2012 Pictures of the year

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Louisiana State Trooper Joseph Barton kneels in prayer alongside Black Bayou in St. Amant Feb. 22 at the site where a car left La. 935 (Stringer Bridge Road) and plunged into 20- to 25-feet-deep water the previous evening. The driver and two children survived after rescuers jumped in to save them, but two other children were killed.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Reed Hogan, from Jackson, Miss., celebrates a Saints touchdown in the first half of the Saints’ 45-28 win over the Detroit Lions in New Orleans on Jan. 7.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by Travis Spradling -- Staff Sgt. Clay Gautreau shows his emotions as he hugs daughter Sydney Gautreau, 12, left, and his wife Angie Gautreau, after they and daughter Lindsey Gautreau, 16, right, rushed out to meet him as members of the Louisiana National Guard’s 926th Engineer Company arrived home, at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport’s Louisiana Aircraft facility April 14. The Baker-based unit, with approximately 100 soldiers, conducted route clearance and combat-engineer operations to maintain safe travel for United States Forces in Afghanistan and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan during the 365-day deployment.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU safety Eric Reid (1) grabs the jersey of Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) who tries to get away during the first half of an SEC football game Oct. 20, 2012. Manziel was sacked on the play.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- The tanker truck leaking isobutane vapor burns during a controlled vent and burn Aug. 22 on Interstate 10 at Essen Lane.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- An egret takes flight under clear skies Oct. 4 from a small lake near City Park Lake.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- After a turret explosion mishap Tuesday May 1 aboard the USS Kidd in downtown Baton Rouge, ship supervisor Tim Nessmith, who was injured, is carried off the ship on a gurney as tourists watch from above.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Anne Marie Roy, 2, walks among pallets of pumpkins on the front lawn of Church of the Covenant on Martial Avenue in Lafayette Oct. 16. Anne Marie Roy was helping her grandmother, Shirlene Roy, choose a pumpkin.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Ben Arnold and his dog sit in a boat near La. 22, inundated with flood water Aug. 31. Communities along the highway experienced severe flooding from the Amite River after Hurricane Isaac.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by Travis Spradling -- The Rev. John Gaines, Sr. raises his arm, in response to moving eulogy by Pastor Allen Handy, near the end of the funeral for Gaines’ wife, Brenda Gaines, and six others, all but one from their family June 8 at Living Faith Christian Center in Baton Rouge. They all died after their vehicle collided with one driven by Brett Gerald, 30, of Greensburg, on May 30 on La. 67 in East Feliciana Parish. Gerald, whose post-crash blood-alcohol content was measured 0.15 percent (almost twice the impaired threshold) pleaded guilty to seven counts of vehicular homicide. He had three previous DWI arrests before the crash and is scheduled for sentencing March 12.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Ernest Russell, left, and Joe Meyer, both of Gramercy, work Dec. 13 building their 18-foot pyre made of willow in preparation for the annual Festival of the Bonfires atop the levee along the Mississippi River between Gramercy and Lutcher. The festival ran three days, Dec. 14-16.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Mark ‘Tuba’ Smith performs ‘Just a Closer Walk with Thee’ in Jackson Square in New Orleans Oct. 1 under overcast skies and cool temperatures.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Melissa Metzler walks out of the Cambridge Neighborhood in LaPlace carrying her 2-year-old daughter Brianna after Hurricane Isaac flooded the area on Aug. 29. Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say that Louisiana is in line for the highest rate of sea-level rise on the planet, which means storms like Isaac will pose a greater risk of catastrophic flooding..

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU medical student Marcy Landry, left, puts sunglasses on display during an eyecare presentation to Episcopal School kindergarteners by Dr. Marie Acierno, Chief of LSUHSC Opthamology in Baton Rouge Sept. 27.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Roux, a golden retriever makes an unexpected friend, Pogo the ferret, when their owners brought them to Raising Cane’s Dog Park on Darymple Drive Thursday, May 17.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard arrives at the Federal Courthouse in New Orleans to plead guilty to corruption charges Sept. 25

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