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Baton Rouge Business Report
Baton Rouge Business Report

9029 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA 70809   Directions

(225) 928-1700


First permanent makeup studio in Louisiana opens on Jefferson Highway
12/06/2019 3:21pm

Canadian native Danielle Lemoine has opened what is believed to be the states first permanent makeup studio, WBRZ-TV reports. Lemoine, whos worked as a licensed esthetician and makeup artist for nearly a decade, told the station that she knew she wanted to do something different after moving to Louisiana with her husband. She began microblading, The post First permanent makeup studio in Louisiana opens on Jefferson Highway appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

Councilman seeks more information on TIF request for Harveston
12/06/2019 3:17pm

Metro Councilman Dwight Hudson wants to see more information before he can support developer Mike Wampolds request for Tax Increment Financing to help cover the cost of developing new infrastructure, retail and public facilities at Harveston, located at Nicholson Drive and Bluebonnet Boulevard. The Metro Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an ordinance that The post Councilman seeks more information on TIF request for Harveston appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

Regency Hangars scraps plans for hangar community at BTR
12/06/2019 2:58pm

Tentative plans for the New Orleans-based Regency Hangars to develop a sprawling hangar community at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport have been scrapped, according to the companys president, citing a lack of local demand for the concept. Branded as Regency Hangar Village BTR, the hangar developmentwhose conditional approval at the airport was announced by Regency The post Regency Hangars scraps plans for hangar community at BTR appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

Roundup: Flu season ramps up / Main Street program grants / Best places for small business 
12/06/2019 2:57pm

Wash your hands: The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years. An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and theres a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say. The last flu season to rev The post Roundup: Flu season ramps up / Main Street program grants / Best places for small business appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

Baton Rouge General seeking a Mid City comeback
12/06/2019 2:56pm

When Baton Rouge General Medical Center closed the emergency room at its Mid City campus in March 2015, the hospitals board of directors said the move, though unpopular, was necessary to stop the bleeding at a facility that was losing $2 million a month. More than 3 1/2 years later, the Mid City campus is The post Baton Rouge General seeking a Mid City comeback appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

Country Roads Magazine
Country Roads Magazine

758 St Charles St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802   Directions

(225) 343-3714


State of the (Teenage) Union
12/04/2019 9:29am

Baton Rouges youth showcase the concerns of their era in a mural collage exhibition at the Shaw Center

Benny Cenac of Houma’s Link to Cajun Culture: Boudin
12/03/2019 9:21am

The Cajun delicacy that made Scott the Boudin Capital of the World

Live Music in Baton Rouge
12/03/2019 5:45am

Our top picks for December: Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestras Home for the Holidays, Irma Thomas, Opra Louisiane

On Stage in December
12/03/2019 5:45am

Charles Dickens classic ghost story, Langston Hughes Christmas gospel, and Menottis Amahl and the Night Visitors

In the Arts
12/03/2019 5:41am

A guide to the best art exhibitions in Baton Rouge in December, featuring shows at the LSU Museum of Art, LASM, Baton Rouge Gallery, and more.

KPBN - Pelican Broadcasting Network
KPBN - Pelican Broadcasting Network

5500 Florida Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806   Directions

(225) 248-0049



B-26 Hodges Hall LSU
Baton Rouge, LA 70803   Directions

(225) 578-4811


Sarah Finnegan nominated by LSU for NCAA Woman of the Year
06/23/2019 11:59am

LSU nominated former gymnast and two-time NCAA champion Sarah Finnegan 2016-2019 for the NCAA Woman of the Year, which is based on achievements in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Family of LSU gymnast Sarah Finnegan asking for donations to help with medical bills
06/20/2019 1:21pm

Former LSU gymnast Sarah Finnegan and her family are in need of support.

Rising river levels cause flooding in School of Veterinary Medicine building
06/19/2019 10:30am

The routine starts the same each rainy day before work: LSU veterinarians drive to work as it rains cats and dogs, they circle their parking lot looking for spots before settling for the visitor lot and they enter the building.

Freshman Sha’Carri Richardson sets NCAA record for 100-meter dash
06/11/2019 2:53pm

ShaCarri Richardson isnt just the best 100 meters sprinter this year. Shes the best to ever do it at the collegiate level.

