This year flew by, but not without breaking and heartwarming stories that made headlines in South Louisiana. Missed a few stories or want to visit them again? Scroll through the photos above and see the links below to re-read the most-read stories of 2015.
20. LSU professor fired for using salty language in classroom claims she's ‘witch hunt’ victim, plans suit -- In June, LSU associate professor Teresa Buchanan was fired for using curse words and for telling the occasional sexually-themed joke to undergraduate students. The tenured faculty member said she was the victim of a “witch hunt.”
19. After death of 2 sorority members, Alpha Kappa Alpha Baton Rouge chapter takes on new initiative to address domestic violence -- After the deaths of two sorority members at the hands of their estranged husbands, Alpha Kappa Alpha held a candlelight observance on the steps of the State Capitol in September to honor victims of domestic abuse. Law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders also gathered to discuss legislation and initiatives aimed at ensuring other victims do not meet the same fate.
18. St. Tammany doctor Wayne Breen shot dead by wife, Sheriff’s Office says -- Dr. Wayne Breen was fatally shot by his wife in their Folsom-area home in March. Breen was an obstetrician/gynecologist affiliated with Doctors for Women Medical Center in Covington.
17. In request for protective order, Geismar woman said husband became obsessive; he's now accused of beating her to death -- A Geismar man ordered to stay away from his wife broke into her home in August and bludgeoned her to death with a baseball bat, also breaking the arm of her 18-year-old son when he tried to defend his mother. David Johnson was arrested on counts of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated burglary with a weapon and violation of protective orders.
16. LSU’s recruiting penalties are historic — and the national consensus is that they’re ‘pretty ridiculous,’ too -- LSU football coach Les Miles’ in-home visit with recruit Matt Womack was at the center of recruiting sanctions the program suffered in 2015. The Tigers were retroactively slapped with sanctions for the unlimited contact they had with Womack, most notably the in-home visit: They cannot sign an early enrollee to financial aid agreements for two years and were stripped of 10 percent of their 201 evaluation days in 2015.
15. Baton Rouge couple, infant son die in I-10 crash; family 'truly hurt ... most definitely not questioning God’s work’ -- A young Baton Rouge couple and their infant son were killed in a car crash in November as they were heading home from New Orleans, where they were on a Thanksgiving holiday visit with family members who had not yet had the chance to see their baby boy.
14. Man arrested after trying to record Jefferson Sheriff Newell Normand and his breakfast club; sheriff suspects David Vitter behind it -- Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand caught a private investigator for U.S. Sen. David Vitter filming his coffee klatch at the Royal Blend Café in Old Metairie, and it set off a political firestorm on the eve of the Oct. 24 primary.
13. Rabalais: 'Strong indications' LSU's Les Miles coaching for his job vs. Ole Miss, Texas A&M -- After two humbling losses to Alabama and Arkansas in November, The Advocate reported that there were strong indications LSU football coach Les Miles could be coaching for his job in the final two games of the season.
12. Child services workers did little to assist malnourished teen in dilapidated living conditions -- Police found a 15-year-old boy weighing 47 pounds and covered in bodily fluids and insects inside a dilapidated Baton Rouge residence in July. State child services workers had checked on the boy three times over the past few years, but did little beside ensure the family had access to food and running water. The boy’s mother, 49-year-old Rose Holland, was arrested on drug and child cruelty charges.
11. 9 Baton Rouge siblings removed, mom charged; children slept 'huddled' on floor; one says she was 'whooped' -- State authorities took nine Baton Rouge siblings into custody after finding little food and no beds for the children in their home in September. The mother of the children, 27-year-old Leticia Brothers, was arrested and booked on counts of child endangerment, cruelty to juveniles, criminal neglect of family and encouraging child delinquency by neglect.
10. WWII vehicles, planes may be in containers buried under Kisatchie National Forest -- Only six World War II-era P-40 fighter planes are still flying today. But Morton Hurston Jr., of Baton Rouge, believes a trove of planes and other WWII equipment are buried in Kisatchie National Forest. “This could be a very significant historic site,” he told The Advocate.
9. 'Y'all just don’t know what the hell we go through': News of past issues, run-ins with Marksville officers surfaces -- After two Marksville deputies were accused of shooting a 6-year-old boy to death and injuring his father in November, residents said the incident was indicative of ongoing problems with local law enforcement. “Y’all just don’t know what the hell we go through around here,” said Ruby Ivory, of nearby Mansura, who described a number of run-ins with Marksville authorities.
8. Man described as pimp seen leaving Bourbon Street club with Jasilas Wright could hold key to dancer's death -- In June, Jasilas Wright was seen leaving a Bourbon Street strip club with a man described as a pimp. A few hours later, Wright was found dead on Interstate 10 in Metairie, her body in multiple pieces.
7. 'Hideous' shooting leaves pregnant woman, Mardi Gras Indian big chief dead in New Orleans East -- A shocking shooting in New Orleans East in December claimed the lives of a pregnant woman just days away from giving birth, her boyfriend — the Big Chief of the Black Feather Mardi Gras Indian tribe — and their unborn child.
6. Suspect identified in shooting of Tulane Medical School student -- Two days after Tulane Medical School student Peter Gold was shot while trying to help a woman being carried against her will, New Orleans police identified 21-year-old Euric Cain as the suspect.
5. Police report reveals details of alleged break in by arrested, now suspended LSU QB Anthony Jennings, 3 other football players -- Four LSU football players were placed on indefinite suspension after their arrests in June. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, cornerback Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain were arrested after they entered a West Campus Apartment and broke into a bedroom, removing items from the room, according to a police report. They did so with the presumed intent to retrieve items said to have been stolen from Jennings’ apartment on June 10. Defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested after a fight at Reggie’s bar in Baton Rouge.
4. ‘Penile plethysmograph’ test to gauge arousal part of Darren Sharper’s strict post-prison deal -- Under a “comprehensive and global disposition” reached between Darren Sharper and prosecutors in April, the former NFL star will be subject to a “penile plethysmograph,” in which a sensor is attached to the penis while an array of sexual images flashes before his eyes, to gauge arousal after his release from prison in less than a decade.
3. Friends mourn 16-year-old Kaylan Ward killed on I-10; police probe mysterious death in New Orleans East -- 16-year-old Kaylan Ward was killed in June on Interstate 10 in New Orleans East. Her body was found miles from where she was last seen. She died of multiple blunt traumatic injuries. Her mother said she would not rest until she found answers.
2. Inside look at 'unstable' Lafayette theater gunman John Houser who fought mental issues, once trashed home -- The man who fatally shot two people, injured nine others and then killed himself at The Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette in July suffered for decades from recurring mental health problems, including manic depression and bipolar disorder. He also nearly destroyed the house where he lived in Phenix City, Alabama, after it was foreclosed upon and purchased.
1. NBC News anchor Brian Williams' comments about dead bodies, Hurricane Katrina starting to gain attention, draw scrutiny -- NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who apologized on the air in February for lying about an experience covering the Iraq War, also faced scrutiny in 2015 over his gripping accounts of Hurricane Katrina. Williams’ account of seeing a body float by in the French Quarter — which remained largely dry — and even a claim of catching dysentery from drinking Katrina floodwaters raised eyebrows among bloggers and elsewhere.