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  • Vandals strike Tioga schools again
    Tioga High School and Tioga Junior High School were burglarized for a second time Thursday morning, resulting in extensive damage to the interiors, police say.       
  • Watch Vance Joseph and Kordell Stewart talk about West Bank childhood days
    Joseph entering first season as Denver Broncos head coach.
  • Penn State trustee says he is 'running out of sympathy' for 'so-called' victims
    Penn State trustee Albert L. Lord rips 'so-called' victims, defends ex-president in email       
  • Bossier police searching for credit card skimming suspects
    Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is asking the public's help in identifying two people who may be involved with credit card skimming.
  • Suspect wanted for holding pastor at knifepoint captured in Bossier Parish
    A man suspected of pulling a knife on a pastor who was trying to help him has been taken into custody after a search in Webster Parish. 
  • Looking for an egg hunt for Easter? Here are some dates
    Several egg hunts have been announced as part of the Easter holiday celebration.
  • Leonard Fournette, Carolina Panthers getting closer? Reports
    Panthers coach Ron Rivera coming to LSU Pro Day
  • Vikings sign Arena Football League standout Nick Truesdell
    Nick Truesdell impressed the Vikings at last weekend's pro combine — now he gets his shot at TE.       
  • Louisiana residents feel better about the state than they have in five years, poll says
    Even the pessimists are fewer this time around
  • Waterspouts, street flooding: Photos and videos of severe weather in New Orleans area
    Residents share images of waterspouts and flooding from the New Orleans area
  • 15 players who might be good fits for the Saints in first three rounds of the NFL Draft
    A look back at Round 3 of our Saints mock drafts
  • 'NCIS: New Orleans' renewed for fourth season, CBS announces
    Locally shot police procedural among 18 returning series getting renewals from the network.
  • Legislators pre-file bills on higher education, other hot-button topics
    With the Louisiana State Legislature’s 2017 Regular Session just over a week away, legislators have pre-filed several bills relating to higher education – as well as several others on topics ranging from tax codes to the death penalty. The Daily…
  • Electrical engineering professor researches ways to use robotics to improve quality of life
    Electrical engineering assistant professor LaVonda Brown is bringing a human touch to the field of robotics.
  • Here's how you can see 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' for free
    All-new, all-animated adventure scheduled for wide release April 7.
  • 'Angel of Death' serial killer dies after attack in prison
    Ohio authorities say a serial killer who admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky during the 1970s and '80s has died after being attacked in his cell.
  • LSU extends an offer to West Monroe star Slade Bolden
    LSU head coach Ed Orgeron offered the 2018 prospect as an athlete on Thursday.
  • Power outages dim pockets of New Orleans region
    940 customers without electricity Thursday morning
  • NOSH, the New Orleans Social House, takes over Tommy's Wine Bar
    Leading the kitchen will be chef Michael Farrell, who ran the highly regarded restaurant Meritage inside the Maison Dupuy Hotel.
  • Bucknell's Julien Davenport commanding attention from NFL teams, including Saints, during predraft process
    Davenport is a three-time All-Patriot League selection
  • Lane Kiffin on LSU: 'It would have been great to coach with Orgeron again'
    Says he thinks LSU will win championships with Orgeron.
  • Orleans Civil Court race: Ban on attack ads tossed out days after heated primary
    A runoff is set for April 29 in the heated race for an open Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge seat.
  • What's your take on Mandeville's new public beach?
    It opened to mixed reviews March 11
  • Judge extends block on Trump travel ban; what's next?
    The court took into account 20 to 25 statements made by Trump the candidate, Trump the president and his surrogates.
  • Washington Parish sheriff prevails in lawsuit alleging retaliatory arrest
    Roger Magee said former DA Walter Reed and a preacher orchestrated his arrest in 2014
  • Anthony Grant hired as next basketball coach at Dayton
    Grant, who previously coached at VCU and Alabama, succeeds Archie Miller.       
  • Cardell Hayes' sentencing set for April 19 in Will Smith killing
    The convicted killer of former Saints star Will Smith faces up to 60 years in prison when sentenced by Criminal District Judge Camille Buras.
  • 'Miracle kitten' rescued from Mississippi River by construction worker
    Now, Buoy needs a good home.
  • Your turn: Are there too many fests in New Orleans?
    Take our poll and leave your take in the comment stream.
  • Veterans Boulevard vintage photos: From marsh to major thoroughfare
    Vintage photos of Veterans Memorial Blvd in Jefferson Parish. From marshland to major thoroughfare.
  • Christian Pulisic has arrived. Just check the bruises
    The 18-year-old is getting tested by opponents more often, and delivering for Americans       
  • Blue Dog mania: That 'I Voted' sticker could be valuable
    Voters who pulled the lever in the November presidential election were presented with Blue Dog 'I Voted' stickers.       
  • Blue Dog mania: That 'I Voted' sticker could be valuable
    Voters who pulled the lever in the November presidential election were presented with Blue Dog 'I Voted' stickers.       
  • Giant shark found in road after cyclone hits Australia
    Emergency crews snapped a photo of a shark that washed up far inland after a massive cyclone hit Australia.
  • Blue Dog 'I Voted' stickers wildly popular
    Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler said he's seen the stickers selling on the Internet. Schedler said the state paid about $20,000 for 4 million stickers given to Louisianians who voted in the presidential election.       
  • March Madness: Biggest Twitter moments of the season for Final Four teams
    Twitter supplied USA TODAY Sports with exclusive info surrounding the Super Bowl teams.       
  • Two Tioga schools burglarized, vandalized a second time
    Tioga High School and Tioga Junior High were burglarized for a second time Thursday morning, resulting in extensive damage to the interiors, police say.       
  • Two Tioga schools burglarized, vandalized a second time
    Tioga High School and Tioga Junior High were burglarized for a second time Thursday morning, resulting in extensive damage to the interiors, police say.       
  • Society of Peer Mentors uses robotics to mentor local students
    Robots may lack feelings, but they are being used to create bonds between local and University students.
  • Here's what George W. Bush really thought at Trump's inauguration
    On the day of Donald Trump's inauguration, George W. Bush sat alongside his fellow former presidents and became a meme when he struggled with a poncho.       
  • Deputies: Man severely maims girlfriend by setting her on fire
    A 44-year-old Sumter man is behind bars after what Sumter County sheriff's deputies said he did to his girlfriend, severely maiming her.
  • GRAPHIC: Giant python swallows man whole in Indonesia
    A police spokesperson said the snake's stomach was so big that it made them suspicious, so they killed it and opened its stomach, where they found Akbar's dead body, still fully clothed.
  • Afternoon classes canceled at LA Tech due to power outage
    Classes on the main campus of Louisiana Tech are canceled for the rest of the day after a power outage Thursday morning.
  • Slay, dabbing, and dad bod: New words added to Dictionary.com
    Dictionary.com added more than 300 new words to the online dictionary Thursday, finally giving legitimacy to the practice of sending racy text messages or "sexts" and cat cafes.        
  • More heavy rain could cause rivers to rise
    Just as soon as the latest system exits, focus will shift to a weekend storm that could bring heavy rain to the local area. After a general 1.5 – 3.5 inches of rain in the region since early Thursday morning, much more is expected after only two dry days.  According to a National Weather Service hydrologic outlook, rises on area rivers could lead to minor or moderate flooding. Precipitable Water (atmopsheric moisture) Percent of Normal, 1am Monday | Image via WeatherBELL MODELS An area of showers and thunderstorms is expected to develop, possibly as early as Sunday morning, and rain could fall heavily at times through Monday morning due to an unseasonably moist air mass. While a few more ingredients would still need to come together for severe weather, that is a possibility still on the table as well. Right now though, the main concern will be with heavy rain as 3-6” is expected. If amounts tip the higher end of the scale, runoff will cause some river flooding along the Amite, Comite, Tangipahoa and Tchefuncte and Pearl Rivers. For an interactive river levels map, CLICK HERE. This is only an outlook given the latest information. Changes and updates can be expected through the weekend. Keep in mind, minor flooding is common along these rivers, sometimes several times each year. However, if you live near these rivers and streams, stay in touch with the forecast and be prepared to take action in the event that any alerts are issued for your area. You can get updates from the WBRZ Weather Team on News 2, wbrz.com, Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, the free WBRZ WX App. sends push notifications to Apple and Android devices if there are forecast updates, or a watch or warning is issued for your location. For much more detailed severe weather and flood preparedness information, CLICK HERE. Permalink| Comments
  • Compromise to undo 'bathroom law' passes key hurdle
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- A compromise that would repeal North Carolina's contentious "bathroom law" cleared a key hurdle Thursday when senators approved the measure, which is intended to help stem the financial backlash from the law limiting LGBT protections. Not everyone is pleased with the deal between the Republican-controlled Legislature and the Democratic governor. Social conservatives would prefer to have House Bill 2 stay on the books. Gay rights groups believe the replacement bill allows discrimination. Sen. Dan Bishop, a primary sponsor of HB2, denounced the new deal on the Senate floor. "This bill is at best a punt, at worst a betrayal of principle," said the Republican from the Charlotte area. More than two-thirds of the Senate's 50 members the bill, which now goes to the House for a vote. Just hours after the deal was announced Wednesday night, a dozen gay rights activists gathered outside the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, where Gov. Roy Cooper hosted Democrats, urging them to support the plan. Cooper was narrowly elected with LGBT support on a platform that included repealing HB2. "It's not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation," Cooper said. The announcement came as the NCAA said North Carolina sites won't be considered for championship events from 2018 to 2022 "absent any change" in House Bill 2, which it views as discrimination. The NCAA said decisions would be made starting this week on events and announced in April. North Carolina cities, schools and other groups have offered more than 130 bids for such events. The NCAA already removed championship events from the state this year because of the law, which limits LGBT nondiscrimination protections and requires transgender people to use restrooms in schools and government buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate. HB2 has prompted businesses to halt expansions and entertainers and sports organizations to cancel or move events, including the NBA All-Star game in Charlotte. An Associated Press analysis (http://apne.ws/2ocOSnu ) this week found that HB2 already will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years. The new proposal would repeal HB2 and leave state legislators in charge of policy on public multi-stall restrooms. Local governments also couldn't pass new nondiscrimination protections for workplaces, hotels and restaurants until December 2020. That temporary moratorium, according to GOP House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger, would allow time for pending federal litigation over transgender issues to play out. "Compromise requires give and take from all sides, and we are pleased this proposal fully protects bathroom safety and privacy," Berger and Moore said in a statement. It's not clear whether the NCAA would be satisfied by the changes. Gay rights activists blasted the proposal, saying those who back it aren't allies of the LGBT community. They say only a complete repeal will do. "At its core, it's a statewide prohibition on equality," Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin told reporters, adding that consequences could fall on Cooper. A transgender man who works at the University of North Carolina, Joaquin Carcano, spoke against the deal during the Senate committee meeting. Carcano said the proposal replaces House Bill 2 with a "new form of violence" against LGBT people and is sacrificing "our lives and our safety for the sake of basketball." The Republican-controlled legislature passed HB2 a year ago in response to a Charlotte ordinance that allowed transgender people to use restrooms aligned with their gender identity. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory immediately signed the bill, and it appeared to cost him re-election in November. HB2 supporters say ordinances like the one in Charlotte make it easy for sexual predators to enter public restrooms designated for the opposite sex. Opponents say that's nonsense and the danger is imagined. Several potential compromises have failed over the past year, including one during a special session in December that collapsed amid partisan finger-pointing. GOP and Democratic legislators have been in a seemingly endless chase during the past several weeks to cobble together enough votes on various drafts of legislation.
