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Henderson Bayou floodgate nears completion

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Newly constructed Henderson Bayou Flood gates in Gonzales.

Mitchell Epps kept a worn, well-thumbed-through copy of Ascension Parish’s landmark drainage plan in the back office of his house during the last few years of his life. Created by Prescott Follett and Associates for Ascension Parish in the early 1980s, the plan was the basis upon which the old Ascension Parish Police Jury convinced voters to… Continue reading →

With Ole Miss’ stout run defense up next, Tigers’ passing game continues to struggle

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) leaves the field, checking the replay on the stadium scoreboard after an unsuccessful third down in the first half against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Several people came to Anthony Jennings’ side three weeks ago when the Tiger Stadium crowd rained boos down on LSU’s sophomore quarterback during his rough outing against New Mexico State. Former coaches, his parents, teammates and friends. One person stood out among the group: Matt Flynn. The ex-LSU quarterback called Jennings to offer… Continue reading →

Rabalais: The Saints’ engine blows another rod for a stunning loss in Detroit

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton walks the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) ORG XMIT: otkco215

Here in the Motor City, where they know about recalls all too well, the New Orleans Saints have a simple question: Can they have a do-over? Hit the reset button? Bring this defective lemon of a team back to the factory and fix the parts that always seem to go… Continue reading →

U.S. Senate campaigns in Louisiana relying on social media to deliver messages

While the leading candidates in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race debated on a stage in Shreveport and on TVs throughout the state last week, their Twitter feeds battled it out online. “Senator Landrieu is clearly desperate. My bill in the state Senate was voluntary and market-based, unlike #Obamacare,” Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s campaign blasted out about… Continue reading →

Ziggy Marley’s reggae music follows family tradition

Photo by MALIA JAMES -- Ziggy Marley

When Ziggy Marley, son of reggae music’s brightest star, Bob Marley, performs onstage and writes songs that contain meaning and messages, he’s following family tradition. “Most of my family is musicians,” the Kingston, Jamaica, native said last week from his second home, California. “Going back to my grandmother and my grandfather, on both sides… Continue reading →

Two escape when candle causes house fire

No one was injured when a candle in the bedroom of a Sheldon Drive home sparked an early Sunday morning fire. The Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived at 2036 Sheldon Drive about 5:45 a.m. Sunday and quickly brought the blaze under control, Fire Department spokesman… Continue reading →

Police identify man found dead in car parked at Wal-Mart

Lucas Sanchez

Gonzales police identified the 26-year-old man on Sunday who was found dead Saturday as he was sitting in the driver’s side of a parked car in the Gonzales Wal-Mart parking lot. Lucas Sanchez, 4315 Orchard Ave., Pascagoula, Mississippi, was discovered after a resident passed by the car and alerted police about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, said Charlotte Guedry,… Continue reading →

Ask The Advocate: Art for art’s sake

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Cafe Tupinamba by Caroline Durieux.

How many pieces of art does the LSU Museum of Art have? Who decides what gets accepted by donation or is purchased? Are the pieces ever sold? If so, has the museum ever sold a work of art that later increased dramatically in value? Jordana Pomeroy, the museum’s executive director, says… Continue reading →

Brookshire fire caused by electrical malfunction, couple escapes safely

The Baton Rouge Fire Department announced that an electrical malfunction sparked a fire in the attic of a Brookshire Avenue home on Sunday afternoon. A couple in the home at 12235 Brookshire Ave. noticed the power go out at about 4:15 p.m., and then they heard a “loud popping” sound above their home’s primary electrical panel,… Continue reading →

CDC to revise Ebola protocol

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, as the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to examine the response to the Ebola outbreak and whether America's hospitals and health care workers are adequately prepared for Ebola patients.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

ATLANTA — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear “with no skin showing,” a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of… Continue reading →

Nearly 300 boats slide down the Vermilion River in Boat Parade

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - A woman wears a patch honoring Grand Marshal in Memoriam, Dr. Griff Blakewood- who passed away earlier this year, during the Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade in Lafayette Sunday October 19, 2014.

More than 300 vessels — from paddle boats to 40-foot yachts — flowed down the Vermilion River on Sunday as the Bayou Vermilion District worked to raise recreational awareness for the river during the third annual Bayou Vermilion Festival and Boat Parade. “The Vermilion River is a beautiful natural resource,” said Emile Ancelet,… Continue reading →

Acadiana Crime Blotter for Oct. 20, 2014

A 44-year-old Lafayette woman who was trying to help a distressed motorist Friday morning was run over by a tractor-trailer and killed on Interstate 10 near Ocean Springs, Mississippi, the Associated Press said Sunday. Wendy Snelling and her family had pulled over to help the driver… Continue reading →

ULL plans to tackle eyesores around city during The Big Event

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Signage and weeds are seen along Johnston St. on Friday afternoon in Lafayette.