'What more could they do?": LSU bullpen hangs tough for 17 innings in 6-5 loss to Mississippi State
05/23/2019 4:45am

HOOVER, Ala. You could have caught a flight from New York to London in the time it took LSU and Mississippi State to play its 17 innings that started Wednesday night and lasted into Thursday morning, but you wouldve

Louisiana Public Broadcasting
Louisiana Public Broadcasting

7733 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70810   Directions

(225) 767-5660


The Advocate
The Advocate

10705 Rieger Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70809   Directions

(225) 383-0111



844 Government St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802   Directions

(225) 383-9999


Here's how sleepless nights can trigger weight gain
08/24/2018 8:53am

One sleepless night might tip the bodys metabolism toward storing fat while depleting muscle, new research suggests.

Newborns' immune systems ramp up after birth
08/24/2018 1:53pm

A babys immune system kicks into high gear immediately after birth, a new study finds.

Bills mount for breast cancer survivors
08/24/2018 1:53pm

Surviving breast cancer is certainly its own reward, but a new study finds that many who do are saddled with thousands in out-of-pocket expenses for years.

Read any good books lately? No, teens say, we're too busy texting and online
08/21/2018 6:53pm

One of every three American teens has not read a book just for the fun of it in a year, a new study finds.

Study explores new way to stop cancer's spread
08/22/2018 8:53am

Scientists say theyre researching a way to destroy cancer cells that travel to other parts of the body.


10000 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70810   Directions

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1650 Highland Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70802   Directions

(225) 387-2222


Father: Navy victim shot standing watch fresh from boot camp
12/08/2019 8:17pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. AP &mdash Fresh out of boot camp, Cameron Walters proudly told his father in Georgia during their nightly video chat that he had passed the exam qualifying him to stand watch and help secure building entrances at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.When news broke the next morning of shots being fired on the base, Shane Walters called his son&rsquos cellphone repeatedly throughout the day. There was no answer. The 21-year-old airmen apprentice from Richmond Hill had been killed along with two other sailors by a gunman authorities later identified as a military aviation student from Saudi Arabia.Shane Walters told The Associated Press on Sunday that his son died standing watch at the classroom building where the shooter opened fire.&ldquoHe was just looking forward to getting his wings and being a part of flying and whatever job they gave him,&rdquo Shane Walters said. &ldquoHe just wanted to earn his wings. He was looking so forward to having those wings pinned on his chest.&rdquoThe attack also killed 23-year-old Joshua Watson, a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy from Enterprise, Alabama, and 19-year-old Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham of St. Petersburg, Florida. Eight others were wounded.On Sunday afternoon, the caskets of the three fallen sailors were escorted aboard an aircraft, bound for Dover, Delaware. A military mortuary is based there. Funeral plans were not immediately known.&ldquoFriday&rsquos senseless act of violence took these young men from us, physically wounded eight others and the hearts of countless more,&rdquo said Rear Admiral Gary A. Mayes, the Navy&rsquos Southeast Region commander, during a Sunday news conference in Pensacola. &ldquoOn behalf of the entire Navy, I extend my sincere and deepest sympathies to the families of the sailors whose lives were taken during this heinous act.&rdquoAuthorities said two sheriff&rsquos deputies were wounded and eight others were hurt before a deputy killed the gunman, identified as 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani of the Royal Saudi Air Force.Haitham&rsquos stepmother, Brenda Delgado Haitham, said Sunday that the family was still trying to come to grips with the tragedy.&ldquoI continue to speak about him in present tense because it still hasn&rsquot sunk in that he&rsquos no longer here,&rdquo she said in a statement to the AP.Brenda Haitham said her stepson, whom she called &ldquoMo,&rdquo had been a star high school athlete who ran track and played basketball.&ldquoAfter he graduated high school, he told his father and I that he was following his mother&rsquos footsteps and join the Navy,&rdquo she said. &ldquo... Our hearts are broken, and he will be missed by many.&rdquoWatson&rsquos brother posted on Facebook that his sibling &ldquodied a hero&rdquo after giving first responders information on the shooter&rsquos location though he was mortally wounded by gunfire.&ldquoAfter being shot multiple times he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was and those details were invaluable,&rdquo Adam Watson wrote.The Navy praised all three flight school students for their &ldquoexceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil.&rdquo&ldquoWhen confronted, they didn&rsquot run from danger they ran towards it and saved lives,&rdquo Capt. Tim Kinsella, the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola, said in a statement Saturday.Cameron Walters had just arrived in Pensacola after graduating from boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, on Nov. 22, the sailor&rsquos father said. Before enlisting, Walters had worked for a gun manufacturer headquartered near his hometown of Richmond Hill, about 20 miles 32 kilometers outside of Savannah.Walters joined the Navy, in part, because his father had served.&ldquoPartly to follow in his dad&rsquos footsteps, to get a better purpose in life,&rdquo Shane Walters said. &ldquoHe was just that kind of kid.&rdquoHe described his son as athletic, playing sports including basketball and soccer. Not surprising for a young man living near the coast, Cameron Walters also loved boating and fishing.When Walters&rsquo birthday came around in June, his father said, the young man liked to spread out the celebration for as much as two weeks surrounding the actual day.&ldquoWhen it came close to his birthday, he didn&rsquot think he should have to take out the trash. And it&rsquos not even his birthday yet,&rdquo Shane Walters said. &ldquoWe&rsquore supposed to have a cake every night. Things like that.&rdquoPermalink Comments