  • Penn State bans frat where student was fatally injured
    Penn State University on Thursday permanently banned a fraternity where a pledge was fatally injured last month and announced additional steps to curb underage drinking throughout the university system. The university revoked its recognition of the school's chapter of Beta Theta Pi after it said an investigation found "a persistent pattern" of excessive and forced drinking, hazing and drug use and sales. The university said staff, student leaders and others will take part in a new program to monitor compliance with the underage drinking ban, and that fraternity and sorority recruiting will be moved from fall to the spring. It also warned that it may have to completely ban alcohol at frats and sororities. The school will no longer "tolerate what has been, for them, business as usual" within the Greek-letter system, said Damon Sims, the university's vice president for student affairs. Mike Leahey, a Pittsburgh lawyer for the Beta Theta Pi chapter, said it was "extremely disappointed" in what he called a rush to judgment. He said the fraternity will fight the decision. "Despite repeated requests, we are outraged that the alumni board has never been given an opportunity to have access to any of the evidence that led to the allegations leveled by the university," he said in an email. More than 47,000 students attend the main campus in State College, and more than 7,000 belong to the Greek letter organizations, which include 53 fraternities, 29 sororities and three coed organizations. The fraternities are private organizations and their chapter houses are on private property, not on campus grounds. Sims said Beta Theta Pi "ostensibly was among the best fraternity chapters" at the university. "And yet, we know based on our investigation that it went off the rails," he said, culminating in the death last month of 19-year-old sophomore engineering student Timothy Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey. State College Police have said Piazza was among about a dozen pledges attending a pledge acceptance ceremony when he fell down a set of stairs. Help was not summoned until the next day, and he subsequently died at a hospital. Police have said hazing and excessive drinking may have contributed to his death, and an investigation continues. Lawyers for the Penn State chapter of Beta Theta Pi went to court March 17, trying to force State College Police to return to it DVR drives and digital content the fraternity handed over voluntarily to investigators looking into Piazza's death. Leahey declined comment on that matter. Police and prosecutors did not return phone messages Thursday. Beta Theta Pi had already been shuttered by the school for at least five years; now it is prohibited from ever reopening. The university last month announced a ban on alcohol at fraternity-related social events on the main campus for the rest of spring semester. Penn State is also banning beer kegs at fraternity events and daylong parties, and limiting attendance at any fraternity parties to the legal capacity of the chapter houses, generally in the 150-200 people range. It's unclear what will happen to the fraternity's empty chapter house. Donald Abbey, a California real estate tycoon and alumnus of the chapter, sued the fraternity earlier this month, seeking more than $10 million he said he loaned it to renovate the property and shore up its finances. That lawsuit is pending, and Leahey declined comment. In 2011, a year after the university trustees were briefed on a comprehensive plan to combat alcohol abuse at Penn State, a judge sentenced the Alpha Tau Omega chapter to 70 days of community service for the death of Joe Dado, an 18-year-old who fell down a stairwell after a night of drinking. The judge ruled the fraternity was responsible for giving him alcohol hours before his 2009 death. Two years ago, Penn State concluded that some members of Kappa Delta Rho engaged in sexual harassment and hazing that included a "persistent climate of humiliation" for women. The national office expelled 38 members from the fraternity, and the school announced it would not recognize it until 2018.
  • Senate GOP needs Pence to break tie on family planning funds
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Thursday needed Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie on legislation to reverse an Obama administration rule protecting funds for Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers. The GOP was forced to keep a procedural vote open for just over an hour after two Republicans senators, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins, voted against moving ahead on the measure. During that time, the GOP got Pence to the Senate to break a 50-50 tie and cast the deciding vote. He previously broke a tie on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be education secretary. A final vote on the bill is expected later Thursday, when Pence's vote likely will be needed again. The Obama administration finalized the rule just a few weeks before President Donald Trump was inaugurated. It would bar states from denying federal family planning funds to organizations like Planned Parenthood that also perform abortions. The rule said that a state cannot deny funding to clinics for reasons unrelated to their ability to provide basic family planning services. Although abortion is a legal medical procedure, federal dollars cannot be used to pay for it, except in restricted circumstances. The Republican-led Congress is now trying to reverse the rule using the Congressional Review Act, which lets lawmakers undo regulations enacted in the last months of the Obama administration with a majority vote. The House passed its version of the measure in February. Under Senate rules, the vice president can cast tie breaking votes. Pence broke his first tie on the nomination of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, when the same two Republican senators, Collins and Murkowski, voted against her. There are 52 Republicans in the Senate. After the vote, Washington Sen. Patty Murray said Republicans "didn't listen to women across the country who made it clear that restricting women's access to the full range of reproductive care is unacceptable." Murray is the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who served under President Barack Obama for eight years, never cast a tie-breaking vote.
  • Russia draws senators' focus in hearing on election meddling
    WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers heading the Senate intelligence committee focused squarely on Russia as they opened a hearing Thursday on attempts at undermining the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a deliberate campaign carefully constructed to undermine our election," Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner said. Earlier Thursday, Putin again dismissed what he called "endless and groundless" accusations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election, describing them as part of the U.S. domestic political struggle. He also said he is ready to meet with President Donald Trump at an upcoming arctic summit. The hearing Thursday is to address how the Kremlin allegedly uses technology to spread disinformation in the U.S. and Europe. Warner and the panel's chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., provided an update Wednesday of the committee's investigation into activities Russia might have taken to alter or influence the 2016 elections and whether there were any campaign contacts with Russian government officials that might have interfered with the election process. "There were upwards of 1,000 paid internet trolls working out of a facility in Russia, in effect, taking over series of computers, which is then called a botnet," Warner told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Warner said the committee is investigating to find out whether voters in key states, such as Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, might have been served up Russian-generated fake news and propaganda along with information from their traditional news outlets. "We are in a whole new realm around cyber that provides opportunity for huge, huge threats to our basic democracy," Warner said. "You are seeing it right now." Burr added that Russians are trying to influence elections in Europe as well. "I think it's safe by everybody's judgment that the Russians are actively involved in the French elections," Burr said. The first round of the French presidential election is to be held next month. Scheduled to appear at the committee's open hearing are: Eugene Rumer, director of the Russia and Eurasia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Roy Godson, professor of government emeritus at Georgetown University; Clint Watts, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security; Kevin Mandia, chief executive officer of the cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc.; and retired Gen. Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency and president of IronNet Cybersecurity. Pledging cooperation, Burr and Warner said they would steer clear of politics in their panel's probe of Russian meddling. They made a point of putting themselves at arm's length from the House investigation that has been marked by partisanship and disputes. Democrats have called for House intelligence committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes to recuse himself because of his ties to the Trump team, especially because the investigation includes looking at contacts that Russians had with President Donald Trump's associates. Nunes, R-Calif., met with a secret source on the White House grounds last week to review classified material, which he says indicates that Trump associates' communications were captured in "incidental" surveillance of foreigners. Nunes says he sees no reason to step aside. Burr said that so far, the Senate committee has requested 20 individuals to be interviewed. Five have been scheduled, and the remaining 15 are likely to be scheduled within the next 10 days. Additional witnesses could also be interviewed. Burr identified just one of the witnesses: Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The White House has said that Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump, has volunteered to answer questions about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials. Asked whether the committee had spoken to former national security adviser Michael Flynn or his representatives, Burr told reporters, "It's safe to say that we have had conversations with a lot of people, and you would think less of us if Gen. Flynn wasn't in that list." An attorney for Flynn said his client had not yet been interviewed by the Senate committee. One of Flynn's lawyers, Robert Kelner, said they have had discussions with committee staff members, but Flynn has not been contacted directly. Trump asked Flynn, a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, to step down last month from his post as national security adviser. The president said he made the decision because Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.
