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Baby goat found beheaded at Algiers park

Authorities are investigating the beheading of a baby goat found slain Thursday morning at Brechtel Park in Algiers.… Continue reading →

Mormon leaders call for gay rights protections

The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs.… Continue reading →

Southern’s ‘Human Jukebox’ performs in Atlanta

Southern University’s marching band, known as the “Human Jukebox,” took to the field at Atlanta’s Georgiadome Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, competing against eight other historically black universities.… Continue reading →

Riverdale's Donte Jackson on picking LSU: 'Prayed about it ... all signs pointed to' Tigers

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --  Riverdale High School's Donte Jackson, left, eludes the grasp of Grace King High School's Leronta Butler, right, during a football game at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

The first time Riverdale coach Brett Bonnafons saw film of Donte Jackson was during Jackson’s sophomore year. He was so impressed that his initial two-word reaction isn’t suitable to be printed. But it took college coaches a tad bit longer to see what all of the fuss was about this kid Bonnafons was bragging… Continue reading →

Video: Ascension deputies escort suspect to jail

John Wesley McMullen

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested John Wesley McMullen, 35, in the Tuesday night shooting of one of their officers.… Continue reading →

Video: Louisiana Marathon, 2015

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Robert Schneckenbuerger, left, offers donuts and beer to runners as they make their way around LSU Lake near the I-10 overpass during the Louisiana Half and Full Marathons, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Baton Rouge. Schneckenbuerger and his friends held a tailgate of sorts, playing upbeat music and loudly encouraging runners as they made their way around the lake.

The Louisiana Marathon and Half Marathon was run Sunday, Jan. 18 in Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

LSU adds Steele, Orgeron to football coaching staff

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left,  LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, head coach Les Miles and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron stand together during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at LSU in Baton Rouge.

With new coaching staff members Kevin Steele and Ed Orgeron on board, LSU’s football staff could be a dream team.… Continue reading →

Red Stick Revelry: David St. Romaine rocks downtown

Baton Rouge’s own David St. Romaine took the stage in Town Square for the Red Stick Revelry New Year’s Eve celebration.… Continue reading →

LSU hires Alabama LB coach Kevin Steele as new defensive coordinator, calls LSU ‘special place’

Alabama linebackers coach Kevin Steele during the first day of Alabama spring football practice at the practice facility Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014. Michelle Lepianka Carter | The Tuscaloosa News

Kevin Steele departed the private jet Tuesday night, loaded into a white SUV and headed for his new home: LSU. The Tigers hired Steele, Alabama’s linebackers coach, as their defensive coordinator, ending a nearly-two-week-long search for John Chavis’ replacement. “It’s a very, very exciting time,” Steele told The Advocate after exiting the plane. “This is a… Continue reading →

Saints GM Mickey Loomis: We will let legal, NFL investigations play out after Junior Galette arrest

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- The Saints will wait until legal and NFL investigations have been completed before deciding what to do with outside linebacker Junior Galette, who was arrested Monday on an accusation of domestic violence.

After star pass rusher Junior Galette was arrested in Kenner on Monday on an accusation of domestic violence, the Saints will let both the legal and NFL investigations unfold before deciding what exactly to do with the player, General Manager Mickey Loomis said at a news conference Tuesday. Loomis said the Saints will take the matter very… Continue reading →

Video: Ohio State sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones leads the Buckeyes to the national championship game

Alabama linebacker D.J. Pettway (57) sacks Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones (12) in the second half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal game, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

. In just his second collegiate start, Ohio State sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones completed 18 of 35 passes for 243 yards one touchdown and one interception to lead the Buckeyes to a 42-35 victory against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Video: Saints coach Sean Payton talks about what the team did right and wrong this season

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

. Saints coach Sean Payton talks about the numbers and the stats that defined the Saints this season. He also talks about the process of how to make things better in 2015. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Rabalais: John Chavis’ no comment said it all — he’s going to Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis

John Chavis could have ended the speculation. When he emerged from the LSU locker room Tuesday after the longest delay this side of the review of Brad Kragthorpe’s fake field-goal keeper… Continue reading →

Rabalais: LSU’s Anthony Jennings brings a suitcase full of quiet confidence to Music City Bowl

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quarterback Anthony Jennings is interviewed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center late Saturday afternoon, after LSU arrived at the team hotel.