Children’s playgrounds in Lafayette are in desperate need of repair, the city’s landscape projects are incomplete, and some of its streets are littered with piles of trash. But on Saturday, some of the eyesores around the city should improve when students, staff and faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette take… Continue reading →

‘Fury’ blasts ‘Gone Girl’ from top of box office

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Ben Affleck in a scene from

LOS ANGELES — The bloody World War II drama “Fury” blew past “Gone Girl” at theaters this weekend. “Gone Girl” was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in “Fury” blasted the film to second place. Sony’s “Fury” captured $23.5 million… Continue reading →

LSU tops Kentucky 41-3 in Tiger Stadium in SEC victory

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles (14) is taken down for a loss by LSU safety Jalen Mills (28) during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Senior running back Terrance Magee rushed for a season-high 127 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns to lead LSU to a 41-3 Southeastern Conference victory Saturday over Kentucky. Magee helped LSU (6-2, 2-2) open a commanding 41-3 cushion with consecutive third-quarter scoring runs, helping the Tigers extend their stretch of consecutive points scored to 24 and become bowl eligible. Magee finished… Continue reading →

Onshore rigs could flee La. as oil prices go down

Falling oil prices could speed the departure of onshore drilling rigs from the state, particularly in the still-developing Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, which underlies parts of southeast Louisiana. But experts say it will take a longer downturn to slow deepwater activity in the Gulf of Mexico, where the rig count is expected to jump 50 percent by 2016.… Continue reading →

Magazine notes Jindal comments on Ebola

Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s incursion in the world of Ebola politics brought him some ink in the latest edition of The New Yorker magazine. The article, by Michael Specter, is titled “The Fear Equation” and Jindal is the example used for fueling public fears. “Actually, all it takes to discombobulate a… Continue reading →

Five to receive Monte M. Lemann awards

Craig Colwart

Iberia Parish chief public defender M. Craig Colwart, Dillard University professor Abdalla Darwish, first assistant state treasurer Ron Henson, State Civil Service commissioner D. Scott Hughes and U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite Jr. will be honored Friday as recipients of this year’s Monte M. Lemann Award. The Monte M. Lemann Awards, presented annually by the Continue reading →

Romero, Haney feud roils Iberia Parish

Advocate File Photo --  Iberia Parish President Errol

. NEW IBERIA — The relationship between Iberia Parish’s president and its chief prosecutor wasn’t always so rocky. Iberia Parish President Errol “Romo” Romero and District Attorney Phil Haney worked together amicably when Romero was sheriff from 1980-96, Haney said last week. And both collaborated to write at least one law and order… Continue reading →

Man found dead in Gonzales store parking lot

Gonzales police said a man in his mid-20s was found dead in a car parked in the Gonzales Wal-Mart parking lot on Saturday morning but no foul play is suspected. Police found the man alone and unresponsive in the car at about 11:30 a.m. after a resident flagged down officers, said Charlotte Guedry, a Police Department spokeswoman.… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Oct. 19, 2014

The Southern University Law Center will hold its 25th annual National Bar Association Wiley A. Branton Award and Issues Symposium Oct. 29-31, with a theme of “Education: The New Civil Right.” American Bar Association President-Elect Paulette Brown, who will be the first woman of color to… Continue reading →

People in Business for Oct. 19, 2014

Dan Paquin, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Dan Paquin has joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana as senior vice president of government programs responsible for the growth, policy development, administration and operation of Blue Cross’ soon-to-be-launched Medicare Advantage plan. Paquin was president of national health plans for Wellcare Health Plans and was responsible for the Medicaid, Medicare… Continue reading →

Business Honors for Oct. 19, 2014

Neena Kelfstrom, The Runnels School

Gina E. Eubanks, associate vice chancellor and program leader for nutrition and food sciences at the LSU Agricultural Center and vice chancellor for extension at the Southern University AgCenter, received the Leadership Award at the Booker T. Washington Economic Summit at Tuskegee University in Alabama. She was cited for her work that highlights and… Continue reading →

Business Meetings for Oct. 19, 2014

LOUISIANA NOTARY ASSOCIATION WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Monday WHERE: D’Angelo’s, 7550 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge EVENT: Shop talk RESERVATIONS: Nan Riffe at LOUISIANA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER WHEN: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. WHERE: Ascension Parish Library, 500 Mississippi St., Donaldsonville SPEAKER: Stephen Waters on “Starting and Financing a Small Business” COST: Free RESERVATIONS: (225) 473-8052 INTERNATIONAL FACILITY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION WHEN: Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. WHERE: Juban’s Restaurant, 3739 Perkins Road,… Continue reading →

Financiers help startups get off the ground

Clayton White, South Coast Angel Fund LLC

As New Orleans snags plaudits for nurturing business startups, investors who have backed many of the enterprises also are finding support in groups that make their investment choices easier and may boost their chances of earning big returns. Help for the financiers has come with the growth of investor groups that not only attract money for startups but… Continue reading →

Spreading their wings

Most of the estimated $120 billion that’s injected into new and early stage businesses each year comes from friends and family of the entrepreneurs, but as much as $20 billion comes out of the pockets of individuals known as angel investors. Often, they are people who have accumulated wealth through their own enterprises and now wish to participate… Continue reading →

3 vie for District 2 school board

Editor’s note: This is part of a series on the Lafayette Parish School Board district races. Lafayette Parish School Board District 2 incumbent Tommy Angelle faces two challengers in the upcoming election — James Chavis and Simon Mahan. All three candidates said an emphasis on improving facilities in their district is… Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for Sunday, Oct. 19

Arrests posted Oct. 18, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office’s website: BILLY BARNES: 57, P.O. Box 886, Blessing, Texas. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated. AVERY BARNETT: 19, of the 1800 block of Anderson Street, New Iberia. She was booked on… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville sex offender surrenders to sheriff’s deputies

A Donaldsonville man convicted of forcible rape nearly two decades ago and accused of failing to register as a sex offender in Ascension Parish surrendered Saturday morning. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Dave Alexander, 51, 205 Bourg St., Lot 2, after he turned himself in at the Ascension Parish jail.… Continue reading →

Small fire damages Dunham School

An electrical fire in a classroom at the Dunham School Saturday caused about $10,000 in damage, but did not injure anyone. The St. George Fire Department arrived at the school, 11111 Roy Emerson Drive, about 8:15 a.m. and put out the small fire in less than 10 minutes, St. George spokesman Eldon Ledoux said in a news… Continue reading →