  • Sears flooded in Pierre Bossier Mall
    A Pierre Bossier Mall had a soggy surprise on Thursday morning.
  • Stolen pickup used to ram Shreveport business in burglary
    A burglar made his own entrance to a Shreveport business on early Thursday morning.
  • Maddox rebounds from injury to dominate Class B: Hathaway's Maggio Coach of the Year
      One player came back from a debilitating shoulder injury. Another had a stellar season. Fairview senior Callie Maddox and Negreet senior Brian Brown were voted as the top players on the Class B all-state teams selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Maddox came back from her injury with a vengeance. The McNeese State commitment was voted the Outstanding Player on the girls squad after averaging 36 points and 12 rebounds per game, leading Fairview back to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state tournament after a one-year hiatus. Her single-season scoring total of 1,369 points was the second-best in the history of Louisiana and 10th in the nation. She finished her career with 3,690 points. Brown took his game to another level this season, along with elevating Negreet to the No. 7 seed in the Class B playoffs, where the Indians were upset in the second round at Mount Hermon. Brown averaged 27.2 points and 11.7 rebounds and was voted the Outstanding Player on the boys squad. Long-time Florien head coach Dewain Strother and Hathaway’s Carlo Maggio grabbed the Coach of the Year honor. Strother led the Florien girls to their first state title since 1994. Maggio coached boys runner-up Hathaway to its first tournament berth since 1961. Maddox was joined on the first team by junior teammate Maddisen Martin (21 ppg), Florien junior Aja Law (26.2 ppg), Anacoco senior Whitney Goins (15 ppg) and Holden junior Kaylee Hughes (16 ppg). Anacoco senior Brent Cosio (24.7), Grace Christian junior Elijah Hampton (22 ppg), Zwolle junior Quinn Perry (16.3 ppg) and Crescent City freshman Byron Joshua (11.3 ppg) joined forces with Brown to comprise the boys first team. Heading the girls second-team was Lacassine’s Haley Cooley, Negreet’s Kelsey Thaxton, Stanley McKayla Williams, Weston’s Madison Brown and Florien’s Morgan Miller. Simsboro’s Dee Levingston is joined on the boys second team by Weston’s Klayon Reeves, Hathaway’s Trenton Guidry, Glenmora’s Corderious Jones and Florien’s Keion Sweet.
  • Alcorn games closes out schedule: Florida Tech on Cowboys' home slate
      For the first time since 2004, the McNeese State football team will start a season without a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision on the schedule. After opening the season with a Southland Conference game at Nicholls State, the Cowboys will host Division II Florida Tech then travel to Alcorn State (Southwestern Athletic Conference) and will finish its season with nine consecutive SLC games. “I’m excited about our schedule,” said McNeese head coach Lance Guidry in a news release. “Of course we open on a Thursday at Nicholls so we’ll get a lot of exposure there. … We haven’t played Alcorn since the 2001 season, so this is a good pickup for us. “Of course we’d like to play a Power Five guarantee game every year but it did not work out for 2017. But all in all, I’m excited about the schedule. I think it’s set up good for us.” Another notable exception from the schedule is a game against reigning SLC champion Sam Houston State due to schedule rotations caused by the conference’s expansion to 11 football teams in 2013. “We’d like to play Sam (Houston) every year and I think they probably feel the same way about us,” Guidry said. “It’s tough to think that the conference champions the last several years not playing each other in the regular season. But it is what it is.” The Alcorn state game is part of a home-and-home deal in which the Braves will come to Lake Charles in 2019. McNeese also announced a home-and-home series with the Big Sky Conference’s Northern Colorado. The Cowboys will travel to play the Bears in 2018 with Northern Colorado returning the favor with a trip to Lake Charles in 2020. McNeese Athletic Director Bruce Hemphill said the Cowboys’ schedule through 2021 is all but set with one date to fill in 2020. McNeese has contracts for games with Brigham Young in 2018, Southern University and Oklahoma State in 2019 and LSU and West Florida in 2021.
  • Aggies offer LSU escape from in-state threats
    At last glance, Texas A&M was located outside the Louisiana border. That’s encouraging for LSU as it gets a head start on the weekend with three games against the Aggies beginning tonight in Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers aren’t having much luck against Louisiana opponents. The latest LSU in-state debacle came Tuesday night when the Tigers’ bats were mostly silent while Tulane hit three home runs to edge LSU 7-6. It left the Tigers 3-4 against Louisiana teams. It was the Green Wave’s third consecutive win over the Tigers, but last year’s Tulane sweep was one of three in-state losses. “We don’t have any time to feel sorry for ourselves,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said after the Tigers scored once in the final inning but left the tying run at third for the game’s final out against the Green Wave. “We’ve got to get back to work to play Texas A&M,” Mainieri said. “It was a tough loss tonight, but we’ve got to refocus and get ready for an important SEC series.” The Tigers (18-8, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) are fine in the conference race as they head into the weekend in third place, a game behind Arkansas and Auburn, both 5-1. But LSU has also lost three of its last four, and the problem against Tulane — the want of a timely hit — has been the common thread. LSU looked to have broken out of that slump Sunday when the Tigers rallied for eight runs over the final two innings for a 10-6 win over Florida to salvage the final game of that series. But it haunted them again against the Green Wave, although Mainieri said he had no problem with his team’s approach, even with six hits. “We had a lot of hard-hit balls right at their fielders,” he said. “ I thought we might be able to make more advantage of the wind blowing out tonight ... (but) you have to give credit to Tulane, they played well and did what they needed to do.” One of the keys will be hitting behind cleanup man Gregg Deichmann, who leads the SEC with eight home runs and is hitting .344. Mainieri even dug up an old Reggie Jackson quote to call him “the straw that stirs the drink.” But Deichmann was walked four times in the loss to Tulane, which is becoming a common ploy against him. LSU did get some good news. Mainieri said he was optimistic the Tigers might get closer Hunter Newman back for the weekend. Newman, he said, threw well on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated today before deciding if he will be on the weekend roster. Texas A&M, which won the SEC West with a 20-10 record last season, is off to slow start in a rebuilding mode. The Aggies (13-9, 1-5 SEC) were swept by Kentucky at home in their SEC opening series and lost the first two at Vanderbilt last weekend before salvaging the Sunday game. Texas A&M at LSU 6 p.m. Today, SECN LSU, Jr. RH Alex Lange (3-2, 4.09 ERA, 33.0 IP, 10 BB, 43 SO) vs. A&M, Jr. RH Brigham Hill (3-2, 3.16 ERA, 37 IP, 11 BB, 45 SO). 8 p.m. Friday’s, ESPNU LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poche’ (5-1, 0.90 ERA, 40.0 IP, 8 BB, 25 SO) vs. A&M, So. RH Stephen Kolek (1-1, 5.23 ERA, 26.0 IP, 9 BB, 18 SO). 2:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN LSU, Fr. RH Eric Walker (3-0, 3.69 ERA, 31.2 IP, 9 BB, 36 SO) vs. A&M, Jr. RH Corbin Martin (2-2, 4.07 ERA, 24.1 IP, 14 BB, 38 SO).
  • Bucs, Tors chasing Sam Houston
      Aside from a blistering start by the Sam Houston Broncos, parity has been at play in the early stages of the District 3-5A baseball race. Barbe travels to Sulphur today hoping to stay within reach of the Broncos, who have opened district play with five consecutive wins. The Bucs (20-3, 2-1) are just behind, while the Tors (16-7, 1-2) need a win to keep up with the leaders after losing to Sam Houston Tuesday night. Barbe is trying to get through a stretch without all-state pitcher Adam Goree, who is being rested for about another week due to a tight shoulder, said head coach Glenn Cecchini. The Bucs have plenty of depth on the mound, with Cavin Courville, Isaac Duplechin and Davis Meche joining senior Slate Fuller on the mound. “Duplechin has been pitching great,” Cecchini said. “He throws strikes, pounds the zone. Fastball, curve, cutter, changeup — he can throw any pitch at any time. Meche doesn’t walk anybody, he makes people swing the bat. He keeps you in the game.” Cecchini said every game in the district is a battle. “Anybody can beat anybody in our district,” he said. “Lafayette is down compared to how they usually are and they still took Acadiana to extra innings.“I like it; it prepares you for the playoffs. People that are really competitive, they relish and embrace competition. It is fun when you don’t know who is going to win.” Pitching has not been an issue for the Tors, who feature a deep staff led by Andrew Sheridan, Connor Cooke, Chance Stone and Will Dion, who tossed three shutout innings against Sam Houston. Putting runs on the board has been a problem for the Tors, who were held hitless over the first four innings in the loss to Sam Houston. Elsewhere, Iowa and St. Louis play at 6 p.m. at Legion Field, with each coming off a district loss. Iowa fell 13-2 to Westlake Tuesday in its first district loss, while St. Louis lost its second straight, 8-6 at South Beauregard. District 4-3A is jumbled, with three teams at 2-1 in district play and the other three at 1-2.