Amid the swirl of TV cameras and interviews and LSU players trying to find their room keys as they arrived at the Opryland resort on Saturday for the Music City Bowl, a small band of youngsters slipped in and took a picture with Tigers quarterback Anthony Jennings. As they returned… Continue reading →

Companies dependent on lower Mississippi River want bigger role in Louisiana coastal restoration planning, better communication with planners

Advocate photo by Amy WoldNavigation interests who guide ships through portions of the lower Mississippi River want to see the state invest in placing dredged material along the lower river channel. The state counters that the channel is the Corps of Engineers responsibility and that the

Until recently, companies that rely on a navigable lower Mississippi River have considered their input on coastal restoration project planning to be largely ignored despite their economic importance to the state and nation. Although their relationship with planners has improved over time, particularly in the past few years, those company officials… Continue reading →

Video: Wishing you Happy Holidays from The Advocate

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   Madeleine Smith, 14 months, hangs an ornament on a Christmas tree as the Marine Corps Band of New Orleans plays one of four Christmas concerts in south Louisiana Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at the Northshore Harbor Center near Slidell. The Marines will return to Slidell on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for their annual Toys for Tots distribution.

The Advocate gives a different type of breaking news notification. Leslie and Donney Rose deliver a holiday poem to Advocate followers to wish readers and web users a wonderful holiday season.… Continue reading →

BRPD, Santa deliver toys to Audubon Elementary students

Members of the Baton Rouge Police Department welcomed Santa Claus to Audubon Elementary Friday and helped the man in red deliver gifts to students.… Continue reading →

Video: LSU forward Jordan Mickey says the Tigers' adjustments paid off against Alabama-Birmingham

Associated Press photo by Mark AlmondLSUs Jordan Mickey looks to shoot in front of UABs Tosin Mehinti during the second half of Thursday's game. LSU won 79-70.

. LSU forward Jordan Mickey scored 13 points and had eight rebounds in the Tigers' 79-70 victory at Alabama-Birmingham on Thursday. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Causeway officials see hope in railings designed to keep vehicles out of Lake Pontchartrain

The truck speeds toward the bridge railing at over 60 mph. On impact, puffs of white can be seen as the tires explode, shards of glass and metal go flying and the back end of the truck rises off the ground, the wheels akimbo and still spinning. In slow motion, it’s like a ballet, hundreds of… Continue reading →

Video: Saints quarterback Drew Brees says the team responded well to the changes after the Carolina loss

Associated Press photo by Nam Y. HuhSaints quarterback Drew Brees throws a pass as Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea pursues during Monday's game.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29 of 36 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns to lead the team to a 31-15 victory at the Chicago Bears. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Once in disarray, Saints again filled with hope after win vs. Bears

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Kenny Stills (84) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — The New Orleans Saints have made many statements this season, each seemingly contradicting the previous one. On Monday night, they finally made the one they wanted to make. A season that just a few days ago appeared to be in disarray is now once again filled with hope, thanks in part… Continue reading →

Annual Ascension Christmas parade rolls through Gonzales

Ascension Parish celebrated the holiday season Sunday with its annual Christmas parade, which ran along Burnside Avenue in Gonzales. The event featured decorated floats, marching bands, dance teams, local dignitaries and the 2014 Jambalaya Queens.… Continue reading →

How LSU can still get 10 wins: Decisions of some of Louisiana’s top football prospects could make or break 2015 recruiting class

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson (1) is run out of bounds by East Jefferson defensive back Devin Samson (6) during the first quarter Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie.

