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Florida Pulls LGBTQ+ Support, Antibullying Video After Don’t Say Gay
Resources intended to keep vulnerable LGBTQ+ students safe are being systematically removed from Florida schools.
22q: One of Australia’s most undiagnosed syndromes
I was diagnosed with 22q syndrome when I was a child. Here's someone else's story on it. By far one of the most meaningful stories I have ever written.
Defending champion Acadiana High returning to Class 5A final after another shutout | High Schools | theadvocate.com
He wanted the touchdown, but Acadiana High's Draulin Anthony didn't have a problem with settling for the game-sealing interception. With less than five minutes to play, he leaped and snagged the ball out of the opposing receiver's hands to put the finishing touches on the top-seeded Rams' 23-0 semifinal win …
STM's defense grabs spotlight in huge district win over No. 2 Carencro
When the offense is averaging more than 50 points per game, the defense tends to get overlooked sometimes. Quarterback Walker Howard, running back Tobin Thevenot and receivers Jack Bech and Carter Arceneaux may score the touchdowns, but the St. Thomas More defense has also been impressive this season. That was …
Holden Matthews, confessed St. Landry church arsonist, sentenced to 25 years in federal prison
Confessed church arsonist Holden Matthews was sentenced in federal court on Monday, a year and a half after he destroyed three historically Black churches in Port Barre and Opelousas in a 10-day arson spree in spring 2019. Matthews was sentenced to 25 years in prison for three counts of intentional …
How LGBTQ Couples Can Set Up a Valentine's Day Threesome
We’ve all been trained to follow the typical Valentine’s Day date formula: Flowers and candy. Dinner and a movie. Sex afterwards with some sexy lingerie or underwear thrown into the mix for a little extra chutzpah. It’s nice, don’t get me wrong. But it’s all a little too… expected. Instead …
Bill would allow patients to inhale cannabis for medicinal purposes
A state Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow patients to inhale cannabis for medicinal purposes and would no longer require that prescribing physicians live in the state. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, is among several bills looking to update the state’s cannabis laws …
Irish dance, music flourishing in the heart of Louisiana's Cajun country
For one Sunset family, sharing their Irish heritage through music and traditional step dance is part of the family business. As one of only three certified Irish step dance instructors in Louisiana, Sheila Ryan-Davoren has been dancing since she was 4 — and nothing has stopped her. When she was …
Counselors needed for center staff
On Pitt-Johnstown’s campus, there are approximately 2,700 students. For that population, there are three full-time counselors. During a Sept. 10 student government meeting, Health and Counseling Director Shelley Peruso said there is a shortage of campus counselors.
No disabled welcome mat at cabin
With fraternities no longer allowed to have open parties, some clubs have been hosting parties at the Log Cabin since last fall. However, the Log Cabin is not accessible to those disabled.
Female duo could be a first
At last Monday’s student government meeting, Allocations Co-Chairwomen Olivia Albert and Rebecca Stefanyak announced their intentions to run as president and vice president for next year.
Pitt officials are to receive $147 million
Almost four months after the start of the fiscal year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a revenue package to pay for spending already approved for this fiscal year. The revenue is to provide taxpayer money to fund four state-related universities, including Pitt.
From silver to gold: rugby tries to shine
With an undefeated season last year, rugby team members advanced into the gold league.
Basketball coach has 3 roles
Women’s basketball Assistant Coach Renee Brown is entering an international services world as a Pitt-Johnstown department director.