African American supporters back Mary Landrieu’s comments

Advocate staff file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu

As Republicans piled on Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu for racially tinged comments they claimed insulted the people of Louisiana, black elected officials and others Friday said Landrieu simply stated the obvious. At issue was Landrieu’s response Thursday to an NBC News interviewer who asked her why the Louisiana electorate is so hostile to Barack… Continue reading →

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Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lead by Quarterback Tyler Gaspard, the Carencro Bears take the field to battle Northside High School Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 in Carencro.

The regular season is winding down with some high school football teams positioning themselves for the postseason and… Continue reading →

Police: Driver in Breaux Bridge crash who killed 2 kids was driving ‘well over twice’ 25-mph speed limit

Louisian State Police investigate the scene where the driver of a pickup truck struck three children, killing two, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Breaux Bridge, La. State Trooper Jared Sandifer says the pickup driver left the scene, but was arrested a short time later by Breaux Bridge police. The truck was heavily damaged when it apparently struck a roadside culvert.   (AP Photo/The Lafayette Daily Advertiser, Leslie Westbrook)  NO SALES

Updated at 7:14 p.m. A pickup driver who struck three teenage girls on Martin Street in Breaux… Continue reading →

Craig Romero named executive director of Port of Iberia

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Port of Iberia Director Roy Pontiff speaks about the port's growth during an interview at the port office Wednesday in New Iberia.

The Port of Iberia Board of Commissioners in a unanimous vote… Continue reading →



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 →


At LSU, high-tech mouthpieces are on guard against injuries

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU graduate assistant athletic trainer Sarah Murray demonstrates how a laptop, smartphone and the  i1 Biometrics Impact Sensing Mouthguards are being used   in practice and games, to monitor the force and type of impact delivered by blows to football players' heads. She's helping spearhead the effort, serving as a liaison with i1 Biometrics.

Pacing LSU’s sideline during the wild win over Ole Miss last Saturday, Shelly Mullenix kept checking her phone. It only looked like she was checking her phone. It wasn’t her phone at all. Mullenix, LSU’s senior associate athletic trainer, carried with… Continue reading →


Keaton’s ‘Birdman’ may be his best performance

Photo provided by Fox Searchlight Pictures -- Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomson in 'Birdman.'

The public loved Birdman. But Riggan Thomson, the actor who starred as the superhero in three hit movies, abandoned the character decades ago. Turning his back on the franchise didn’t work out well for Thomson. Without the winged hero, the… Continue reading →


Downtown BR host to new ministry hoping to take ‘the church out into the world’

Advocate photo by Mark H. Hunter -- The Rev. David Melville recently opened 'Christ in the City,' what he calls 'an Oasis of Christian hospitality downtown' in Baton Rouge at 320 Third St. Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., anyone can browse the small library, brown bag lunch or visit with Rev. Melville about spiritual or personal issues.

Tucked between tall buildings near one of downtown Baton Rouge’s busiest intersections, a new “oasis of Christian hospitality” quietly opened late last month. Christ in the City is a nondenominational, storefront ministry geared to meet the needs of… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

From décor to menu items, Zoroona breaks out of typical Mediterranean mold

Advocate photo by KYLE PEVETO -- The lamb kabob was cooked perfectly, and grilled with tomatoes, peppers and onions.

For reasons not quite clear, Baton Rouge seems to have an abundance of Mediterranean restaurants for a city its size, and that’s a good thing. However, having visited many of them, it’s hard to draw meaningful distinctions. One might have creamier… Continue reading →


Baton Rouge prep football

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Denham Springs' Daniel Ayres (12) and Zach Stuart (20) celebrate a defensive stop Friday at the District 4-5A game between Zachary and Denham Springs.

Images from the Baton Rouge area prep football on Friday Oct, 31, 2014.… Continue reading →


Pat Shingleton’s Weather News for Nov. 1, 2014

Some believe weather changes create additional cold and allergy symptoms. Our grandfather professed this, and on his nightstand would place a bowl of apples, onions and garlic -- laced with whiskey -- when he experienced chest congestion. As noted in a previous… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

At least 11 children and driver injured in Livingston hayride accident


Methanex finishing first Geismar plant, costs up

Methanex expects to complete construction on its Geismar 1 plant by the end of the year and begin producing methanol in January. President and Chief Executive Officer John Floren said all the equipment for Geismar 2 is on site, and Methanex… Continue reading →

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