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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Former LSU basketball star Tyrus Thomas has been trying out with the Los Angeles Lakers, but did not forget his "Serving Up Thanks" get-together in Baton Rouge.

"This year, I decided to be a little non-traditional and bring out some food trucks, a little entertainment and just have a little nice time with the people in my community," Thomas said.

People were given a selection for their evening meals. Thomas joked, danced a little and seemed to have a great time.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A tradition nearly three decades in the making will continue Thursday night, as Holiday Helpers is poised to host its annual Thanksgiving celebration, giving a feast to those who need it most.

"We serve anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 people," said Rosella Williams with Holiday Helpers Inc.

It's not your usual family gathering, unless your family tree has several hundred branches, which the Holiday Helpers family does.

"Being a Holiday Helper pretty much means being able to reach out and help those that are less fortunate than you," said CarRon Cooper, a volunteer with Holiday Helpers.

Freshman QB leads Southern into Bayou Classic
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 22:08
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) -

Southern's freshman quarterback Austin Howard will return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the Bayou Classic on Saturday for the first time since he led his West St. John Rams to the 2011 Class 1A title game.

Howard has been a pleasant surprise, leading the Jaguars to clutch comeback wins on their way to a 7-1 season.

Head coach Dawson Odums said you never know what you're going to get when you put a true freshman into such a critical role.

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in civil unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

There have been protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities decrying Monday's grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug.

Two St. Louis men reportedly planned to blow up the city’s iconic Gateway Arch and kill two prominent figures in the Michael Brown shooting case in Ferguson, which has sparked protests nationwide.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis were indicted last week on federal weapons charges but authorities expect more charges to be filed against the duo relating to the alleged plot.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief of staff, Kyle Plotkin, earned a space on the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report's "Forty under 40" list of rising local stars this week.

Plotkin worked as Jindal's communications director before moving into his current position in February. He also ran Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy's Senate campaign against Mary Landrieu in 2008 and worked for former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Who is 'professor' from Michael Brown autopsy?
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 21:45
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Shawn Parcells assisted in an autopsy requested by Michael Brown's family
  • A CNN investigation raises questions about Parcells' past
  • He doesn't have certification; Parcells says he learned from "on the job training"

(CNN) -- The last thing an attorney might expect to receive at a deposition is a brain, but that's what the man said he was handing over.

A brain. In a bucket.

Sliding the bucket across the table and opening the lid, the man urged the lawyer, Michael Hodges, to take it.

Joshua Wong, leader of student group Scholarism alongside an image of police action in Mong Kok, Wednesday, November 26.
Joshua Wong, leader of student group Scholarism alongside an image of police action in Mong Kok, Wednesday, November 26.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hong Kong student protest leaders Joshua Wong and Lester Shum arrested
  • Hong Kong police: 116 people arrested during confrontation in Mong Kok
  • Clashes erupted after bailiffs initiated a court-ordered clearance of a street
  • Authorities cleared a nearby street of protesters' barricades and tents Wednesday

So brave. So strong.

Given the wake-up call he needed, Zach Mettenberger vowed to change.

"I was just addicted to it I guess," the former LSU

Scotlandville recovered from a devastating overtime loss against Higgins just one night earlier and handled host-school Landry-Walker, 49-38, in the third place game at the Mary

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