Two candidates slugging it out for Lafayette marshal’s job

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Lafayette City Marshal candidate Mark Pope, right, shakes hands with Zydeco musician Rockin Dupsie, Jr. while campaign at El Sido's Zydeco & Blues Club during the annual Thanksgiving Zydeco & Blues Food Drive in Lafayette, La., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

With just two weeks remaining before the Dec. 6 runoff election for Lafayette city marshal, the campaigns have taken a mean and personal edge as two men vie for a job that’s been held by one person for the last 30 years. Kip Judice, a captain on leave from the Lafayette Parish… Continue reading →

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Bill Cassidy’s low-key strategy seems to be working

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Bill Cassidy's election results party on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

— Chances are that Republican Bill Cassidy doesn’t consult an actual game plan that spells… Continue reading →

Capitol Buzz -- Report: Group Benefits revisions could be costly

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Huey P. Long's statue and grave in front of the State Capitol Building.

A new Legislative Fiscal Office analysis concludes that the latest revisions to the state health insurance program… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Kathleen Blanco, Steve Oubre

Blanche Dubois famously said, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Make no mistake, in… 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

Digging into the roots of LSU’s quarterback quandary

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) attempts to elude the sack from Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers (86) but can't during the 4th quarter Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas won 17-0.

Gary Crowton had it all figured out. Matt Flynn was “the guy.” Ryan Perrilloux was “the next guy.” Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee were the “developing third guys” and Jordan Jefferson was the guy scheduled for a redshirt. Flynn graduated. Perrilloux… Continue reading →

Entertainment

More Cosby shows canceled as women allege assault

In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo, Entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington.  Cosby's appearance at Tuscons Desert Diamond Casino has been canceled. No reason was given by the casino for the canceled date, which had been scheduled for Feb. 15. In the past week, numerous allegations of sexual abuse by Cosby from a number of women have led to canceled interviews and NBC and Netflix projects. The Cosby Show also was pulled off the air on TV Land. Cosby issued a statement Sunday discrediting decades-old accusations and his attorney has denied four of the allegations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stage performances by Bill Cosby in Las Vegas, Illinois, Arizona and South Carolina have been canceled as more women come forward accusing the entertainer of sexually assaulting them many years ago. Officials at the Treasure Island hotel and… Continue reading →

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Charity gift-giving project means a lot to BR sophomore

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Christian Life Academy sophomore Patrick Kitchen writes a letter to accompany a box he packed for Operation Christmas Child. Before the sophomore was adopted, he lived in the Phlippines and received just such a box himself.

When Christian Life Academy’s sophomore class decided to participate in Operation Christmas Child this year, it was a familiar concept to some of the students. The ministry, which sends Christmas packages to impoverished children around the world, has been embraced by many churches,… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro hits the mark from start to finish

Photo by Tim Arnold -- The fig cobbler with brandy sauce at Jolie's Louisiana Bistro was outstanding.

Sometimes eating out is about sustenance, and sometimes it’s the night’s main event. Our party enjoyed the latter recently at Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro in Lafayette. Elegant yet relaxed, we enjoyed good food and good conversation with charming service. The… Continue reading →

Photos

St. Jude ‘Give Thanks Walk’ in BR draws more than 3,000

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Walkers gather in front of the stage for the opening ceremony prior to walking during a benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Saturday morning at Highland road park.

The serpentine fitness track at BREC’s Highland Road Community Park was a mass of colorful, moving humanity, as more than 3,000 people of all ages participated in the St. Jude “Give Thanks Walk” on Saturday morning. The event, one of… Continue reading →

Columnists

Quin Hillyer: In union cross-hairs: charters, lab schools, and NOCCA

A union-led lawsuit against charter schools is not only misguided in its stated aims, but also threatens serious collateral damage to the LSU and Southern Lab schools; to the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts; to the New Orleans Center for… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Man booked on second count in Friday shootings

A Lafayette man was booked on a second count of attempted second-degree murder Saturday in a string of shootings on Friday in north Lafayette that left one man dead and two others hospitalized. Meanwhile, authorities on Saturday identified… Continue reading →

Business

Retailers prepare for year-end sprint toward profits

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Courtney Gora, left, looks over tops while assisted by Laura Gremillion. Shoppers were cruising the aisles and making purchases at The Royal Standard at  2877 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge.

Retail sales for the holiday season in Baton Rouge appear headed for a significant gain over those recorded in November and December a year ago, according to some local owners and managers. The Royal Standard near the Perkins Road overpass… Continue reading →

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