Lafitte put price on Gov. Claiborne’s head

On Nov. 26, 1813, a price of $1,500 was offered for the capture of Gov. William C.C. Claiborne – attributed to Jean Lafitte, pirate or privateer, depending on whom you believe. Lafitte lived much of his life outside the law, and many of the details about his life remain obscure. As a young man, Lafitte likely spent a great deal of time exploring the wetlands and bayous south of New Orleans. It was said that he had “a more accurate knowledge of every inlet from the Gulf than any other man.” Lafitte and his brother Pierre … Continue reading →

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Louisiana Kids Marathon

Posted on November 05, 2014 by Molly Manson

WHO: Everyone!

WHAT: The Advocate invites all students, ages 3-12, to participate in The Louisiana Kids Marathon (1.2 mile) or all students, any age, to participate in the Louisiana 5K.

WHY: To have fun and have a chance to win one of two $500 awards which will be given to the school with the most kids participating and the school with the greatest percentage of students participating. Second-placed schools will receive $250.

WHERE: Downtown Baton Rouge

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

HOW: Sign up online or print out the attached registration form and mail in with your entry fee.

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Read the fine print

Posted on November 05, 2014 by Molly Manson

Jelly Roll Morton was bilked out of close to a million dollars by unscrupulous men in the music industry. He is not alone in that. The Beatles did not retain copyright to their early music, nor did many other musicians.

The possible reasons for this are many. Musicians often don't read or understand the content of the contracts they sign, or they trust people who turn out to be untrustworthy, or they place value on making music rather than on being compensated for their work. Whatever the reason, many musicians and other people who have created intellectual property find themselves … Continue reading →


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