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Annual Breaux Bridge crawfish festival proves a hit with visitors in seach of food, music, fun

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - John Burns of New Orleans cheers on Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Sat., May 2, 2015.

From the lookout atop the Ferris wheel at the 55th annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Parc Hardy resembled a colorful wave spreading over the grassy field on Saturday. Over a three-day period, more than 35,000 people from around the world were expected at this year’s event. Festivalgoers enjoyed Cajun two-stepping to music like D.L. Menard’s… Continue reading →

Video: Pinwheels for Prevention

Blue pinwheels dot the south lawn at the Louisiana State Capitol, Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is a national movement which utilizes the pinwheel as a symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention.

Blue pinwheels dot the south lawn at the Louisiana State Capitol, Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is a national movement which utilizes the pinwheel as a symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. The pinwheel represents happy, healthy kids. Each April, during Child Abuse Prevention Month, blue pinwheels are planted throughout the nation to… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge residents sing 'When a Man Loves a Woman' in remembrance of 'kind-hearted' singer Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge, singer of “When a Man Loves a Woman,” the wrenching soul classic and No. 1 hit from 1966, died Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge. Sledge’s daughter, Tanya Jones, confirmed her father’s death. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy nominee was 74. Her father… Continue reading →

Bobby Jindal and ... twerking elephants? Special animation shows how governor is trying to dance to White House

Here’s the latest animation from Advocate cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman. In Walt's new song-parody animation, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tries to sing and dance his way to the White house.… Continue reading →

Environmental groups say ongoing effects of BP oil spill not always visible to the eye, but damage is continuing

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana State Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Louisiana Coastal Campaign David Muth holds a picture of nesting brown Pelicans on Cat Island in Barataria Bay five years ago with the empty mostly eroded island in the background seen today five years after the BP Oil Spill in Plaquemines Parish, La. Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Once a rookery for thousands of birds the island is almost devoid of life and being claimed by erosion.

On a boat ride Tuesday from Myrtle Grove through Barataria Bay to see what remains of the Deepwater Horizon oil almost five years after the April 20, 2010, disaster, it all looks so normal. There are no absorbent booms lining the beach, barely weathered oil is not pooling in the marsh… Continue reading →

New video shows entire fight at Southern women's basketball game, including what triggered the brawl, who was involved

Image from video -- Officials from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Southern and Texas Southern are evaluating a brawl between those two schools women

Officials from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Southern and Texas Southern are evaluating a brawl... Continue reading →

Sister: Jamie Croom refused to surrender, even if it meant dying, he had no intention of returning to jail

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- The casket carrying the body of deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells is taken out of Hall Davis and Son Funeral home Wednesday afternoon, to be loaded into a nearby hearse, as an honor guard comprised of East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and Baker Police Department stands at attention, and family, friends and other law enforcement officers watch. Wells was killed yesterday in Baton Rouge.

Jamie D. Croom refused to go back to jail, even if it meant dying at the hands of law enforcement officers, his sister said. So when the Middle Louisiana Fugitive Task Force on Tuesday morning surrounded him at a small motel in north Baton Rouge — covering both the front and back of the building — Croom… Continue reading →

LSU sophomore Russell Reynolds gets a chance to pound the strike zone in his first start in nearly two years

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Russell Reynolds threw only curveballs in the 10th inning Sunday against South Alabama at Alex Box Stadium.

Russell Reynolds has one goal for this first start in nearly two years: “Pound the zone,” he said. Reynolds, a sophomore from Baton Rouge, will start on the mound Wednesday in LSU’s matinee meeting with McNeese State. The Tigers (15-1) and Cowboys (11-5) are set to meet at 4 p.m. – a game moved up… Continue reading →

Hard-throwing freshman Alex Lange debuts with a seven strikeout, two-hit outing in LSU’s win over Kansas

Advocate file photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU's Alex Lange

Alex Lange isn’t the cocky type. He’s a mild-mannered, composed and intelligent 19-year old from the Midwest. But earlier this week, LSU’s highly touted freshman pitcher couldn’t help himself when speaking about the Kansas Jayhawks. “I’m ready to get some Kansans out,” he quipped with a smile. He got 15 of them out… Continue reading →

Video: Triumph Kitchen moves to a new home

Advocate photo by KEVIN MCQUARN -- Chris Wadsworth, founder of Triumph Kitchen, teaches students to prepare fish lunches at Modern Meals located at 2921 Government St .

Chris Wadsworth, founder of the educational venue Triumph Kitchen, talks about the school's move to its new home in Modern Meals located at 2921 Government St. Wadsworth also discusses the success of his students and how his past pushed him to found the nonprofit organization.… Continue reading →

Krewe of Orion parade rolls through downtown Baton Rouge

Extravagant floats and marching bands were the order of the evening as the Krewe of Orion’s annual Mardi Gras parade wound through downtown. Krewe members tossed beads and trinkets to eager parade-goers as they celebrated the 2015 Carnival season.… Continue reading →

Video: Racial profiling rally at LSU

Captured image from video

On Friday, January 30th at 6:38 PM, a text was sent out to the LSU community notifying them of an armed robbery in the Kirby Smith Hall parking lot. The suspect in the crime was identified simply as “black male wearing dark hoodie”. This vague description provokes suspicions of all black males on campus in hoodies, labeling them… Continue reading →

Rabalais: In a pivotal year for Les Miles, LSU needs these recruits to pan out

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles answers questions about new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and new defensive line coach Ed Orgeron last month. Miles and his staff finalized a signing class of 25 players Wednesday.

Recruiting is referred to as an inexact science. It’s a statement that does injustice to inexact sciences, like meteorology or coming up with a flu vaccine that actually works (excuse me while I reach for another tissue). Yet every year, fans and us media types sift through the college football classes on… Continue reading →

Video: Dog Park fun

People and their pups enjoy an evening of cool, calm weather as the play at the Raising Canes Dog Park on Dalrymple Drive, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.… 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 →

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 -- Saints pass rusher Junior Galette in August 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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 →