  • Cirque-tacular brings show to Burton Coliseum
    Cirque-tacular will bring its whirling, twirling acrobatic show to Burton Coliseum at 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, as part of the 2017 Banners at McNeese season. The performance, titled “The Best of Cirque-tacular,” will feature acrobats, aerialists, illusionists, contortionists, fire artists, singers and dancers performing a mixture of stage circus acts and performance art pieces. “You’re going to get acrobatic work — hanging from rigging, cirque-style — plus ground work, like tumbling and the gravity-defying structures they build,” Banners director Patricia Prudhomme said. The New York-based performing troupe takes its shows to venues across the country and world; during its 10-year tenure, the group has done thousands of performances in 70 different countries, according to its website. Cirque-tacular will come to Southwest Louisiana from Florida on a nationwide tour, Prudhomme said. The April performance will mark its first-ever show in Lake Charles. Prudhomme said the mission of Banners at McNeese is to “bring the arts, humanities and educational programming to Southwest Louisiana that aren’t available any other way.” The event planners make an effort to procure family-friendly acts like Cirque-tacular, Prudhomme said. The circus performers will also stage a show for over 700 students bussed from local schools to Burton Coliseum at 10 a.m. Friday. Prudhomme said additional students are welcome at the free event. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster or at the door. Prices are $26.59 for adults and $6.74 for children, and McNeese and Sowela students get free admission with their school IDs.
  • Night to Remember event to benefit veterans shelter
      The A Night to Remember fundraiser, benefiting the City of Refuge Veterans’ Homeless Shelter in Vinton, will be 5-10 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at VFW Post 2130 in Lake Charles. This year’s theme is “Denim & Diamonds,” and the event will feature live and silent auctions and a raffle. Board member Billie Jo Phalen said, “We’re raffling off a beautiful queen-size Americana quilt, and we’re excited that a lucky person out there will be the recipient of such a wonderful item.” Auction items include jewelry, tools, a fire pit and a “crawfish package” — a sack of crawfish, a crawfish table, a pot and a burner. Hal McMillin is auctioneer for the event. Phalen said a DJ will provide music throughout the night. “Actually, Elvis is our DJ,” Phalen said with a laugh. “Dennis Soileau is an Elvis impersonator, and we are fortunate to have him as our DJ for the evening.” Denise Stigen, event coordinator, said one of the guest speakers will be a former resident of the shelter. “He is one of our true success stories,” she said. “He lives in Alabama now, but he stayed at the shelter for about two years. He is doing so well and has a full-time job, but the biggest thing in his life is that he’s been able to restore a relationship with his children and family. His talk is going to be powerful.” As for dining, Phalen said patrons can look forward to a taco bar and a potato bar. “We decided on a buffet-style meal for this year,” she said. “I think people are going to really enjoy it.” Tickets are $50 per person and are available at the door.
  • Ethics hearing expected for 3 former LC police employees
    A public hearing is expected to be set for three former Lake Charles police employees facing charges from the Louisiana Board of Ethics. On March 16, the board released its Feb. 16 decision to file charges against Thomas “T.J.” Bell, Jeanine Blaney and Arnold Bellow. They have requested that the Ethics Adjudicatory Board conduct a hearing on the charges. Bell, a former deputy chief, is accused of receiving McNeese State University credit for coursework completed by Blaney during Bell’s working hours — which, according to the board, he was not “duly entitled to receive for the performance of his position.” Blaney is charged with receiving compensation from Lake Charles police while providing this educational assistance to Bell. Blaney is also accused of receiving payment for hours — both regular and overtime — in which she provided no clerk-related services for the Lake Charles police but was listed on the attendance log as providing them. The board also said Bell and Bellow, a former captain, allowed Blaney to leave work without completing the eight hours for which she was being compensated. And as Blaney’s supervisors, the board said that both men failed to screen whether she was “needed to perform the work of the agency” and that they knowingly had Blaney on the payroll when she was “not rendering services for which she was being paid.” Bellow, said the board, also knowingly signed and approved Blaney’s inaccurate work attendance log. A date for the hearing has not yet been set, said Kathleen Allen, ethics administrator. Bell and Blaney still face criminal charges in state district court. Bell, charged with malfeasance in office, is scheduled to go on trial April 17; Blaney is set to face one count of public payroll fraud on June 19. Bellow is not facing any criminal charges. Bell also has a lawsuit pending against the city of Lake Charles, Chief Don Dixon, Deputy Chief Mark Kraus and Lt. Richard Harrell in connection to the case.
  • Students take part in theater project
    More than 40 St. Louis Catholic High School students will take part in a unique experiment called the Chalkboard Theatre Project, where they have 24 hours to write, direct, rehearse and perform a full play. The performances are set for 7 p.m. April 8 in the school’s cafeteria. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and can be purchased at the door. Mary Villaume, sponsor for the school’s drama club, said students will be divided into nine teams. Starting April 7, they will have 24 hours to create and perform a 10-minute play. “The students show up without anything creatively,” Villaume said. “They will be performing, eating and sleeping at the school.” The Chalkboard Theatre Project began in 2009 at Eastern University in Pennsylvania. Villaume said the company members will be at the school to help students with writing and directing workshops. Tommy McGrady, campus minister, knew about the program when he lived in Pennsylvania and helped bring it to the high school. “We thought it would be an interesting way to get more people involved,” Villaume said. “We have a lot of students coming from the creative writing class. Students are divided into different groups and are assigned a job.” Villaume said she is excited to see the finished product. “I think the (students) surprise themselves when they have opportunities like this,” she said. “To see the culmination of work is really fulfilling for them.” l For more information, call the high school at 436-7275.
  • Chonda Pierce: Bringing meaning behind madness of comedy to LC
    She’s the “country comic,” the “queen of clean” and the top-selling female comedian of all time, and she’s performing in Lake Charles this weekend. Chonda Pierce will bring her “Happily Laughter After” tour to the Lake Area at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Glad Tidings Church, 3400 Texas St. Pierce has earned five Daytime Emmy Award nominations and numerous other awards for her TV appearances and comedy routines, creating a brand out of Southern-style humor that doesn’t shy away from pointing out comical faults in the Christian American church. “We do a lot of stupid stuff in the name of Jesus,” Pierce said of the church world. “I love the fact that I can go, ‘You know, we need to stop doing this.’ ” Having grown up a pastor’s kid in Tennessee, Pierce said she “gets by with a little more than most comics.” “I’ve kind of earned the right to speak what’s truth,” Pierce said. She said that getting the church to laugh at itself is a good step toward building a healthier church community, and a happier one. “That’s what comedy really does is hold a mirror up in front of culture and in front of society and help us not to take ourselves so serious,” Pierce said. “And we’ve got a church world of people taking themselves way too serious.” She said those who attend can expect a wide array of entertainment, including light comedy, serious dialogue about her personal struggles, and a performance by her touring partner, singer-songwriter Karyn Williams. “We do a lot of cracking up throughout the night, yet we leave the night having had a little bit of all the arts mixed on the stage,” Pierce said. “The other night I even laughed and went, ‘You know, I would have bought a ticket to this. This is pretty good.’” Although she recognizes that a good laugh is often its own reward, Pierce said she always tries to draw the comedy back to something more meaningful. “There’s always meaning behind the madness of the comedy,” Pierce said. “There’s always some little takeaway at the end of the night, and I like it that way. That’s been my thing for 25 years, and it’s worked.” She said the more serious inspiration behind her “Happily Laughter After” tour is her experience coping with the death of her husband over the past few years. “I’ve been going through this time in my life of recognizing that my happily ever after just didn’t happen,” Pierce said. “I’m learning so much about how to redefine who I am and what my new future is going to look like. I’m as ordinary as any woman out there, and if these are topics are concerning me they’re probably concerning other women as well.” Pierce said she’s excited about coming down to Lake Charles again, a place where she doesn’t have to explain her Southern expressions like she does in other areas of the country. “And I miss the food,” she said. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-965-9324 or online at http://www.iTickets.com. General admission costs $26. VIP tickets cost $45 and include early admission as well as a meet and greet with Pierce. Discounted group tickets are available. Upcoming Film Pierce also has a new film debuting in theaters nationwide on April 25. A showing of “Chonda Pierce: Enough” is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Cinemark 14 Lake Charles, 548 West Prien Lake Road. Visit chondamovie.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
  • Downtown Jennings: Jamie Bergeron kicks off Turn it Up Tuesdays
    JENNINGS — Turn It Up Tuesdays returns April 4 in downtown Jennings with a performance by Jamie Bergeron. “We always have a lot of fun at these events,” local artist and musician Ronnie Collins. “It’s really a fun, family oriented event with a good time for everyone.” The free outdoor concert series will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through May 9 at Founders Park, corner of Main Street and Nezpique Street. “It gives people something to do in the middle of the week and we end it early enough so everyone can get home and still have time to get ready for work or school the next day,” he said. The shows will feature a variety of music from Cajun and zydeco to classic rock and rhythm and blues. Food and drinks will be sold. “Everyone really needs to come check it out,” Collins said. “We try to provide something everyone will like, but the crowds really want Cajun and zydeco. They want to dance.” Concertgoers may bring lawn chairs and blankets. Turn It Up Tuesdays is sponsored by the Jeff Davis Arts Council, City of Jennings, Joy LeBleu and Collins. Here is the full schedule:April 11 - Leroy ThomasApril 18 - Aaron IstreApril 25 - Rusty YatesMay 2 - Blind AmbitionMay 9 - Bluesiana Red
  • Easter egg-citement: Egg hunts planned in Jeff Davis, Allen parishes
    In Elton ELTON-- The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana will hold an Easter egg drop 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at 1940 C.C. Bel Road, across from the Coushatta Tribe ball park. There will be an appearance by the Easter Bunny, games, prizes, concessions and more. For more information, contact Katie Arvie at 337-584-1545 or karvie@coushatta.org. In Oberlin OBERLIN — An Easter egg hunt will be at 10 a.m. at the Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services, 112 N. Sixth St. The egg hunt is open to children ages 1-10. There will be lots of eggs, candy, popcorn, drinks and Golden egg prizes. Children should bring their own baskets. In Jennings JENNINGS — Our Saviors Church of Jennings will hold its annual EggDrop Eggstravaganza 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Jennings Parks and Recreation on East Academy Avenue, just past Jennings Elementary School. The free, family event is the largest egg drop in Southwest Louisiana, with more than 50,000 candy-filled eggs dropping from a helicopter. There will also be inflatables, train rides, face painting, food trucks and more. Children need to pre-register online at http://oscconnect.com/eggdrop l JENNINGS — First Baptist Church of Jennings will hold an Easter celebration 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at 101 Cary Ave. There will be an egg hunt, games, fun jumps facing painting and food. In Lake Arthur LAKE ARTHUR — Lake Arthur First Baptist Church will hold Egg Hunt and Family Fun Day beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Lake Arthur campground, La. 14 near the bridge. The egg hunt will be at 1:30 p.m. There will games, train rides, egg hunt, face painting, door prizes, fun jumps, food and other activities. l LAKE ARTHUR — The town of Lake Arthur will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the Lake Arthur Park downtown. The event is open to children ages 3-10. Prizes will be awarded in several categories In Elizabeth ELIZABETH — The Village of Elizabeth will hold its 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt 9 am. -1 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at Little Piney Park. Egg hunts will be at 9:30 a.m. for infants and those 7-9 years of age; at 10:15 a.m. for those ages 2-4 and 10-12; and 11 a.m. for ages 5-6. There will be over 5,000 eggs and refreshments.
