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Is conservatism working?

WE LIVE IN A RED STATE. That’s no secret. So many Louisiana residents take pride in our state’s conservative values. Traditional notions of family, “small” government, emphasizing the importance of being business friendly, being tough on crime—violent […]

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Wells named the Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Paula Wells was named the Teacher of the Year for Hammond Westside Elementary Montessori School.  Mrs. Wells was selected by her colleagues for her professionalism, dedication to her students, and knowledge. Mrs. Wells exhibits a […]


Mobile Pantry to make stop in Scotlandville

Together Baton Rouge and the Greater Baton Rouge Food bank will host  the Scotlandville Mobile Pantry Saturday, April 26 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. The pantry will provide free produce to Scotlandville citizens starting at 9 a.m. […]


Month with Mada

LAW WEEK AND THE ANGOLA 3 The Southern Univer- sity Law School hosted Law Week March 17 -March 21, including solitary confinement exhibition dis-play. The celebration included a memorial program for Herman Wallace, a true vision- ary and member […]

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Easter the season of renewness, restoration

IT IS OFTEN SAID WE ARE “spiritual beings” having a natural experience. How many of you are “spiritual beings” having a “spiritual experience” in this season of restoration? How are you being restored? Are you searching your soul and […]


Landrieu to address SU commencement

U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu will be the commence-ment speaker for the spring graduation ceremony in the F.G. Activity Center, May 9, at 10:30am. Landrieu, a New Orleans native, is the first woman from Louisiana ever elected to the United States […]

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Chicken boxing and April Fools’ Day

On April Fools’ Day, the Louisiana Legislature was in session. Perhaps the apex of legislative insanity ensued on April 1 when our elected officials debated the legality and ethics of “chicken boxing.” It was not […]


DOTD highlights April as Highway Safety Awareness Month

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri H. LeBas, P.E., announced April 2, at  the state’s month-long campaign to promote safe driving practices, especially emphasizing the need to use extreme caution while driving through […]


NAP to host neighborhood art project

The LSU Museum of Art takes the Neighborhood Arts Project out to a new community in Gardere, a new proposed site for summer 2014’s NAP.  Until then the NAP will host free art making classes […]


Is Your Child Safe at the Store?

From checking off every item on your shopping list to negotiating crowded aisles to minding the kids, a trip to the grocery store can be anything but simple for parents. For parents of infants, this […]


Time to regulate Louisiana’s payday lenders

IN MY SEARCH FOR COMMERCIAL office space in years past, I was shocked to see so many payday loan storefronts in Baton Rouge, many in very close proximity to one another. Indeed, payday lending storefronts out number McDonald’s restaurants in Baton Rouge 4 […]


SAT changes may narrow socio-economic gap

The SAT college admissions test is undergoing significant changes in 2016. The SAT has long been associated with the Ivy Leagues, high income and racial majority families. Studies show that there is a substantial performance gap on the […]

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Calling all young chefs

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA is teaming up with Epicu- rious, the Department of Education, and the Depart- ment of Agriculture to host the third-annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge reci- pe contest. Kids ages 8-12, with the […]


Taylor criticizes media coverage

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL Superintendent Bernard Taylor said he believes more of the district’s success and less of its shortcom- ings should be seen in the media. “In this environment it seems so many […]


Wright Museum in jeopardy

DETROIT’S CHARLES H. WRIGHT Museum, the largest mu- seum of African American history, faces an uncertain future following the city’s bankruptcy. Referred to as the most financially challenged cul- tural center in the city, the […]


BE gives A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award

AT THE FIRST BLACK ENTER- prise Entrepreneurs Con- ference held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in 1996, BE introduced the A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award – its highest honor for entre- preneurial excellence – by presenting […]