Can you tell me about the history of The Advocate?

Response from The Advocate’s marketing department:

“The Advocate traces its history back to The Democratic Advocate, which was founded in 1842. The paper changed names and owners several times over the years.

“Then in 1909, Charles P. Manship Sr. and James Edmonds formed Capital City Press and purchased the newspaper, which at that time was called The State-Times.

“In 1912, Manship bought out his partner, and in 1925, created a morning edition of the newspaper called The Morning Advocate. The two papers continued to be published until 1991 when television news and the public’s changing reading habits forced The State-Times to close.

“The publishing company is owned and operated today by the founder’s four grandchildren: David C. Manship, publisher and chief operating officer of The Advocate; Richard F. Manship, president and CEO of Capital City Press and Louisiana Television Broadcasting (WBRZ), and a member of the Capital City Press board of directors; Dina Manship Planche, a member of the board of directors; and Douglas L. Manship Jr., member of the board of directors.

“In 2005, The Advocate purchased a new state-of-the-art press and moved its production facility from Bluebonnet Boulevard to Reiger Road. Due to the deteriorating condition of The Advocate’s offices downtown, the editorial offices were moved to a modern facility on the Jimmy Swaggart campus on Bluebonnet Boulevard.

“According to the 2010 Scarborough Mid-Tier Market Study, each week 78 percent of Baton Rouge area adults read a printed copy of The Advocate or its hosted website,”

Showing your ID

I recently had to call the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office about a suspicious person going door to door in my subdivision after sunset. A sheriff’s deputy came to my door after about a half-hour to take a report. The first thing he asked me for was my Social Security number. Could you find out why he would ask for that kind of information?

Response from Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks:

“Social Security numbers were used in the past to identify people and/or check for outstanding warrants. As incidents of identity theft have increased, we have encouraged our deputies to seek other forms of identification, such as a driver’s license or ID cards. If a person has an alternate form of identification, they are not required to provide a Social Security number.”

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