  • Lake Arthur River Fest to feature music, car show, family fun
    JENNINGS — Music, food, children’s activities, a car show and more highlight the 11th annual Lake Arthur River Fest. The family-friendly event will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Lake Arthur Park. All events are free and open to the public. The festival traditionally kicks off the concert tour for A Band Called River, a Harrisburg, Ill-based classic rock ‘n’ roll band that ministers through music and fellowship. The band is here as part of a special friendship that the group formed with Lake Arthur residents while tailgating at a NASCAR race in Talladega, Ala. more than a decade ago, festival organizer Alice Guidry said. “It all started from that friendship,” Guidry said. “They were members of A Band Called River and made a phone call 11 years ago to come kick off their tour in Lake Arthur with no intent of it becoming a festival, but it has became a popular event with the car show, music and children’s activities.” River Fest will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Lake Arthur Park at the end of Arthur Avenue. “It’s a great way to enjoy our beautiful park, fellowship and good music,” she said. “It’s also a great family day with activities for the whole family.” A car, truck and bike show will be held on the west end of the park. Gates open at 9 a.m. for car show participants to register and park their vehicles. Registration is free. Public judging begins at 10 a.m. with an awards ceremony scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Dozens of awards will be presented, including Best in Show. There is no cost to enter the car show. Music begins at 2 p.m. with The Back Door Band, followed by Amy and Damian Broussard and Karmic Souls at 4:30 p.m. A Band Called River takes the stage at 7 p.m. Children’s activities including games and fun jumps will be held 1-5 p.m. There will also be food vendors. The festival will close out at 10 a.m. Sunday with a public worship service. Festival goers should bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Ice chests will be allowed. No pets, glass containers or golf carts will be allowed in the park. l For more festival information, call Guidry at 337-316-3938 or Rhett Guidry at 337-329-2371. For car show information, call Dennis Hymel at 337-789-5326; Leslie Simon at 337-224-3587; or Phil Thibodeaux at 337-563-6645.
  • Contractor accused of not completing work on flood damaged home
    BATON ROUGE – Police say another contractor has been charged with home improvement fraud after not completing work on a house damaged by the August floods. Chancellor Orlando Porche was charged with one felony count of home improvement fraud Thursday. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. According to arrest documents, Porche entered into a written contract on Oct. 10 to repair a home on Stokley Place that was damaged by the August flooding. Documents say the victim gave Porche an additional payment of $20,000 for the work nearly a month before entering into the contract. Between Sept. 16 and Dec. 27, the victim said he paid Porche an additional $32,700 and work on the home was going smoothly. On Jan. 4, the victim said he made the final payment of $17,000 and Porche never returned to complete the work. The victim tried over four weeks to contact Porche to no avail. The homeowner received one final text from Porche on Feb. 6 but had not heard from him since. The victim also learned that Porche never ordered marble counter tops and had to pay an additional $18,400 to another contractor to complete the work. Permalink| Comments
  • Court date set: Press seeks unsealing of Minaldi record
    A motion was filed Wednesday by the American Press to unseal the judicial record of a case seeking the interdiction of U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Minaldi. The suit, which would deem Minaldi mentally incapacitated and restrain her from managing her own estate or financial affairs without the consent of a curator, was filed in state district court March 16. The proceedings were then ordered sealed. Kathleen Kay, who works under Minaldi as U.S. magistrate judge for the Western District of Louisiana, is named as a plaintiff, according to Calcasieu Clerk of Court records. Local attorney Glen Vamvoras is listed as temporary curator. The suit comes just over two months after Tony Moore, Western District of Louisiana Clerk of Court, told the American Press that Minaldi was on a “medical leave of absence” and would be absent from the bench for the foreseeable future. Minaldi had previously removed herself — with no reasons given — from more than two dozen cases since a trial she presided over in December ended abruptly. In Wednesday’s filing, attorney Rick Norman, on behalf of the American Press, asked the court to unseal the entire court record or redact it “to the minimum extent necessary” to balance “the rights of the public and those of Judge Minaldi.” Judge Ron Ware has scheduled a hearing on the motion for 10 a.m. April 18.
  • Richard drops out of council race
    Four days after the race for Lake Charles City Council District A advanced to a runoff between incumbent Mary Morris and Ron Richard, Richard withdrew his name from the ballot, leaving the seat to Morris for another four years. Richard was one of four candidates Saturday to challenge Morris, who won the seat in 2013 from then-incumbent Marshall Simien. Richard, Christopher Archinard, Cary A. Chavis and Kecee Lewis opposed her on re-election. Although Morris led the pack Saturday by a wide margin, she fell just shy of a majority lead, putting her in a runoff with Richard as the candidate with the second-highest number of votes. Morris garnered 46 percent of the vote, or 1,109 votes. Richard garnered 23 percent, or 550 votes. The two were set for the April 29 runoff before Richard announced his withdrawal Wednesday in a news release. He cited low voter turnout as his main reason for pulling out of the race. He said he had spent two years pouring funds into community outreach, billboards, TV slots, and social and print media to encourage residents to vote. Out of the 7,431 qualified voters in District A, 2,409 voted in Saturday’s election, or just over 30 percent, a number which, he said, was disappointingly low. “For me and my firm, who have spent the last couple of years working very hard to affect voter turnout, it saddens us greatly to see that basically these efforts have been in vain,” Richard told the American Press on Wednesday. “People just don’t care, and they won’t show up to vote.” Richard said he spoke to Morris on Wednesday and that she agreed to meet with him and the other District A candidates to hear their ideas for improving the district. Morris couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday. Richard said the main issue he plans to address with Morris is lakefront development. “First of all, we’ve got to get rid of that parking garage,” Richard said. “It is a shame that in the third-fastest-growing economy in America, you come over the Interstate 10 bridge and the first thing you see is this massive eyesore.” He said the second suggestion he has for Morris is to “stop waiting, both on the lakefront and in north Lake Charles.” He said the city shouldn’t wait for big investors to commit, and should look for smaller investors instead. “It’s time for the council and the city to change its view of how to do it big, and we need to start off with a good cornerstone,” Richard said of the lakefront. He also plans to have a “rather frank discussion” with Morris about working with other council members more effectively. “That was why these other candidates ran,” Richard said. “We’ve been to these City Council meetings. We’ve watched our district not be able to achieve certain things, and we think there needs to be a different approach at the council itself by our member in order to achieve things.” Richard said he plans to pull back from politics and focus on his family, his businesses and charity work. “I’ve made a promise to my family and my staff that they will not hear another word from me about encouraging people to go vote or trying to engender that in the community,” Richard said. Morris will begin her second term on June 30 with the rest of the new council members and the new mayor.
  • Beauregard planning tax votes
    DERIDDER — In a special meeting Tuesday the Beauregard Parish Police Jury announced that it plans to adopt a resolution in May to allow elections in October to authorize the levy of several road district millages. The meeting anchored the date of Oct. 14 for a vote to authorize the renewal of property taxes for Road Districts 3, 4, 5 and 6, but police jurors are discussing the possibility of asking for a millage increase in District 3. At 5.05 mills, District 3 has the lowest rate in the parish. “If you look at just the parish roads in Road District 3, you really can’t do the work on them you would like to do with the budget that we work under,” said Police Juror Mike Harper. He added that the millage rate was in part “unfair” because the roads in his district (Road District 3) are within the city limits. Parish Administrator Bryan McReynolds said the residents in that area also pay taxes to the city — which is why the millage rate has historically been low. “If you went up to some of these other rates that are in other districts, it would be an extremely high tax rate for those residents,” McReynolds said. The panel has until its regular session in May to make a decision on whether to ask for renewal or increase of the millage.