Frank Wilson says LSU can still get to 10 wins. Addressing the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club this past week, Wilson, LSU’s recruiting coordinator and running backs coach, claimed the Tigers could reach the 10-win mark for a fifth straight season. That’s mathematically impossible, a questioner pointed out to Wilson. LSU is 8-4 with… Continue reading →

Video: LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture says he grew up watching Notre Dame on television

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture, center, celebrates with linebacker D.J. Welter , right, after the Tigers' 30-27 win over Florida on Oct. 11.

LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture talks how he got familiar with Notre Dame at an early age watching the Fighting Irish on television and has a lot of respect for them. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: The Pelicans' Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans say they respect the players and message behind the "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans talk about NBA players like LeBron James and Tyreke Evans wearing "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts to protest a grand jury ruling not to indict a police officer in the death of a New York man. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Panthers pound the Saints 41-10 in ‘embarrassing’ performance

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Fans including Larry Rolling react as time winds down in a NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

There was a moment Sunday when the Saints displayed so much heart that it couldn’t be denied — but it was probably more heart than anyone wanted to see, since it led to pushing and shoving and fisticuffs. You had to see it to believe that there was a moment during Sunday’s 41-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers… Continue reading →

Video: Let it burn

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  The graduating recruits of the LSU Fire Emergency Training Institute shows family and friends their skills by putting out a liquid fuel fire during

The LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute's graduating recruits show off their skills by extinguishing a large liquid fire during "Family Night", on Dec. 4… Continue reading →

Video: Saints quarterback Drew Brees says everybody is fair game when it comes to coach Sean Payton's in-game temper

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton yells at New Orleans Saints cornerback Leigh Torrence (24) during the second quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. The Saints lost the game 41-36. (Special to the Advocate/Steve Dykes)

Saints quarterback Drew Brees says when the game starts and the competitive juices of coach Sean Payton get flowing anyone can be on the receiving end of one of his angry outbursts. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman animation: Politicians take money from 'silly things' like schools, roads and give to 'rich and famous'

Here is the latest from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman.… Continue reading →

Gray scores 25 as Tigers dominate UMass 82-60

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU's Josh Gray drives the lane on UMass guard Jabarie Hinds on Tuesday at the Pete Maravich Center. Gray scored 25 points with five assists, four rebounds and three steals in the Tigers' 82-60 win.

After producing one of his better games during his short time at LSU in Saturday night’s game with McNeese State, Tigers point guard Josh Gray couldn’t wait for Tuesday night’s contest against UMass. Specifically, Gray couldn’t wait to match up with UMass’ fast-paced offense, which put 92 points on the scoreboard in a win over LSU in… Continue reading →

Video: Former Southern football player Calvin Mills proposes to his girlfriend at the Bayou Classic

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern fans celebrate Mike Jones' touchdown reception against Grambling in the 41st annual Bayou Classic, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

As a member of the Southern team and a former player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Calvin Mills has experienced a lot of things good and bad on the field in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Still, nothing could top what Mills did on Saturday when he proposed to his girlfriend with the help of the Southern University marching band during halftime… Continue reading →

Holiday Express rolls into Baton Rouge

The Holiday Express train visited Baton Rouge Friday, bringing with it holiday cheer and merriment.… Continue reading →

Video: LSU coach Les Miles talks about the Tigers' ball-control offense in their 23-17 victory at Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles and LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins (65) celebrate the win after the game Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won 23-17.

