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LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada: Derrius Guice's potential in new offense 'off the charts'

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LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada doesn't mince words about running back Derrius Guice. "Derrius Guice is awesome," the Tigers' first-year offensive coordinator said on "Off the Bench" with Jordy Culotta and T-Bob Hebert on Friday morning on 104.9 FM ESPN in Baton Rouge... Read more

Another chapter in Grosse Tete tiger truck stop tale: Legal docs filed in California to have Tony removed


San Francisco is a long way from Grosse Tete, but that's where a national animal rights group has filed its latest legal papers in a 7-year-long quest to have Tony the tiger removed from his roadside truck stop enclosure in Iberville Parish. Read more

Louisiana again slammed in 'worst states' ranking, but at least it's better than ...

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Louisiana isn't the absolute worst to live in — but it's close, according to a recent ranking done by CNBC.  Read more

Confederate statues in ex-capital spur debate, but Richmond has no plans to follow New Orleans' lead

By SARAH RANKIN , Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When a French artist's statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee arrived by train in Richmond in 1890, thousands helped haul the enormous pieces to what is today the city's grandest boulevard. Many took home pieces of the rope they used as souvenirs, so beloved was Lee as a top Confederate commander and native Virginia son. Read more

Spicer abruptly resigns as Trump press secretary to give Anthony Scaramucci 'clean slate'

By KEN THOMAS and JULIE PACE , Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned his position Friday, ending a rocky six-month tenure that made his news briefings defending President Donald Trump must-see TV. He said Trump's White House "could benefit from a clean slate." Read more

LSU's Derrius Guice, Arden Key land spots on Walter Camp watch list


The college football watch list season has finally drawn to a close, with the guarantee that there will be plenty of eyes on LSU tailback Derrius Guice and linebacker Arden Key. Read more

Baton Rouge School Superintendent Warren Drake gets high marks from School Board in second year on job


Warren Drake once again has earned a favorable evaluation from the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, but his overall score dipped compared with his first year on the job. Read more

Mom, grandmother of 17-year-old New Orleans murder suspect turn him over to police


The mother and grandmother of a 17-year-old murder suspect literally grabbed hold of him and handed him over to police Wednesday.  Read more

Luxury complex Palms at Juban Lakes starting construction next week

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Work is set to begin next week on The Palms at Juban Lakes, a $24.5 million 144-unit luxury apartment development in Denham Springs. Read more

Grace Notes: What Washington can learn from Louisiana's "fiscal cliff" misadventure


There are so, so many reasons to doubt the theory behind U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's latest bright idea to eradicate Obamacare, to simply vote to repeal the sweeping measure in two years time and come up with a plan to replace it in the interim. Read more

Don't miss these shows to watch and concerts in south Louisiana (July 21-27)

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Sources: U.S. to ban Americans from traveling to North Korea after student's death

By MATTHEW LEE , AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea following the death of university student Otto Warmbier who passed away after falling into a coma into a North Korean prison. Read more

From Briles to Freeze: 5 other scandalous college coaches who caused painful seasons

By RALPH D. RUSSO , AP College Football Writer

Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze resigned instead of being fired Thursday for what Ole Miss called a pattern of personal misconduct. Read more

Our Views: Baton Rouge's Zion City project shows promise, but city's job is far from done


Some of the blocks in Baton Rouge's Fortune Addition neighborhood do not merit the sunny tone of the name, as blight in the Zion City area has taken a toll. So it's a real positive to see something of a rebirth of mixed-income housing in the area. Read more