  • Big Brown holds water drive for St. Joseph
    Big Brown — a group of over 60 philanthropically minded UPS drivers — will hold a water drive 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Wal-Marts on Nelson Road and La. 14. Members of the group, which recently adopted two local elementary schools, heard about the community of St. Joseph, which has struggled with issues related to its water supply for years, said UPS driver Joseph Williams. Just a few months ago, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement warning residents of that town — home to about 1,100 people — not to use tap water because elevated levels of lead and copper had been found in their water supply. Williams said members of his group will collect bottled water and fill up UPS trucks so they can get the water to the residents of St. Joseph. “We already have two trucks full of bottled water, and we also got a donation of 80 gallons of water from Calcasieu Trophies in Lake Charles,” he said. “But we want to bring as many truckfuls of water as we can, so we really hope that we get a big turnout on Saturday.” In the coming months Big Brown plans to adopt two more schools, as well as donate and install air conditioning units for elderly people in need. “We just want to make a difference,” Williams said. “People think of us as the guys in the brown trucks delivering packages, but we do a whole lot more than just deliver packages.”
  • Community Foundation shares donation successes at luncheon
    As of December, the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana had $17.5 million in total assets and more than 70 charitable funds, with $1.5 million in grants being made by donors last year, officials said Wednesday. Foundation officials shared success stories from a variety of funds during a luncheon at the Lake Charles Country Club. Julie Miller, foundation vice chair, said the assets will benefit the community for years to come. Sara Judson, the foundation’s president and CEO, said the contribution by Lena and Bill Henning in creating their estate plan “truly built the foundation” of the Community Foundation. “Their estate plan will provide funds that will support Southwest Louisiana forever,” she said. Lena and Bill’s son, Tom, said his parents wanted to include giving in their estate plan and decided to give the then-upstart Community Foundation a chance. Since then, Tom and his two brothers have also established donor-advised funds with the foundation. “Don’t stop giving even if one generation has already established a giving legacy,” he said. Judson also spoke of the Lock family endowment fund that was created to preserve Ellen Martha Goos Lock’s mission to help fund continued upkeep at Lock Park in downtown Lake Charles. Lock purchased the property that now houses the park in 1917. Barbara Cureton created an endowment fund that would provide the Calcasieu Community Clinic with money annually. The clinic provides free health care for the working poor within Southwest Louisiana’s five parish area. Dr. John Stubblefield said he met Cureton when she was working as a volunteer for the clinic. He said Cureton wanted to help the clinic while working on her estate plan. The fund is now named after Stubblefield. Cureton died unexpectedly last month, but Stubblefield said her legacy of giving will continue. “The memory that we share of Barbara will be that of her huge heart and wanting to help others,” he said. Christine Perry said she decided to work with the foundation on a donor-advised fund to provide contributions that will benefit seniors at LaGrange and Washington-Marion high schools. Judson said Cameron LNG has created an “employee giving fund” where the employees can choose which nonprofit they want to support. A new “employees first” fund with the DeRidder-based insurance company Amerisafe supports workers who are experiencing personal crises. Judson said the foundation works with Sasol and Lake Charles LNG on a fund to address workforce training. She said nearly 100 people have taken part in the workforce training program in the last 18 months. The 15-week program trains people at Sowela to become structural welders. Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach said the foundation helped provide funding and support to rebuild Millennium Park, which was destroyed by a fire in 2011. It also aided in the July opening of Bark du Lac dog park in downtown Lake Charles. John O’Donnell, coalition coordinator for Healthier Southwest Louisiana, said his group working with the foundation to address a lack of bicycle and pedestrian trails in Southwest Louisiana. He said the Better Block demonstration, set for April 28, will temporarily place bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure along several blocks in the downtown area. “With these initiatives, we are making some incredible strides towards making our city healthier and more attractive with increased quality of life and economic development,” O’Donnell said. l Online: http://www.foundationswla.org.
  • Police: 14-year-old shot man who sexually battered him
    BATON ROUGE – Police say a 14-year-old shot a man he said sexually battered him in the backseat of a car earlier this month. Germorius Ferguson, 20, was charged with felony counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and sexual battery. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Wednesday. The shooting happened on March 10 near the intersection of West Windsor and Duchess Drive.  According to arrest records, the 14-year-old was being investigated for attempted murder when he said Ferguson inappropriately touched him. The 14-year-old said he was sitting in the backseat of Ferguson's car when his 16-year-old brother "began talking about 'gay stuff'" with Ferguson. Ferguson then reached into the backseat and rubbed the 14-year-old's pants. The 14-year-old told police that he pulled a handgun from his backpack and shot Ferguson in the head. Ferguson then got out of the car and fled the scene. Investigators spoke to the 16-year-old boy who said he had met Ferguson over Instagram months before the shooting. Documents say Ferguson gave the 16-year-old money in exchange for future sexual favors but was mad when the 16-year-old wouldn’t have sex. The 16-year-old told police that he was meeting with Ferguson to discuss money owed. He added that he never promised Ferguson sexual favors with the 14-year-old. He told investigators that he made sexual gestures toward Ferguson inside the car but only saw Ferguson reach into the backseat then the gunshot. Police obtained the 16-year-old’s login information and found messages where Ferguson made sexual references towards the teen. Documents say Ferguson told detectives that he was trying to sell t-shirts to the teens but they shot him in the head.  Permalink| Comments
  • Governor's plan draws reaction
    Gov. John Bel Edwards unveiled a tax reform plan Wednesday that ensures he will encounter stiff opposition from conservative Republicans and the business community. However, he calls it the only logical solution for Louisiana’s constant budget troubles and its broken tax system. Edwards abandoned an earlier corporate tax on sales that most folks didn’t understand and replaced it with what he calls a commercial activity tax. Although Edwards earlier appeared to abandon some major recommendations of a task force studying budget and tax reform, they are now part of his recommended solution for repairing the two broken systems. Taxpayers will like his decision to let the additional 1 percent state sales tax increase expire on July 1, 2018, but not some of his other sales tax proposals. One would clean the existing 4 percent state sales tax of too many exemptions and another would apply the tax to more services like cable and satellite television, security services and landscaping. Upper income citizens who pay most of the state’s income taxes would see lower tax rates under Edwards’ plan. However, they would be asked to give up their ability to deduct federal income taxes paid on their state income tax forms. Voters would have the last word on that one. Those who pay corporate income taxes would also see lower rates, but they would have to give up their federal deductions as well. Voters rejected a similar plan last November. Reforming the tax system is difficult because Republicans don’t like income taxes, and Democrats don’t like sales taxes. However, both taxes provide the majority of revenues for state government operations. The state has a $29 billion budget, but half of that is federal money. The Legislature has only about $3.5 billion to appropriate because laws or constitutional amendments dedicate much of the other half. That is why health care and higher education have borne the brunt of budget cuts. Neither is protected. Eliminating some of those budget dedications protected by law would be a great place to start producing more revenues. Tax breaks totaling $6.8 billion annually also need to be evaluated and unproductive ones eliminated. The commercial activity tax (CAT) is the new wrinkle that wasn’t part of the task force recommendations. It would raise an estimated $900 million a year from businesses. That is what is needed to replace the $880.6 million raised by that 1 percent sales tax that is going off the books. The Associated Press reported the CAT would apply to businesses making more than $1.5 million annually, calling it a tax on sales without looking at expenses or profit margins.  The state Department of Revenue said 94 percent of the companies in Louisiana are making less than $1.5 million annually, and they would pay a flat tax ranging from $250 to $750. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) was quick to pounce on that idea. Jim Patterson, the association’s tax council director and vice president for government relations, said business is paying more than its fair share of taxes today. “To allege otherwise is absolutely false,” Patterson said. “Employers in Louisiana pay the majority of property taxes in this state. Employers pay both individual and corporate income tax. Employers pay half of all sales taxes in the state — at the highest rate in the nation. “Employers pay a franchise tax and an inventory tax in Louisiana, which most states don’t have. Employers pay excise taxes like severance and gas tax. It’s time to put political rhetoric aside and look at the facts.” Edwards quoted the revenue department that said there were 149,000 corporate tax filers in the state in 2015 and more than 129,000 of those paid no taxes to the state of Louisiana. The governor said his proposal is trying to make sure businesses pay their fair share so that funding government services doesn’t fall on individual taxpayers, like middle-class households. LABI counters that Louisiana has lost 25,000 jobs since the peak of the economy in 2014 and that employers and families are struggling to stay afloat. Stephen Waguespack, CEO of LABI, said the governor’s latest tax proposal “seems tone deaf to economic reality.” Like Republican conservatives, LABI believes cutting state spending can solve budget problems. However, when it comes to deciding exactly which programs should be cut or eliminated, few have any concrete suggestions. The Legislature’s problem beginning April 10 is producing $400 million needed to eliminate an expected deficit. Edwards also wants them to raise enough money to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program, K-12 education and long-delayed pay increases for state employees. Tax Foundation, a national tax research group, calls the state’s sales tax system “easily the most complicated sales tax system in the country.” A second state group is trying to modernize the sales tax system but is frustrated over the inability to get different stakeholders to agree on what to do. “We’re trying to heal a fractured system,” Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner and chairman, said. “If people are resistant to everything, there’s no way to bring the system into line.” Therein lies the problem — resistance to everything — that has created the state’s annual nightmare of bad budgeting and an outdated tax system long overdue for change. Edwards has challenged members of the Legislature to have the courage this year to make the bold reforms necessary to put the state’s financial house in order. As you can see from the early feedback, that is a mighty tall order. Jim Beam, the retired editor of the American Press, has covered people and politics for more than five decades. Contact him at 337-515-8871 or jbeam@americanpress.com.
