Girls Rock!

Girls Rock Camp uses music as its medium to encourage creativity, collaboration and individuality among girls ages 10-16. The musicians learn instruments, form bands, and then perform original songs. … Continue reading →

Lil Boosie gets good review from Baton Rouge judge Friday

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Rapper Torence 'Lil Boosie' Hatch, left, walks to the doors of  the 19th Judicial District Courthouse Friday morning with a member of his security team, for a scheduled review of his four-year probation stemming from a 2009 guilty plea to third-offense marijuana possession. Hatch appeared before state District Judge Chip Moore.

The latest review is in for Torence “Lil Boosie” Hatch — not on his music, but on the recently paroled rapper’s progress while on probation for a 2009 drug conviction — and the news is good for the 32-year-old New Orleans resident. Hatch, formerly of Baton Rouge, told state District Judge Chip Moore during a Friday … Continue reading →

Cop tops at Dancing for a Cause

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Derek LeBlanc and Alyssa Kling dance the Lindy Hop to 'A Little Party' during the annual Dancing for a Cause fundraiser for Community Opportunities - The Arc of East Ascension, Saturday. The pair won the Bobby and Sue Giles Judges' Award.

Derek LeBlanc’s high-voltage moves, megawatt smile and precision steps helped him win the sixth annual Dancing for a Cause fundraiser. The music pulsed and the crowd roared Saturday night as the show, fashioned after TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” took over the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Twirling, jumping and rocking on stage … Continue reading →

Gayosa Park gets Walls Project makeover

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- First-time volunteer Meagan Simone, flanked by The Walls Project/Elevator Projects artist Melisa Rad, background, works on one of two walls in BREC's Gayosa Street Park that were painted with murals Saturday. The Walls Project's event was held in partnership with BREC, Elevator Projects and PPG Paints, to enhance the park and the community around Gayosa Street near North 22nd Street.

Somehow between laughter, conversation and paint fights in Gayosa Park near midcity Saturday morning, a new, colorful, revitalized park took shape. The Walls Project, in conjunction with BREC, recruited more than 100 volunteers for Saturday’s fourth community paint day beautification project that painted over a mural originally painted in 1993 and transformed a separate … Continue reading →

Emotional sheriff says he found Talaija Dorsey's body

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- St. James Sheriff Willy Martin, Jr., announces that the body of a 12-year-old girl, Talaija Dorsey, was found Sunday morning in a wooded area near St. James. She had been missing since July 1.

After five exhaustive days of searching by law enforcement, St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. said Sunday he found the body of 12-year-old Talaija Dorsey at the edge of a cane field near a wooded area on La. 3127. The discovery comes five days after the St. James community girl was Continue reading →

True BR: Symphony Orchestra a vital part of Baton Rouge culture

The Baton Rouge Symphony performs at LSU Rural Life Museum on May 12, 2013. Photo provided by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

The Baton Rouge Symphony has been in existence for over 65 years and offers both educational programs and entertainment opportunities to the Baton Rouge community. Ron Ross, interim executive director of the Baton Rouge Symphony, believes the orchestra is vital to the future of Baton Rouge. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the … Continue reading →

Video: Art dismantle

It took artist Jonathan Brilliant 10 days and 50,000 coffee stir stick to complete his sculpture. It took only 20 minutes for children to dismantle it at the La. Art and Science Museum. … Continue reading →

Video: Water quality advocates 'Flood Into Baton Rouge'

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Beca Greaney, left, and Anna Dvorak, both of New Orleans, carry a banner reading 'Healthy Water Over Profit,' as they near the Governor's Mansion on a short walk where supporters of better water for Louisiana joined a few walkers who traveled over 150 miles from Grand Isle  to Baton Rouge, gathering in a lots across from the Governor's Mansion Saturday.  The group, from numerous grass roots organizations, hoped that the  'Flood Into Baton Rouge' rally would persuade Governor  Bobby Jindal to 'confront the myriad of pressing environmental issues plaguing so many communities around Louisiana. ' Some participants brought 'troubled' water'- - from the Gulf, Abita Springs, Bayou Corne, and other locations-- to pour out symbolically on the grass next to the sidewalk that runs in front of  the Governor's Mansion. About 75 people attended the rally.

