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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 →

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 →

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 BRECâs Baton Rouge Zoo paw each other, as they play after a nap Thursday afternoon,  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. The Zoo is now asking for the publicâs help in naming the two cubs; name suggestions can be submitted via the Zooâs Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages now through November 21.

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 →

At LSU, high-tech mouthpieces are on guard against football injuries

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU tight end Dillon Gordon shows his  i1 Biometrics Impact Sensing Mouthguard in the LSU training room Thursday. LSU has been using a number of the Kirkland, Washington-based firm's mouthpieces in practice and games, to monitor the force and type of impact delivered by blows to players' heads.

Pacing LSU’s sideline during the wild win over Ole Miss last Saturday, Shelly Mullenix kept checking her phone. It only looked like she was checking her phone. It wasn’t her phone at all. Mullenix, LSU’s senior associate athletic trainer, carried with her a smartphone receiving, not texts, emails or calls, but alerts transmitted from players’ mouthpieces.… Continue reading →

Handelsman animation: Heads up! Negative campaigns ads coming at you

Heads up! Negative ads are flying your way in Walt’s newest animation.… Continue reading →

Video: Boo with the Blue

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Cpl. Mickey Duncan, left, puts some tricks into Brue Rainey's, 2, pumpkin, with help from Brue's mother, Tricia, right, during Baton Rouge Police's

Baton Rouge Police’s first Halloween party with costumes, games and food was held at the department’s new headquarters at the site of the former Woman’s Hospital on Airline Highway at Goodwood Boulevard.… Continue reading →

True BR: Kid Stuff (Video)

A little girl plays a game at Celebration Station. Video by Kevin McQuarn

On any day in Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas, a gathering, show or festival can be found to enrich one’s thirst for culture. Even though many of these events are geared to older audiences, there are quite a few activities that are made just for kids. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine… Continue reading →

Scenes from Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show

The Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show, Oct. 25-26, 2014, in Convent featured cooking competitions, music, a pig roast, more than 30 food choices, more than 125 arts and crafts vendors, pony rides, face painting, tours of the historic mansion and lots more. Video shows scenes from Day 1.… Continue reading →

Video: Vehicle plunges into Ward's Creek

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- A car that ran off of the access road underneath the overpass on Siegen Lane, sits in the canal below. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff deputies said one person was transported to a local hospital for observation.

A Kia Optima that ran off the access road beneath the Siegen Lane overpass on Thursday sits in the canal below. An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputy pulled the 39-year-old driver from the water. He was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.… Continue reading →

True BR: Zydeco music brings La. together (Video)

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, right, plays the washboard alongside Anthony Dopsie of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters during the first of a four-part series of free concerts on Sunday at the Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. The concert series, produced by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and hosted by the Gonzales Mayor's Council, continues Sunday with the Michael Foster Project.

​Anthony Dopsie, the accordion player of Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters, explains the culture of zydeco music in Louisiana. He also talks about the legacy of his father, the legendary zydeco musician Rockin' Dopsie. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of… Continue reading →

Association holds Columbus Day events

The Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association’s Columbus Day Festa kicked off with a performance by Deana Martin and continued the following day with a full schedule of events, including a celebrity grape stomp.… Continue reading →

Grand jury rejects negligent homicide charge

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Louisiana State Police investigate the scene where an SUV left Bluff Road in a curve and fatally struck two youths fishing along the road.

GONZALES — An Ascension Parish grand jury declined Friday to charge with two counts of negligent homicide a Prairieville woman who drove off Bluff Road in late June, killing two children fishing at a bayou.… Continue reading →

Video: Los Angeles deputies are girl’s ‘guardian angels’ after mom’s slaying

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- (from left to right) Katty Gomez's grandmother, Sgt. Blanca Arevalo, Senior Deputy Nancy Bowley, Detective Jorge Padilla and Katty Gomez (bottom)

