Baton Rouge en Insight: State Politicians Lampooned, It's Gridiron! <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Advocate columnist Smiley Anders center stage and partially disrobed during rehearsal for Gridiron 2014. " data-attribution="Credit Jeremy White" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p>Every year at around this time, with lawmakers just back in Baton Rouge for the legislative session, the capitol press corps makes fun of state politicians — and themselves — with a bit of song and dance.<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 57192 at Forced Charity: LSU Hospital System Makeover <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="Baton Rouge General Mid City" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>It’s been nearly a year since the state started implementing public-private partnerships for the LSU Hospital System, formerly known as Louisiana’s Charity Hospitals. The plan was pushed as a cost-saver for the state. How is it working out? Good for some and not so good for others—with patients and hospital caregivers caught in the middle. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 57016 at Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards Is Running For Congress Edwin Edwards, the 86-year-old ex-con and former Louisiana governor, is seeking public office again.<p>Today, Edwards announced he was running for the state's 6th Congressional District.<p><a href=""><em>The Times Picayune</em> reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The 86-year-old Silver Fox, <a href="">known for his memorable, often shocking quotes</a> and the nearly nine years spent behind bars on extortion, fraud and racketeering charge Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:43:14 +0000 Eyder Peralta 56262 at Baton Rouge Musician Pays Homage to Tabby Thomas with Listening Room <a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>One local musician is looking to revive the spirit of Tabby Thomas’ Blues Box in Baton Rouge.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Henry Turner a Louisiana reggae, blues, soul and funk musician.&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He has been touring with his band for the last two decades. But, Tabby’s Blues Box used to be the only place in town where he could play. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Ann Marie Awad 54073 at Baton Rouge May Get A Streetcar Line <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Plans are in the works for a $100 million streetcar line in the fast-developing Nicholson Drive corridor.</p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:57:09 +0000 The Associated Press 53870 at Smart Growth, a New Year's Resolution for Baton Rouge? WRKF set up its Recording Booth at the <a href="" target="_blank">Louisiana Smart Growth Summit</a>, put on by the Center for Planning Excellence at the Shaw Center back in November.<p>People at the summit — planners, landscape architects, public officials, environmentalists — were asked a simple question: What does “smart growth” look like in Baton Rouge?<p>The answers could almost be a set of new year’s resolutions for the city...<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 12:38:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 51267 at Physician Prescribes Telemedicine, Pill-Splitting to Cut Costs for Patients Dr. L. Lee Montgomery, a primary care physician at Louisiana Family Medicine in Baton Rouge, says a good doctor-patient relationship can also reduce the cost of care.<a href="" class="asset-audio">Dr. L. Lee Montgomery, Louisiana Family Medicine</a><p> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 16:47:00 +0000 Susan Hidalgo-Smith 47466 at Memoir Traces Spiral into Racial Violence Amid Baton Rouge Desegregation Fight <a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Tim Parrish says his memoir, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist</a></em>, is not a book he wanted to write. He dreaded reckoning with the racial violence of his adolescence in Baton Rouge in the 1960s and 1970s.<p>An explosion rattled his kitchen windows when a city pool nearby was blown up after it was integrated. As a teenager, Parrish took part in street fights and race riots at his school &#8211; Istrouma High.<p>Parrish traces the roots of his own bigotry to his family and their Baptist congregation.<p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:39:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 45783 at With New Charter Schools Coming, Civic Group Outlines Demands <a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The state <a href="" target="_blank">Recovery School District</a> currently runs seven schools in north Baton Rouge. The RSD is planning to put new charter schools on those campuses next year.<p>Last week, as reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Advocate</em></a>, the RSD hosted presentations by charter providers vying for a slot.<p>Ahead of those presentations, the civic group <a href="" target="_blank">Better Baton Rouge</a> handed the RSD a community compact, outlining what some residents want from schools in their neighborhood. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:32:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 44841 at Bike-Only in Baton Rouge <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Bicyclist Mark Martin with his two wheels. " typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8516934925772289" style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Ideas for making transportation infrastructure more bike-friendly are up for discussion at the annual <a href="">Louisiana Smart Growth Summit downtown</a> this week. </span><p><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Wednesday, Nov. 28, <a href="">Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets</a> will give some officials, planning experts, and citizens at the summit a taste of what it’s like to get around the capitol city by bike now. </span><p><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Mark Martin, who founded the bike advocacy group in 2006, navigates his daily routine here with only two wheels. </span><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:25:00 +0000 Drew Walker 42901 at