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District Attorney Tony Clayton. reports that on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the following persons were convicted on the charges listed below and were sentenced  accordingly: Read more

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Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is not actually Mexican Independence Day, like many in the U.S. tend to believe? A historical event did occur that day, but in Mexico, May 5 is not a national holiday. It is, however, celebrated in the state of Puebla, Mexico. Read more

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BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces that it will observe Work Zone Awareness Week April 26-30. This is a nationwide safety campaign designed to bring awareness to the men and women in work zones across the country, and to encourage motori… Read more

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In tough times, communities find strength in people—and people find strength in their communities. In the past year, we’ve seen this time and again in West Baton Rouge as friends, neighbors, and businesses have found new ways to support each other. In our community, older adults are a key so… Read more

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BATON ROUGE - The application period for the 2021 LSU100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses and for the LSU ROARING10: Highest Revenue Generating Tiger Businesses will close on May 31, 2021. Read more

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Scrolling on my phone one evening, daydreaming about my upcoming summer off, my alerts notified me of a message from a friend. The notice she shared was about a position opening at the West Side Journal. Rad! I applied immediately. I knew a better part time job than ride shares would present… Read more

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District Attorney Tony Clayton, reports that on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, the following persons were convicted on the charges listed below and were sentenced accordingly: Read more

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My first official job when I was a teenager was in a butchery. It was a summer full of learning and a lot of tiring work, but many of the things I learned during that time are still incredibly useful in my kitchen.  Read more

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Photography has been a passion of mine for years, but it was only a few years ago that I truly started learning the art in a serious way. Joha’s Table was born, among other reasons, as an attempt to improve my photography; and since food doesn’t move, it’s the perfect subject to practice on! Read more

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Visit any misdemeanor court in Louisiana and you will quickly be convinced of the failed state of Louisiana’s drug policy. The courtrooms are filled with scared Louisianans missing work and school for possession of marijuana. Drive down any road, visit any school, or talk with any cop and yo… Read more

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District Attorney Tony Clayton, reports that on Thursday, March 11, 2021, the following persons were convicted on the charges listed below and were sentenced accordingly: Read more

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I love springtime, when everything starts to come back to life after the cold, dark winter days. Gardening is one of my favorite things to do during this time of year, as the longer sunny days make for happy days.  Read more

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District Attorney Tony Clayton, reports that on Tuesday, March 2,2021, the following persons were convicted on the charges listed below and were sentenced accordingly: Read more

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The West Side Journal is publishing op-eds written by journalists from across America to promote #SunshineWeek. Sunshine Week was launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors — now News Leaders Association — and has grown into an enduring initiative to promote open government. We… Read more

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My many trips to different parts of the world are marked by the memories of the morning aromas of traditional breakfasts. Breakfast is different in every nation, so sometimes the aromas are familiar, while other times, not at all. Read more

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Polar weather came to Louisiana, and like many others in the area, our power went out and I was forced to take a moment without technology and think about how much we rely on electricity in our daily lives.  Read more

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District Attorney Tony Clayton, reports that on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the following persons were convicted on the charges listed below and were sentenced accordingly: Read more

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Last week I got an email from the Louisiana Press Association and there he was: Louie. I did a carcature of the owner of Louie’s Café in Baton Rouge for a print ad when I was an LSU student in the 70s. I added a big floppy chef’s hat just for kicks. It became his logo and it’s been stalking … Read more

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Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (the name varies depending on the country), is one of the most exciting, happy and unique celebrations in Asia. Most Asian countries celebrate with red and gold clothing and decorations, lanterns, parades, music, fireworks, and of course lo… Read more

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When I was a teenager, I didn’t care about Valentine’s Day. I was all about adventures, going on trips, trying new things, and hanging out with as many friends as possible. One year, my church announced the upcoming summer camp for the youth group. And as a family with three kids that all wa… Read more

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I love Mardi Gras season! The colors, the parades and the happiness in the air – it reminds me of my childhood. Read more

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This has been a very different kind of year for most of us. Some have lost, others have gained; it’s been a year full of highs and lows, full of unexpected challenges. As the year’s end approaches, I am forcing myself to remember and focus on the good things I am thankful for, the people I d… Read more