Katty Gomez was preparing for her 15th birthday party at her Baton Rouge apartment Saturday afternoon when three sheriff’s deputies from Los Angeles strolled up to the front door. Katty grew up in Los Angeles, and the three deputies she has come to regard as her guardian angels were in Louisiana to surprise her on her… Continue reading →

State Police, BRPD raid Evangeline Street home

Authorities said three men were arrested Friday after State Police and BRPD raided an Evangeline Street home in search of a man wanted for several prescription drug burglaries of pharmacies across the state.… Continue reading →

BBC profiles Baton Rouge girl, 13, training to be first person on Mars

Alyssa Carson

Baton Rouge teenager Alyssa Carson has big dreams. At the age of 13 she is determined to be the first person to land on Mars. But this is more than wishful thinking. NASA thinks she stands a chance, and she is already in training. has a video profile of the girl with big dreams. Continue reading →

Street Performer Series: Mime Uncle Louie

Uncle Louie, a street performer in New Orleans, performs with a tourist.Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn.

Uncle Louie is a full-time mime who can be found on Royal Street and near the Natchez Riverboat. He has been performing for over 21 years and believes the hardest part about street performing is making admirers happy. If there was one message Uncle Louie could share with the world, it would be simply, “love.”… Continue reading →

Video: Sugar Fest sights and sounds

Screen image from video

Sights and sounds of the Sugar Fest hosted by West Baton Rouge Parish Museum in Port Allen on Sunday, Oct. 5… Continue reading →

Video: Overturned 18-wheeler on I-110 south

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Traffic was disrupted for several hour after an 18-wheeler overturned on Interstate I110-south in Baton Rouge on Monday afternoon.

An overturned 18-wheeled vehicle disrupted traffic on Interstate I110 south for several hours on Monday afternoon.… Continue reading →

Sights and sounds of Southern University’s Homecoming

Southern University in Baton Rouge held its annual Homecoming football game Saturday. The event was accompanied by a number of festivities.… Continue reading →

True BR: The rising art of spoken word poetry (Video)

Leslie D. Rose performs at the Independence Park Theatre on Sept. 19. Video by Kevin McQuarn

Spoken word poetry has been a staple in the arts community in Baton Rouge for well over two decades. However, with a new crop of poets rising from local high schools and universities, this art form has seen new life. Leslie D. Rose, a spoken word poet and journalist, shares an insider’s perspective on the culture of spoken… Continue reading →

Violinist serenades Southern fans at Gala on the Bluff

Violinist Michael Ward thrilled attendes at this year’s Gala on the Bluff. Ward was backed by Harry Anderson & the Jazzy Jazz for the Southern University homecoming event.… Continue reading →

Families weave their way through nearly 4-acre corn maze

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tatum Kopfinger, 7, leads her brother, Allen, and sister, Libby, both 3, through the corn maze at Harvest Days, held at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden Museum and Gardens in Baton Rouge, Sunday, Sept. 28.

Seven-year-old Tatum Kopfinger moved decisively through the twists and turns of the tiger-shaped corn maze on Sunday, leading her parents and two younger siblings through the labyrinth of 5- to 8-foot-tall corn stalks. “Just follow me,” she said as she bounded forward with a corn cob in one hand. Even with the small… Continue reading →

LSU sophomore living his dream, broadcasting LSU games for Spanish-language radio stations

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Mario Jerez, a 20-year-old LSU sophomore, is living is dream, calling the LSU football games in Spanish for radio stations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Voices throughout the pressbox rose to screams as radio and television announcers described the LSU Tigers’ 31-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the Mississippi State game. But only one screamed in Spanish. Mario Jerez, a 20-year-old sophomore at LSU, calls the games for Spanish-language radio stations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, reaching out… Continue reading →

Oscar Reyes makes sure the Tiger Band’s uniforms look sharp

“If I’m working on the Tiger Band’s uniforms, even the movie people know they’re going to have to wait,” says Oscar Reyes. “The band always comes first.” Reyes owns and operate El Bengal Tailor Shop, a business his dad, Oscar Reyes Sr., opened on Government Street in 1972.… Continue reading →

Common Core implementation in St. Francisville schools

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- West Feliciana Parish Schools Supt. Hollis Milton, left,  talks with principals, supervisors and literacy integration staff during a leadership meeting held Wednesday at Bains Lower Elementary School in St. Francisville. Despite lawsuits and other arguments, Common Core is being taught in classrooms, including Bains Elementary and Bains Lower Elementary in West Feliciana Parish.