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She was a loving person."A family photo that was taken recently is the last memory they all have of everyone together. "She was a short little old lady who minded everyone else's business," Jacquelyn Antoine, Plummer's daughter said with a smile. "She knew everything that went on."Though, finding the time to grieve isn't easy for this family. They said after Plummer began attending the Council on Aging about two years ago, she met Clark Amar. In July of last year, Plummer signed documents that were drawn up by attorney and the agency's board member, Dorothy Jackson.  The documents made Clark Amar - the agency's director - the overseer of Plummer's estate. Jackson admitted to WBRZ, she wrote the document and even notarized it. The family didn't have a clue it existed, until they said they got a call from Clark Amar less than 24 hours after Plummer's death. "After my grandmother passed, we were preparing for the funeral and my sister received a phone call saying she (Clark Amar) was the executrix over my grandmother's estate," Freeman said. "We never heard of her before then."The family was shocked to hear that news and were floored when they read the document that Helen Plummer signed. It states, the trustee, Tasha Clark Amar, shall pay herself from the trust a compensation of $500 per month for services rendered as a trustee. Records show that will happen for the next 21 years until the oldest beneficiary turns 30."I know my grandmother," Freeman said. "I know this isn't something she would do unless she was coerced into doing something like this."The family says Mrs. Plummer and her husband worked in the railroad industry and saved a good bit of money. Her estate had $300,000 in liquid assets according to the family at the time of her death. That does not include the two properties she owned in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. When the family was afraid that Clark Amar was going to take their grandmother's money, they withdrew all the money from her accounts and kept all documentation for it. Now, Clark Amar is suing the family over this estate battle that appears to be deeply rooted over Plummer's money. Outspoken critic of the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging, Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso, believes state ethics laws were violated, and so do state workers over elderly affairs. "This would definitely be a violation," Amoroso said. "You can't do business with someone who is your client in this case, or constituent. This is why we have ethics laws in Louisiana."In another shocking twist, the family says when the document was drawn up last July they never received a phone call about it. It's another concerning point for Amoroso. "We are public servants," Amoroso said. "We just passed a huge tax for the Council on Aging. We have an obligation to serve the public, not to enrich ourselves. That's why we have ethics laws."The Investigative Unit went to ask Tasha Clark Amar about this case, and whether she thought it was a conflict of interest. "Have a great day," Clark Amar said, avoiding questions and wanting to be left alone.  She continued numerous times, "Have a great day."  And, when asked again about the situation, responded: "You've got to be kidding me."Clark Amar refused to answer any questions. Eventually, her assistant got touchy and another employee, Trudy Bihm - who happens to be listed as an alternate overseer on Plummer's estate - tried to block the camera from capturing video of Clark Amar being asked questions. "I'm not answering any questions," Clark Amar repeated.  She was asked whether she felt like the public deserved an explanation over this. "No sir," Clark Amar responded. Watch the interview belowElected officials are concerned over this case. They believe Clark Amar and the Council on Aging's Board Member Dorothy Jackson should have steered clear away from Plummer. Plummer's family had a message for Clark Amar and Dorothy Jackson. "Damn you," Jacquelyn Antoine said. "I shouldn't say that, it's the wrong thing to say, but I hope the same thing that you're trying to do to us retaliates and you have the same problem."An email went out to Council on Aging Board members Tuesday alerting them of what Jackson and Clark Amar did involving Plummer's estate. At least one board member says, they will collectively talk about this issue about possibly preventing the council from drawing up client's wills in the future. Meanwhile, the lawsuit Clark Amar filed is set to be heard Monday in District Court before Judge Don Johnson. The lawsuit alleges Plummer's family was taking money from her estate. Despite that allegation, Jackson refused to provide documentation to back it up. Plummer's family vehemently denied that claim and said they have records for every last dime. Permalink| Comments
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  • Shreveport among options for Banana Wave headquarters
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  • Shreveport Rep files bill to protect military monuments
    State Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, has filed a bill aimed at protecting monuments commemorating U.S.       
  • Streak is over for LC softball
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  • Streak is over for LC softball
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  • Energy independence, not climate change, becomes priority under Trump order
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  • Energy independence, not climate change, becomes priority under Trump order
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  • Tax forms: Everything you need to know for filing
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  • Tax forms: Everything you need to know for filing
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  • Where can you celebrate po'boys, strawberries and catfish?
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  • Where can you celebrate po'boys, strawberries and catfish?
    In Louisiana there's a festival for that.       
  • LSU turned low into high at Florida; Newman improving
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  • LSU turned low into high at Florida; Newman improving
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  • Watch out, Snapchat: Facebook launches Stories, camera effects
    Facebook on Tuesday began rolling out Stories, which encourages people to share photos and videos with friends that vanish after 24 hours.       
  • Tobacco settlement fund takes a hit
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  • Tobacco settlement fund takes a hit
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  • La. residents might put pedal to metal on gas tax
    LSU's annual survey shows a gasoline tax hike has more support than other measures.       
  • 1 million pounds of chicken nuggets, chicken fingers recalled over 'metal objects'
    Ok Food Inc. issued a recall for nearly 1 million pounds of breaded chicken last week after a handful of consumers found metal objects in their food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).       
  • Atlanta's Brown named Class C MVP
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  • Softball Top 10 largely remains stationary
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  • Local high school, manufacturer earn state recognition
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  • State Police: 15 dead in weekend crashes
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  • John Marcase: Alleva gambling on Wade to build consistent winner at LSU
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  • COLUMN: Unwritten 'rules' of baseball are stupid
    Scrolling through my Twitter feed this weekend, I saw one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen a high school coach in any sport do.       
  • Taking Back Our Streets: A conversation about how to stop the violence
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  • LSU OC Matt Canada in action
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  • LSU softball earns sweep of Georgia
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  • Trump's Deputy Chief Of Staff Is Leaving The White House
    President Trump’s deputy chief of staff and long-time staffer for Reince Priebus, Katie Walsh, is leaving the White House according to Politico. She's expected to work on outside efforts to support the Trump administration, the AP noted, including helping the RNC and the independent group America First. "Katie Walsh has accepted a position with an outside organization,” a White House official said. “She has been a tremendous asset to the president and we are confident she will be so in her new role as well.” The move comes after a rough week for Trump, capped by the failure of his healthcare plan last Friday.  As The Hill notes, Trump allies inside and outside the White House were frustrated by the level of involvement from political non-profits, such as the pro-Trump America First Policies, in touting the measure. More from Politico: The move has the blessing of the highest ranks of the White House. “You’ve got to have somebody from the inside who has the blessing of the man himself,” said the source close to the White House.   Walsh is expected to serve as an adviser both to a pro-Trump nonprofit and the RNC. The non-profit, America First, is stocked with veterans of the campaign and has been struggling to get off the ground.   An official close to the outside group said the final decision on Walsh's move was made mid-morning on Thursday. Walsh will be running the day-to-day operations of America First and will replace Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign official who had been in that role, the official said. The outside group has been in talks with the White House for the last two months about personnel matters, the official added. Walsh is close to Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, who has been blamed by some Trump supporters for the president’s early stumbles. She served as Priebus’ chief of staff when he led the Republican National Committee. As Politico adds, the move could also have significant implications for Priebus, who is losing one of his top lieutenants in the West Wing. "He basically took away Reince's political secret service. She was his eyes and ears inside," said a source close to Trump quoted by Politico. Walsh has had a rapid rise within the political ranks: she was named deputy finance director at the RNC in January 2013 before her 30th birthday, and was elevated to the top finance job just six months later. She helped lead the RNC’s mammoth fundraising operation through the 2014 midterm elections, and she became chief of staff under Priebus at the RNC in 2015. As an RNC veteran, she brought her ties to the Republican establishment with her to the White House, contrasting with insurgent Republicans like policy adviser Stephen Miller and chief strategist Steve Bannon.