Marchers finishing an eight-day, 155-mile walk from Grand Isle to the Governor’s Mansion entered the city at dusk Friday, and gathered at the Mansion on Saturday morning for ‘Flood Into Baton Rouge,’ a noon event focused on water quality issues across the state. A group of six marchers crossed the Mississippi River via the Plaquemine Ferry on … Continue reading →

Video: Cam Cameron goes fishing and talks LSU offense

It is a side of LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron that few have ever seen. In part one of this two part video, Cameron and LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson and his son go fishing with Captain Andre' Boudreaux at Boudreaux's Marina. He also talks about the toughness of the Tigers' offense, which he says won't change this … Continue reading →

Video: La. Fire Marshal’s arson dog training team

Arson dog teams with the State Fire Marshal's office engage at suspected arson scenes to help detect accelerants, the presence of which help investigators build cases when fires are deemed suspicious in origin. Certified arson dog 'Billy,' a two-year-old black lab, and his handler, State Fire Marshal's office arson investigator Deputy Roman Ray, were introduced Thursday as … Continue reading →

True BR: The Louisiana Snowball (Video)

Customers eating snowballs at Tiger Treats at 13446 Jefferson Hwy. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn

There is nothing better than eating a snowball on a hot Louisiana day. Other states have their own frozen treats to cool off during the blistering summer months, but in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas, the snowball reigns supreme. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds … Continue reading →

Video: Learning Native American dances, other traditions

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Ken Dixon explains about a headdress as Amanda Townsend, 4, reaches out to touch the tassels during a program on Native American dances and traditions presented with Regina Smith. Dances ranged from men's and women's traditional dances, grass dance, fancy shawl, and more. Smith and Ken Dixon have worked at a variety of Indian Powwows in Louisiana and other states.

Children learned about Native American dances and traditions during a program presented by Ken Dixon and Regina Smith on Tuesday, June 17, at the East Baton Rouge Parish Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Highway. Dances ranged from men’s and women’s traditional dances, grass dance, fancy shawl, and more. Dixon and Smith have worked at … Continue reading →

Vitter: Governor’s office isn’t a stepping stone

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Sen. David Vitter speaks at the weekly Baton Rouge Press Club luncheon Monday concerning policies he's working on in the U.S. Senate and his candidacy for Governor.

From Common Core to Medicaid expansion, U.S. Sen. David Vitter tackled political hot-button topics Monday in his first wide-ranging remarks since announcing his run for governor. Vitter, R-La., spoke largely in broad strokes. He thinks the TOPS program is a runaway spending train, but he offered no specifics on how to slow it down. He’s looking carefully … Continue reading →

Local man arrested in LSU-area kidnappings, rapes

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Lt. Roger Corcoran, left, and Baton Rouge Police Detective John Meliet escort Isai Efrain Garcia-Vasquez, 22, to a waiting police vehicle at the 1st District Precinct after he was arrested for rape and 2nd degree kidnapping earlier today, Friday, June 13, 2014. Baton Rouge Police stopped Garcia-Vasquez near the LSU area early this morning after receiving information linking the vehicle he was occupying to a rape that occurred outside the city limits on June 8, 2014.

Police on Friday arrested a Baton Rouge man in the kidnapping of two intoxicated victims in separate incidents near Tigerland before they were raped in remote locations. Baton Rouge Police and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office booked Isai Efrain Garcia-Vasquez, 22, 450 Cloud Drive, into Parish Prison on two counts of rape and two counts of second-degree kidnapping. … Continue reading →

True BR: The legacy of Raful Neal (Video)

Raful Neal. Advocate file photo

International bluesman Kenny Neal talks about the legacy of his father, the legendary blues musician Raful Neal. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas. By looking at the music, events and food that are loved by those in the city, one can … Continue reading →

D-Day commemorative parachute jump

Three Baton Rouge area residents, West Summers, Jeff Salard and Advocate staff photographer Patrick Dennis made three parachute jumps with two teams (Liberty Jump Team and Round Canopy Parachute Team) in Normandy, France. The jumps were to honor the World War II veterans and to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. The three men made … Continue reading →

Video: Flag Week

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Baton Rouge Airport Field Maintenance employee Maria Tyler installs small American flags along the entrance drive near the terminal building Wednesday in observance of national Flag Day Saturday, June 14. The week of June 14 is designated National Flag Week. Tyler and coworkers will put out almost 1000 of the iconic flags in and around the terminal building Wednesday and Thursday.

Baton Rouge Airport Field Maintenance employees prepares for Flag Day by installing small American flags along the entrance drive near the terminal building on Wednesday. Flag Day is observed national Saturday, June 14. The week of June 14 is designated National Flag Week. Employees will put out almost 1000 of the iconic flags in and around the terminal … Continue reading →