Banana, duct tape add up to $150,000 at Art Basel Miami
12/08/2019 6:53pm

MIAMI AP &mdash 3D-printed cocktails, a traffic jam sculpture made of hundreds of tons of sand and more celebrity sightings than a Kardashian Christmas party were all part of over-the-top festivities during the week of Art Basel Miami, but it was a banana that stole the show.The most talked-about artwork of the week was titled &ldquoComedian&rdquo &mdash a spotty banana duct-taped to a wall by artist Maurizio Cattelan.According to artnet News, two pieces quickly sold for $120,000. The Paris-based Perrotin gallery raised the price to $150,000 for the third piece, which will be sold to a museum. The bananas were bought at a local grocery store. No instructions were given on what to do as the banana ages.The gallery did not respond to several emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.On Saturday, David Datuna removed the banana from the wall, unpeeled it and took a bite as a large crowd documented it with their phones.&ldquoI respect Maurizio but it&rsquos art performance. Hungry artist,&rdquo he said.&ldquoYou have more $150,000,&rdquo he joked.On Friday night, art collector Wayne Boich hosted a lavish dinner at his home that included Dan Marino, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The after-party crowd, including Floyd Mayweather, Hannah Bronfman, and Alesso, watched a performance by Wyclef Jean, who did a throwback to the Fugees with &ldquoReady or Not,&rdquo and later brought dozens of girls onstage to dance with him before passing the mic to &ldquoCountry Grammar&rdquo singer Nelly. Rapper 2 Chainz closed out the night.Across town, rapper Travis Scott didn&rsquot take the stage until 3:30 a.m. at a sold-out performance at 24-hour nightclub E11even. Scott stood on top of the DJ booth tossing dollar bills into the crowd and yelling at partygoers to put away their phones and enjoy the moment.The city of Miami Beach commissioned a million-dollar traffic jam by artist Leandro Erlich. It took 330 tons 300 metric tons of sand to construct 66 life-sized sculptures of cars and trucks stuck in an imaginary traffic jam on the oceanfront of popular Lincoln Road. The installation alludes to Florida&rsquos fragile position in the large universal canvas, touching on climate crisis and rising sea levels.The Shore Club South Beach also focused on global warming where a 36-foot-long 11-meter-long floating ice sculpture inside the pool spelled out the words &ldquoHOW DARE YOU.&rdquo The piece, titled &ldquoClimate Meltdown&rdquo by artist Rubem Robierb, lasted approximately eight hours.Photographer David Yarrow&rsquos picture of real-life &ldquoWolf of Wall Street&rdquo Jordan Belfort sold for $200,000. The piece was signed by director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.Bulleit&rsquos novel 3D-printed bar also drew a curious crowd, where guests watched a robotic arm disperse microscopic drops of liquid into drinks in a pre-set pattern. The whiskey maker has printed more than 7,800 cocktails since partnering with a robotics engineer.On Saturday, G-Eazy performed poolside at the Maxim magazine party, surprising guests when he brought rapper Wale onstage to perform their song, &ldquoFashion Week,&rdquo together.Haute Living hosted a party for Fat Joe&rsquos new album &ldquoFamily Ties.&rdquo Wearing a baby blue track suit, the rapper entertained guests including DJ Khaled, Fabolous, Jeezy and Too Short.&ldquoWe grew up in the projects and now we in a 100 million dollar house rapping about our history,&rdquo he told the crowd before pulling Swizz Beatz onstage to perform.At various clubs over the weekend, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz performed. Sean Penn and DiCaprio partied late night at Rockwell x 1 Oak, where Gucci Mane took the stage. Brody Jenner, Meek Mill and Too Short hung out at LIV to hear Alesso play.And &ldquoCats&rdquo actor Idris Elba, who performs under the name DJ Big Driis, spun tracks along with Diplo at an extremely packed club Basement on Saturday night.Permalink Comments

