Lea Skene

Reporter, The Advocate

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The Advocate
Danny Buckley, man shot outside Trader Joe's, had life of ups and downs

Long before his death made headlines, Danny Buckley spent decades building a life in Baton Rouge. Those 61 years were filled with ups and downs, fluctuating at times from one extreme to the other — years when he supported his family as a truck driver and celebrated his son's success.

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Local chefs gunned down on front porch amid surging Baton Rouge murder rate

It was a common occurrence: two good friends chatting on the front porch. There was a lot to talk about. Both were devoted fathers and hardworking chefs. They had cooked at various Baton Rouge restaurants and most recently in the kitchens of LSU fraternities, keeping the students fed.

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BRPD reaches settlement agreement in Alton Sterling shooting, chief apologizes

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul apologized Thursday to communities of color in Louisiana's capital city for his department's contributions to the climate of mistrust between residents and police that reached a boiling point in the aftermath of a controversial 2016 officer shooting.

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At LSU, how a 'bright future' ended amid rise in prescription drug abuse

Garry and Mary Ellen Jordan were planning an unannounced visit to LSU. They would show up and tell their son he had no choice but to withdraw from school. He needed help and he wasn't getting it there. The couple attended Sunday morning Mass at their church in Covington.

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Looking for answers: Unsolved homicides leave crushed families

Denise Lee never wanted this job. But over the past several months, she has spent hundreds of hours combing through social media, interrogating her own family members and pleading with potential witnesses — hoping her words will resonate enough.

Manhattan Mercury
New Randolph: Town reborn after 'dam foolishness' now focusing on future

Like generations of Randolph residents before him, Rabern Vawter uses his legal name only for legal purposes. For everything else, he goes by "Possie." The fact that many people don’t even know his real name is a sign he was born and raised in old Randolph.

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