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'Wrong coach,' big questions about Joe Burrow, more: National media weigh in on LSU

BY SCOTT RABALAIS | srabalais@theadvocate.com

ATLANTA — The four-day hurly burly that is Southeastern Conference media days is a constant scramble for the next story, and then the next. But, in a few quiet moments, there were times this past week to speak to some national college football writers and get an outside perspective on LSU, going into this season and as a program: Read more

LSU projected to finish near bottom of pack in SEC in preseason poll; see full list

Advocate staff report

LSU hasn't won a division championship since 2011, and that streak is expected to continue in 2018. Read more

Beleaguered New Orleans African American Museum sued by creditors, including Whitney Plantation owner

BY RICHARD THOMPSON | rthompson@theadvocate.com

A group led by New Orleans attorney and real estate investor John Cummings has filed a lawsuit against the long-beleaguered New Orleans African American Museum of Art, History and Culture, contending that the Treme museum defaulted on a $1 million loan and has been allowed to fall into disrepair. Read more

As Baton Rouge council member is likened to Judas, others say reaching across aisle is essential

BY ANDREA GALLO | agallo@theadvocate.com

A caustic East Baton Rouge Metro Council debate over how to fill Buddy Amoroso’s council seat tumbled so far off course that Councilwoman Tara Wicker was repeatedly likened to Judas for reaching across political and racial lines when casting her vote. Read more

Baton Rouge man accused of bludgeoning, burying elderly roommate told cops it was 'kill or be killed'

BY JOE GYAN JR. | jgyan@theadvocate.com

A judge refused Friday to throw out the confession of a Baton Rouge man who told detectives he bludgeoned a retired LSU athletics department employee during a vicious 2014 fight — and then buried him in a tomato garden — because it was "a kill or be killed situation." Read more

'Hearts are broken' after cadet at Baton Rouge Wildlife and Fisheries academy dies mid-training

BY STEVE HARDY | shardy@theadvocate.com

A cadet training to be a Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agent died Thursday after collapsing at the academy in Baton Rouge.

The cadet was a former Youngsville police officer and played basketball for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns from 2001-'03. Read more

This weekend in south Louisiana bringing heat AND humidity as residents suffer through hottest days of summer

By ANDREA GALLO, STEVE HARDY and GRACE TOOHEY | Advocate staff writers

Whoever coined that expression "it's not the heat, it's the humidity" failed to consider that, on some days, it's both. Read more

State Police investigate West Baton Rouge deputy following claims he assaulted multiple women while on the job

BY TERRY L. JONES | tjones@theadvocate.com

The Louisiana State Police is investigating claims that a West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy stalked and assaulted multiple women while on duty — claims disciplinary records show led to a two-week suspension of the deputy following an internal investigation. Read more

Election sign-up ends: Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin to run; candidate arrested; more

BY MARK BALLARD | mballard@theadvocate.com

In the final moments before qualifying for the November election ended Friday, interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin reversed previous statements that he would not run and joined the race. Read more

Baton Rouge flood victim: Why are we punished for SBA loans to help rebuild?

Thomas G. Lamparter

Like so many of our greater Baton Rouge area neighbors, we experienced severe damage to our residence due to unprecedented flooding that occurred in Baton Rouge in August 2016. We are retired, and the cost of rebuilding our home put a substantial financial strain on us. We tried to be proactive in obtaining whatever federal financial assistance was made available and greatly appreciate our limited FEMA grant and the low-interest SBA loan that we qualified for due to our demonstrated financial need and the excellent credit that we had worked hard all our lives to establish. The RestoreLA program was designed to provide impacted homeowners with additional financial relief by reimbursing some of the rebuilding expenses incurred by homeowners. Read more

Louisiana posts slower-than-average wireless speeds; see which phone carrier is fastest

By SAM KARLIN | skarlin@theadvocate.com

Wireless speeds in Louisiana overall and New Orleans both lag national averages, according to a new report, while Baton Rouge is in the middle of the pack.  Read more

Sources: Zach Strief offered New Orleans Saints radio play-by-play job

BY NICK UNDERHILL | nunderhill@theadvocate.com

Zach Strief should soon become the voice of the Saints. Read more

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