Officials responding to a pedestrian struck on Government street, one in critical condition
12/08/2019 6:14pm

BATON ROUGE- Authorities are responding to a pedestrian struck on Government street.&nbspThe wreck happened around 5:30 p.m. Sunday at 402 Government Street. Officials say the person is in critical condition.&nbspThere are few details at the time.Permalink Comments

Man spray paints LSU tiger eye on Coach O's mom's yard
12/08/2019 5:14pm

LAROSE &ndash Usually, during the holidays people are decorating their yards with lights and wreaths, but one man is making it his mission to add some purple and gold to the mix.&ldquoI do this on the weekends when I have time to do it. I work at a ship yard up the road,&rdquo said Tyler Detillier.Detillier has been spray painting the LSU tiger eye on his neighbor&rsquos lawns. The trend caught on after he did his own yard.&ldquoIt&rsquos been a hit ever since,&rdquo said Detillier.This year the art caught the eye of a big, well-known fan.&ldquoI was excited. I feel like I owe her to do this. All of LSU owes it to her,&rdquo said Detillier.Head Coach Ed Ogeron&rsquos mom, &lsquoCoco&rsquo, asked Tyler to brighten up her yard.&ldquoI was honored,&rdquo he said.The eye is adding to &lsquoCocos&rsquo collection in her yard in Larose. She has a wish-list displayed. On that list is LSU head coach and beating Alabama, both checked off, but there are two items still unchecked. That&rsquos a Heisman trophy and becoming national champions.&ldquoWe had hopes of winning an SEC Championship and now your looking at a national title, it&rsquos huge,&rdquo said Detillier who says he&rsquos been a tiger fan since he could talk.Thats why Detillier says he couldnt wait to add to Coco Ogerons lawn. Without her, none of the success would be possible.&ldquoIt all starts with her,&rdquo he said.Detillier has spray painted a handful of other yards in south Louisiana. He says it takes him about an hour to do.Permalink Comments

