea

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season matched expectations by being fairly quiet this year, generating only eight named… Continue reading →

Landrieu asks Cassidy to bring records to the Monday debate

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, left, talks withDonald J. 'Don' Cazayoux, Jr., left,  a former United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, talks to Donald J. 'Don' Cazayoux, Jr., right, a former United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana,before a cerimonial investiture in which the Oath of Office was administered to to new U.S. Attorney Walt Green, at Russell B. Long Federal Building and Courthouse, August 1, 2014.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu called Friday on her opponent, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, to produce records that show… Continue reading →

Opinion

Video

Scenes from Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show

The Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show, Oct. 25-26, 2014, in Convent featured cooking competitions, music, a pig roast, more than 30 food choices, more than 125 arts… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Auston O'Neill plays taps on the USS Kidd Tuesday during a stop in Baton Rouge with  his wife Bonnie as they tour the country in a National Spirit of '45 Unity Tour bus to bring attention to veterans and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2015.

Video: The Spirit of 45

The Express is part of the National Spirit of ‘45 Unity Tour and organizers Auston and Bonnie O’Neill are on a mission to raise public awareness about the… Continue reading →

Sports

With a SWAC title-game berth on the line, the spice is back in the Bayou Classic

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Southern receiver Willie Quinn and Grambling defensive back Dwight Amphy battle during the 2013 Bayou Classic.

Welcome back to the Bayou Classic. If you’re among those who have been away from recent editions of the Southern-Grambling football rivalry, this is one you don’t want to miss. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This is… Continue reading →

Entertainment

Holiday events make Baton Rouge sparkle and shine

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre -- The Land of Sweets Tea is 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Boudreaux's, 2647 Government St., in Baton Rouge.

We’ve given thanks and survived Black Friday. The Christmas season can officially begin. To say there’s a lot to do in the area between now and the end of the year would be an understatement. Teas and trees, music and markets,… Continue reading →

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Young Life Capernaum ministers to teens with special needs

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Young Life Capernaum club director Jenny Pearce, center, hangs out at Chick-fil-A during a recent club activity with sisters Kathryn Sisson, 24, and Grace Sisson, 14.

Sam Abant was having a great time with some of his best friends at the Chick-fil-A restaurant. The 23-year-old young man with special needs had his arm around a pretty college girl while she took “selfies” of them with some handsome college… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Saints dinners set the table for team unity

Associated Press photo by Duane Burleson -- Saints quarterback Drew Brees (center) said weekly dinners with his offensive line, including tackle Zach Strief (left) and guard Jahri Evans, help build camaraderie that can make a difference on the field.

It has all the makings of a classic guys’ night out — the tight-knit group of colleagues who faithfully set aside time during a high-pressure work week to share a meal and relax together off the clock. And so what if… Continue reading →

Photos

Photos: The Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands and Greek Show

Advocate photo by J.T. BLATTY-- Grambling State University's Delta Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta kicks off the Greek step competition during the 41st Annual Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands and Greek Show at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Nov. 28, 2014.

Images from the Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands and Greek Show on Nov. 28, 2014 at the New Orleans Superdome… Continue reading →

Columnists

Smiley: The home front

Dear Smiley: There were many heroes who served in World War II, both abroad and at home. My two uncles served in the South Pacific, one in Marine Division 1 and the other as a Navy medic attached to… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

BR man injured in Ascension Parish hit-and-run crash

Updated at 6:02 p.m. — A Baton Rouge man was seriously injured Thursday evening in a hit-and-run crash on La. 70 west of La. 73 in Ascension Parish, State Police said. The incident happened shortly before 11:45 p.m. when an unknown motorist drove westbound through a closed-off… Continue reading →

Business

Thousands hit stores for annual Black Friday shopping

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Throngs of shoppers make their way down the main corridor at the Mall of Louisiana during the traditional Black Friday retail shopping event.

Brandon Myles was among the thousands of shoppers moving through the corridors of the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge on Black Friday. The 32-year-old local resident said he always shops on the day that retailers say helps push them… Continue reading →

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