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March along with the Tiger Alumni Band as members prepare, then perform at halftime of the LSU game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tubas await their players before the Golden Band from Tiger Land marches down Victory Hill ahead of kickoff between LSU and Eastern Michigan, Saturday, October 3, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU Tigers’ game against Eastern Michigan on Saturday was the culmination of a reunion weekend for the LSU Tiger Marching Band as alumni band members returned to campus to visit and march with the band at halftime. The band’s videographer, Moe Athmann, captured some of this activity in his video, “LSU Tiger Band Inside the Lines.”… Continue reading →

Southern's Human Jukebox performs the 'Whip,' 'Nae Nae' during halftime vs. Georgia

Southern University Marching Band file

Though the Jaguars suffered a loss to the University of Georgia in Athens on Saturday, Southern University’s Human Jukebox Marching Band returned home victorious after wowing a sea of red-clad fans and earning a standing ovation in Sanford Stadium. It was reported by ESPN earlier in the week that the Bulldogs included an appearance by the Human… Continue reading →

Behind the scenes with LSU Tiger Band: What it takes to prepare an awesome gametime performance

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The LSU Golden Band from Tigerland plays the LSU fight song while coming down Victory Hill for the game Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

The LSU Tiger Marching Band’s videographer, Moe Athmann, this week takes us on a journey through the band’s weekly preparation for a football game. This week’s worth of rehearsals is particularly interesting with Tiger Band Director Roy King’s constant reminders to the students to hydrate themselves in the days leading to the LSU Tigers’ game against Auburn.… Continue reading →

With the LSU Tiger Band at Mississippi State: Casual pregame tune-up, gametime fun and that oh-so-exhilarating moment of victory

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- While marching to Tiger Stadium, The Golden Band From Tigerland fires the fans up with the LSU fight song as the blimp flies by Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

The Golden Band from Tigerland journeyed to Starkville, Miss., Saturday to cheer the LSU Tigers to a nail-biting victory against he Mississippi State Bulldogs. The band’s videographer, Moe Athmann, documented the trip and put together this video showing what goes into getting this 325-piece ensemble from Baton Rouge to Davis Wade Stadium and back. Athmann compiled this… Continue reading →

The Southern University Marching Band plays at halftime of its game against Jackson State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University's marching band, the Human Jukebox, performs, Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Southern University's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Human Jukebox videographer Garrett Edgerson gives us the drum major’s view at center field in his video of the Southern University Marching Band’s halftime show during the Jaguars’ 50-31 victory over Jackson State Saturday afternoon in A.W. Mumford Stadium. The camera is on the field with Keith Morgan as he starts the show with the drum major’s… Continue reading →

It’s Geaux Time: LSU band video sends some love to Baton Rouge

The LSU Tiger Marching Band’s videographer, Moe Athmann, has released another video just in time for the LSU Tigers’ season opener against the McNeese State University Cowboys on Saturday in Tiger Stadium. The video is a mixture of football and band highlights set to Garth Brooks’ “Callin’ Baton Rouge,” which is broadcast over the stadium’s sound system before… Continue reading →

Get fired up with Southern’s Human Jukebox offical 2015 preview video

Southern University’s Human Jukebox Marching Band is traveling to Ruston to cheer on the Jaguars in their season opener against the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. in Joe Aillet Stadium. In the meantime, the band’s videographer, Garrett Edgerson, has released the band’s official 2015 video, giving the Jags’ fans a glimpse into… Continue reading →

Video: Russell County Sheriff tells of family troubles, gun permit rejection of Lafayette theater shooter John Houser

Video still from an Advocate interview with Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor about Lafayette shooter John Houser's family background and mental illness problems.

Advocate reporter Maya Lau sat down with Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor on Friday and asked about John Houser's family background, domestic troubles and if his mental illness factored into his rejection for getting a gun permit.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge men nearly gave up on finding love, become first same-sex couple to wed in parish

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, Justice of the Peace Moses Evans, Jr., jokes around with newlyweds Ronald Granger and Madison Maddux at Evans' Chapel, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Madison Maddux and Ronald Granger had each “given up” a little over three years ago, disappointed by the string of bad relationships that seemed to come standard issue with dating. So after they met in a bar in Memphis, Tennessee, Granger was surprised to feel “like, ‘that’s it; this is what I’ve been waiting for.’ ” But though… Continue reading →

Video: LSU student describes how several men entered apartment, broke down roommate's door, left with several items

Advocate photo by Maya Lau  --  Anthony Jennings, Maquedius Bain and Dwayne Thomas are accused of breaking into an interior room of Apartment 403 in the West Campus Apartments at LSU on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Quarterback Anthony Jennings, cornerback Dwayne Thomas and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain were arrested and booked on unauthorized entry into a inhabited dwelling after entering the home of a fellow student, police records show. Thomas was also booked on simple burglary. On Sunday, six or seven males were able to enter the bedroom of Nicholas Anderson, destroying the… Continue reading →

Report: Bizarre debate in U.S. House between Louisiana, Colorado congressmen: 'I bet maybe smoking crayfish ain’t good for you'

Image from C-SPAN video -- U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-La.

When U.S. Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana got into a debate over marijuana with Colorado Congressman Jared Polis on the U.S. House floor, a strange thing happened, according to Denver Post blogger Lynn Bartels. For some reason, a bizarre discussion erupted about crayfish, er, crawfish. Polis took offense at Fleming’s… Continue reading →

'He was screaming and cussing me out, calling me horrible words,' says woman kicked out of Houma seafood market for wearing tank top

A Houma woman is offended and upset after she was kicked out of a local seafood store and berated for wearing a tank top, reports Lafayette radio station 99.9KTDY, which interviewed the woman and her daughter on air about their experience. Cookie Pierre and her daughter, Sunny, were at the Sea-Go seafood store on Grand… Continue reading →

As jury is almost seated, Plaquemine man decides to plead guilty in execution style slaying of friend at fishing camp

Detrell Scott

A 22-year-old man accused of robbing and fatally shooting his friend unexpectedly flipped the script during trial proceedings Wednesday, deciding to plead guilty to the crime just moments before lawyers were about to seat the final members of the jury. Moments later, a state district court judge sentenced Detrell… Continue reading →

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 →

Madison Prep basketball standout Brandon Sampson signs with LSU

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Madison Prep's Brandon Sampson, Louisiana's Mr. Basketball, signed with LSU on Monday morning.

Brandon Sampson said he took St. John’s decision to part ways with coach Steve Lavin last month as a sign. Ultimately, that sign led Louisiana’s reigning Mr. Basketball to sign with LSU on Monday morning. “Not everybody gets a second chance to get recruited,” Sampson said after signing a letter-of-intent with the Tigers. “It was… 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 →