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85
12/08/2019 4:59pm

LOS ANGELES AP &mdash Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on &ldquoSesame Street,&rdquo died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop.The Sesame Workshop said in a statement that the legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions.Spinney voiced and operated the two major Muppets from their inception in 1969 when he was 36, and performed them almost exclusively into his 80s on the PBS kids&rsquo television show that later moved to HBO.&ldquoBefore I came to &lsquoSesame Street,&rsquo I didn&rsquot feel like what I was doing was very important,&rdquo Spinney said when he announced his retirement in 2018. &ldquoBig Bird helped me find my purpose.&rdquoThrough his two characters, Spinney gained huge fame that brought international tours, books, record albums, movie roles, and visits to the White House.&ldquoCaroll was an artistic genius whose kind and loving view of the world helped shape and define Sesame Street from its earliest days in 1969 through five decades, and his legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending,&rdquo the Sesame Workshop said.But he never became a household name.&ldquoI may be the most unknown famous person in America,&rdquo Spinney said in his 2003 memoir. &ldquoIt&rsquos the bird that&rsquos famous.&rdquoSpinney gave &ldquoSesame Street&rdquo its emotional yin and yang, infusing the 8-foot-2 Big Bird with a childlike sweetness often used to handle sad subjects, and giving the trashcan-dwelling Oscar, whose voice Spinney based on a New York cabbie, a street-wise cynicism that masked a tender core.&ldquoI like being miserable. That makes me happy,&rdquo Oscar often said. &ldquoBut I don&rsquot like being happy, so that makes me miserable.&rdquoTo colleagues there was no question which character the kindly Spinney resembled.&ldquoBig Bird is him and he is Big Bird,&rdquo former &ldquoSesame Street&rdquo head writer Norman Stiles said in a 2014 documentary on Spinney.It wasn&rsquot easy being Big Bird. To play the part, Spinney would strap a TV monitor to his chest as his only eyes to the outside. Then the giant yellow bird body was placed over him. He held his right arm aloft constantly to operate the head, and used his left hand to operate both arms. The bird tended to slouch more as the years took their toll.In 2015, Spinney switched to just providing the characters&rsquo voices. That year, the longtime PBS show inked a five-year pact with HBO that gave the premium cable channel the right to air new episodes nine months before they air on PBS.Big Bird&rsquos builder Kermit Love always insisted that his design was a puppet, not a costume. But to many children, he was neither. He was real.&ldquoEight-year-olds have discovered to their horror that he&rsquos a puppet,&rdquo Spinney told The Associated Press in 1987.Born in 1933 in Waltham Massachusetts, Spinney had a deeply supportive mother who built him a puppet theater after he bought his first puppet, a monkey, at age 8.He spent four years in the U.S. Air Force after high school, then returned to Massachusetts and broke into television. He teamed up with fellow puppeteer Judy Valentine for their own daily series, then worked on a Boston version of the clown show &ldquoBozo&rsquos Big Top.&rdquo Spinney in this period had three children, Jessica, Melissa and Benjamin, all from his 1960 to 1971 marriage to Janice Spinney. He later married his second wife Debra in 1979, and the two were nearly inseparable for the rest of his life.It was after a disastrous performance at a puppet festival in Utah that Spinney met Muppet master Jim Henson, who came backstage and told him, &ldquoI liked what you were trying to do,&rdquo Spinney remembered Henson saying, in his memoir.Spinney would join the Muppet crew when &ldquoSesame Street&rdquo was about to turn them from popular phenomenon into an American institution. Henson brought his signature character, Kermit the Frog, to the show. His right-hand man Frank Oz would become famous via Grover and Cookie Monster. Together they created Ernie and Bert.But Big Bird would become the show&rsquos biggest star, his name and image synonymous with not just &ldquoSesame Street&rdquo but PBS and children&rsquos television. The character was usually used for comedy, but his innocence and questioning was also useful when serious subjects needed addressing. When &ldquoSesame Street&rdquo shopkeeper Mr. Hooper died, Big Bird had to get a lesson in accepting death, saying in the memorable 1983 episode that &ldquohe&rsquos gotta come back. Who&rsquos gonna take care of the store Who&rsquos gonna make my birdseed milkshakes, and tell me stories&rdquoWhen Henson died suddenly in 1990 at age 53, leaving the Muppet world devastated, Big Bird played the same part in real life. At the funeral, Spinney appeared alone on stage in full Big Bird costume and sang &ldquoIt&rsquos Not Easy Bein&rsquo Green,&rdquo Kermit&rsquos signature song.&ldquoIt was extraordinarily moving,&rdquo Oz said in the Spinney documentary. &ldquoIt tore people up.&rdquoSpinney said he was crying under the feathers but he got through the song, looking at the sky and saying, &ldquoThank you Kermit,&rdquo before walking off.Sesame Street co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney said Sunday that Spinney, her longtime colleague and friend, &ldquonot only gave us Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, he gave so much of himself as well.&rdquo&ldquoWe at Sesame Workshop mourn his passing and feel an immense gratitude for all he has given to Sesame Street and to children around the world,&rdquo she said.Permalink Comments


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