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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 →

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 (45) pitches in the sixth inning against Kansas, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

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 staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU's Alex Lange pitches Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, during their game against Kansas in Alex Box Stadium.

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 →

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 "birds foot delta" isn't a good place to spend coastal restoration money because land built there isn't sustainable.

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →