Louisiana students win scholarships in seafood marketing competition

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Acadiana High School students, from left, Madeline Brasseaux, Charis Davis, Tyler Conner and Michael Sinegal give their presentation on the use of social media to market Louisiana seafood at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

A high school team from Luling that devised a plan to promote the state’s crabbing industry won $10,000 in scholarship money Friday during the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Louisiana Business Challenge. Six teams from across the state competed in the marketing challenge sponsored by the university’s B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration, the Louisiana… Continue reading →

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Raising Cane’s founder Todd Graves turned to ‘Treehouse Masters’ for help and got more than he ever dreamed

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Todd and Gwen Graves' over-the-top tri-level treehouse more than 1,200 square feet and is being featured in Friday's 'Treehouse Masters' on Animal Planet.

“The world is full of nice, ordinary little people who live in nice, ordinary little houses on the… Continue reading →

BESE rejects bid to aid students who opt out of Common Core exams

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Jayden Hart, 9, points at the 'number line' on the overhead projector image in fourth grade math teacher Wendy Richardson's class at Bains Elementary School, during a fluency exercise to let her kids practice what they've learned about rounding off numbers in St. Francisville.  Despite lawsuits and other arguments, Common Core is being taught in classrooms, including Bains Elementary and Bains Lower Elementary in West Feliciana Parish.

A bid to let students skip Common Core tests this month without schools being penalized was… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette team heads back to Gulf to determine BP disaster effect on whales, dolphins

The marine acoustic recording system is lowered off the stern of the Greenpeace ship, MY Arctic Sunrise, in the waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Sept. 11 2010. Greenpeace, partnered with teams of independent scientists, has been investigating the environmental effects of the oil spill and toxic dispersants used to break up the four million barrels of crude oil spilled in the worst environmental disaster in United States history.  Photo by Mannie Garcia/Greenpeace

Looking to answer the question of how the BP oil disaster five years ago affected whales and dolphins… Continue reading →


Our Views: No gaps for vets

The knowledge and skills of America’s veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq is a gold mine. Louisiana is right to try to capitalize on the drawing down of… 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 →


LSU defeats No. 18 Texas A&M 71-65 in a SEC women's basketball tournament quarterfinal game

LSU's Raigyne Moncrief (11) goes to the basket in front of Texas A&M's Courtney Walker (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament, Friday, March 6, 2015, in North Little Rock, Ark.  (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The LSU Lady Tigers are back in postseason play. That means it’s Danielle Ballard’s time to shine. The LSU junior guard poured in 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, pulling a crucial one away from Texas A&M forward Jada Terry with 44… Continue reading →


Review: ‘Unfinished Business’ should never have started

20th Century Fox photo by JESSICA MIGLIO -- From left, Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco star in 'Unfinished Business,' opening Friday.

In the years since he strutted onto the scene — lean, handsome, mouth running a mile a minute — in Doug Liman’s “Swingers” (1996), Vince Vaughn has become one of the poster boys for the mainstream American comedy: from romantic (“The Break-Up”) to… Continue reading →


Charles Gendusa crafts prayer beads for St. Joseph’s Altar, many others

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- In addition to rosaries for the St. Joseph's Altar, which are made in red, white and green, Charles Gendusa crafts prayer beads in other colors to be given away the rest of the year.

For 11 months out of the year, Charles Gendusa sits up at night threading beads onto string, crafting thousands of rosaries. It is a form of prayer, the 75-year-old retiree says, and it’s good therapy, a way… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Red Robin at Mall of Louisiana offers lots of options

Advocate photo by Jill Arnold -- The California chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries was moist and juicy and the bacon provided a smoky crunch.

Our first trip to Red Robin was postponed due to the one hour minimum wait for a table. Apparently their advertising campaign — “Yum” — was effective. Our second trip behind the Mall of Louisiana, however, had us in out of the… Continue reading →


Photos: LHSAA Girl’s Top 28 Thursday

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye- Dene' Mimms with the block shot at Burton Coliseum on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Girl’s Top 28 Louisiana High School Athletic Association girls basketball semifinals.… Continue reading →


Edward Pratt: Report shows bias in police ranks

The U.S. Justice Department found that a police officer did not violate Michael Brown’s civil rights when he shot and killed the 19-year-old to death in Ferguson, Missouri. But according to its report, the Justice Department sure found some of the nation’s… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Baton Rouge man accused of raping, molesting girl during three-year span

Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of molesting and raping a girl on numerous occasions beginning when several years ago when she was 12. Henry D. Alexander, 36, is accused of molesting the girl beginning in 2011 until… Continue reading →


Delfin signs agreement for deepwater LNG facility’s production

Houston-based Delfin LNG LLC has signed an agreement to provide BTG Pactual Commodities with all of the natural gas liquefaction from Delfin’s first floating liquefaction vessel at a proposed facility 50 miles off the coast of Cameron Parish. The memorandum of understanding… Continue reading →

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