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Rabalais: The battle of the bigs will likely decide talent-filled LSU-Maryland showdown

BY SCOTT RABALAIS | srabalais@theadvocate.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Going into LSU’s first-round NCAA tournament game Thursday against Yale, you knew the Bulldogs had players. Some really good players, like star guard Miye Oni, the Ivy League player of the year. Read more

'I'm not alright': Victims upset after man with 26-year crime streak spends just 5 years in jail

BY CLAIRE TAYLOR | ctaylor@theadvocate.com

When Jody Bourque was sentenced to 18 years in prison in November 2016, Mary Ann Garrick told him she forgave him for causing the crash that left her body broken and killed her sister-in-law, Germaine Garrick. Read more

Karen Carter Peterson, Louisiana Democratic leader, admits to gambling problem: 'It is a disease'

BY TYLER BRIDGES | tbridges@theadvocate.com

Karen Carter Peterson, who is both a state senator from New Orleans and chair of the state Democratic Party, disclosed in an email Friday night that she has a gambling problem — minutes after WWL-TV posted a news story reporting that she had violated a ban on entering Louisiana casinos. Read more

Zack Hess' 'extraordinary' performance gives LSU first game of weekend series vs. Georgia

BY WILSON ALEXANDER | walexander@theadvocate.com

Zack Hess led No. 7 LSU to a win over No. 9 Georgia on Friday night. Read more

4 LSU officials making 6 figures resign after they didn't get Louisiana driver's license, registration

BY WILL SENTELL | wsentell@theadvocate.com

Four highly-paid administrators at LSU have resigned their posts after they failed to comply with a state law that requires them to register their vehicles here and get a Louisiana driver's license, officials said Friday. Read more

Rep. Steve Scalise: Iowa congressman's Katrina remarks 'absurd and offensive'

BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ecrisp@theadvocate.com

Louisiana leaders have roundly condemned comments that an Iowa congressman made this week portraying Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans as people who only sought government help, compared to Iowans who “take care of each other." Read more

Is Greedy Williams the best corner in the NFL draft? The LSU DB's answer and more from pro day

BY BROOKS KUBENA | bkubena@theadvocate.com

Greedy Williams played off as if he was shocked at the question: Was the LSU defender the best cornerback available in the NFL draft? Read more

'Ring season' arrives for LSU gymnastics team — starting with SEC meet at Smoothie King Center

By Kennedi Landry | Special to The Advocate

The Southeastern Conference championship meet has become the start of "ring season" for the LSU gymnastics team, and coach D-D Breaux says she’s not running out of space in her jewelry box. Read more

LSU-contracted company OK'd to grow medical marijuana in permanent facility

BY TIMOTHY BOONE | tboone@theadvocate.com

A background investigation has been completed on the company LSU contracted with for its medical marijuana program, giving GB Sciences the go-ahead to start full-scale growing operations in its permanent south Baton Rouge facility. Read more

After years waiting on trial over competency, Gonzales man convicted in 2007 slaying, faces life

By DAVID J. MITCHELL | dmitchell@theadvocate.com

GONZALES — Almost 12 years to the day that a Gonzales man shot his girlfriend once in the head, an Ascension Parish jury convicted him in her murder following years of delays over the man's mental fitness to stand trial. Read more

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