The debate over Common Core may continue across Louisiana, but this new approach to education has become a part of the daily routine in St. Francisville schools.… Continue reading →

Native Culture Day held at Vermilionville

Spectators visited the Bayou Vermilion District’s Vermilionville to partake in their annual Native American Culture Day on Saturday. Representatives from many of Louisiana’s Native American tribes were present to celebrate their living cultures through craft demonstrations, food, music, dance and cultural exchange.… Continue reading →

Sights and Sounds from the LSU-Mississippi State game

Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University battled Saturday night in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

True BR: The best fishing spots in Baton Rouge (Video)

Advocate Staff Photo by Arthur D. Lauck  Leonard Baker of Baton Rouge hauls in a perch Monday afternoon while fishing at City Park. Baker said he spends 4 to 6 days a week fishing cause it's better then watching TV.  MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT / ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ Louisiana Business Inc. out (including Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, 225, 10/12, InRegister, LBI custom publications)

Fishing is an important part of Louisiana’s diverse culture. The act of fishing is more than simply capturing the delicacies of the area. Fishing bonds families and creates unforgettable moments with friends. In this video, Brian Heimann, a biologist supervisor with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, gives an inside look at fishing and lists some of… Continue reading →

Travel Trouble: A Walt Handelsman animation

Mary Landrieu is on the move in Walt Handelsman’s new animation.… Continue reading →

LSU grad student develops artificial limbs for horses

Nike Hansen’s doctoral research at LSU aims to create the first successful prosthetic legs for horses — artificial limbs implanted into the horses’ bones that can support a 1,000-pound animal and up to 4,000 pounds of force.… Continue reading →

Episcopal uses new interactive game technology to teach its students

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Teachers Sonny James, left, and Margaret Boudreaux, center, use wands as they try their hand at 'Particle Predator,' a 'systems thinking' game in which participants can design rule sets that define how the moving, differently-colored particles interact. At right offering feedback is Heather Harpole. The exercise is part of  Arizona State University professor David Birchfield's   'small lab,' which he is demonstrating at Episcopal School, where teachers and students are participating in the 'embodied learning' project.

Episcopal High School took an ordinary classroom and converted it recently into an educational playroom where students abandon their seats to play interactive games that allow them to explore nearly any topic, ranging from the nature of gravity to Roman history. Turn out the lights, turn on the technology, and the room transforms into a simulator where… Continue reading →

Central teen is a wonder on one wheel

Cole Rankin has been a unicyclist for the past four years. The 16-year-old Central High senior loves to test himself.… Continue reading →

Southern University band, dance team keep team spirit high

Southern University’s band and dance team took to the field Saturday night, entertaining the crowds gathered to watch the Jaguars play.… Continue reading →

Tiger Band, Golden Girls wow crowds in Tiger Stadium

LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland and the university’s dance team The Golden Girls entertained fans in Deaf Valley Saturday night during the LSU-UL-Monroe football game.… Continue reading →

Fans gather at Tiger Stadium for tailgating fun

LSU Tiger fans from all over converged on Tiger Stadium Saturday for a huge tailgating party before the LSU-University of Louisiana-Monroe game.… Continue reading →

True BR: The power of gumbo (Video)

Chef Carolyn Shelton gives a cooking demonstration at the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville. Advocate video by Kevin McQuarn.

Carolyn Shelton, chef and ambassador for the River Road African American Museum, spotlights one of Louisiana's favorite dishes — gumbo. Gumbo is influenced by the many cultures of Louisiana and has the power to bring people together in both celebration and mourning. Every culture has a soup, and for Baton Rouge and surrounding areas that soup is… Continue reading →