LSU held the ball for 41 minutes and 13 seconds in its 23-17 victory at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving. Tigers coach Les Miles talks about that subject, the character of his players and his desire to try to get backup quarterback Brandon Harris into the game. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

True BR: Tiger Stadium an iconic destination in Baton Rouge (Video)

The LSU Tiger band spells out

Ronnie Haliburton, former LSU player and now Senior Associate Athletic Director in charge of LSU facilities and grounds, shares why he believes Tiger Stadium is an iconic part of Baton Rouge. 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… Continue reading →

It’s Denham Springs vs. Zachary in Friday night football

Scenes from the Denham Springs High School-Zachary High School Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, football game.… Continue reading →

Video: Highlights from the final day of the LHSAA state cross country meet

South Louisiana teams dominated on the second and final day of the LHSAA state cross country meet in Natchitoches, La. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas welcomes new sand tiger shark

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has announced the addition of its newest resident to the Gulf of Mexico exhibit. Caroline, a 3-year-old sand tiger shark, arrived on Nov. 5 from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The sand tiger shark is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List and is… Continue reading →

For second straight night, an LSU team comes up big in OT

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU and Texas Tech scramble for control of the ball Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

For the second consecutive night, an LSU basketball team had to go to overtime in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Tuesday night. And for the second night in a row, LSU rewarded its fans with a win. After the Lady Tigers defeated Jackson State on Monday night, the Tigers followed it up with… Continue reading →

Saints fan Tony Williams who snatched ball away from Bengals fan Christa Barrett: It was fair game

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Saints fan at the left hijacked a touchdown football which a player tried to hand to the woman at right as the New Orleans Saints faced the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, November 16, 2014.

Tony Williams said Monday morning he kept it for his eight-year-old grandson, who plays football. Continue reading →

Video: LSU suffers an Alabama hangover in its 17-0 loss to Arkansas

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) hands the ball off to Connor Neighbors (43) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Arkansas won 17-0. (AP Photo/Sarah Bentham)

In this "Advocate's LSU Postgame Show," Advocate sportswriters Ross Dellenger and Scott Rabalais talk about how LSU was listless in its 17-0 loss to Arkansas, which came a week after its 20-13 overtime loss to Alabama. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Saints’ frustration reaches new high after 27-10 loss to the Bengals

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Larry Rolling reflected the frustration of Saints fans during their loss to the Bengals on Sunday, November 16, 2014.

Kenny Vaccaro sat down Saturday night and started watching all of the defensive plays from his rookie season. Then he watched all of the plays from this season. And then he watched the Cincinnati Bengals offense. The safety was up late — maybe even too late, considering the New Orleans Saints played the Bengals on… Continue reading →

St. Amant and Dutchtown take to the gridiron

The sounds of marching bands mingled with cheers filled the air under the November sky as St. Amant and Dutchtown met on the field to battle it out.… Continue reading →

Tiger Cubs at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo ready to meet visitors, but they need your help with names

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Two female Malayan tiger cubs born at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo paw each other, as they play after a nap recently,  Born in late July, they are out of the den they had been sequestered in, now on exhibit for public viewing, accompanied by their mother. They can be seen during normal zoo operating hours until 4 p.m., weather permitting.

Baton Rouge’s two sister tiger cubs were shy around their first visitors Thursday morning, greeting them at first with just their black-and-white ears poking up behind a grassy slope. Minutes later, their mom strolled toward a cameraman behind the glass pane of their habitat, her little ones showing off their stripes as they followed a… Continue reading →

Video: House fire at University Club Plantation home

Advocate staff photo by MATT MCKINNEY -- St George and Baton Rouge Fire Departments responded to a house fire at 14759 Memorial Tower in University Club Plantation Saturday at 7:43 p.m.

St George and Baton Rouge Fire departments responded to a house fire at 14759 Memorial Tower Drive in University Club Plantation Saturday at 7:43 p.m.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Halloween Parade

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Plaquemine's Donald Gonzales tosses candy and beads on River Road, as he and his wife Judy Gonzales, right, members of the Krewe of the Ghoulish Mortals, walk in the 2014 Baton Rouge Halloween Parade Saturday.

Ghosts, goblins, zombies and many more other-worldly creatures descended on Baton Rouge Saturday as the city hosted its annual Halloween parade.… Continue reading →