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

A pickup truck driver who struck three girls on Martin Street in Breaux Bridge, killing two of them, was driving “well over twice” the 25 mph speed limit, a State Police spokesman said Friday. Jeremy Abraham, 32, faces vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run and several other charges upon his release from a Lafayette hospital, where he was reported… Continue reading →

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Cooper seeks rehearing on legality of Lafayette school board budget

Advocate staff file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper.

Superintendent Pat Cooper has asked for a rehearing or new trial on his… Continue reading →

Construction nearly done on additions to Youngsville school campus

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Construction continues at Green T. Lindon Elementary School on Thursday afternoon in Youngsville.

About half of the nearly 850 students at Green T. Lindon… Continue reading →

Saints end road drought, claim division lead with 28-10 win over the Panthers

Associated Press photo by BOB LEVERONE -- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram scores a touchdown in the second half of Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C.

The Saints picked a perfect time to end their road struggles - at least for one night.… 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

Fans took 'big chunks' from Tiger Stadium field after LSU beat Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark and others race onto the field at the end of the Tigers' 10-7 victory over Ole Miss. Chunks of the grass soon went missing as fans stormed the field and brought home souvenirs.

The thousands of fans who rushed out of their seats after LSU’s win over Ole Miss last Saturday didn’t just stomp on the field at Tiger Stadium. They took some of it with them. Grounds crew members had to replace… Continue reading →

Entertainment

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 →

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It’s Halloween, so LaDonna Woolley’s yearly tribute to her favorite holiday is aliiiiiiiiiive!

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A grave robber does his work in LaDonna Woolley's Halloween cemetery.

Beware of ghosts and evil spirits running wild in Lakemont Place. They are most surely from LaDonna Woolley’s home. Halloween is her favorite holiday, and she does it up big. Her front yard is a cemetery. Her living room… 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 →

Photos

Photos: Boo with the Blue

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie, dressed as Dracula, greets Jacob Hoover, 2, during Baton Rouge Police's

Baton Rouge Police’s first Halloween party with costumes, games and food was held at the department’s new headquarters at the site of the former Woman’s Hospital on Airline Highway at Goodwood Boulevard.… Continue reading →

Columnists

Stephanie Grace: Edwards’ campaign the real reality show

Advocate staff file photo by Travis Spradling -- In this March 17, 2014, file photo, former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards speaks at the Baton Rouge Press Club in Baton Rouge, La. With enthusiasm and vigor that belie his 87 years, Edwards is running for Congress in south Louisiana in what would be his second political resurrection.

Call it the reality show former Gov. Edwin Edwards should have had in the first place, instead of “The Governor’s Wife,” A&E’s grotesque look at his new life with his much younger third bride, which he now concedes was… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Man wearing ‘Duck Dynasty’ type beard tried to rob store early Friday

An armed man sporting a fake beard, resembling the facial hair of men in the popular reality television show “Duck Dynasty,” tried a Halloween morning trick at an Assumption Parish daiquiri shop. But he ended up with… Continue reading →

Business

Bank of New Orleans parent company sees rise in third-quarter profits

Metairie-based Louisiana Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Bank of New Orleans, saw its third-quarter profit jump to $879,000, or 33 cents per share, compared to $576,000, or 22 cents per share. The increase was due in large part… Continue reading →

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