  • In Ominous Sign For Banks, Equity Trading Revenues Continue To Drop
    It's not just the HFT industry that has cannibalized itself so much, while spooking regular traders out of the markets, there is hardly any revenue growth left (as the WSJ showed last week). After suffering a substantial drop in bank equity trading revenues over the past several years, there was hope that finally this key P&L items of sales and trading would post a modest pick up. Alas, whether due to lack of volatility, declining interest in equities, or simply because many no longer have faith in the market, this is not happening despite the S&P recently rising to an all time high of 2,400. In 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency reported that equity trading revenues at U.S. banks fell 13% in 2016 from the previous year. The slide contrasts with a 9% rise in overall trading driven by interest-rate and currency products. Globally, the biggest dozen banks suffered a 13% drop in equity trading in 2016, the first meaningful annual decline since 2012, according to research firm Coalition. And while there were some modest signs of a pick up in late 2016, this appears to have been a false dawn. According to the WSJ, as the first quarter wraps up this week bankers say the weakness experienced last year is continuing. That is prompting questions about whether banks should be preparing for a longer-lasting decline in the business, rather than a cyclical dip. “Client volumes are down...that’s an industry issue,” said Morgan Stanley President Colm Kelleher at a conference in late March. When comparing Morgan’s first quarter of this year with the last quarter of 2016, he concluded that the equities business was “not doing as well.”   While equities trading isn’t as big at many Wall Street banks as bond and currency trading, it still accounted for $28 billion in revenue for the top five U.S. banks in 2016, or more than 10% of total revenue. Banks generate equities revenue in a variety of ways: from executing stock trades or buying and selling derivatives related to equities, to services like locating shares for clients to bet against. The slow but steady decline in equity-trading-revenue is deepening despite higher volumes and big index price swings in the wake of the U.K.’s Brexit vote in June and November’s U.S. presidential election. A key driver behind the revenue collapse is the direct influence of central banks, which have crushed volatility to near record low levels. Overall subdued volatility in equities markets lead more trades to be executed via the cheapest electronic means, rather than by banks’ traders or through more expensive and complex derivatives. Equity-derivatives revenue fell 21% last year globally, according to Coalition, which works with banks to track industry trends. Banks tend to earn more money when investors are willing to pay more to get trades done quickly, or at guaranteed prices due to worries over unpredictable price movements. Those fears have dropped. Expectations of stock volatility fell in both the U.S. and Europe overall last year, and has dropped further in 2017. Morgan Stanley and Oliver Wyman estimated in a recent report that some $15 billion in expected equity revenue has vanished, due to “changes in client behavior and the growing role of electronic trading.” Additionally, about 15% of the fee pool in the biggest, most liquid markets, such as stocks, has moved to nonbank firms. Those firms can cheaply execute standard trades like moving in and out of exchange-traded funds. Another driver: the transition away from human trading and toward passive, algo-intermediated markets. Virtually all trading today involves electronic algorithms in some fashion, but some are more complex than others. Banks charge clients about four times the rate for the most complex individual “high touch” trades than ones that simply follow a pre-set portfolio strategy, according to Greenwich Associates. Meanwhile, investment firms have balked at paying higher trading fees to banks due to a shift by their own clients to index funds, which command much lower fees. Those funds in turn put pressure on their bankers. As discussed repeatedly on this website, the shift away from active trading and toward passive, has also slammed the buyside and hurt some of Wall Street’s best clients. This means that some of the most iconic hedge funds, which typically generate big fees for banks, have been shutting down. Just this month, Eric Mindich’s Eton Park Capital Management LP said it would close, part of a trend that has left banks with fewer trading clients. Banks had already been responding to some of the changes. Over the past decade, banks shifted resources from human trading and research to high-speed electronic markets. To be sure, banks tried to react to technological changes in the market, and over the past decade, banks shifted resources from human trading and research to high-speed electronic markets. As the WSJ notes, for a while, that pivot paid off and from 2012 to 2015, equities trading revenue at banks either rose or stayed relatively stable, a contrast to fixed-income trading, which was hurt by regulatory changes and central banks’ low interest-rate policy. However it did not last for equities. As revenues tumbled in 2016, operating margins in stock trading also dropped to 23% from 36% the prior year, according to Coalition. Banks often provide computerized trading algorithms to clients, but it is a competitive business with high development and regulatory costs. The operating margins for completing stock trades fell to just 5% last year, according to Amrit Shahani, research director at Coalition. It was more than 7% in 2015, and more than 10% before the financial crisis.   Next, European rules set to kick in next year will bar investment firms from buying research from banks in exchange for directing trades to those banks. Analysts expect that investment firms will stop trading with some of the affected banks, or will demand lower rates because they are no longer getting bundled research. Some banks, such as Barclays, realize what is coming, and have closed their “high touch” equity sales-and-trading desks in Asia, while Japan’s Nomura Holdings cut its research and derivatives in European stocks, and CLSA, a unit of China’s Citic Securities, closed down its U.S. stock research team. Meanwhile, in the latest attempt to offset declining revenues, the biggest banks in stock trading are trying to expand market share in the prime brokerage business; that gamble too however is doomed to fail as in 2016 the hedge fund industry shrank for the first time since the financial crisis, with more hedge fund closures than openings. What can prompt the much-anticipated return of not only equity trading revenues, but trader participation? Some ideas include a renormalization of capital markets, where zombie companies aren't rewarded with short squeezes or random Chinese takeovers, where a Shiller PE of 30x isn't considered a "new normal", and where central banks don't step in every time there is a 10% drop in stocks. Until that happens, Wall Street's melting ice cube will continue to liquify, resulting in even more transformations, where once busy trading floors such as this one... ... ends up looking like this.
  • "Trickle Down" Has Failed; Wealth And Income Have "Trickled Up" To The Top .5%
    Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Central bank policies have generated a truly unprecedented "trickle-up" of wealth and income to the top .5%. Over the past 20 years, central banks have run a gigantic real-world experiment called "trickle-down." The basic idea is Keynesian (i.e. the mystical and comically wrong-headed cargo-cult that has entranced the economics profession for decades): monetary stimulus (lowering interest rates to zero, juicing liquidity, quantitative easing, buying bonds and other assets-- otherwise known as free money for financiers) will "trickle down" from banks, financiers and corporations who are getting the nearly free money in whatever quantities they desire to wage earners and the bottom 90% of households. The results of the experiment are now conclusive: "trickle-down" has failed, miserably, totally, completely. It turns out (duh!) that corporations didn't use the central bank's free money for financiers to increase wages; they used it to fund stock buy-backs that enriched corporate managers and major shareholders. The central bank's primary assumption was that inflating asset bubbles in stocks, bonds and housing would "lift all boats"--but this assumption was faulty. It turns out most of the financial wealth of the nation is held by the top 5%. As for housing--yes, a relative few (those who happened to own modest bungalows in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Toronto, Vancouver, Brooklyn, etc.) on the left and right coasts have registered spectacular gains in home appreciation as the housing bubbles in these cities now dwarf the 2006-07 real estate bubble. But on average, the gains in home appreciation have barely offset the declines in real (adjusted for inflation) household income. These charts illustrate the abject failure of the "trickle-down" economic theory.The majority of the assets that have soared in value are owned by the top 5%:   Wages as a share of GDP (gross domestic product, i.e. the nation's total economic activity) has been declining for decades:   The only segment of households who have registered gain in real income over the past 20 years is the top 5%:   Even excluding capital gains--the source of much of the wealthiest class's income--wealth disparity has reached astonishing asymmetries: most of the gains are flowing to the top 0.5%:   The Clinton, Bush and Obama presidencies shared one commonality: the wealth of the bottom 90% cratered in their presidencies while the wealth of the top .1% skyrocketed.   Central bank policies have generated a truly unprecedented "trickle-up" of wealth and income to the top .5%. Evidence supporting "trickle down" is nowhere to be found, at least in the real world.
  • Five Charts That Obliterate the Common Market Narratives of 2017
    Market narratives are myths. Look at this chart. Which asset class would have been better to own in 2017 thus far… the blue line or the black line? It’s obviously a no brainer, the black line has nearly doubled the blue line’s performance year to date. Here’s the chart with legends included. Surprised? Thus far in 2017, the financial media has been running the narrative that stocks are THE asset class to own. But the reality has been very different. With the exception of two weeks in March, Gold has outperformed stocks for the entire year to date. At Phoenix Capital Research, we don't care about market narratives, we care about making money from the markets. Which is why this next chart should be of interest: Guess which sectors this chart is showing... Obviously one of these has been outperforming the other in a big way. Guess which sectors they are… That’s correct, the DEFENSIVE sector of utilities is CRUSHING financials… despite the financial media running a non-stop narrative of financials being THE sector to own! Now... why would a defensive sector be the TOP performer year to date? To pick a special report that outlines how to prepare and profit from market collapses, swing by: http://phoenixcapitalmarketing.com/stockmarketcrash.html Best Regards Graham Summers Chief Market Strategist Phoenix Capital Research       
  • The Definitive Brexit "Wall Chart"
    Yesterday the UK government triggered Article 50 and fired the starting gun on a two-year negotiation towards the UK's exit from the EU. These negotiations will be complex and contentious, and as Goldman writes this morning, the open question is whether they will prove constructive or adversarial. While Goldman provides an extensive analysis of next steps, including a framework of the three most imporant issues to watch, what we found most useful for readers is the following "Wall Chart" which lays out in clear detail not only what the next two years will look like for the Brexit process, but superimposes on it parallel key events from across Europe. Brexit wall chart -- The Long March: A crowded schedule for the two-year negotiation With that out of the way, here are excerpts from Goldman's take on Article 50 and the long march to Brexit, as well as the three main issues to watch: By Goldman analysts Andrew Benito, Huw Pill and Dylan Smith Article 50 and the long march to Brexit — Three issues to watch Yesterday (March 29), the UK government triggered Article 50 and thus fired the starting gun on a two-year negotiation towards the UK's exit from the EU. These negotiations will be complex and contentious. The open question is whether they will prove constructive or adversarial. In the context of political negotiations in general — and EU negotiations in particular — process is an important determinant of outcome. Keeping track of process is central to understanding whether we will end up with a mutually beneficial agreement or a Brexit that is unnecessarily costly for both sides. Given each party has its own interests and domestic political constraints, EU negotiations inevitably require an element of compromise. By broadening the set of issues that the contracting parties can trade off against one another, two mechanisms underlying EU negotiations promote such compromise: (1) the principle that "nothing is agreed until everything is agreed"; and (2) the practice that agreement is only achieved at the last moment. Applying these mechanisms to the Brexit negotiation may improve the chances of a constructive final outcome. But they imply that few concrete decisions will emerge in the coming months. In the meantime, businesses are left in limbo.We identify three indications that would suggest Brexit negotiations are proceeding in a constructive rather than adversarial manner, increasing the likelihood of a benign outcome: Substantial discussions on a broader final agreement (including on post-Brexit trading arrangements) start before agreement is reached on the mechanics of the exit itself. The EU-27 show flexibility over the timing (and thus immediate magnitude) of payments to settle the UK's legacy liabilities to the EU, which would avoid them becoming an obstacle to constructive negotiation owing to domestic political resistance in the UK. Most importantly, the UK government shows a preparedness to accept ECJ jurisdiction over any transitional phase after Brexit, even if this entails a political climb-down from its established 'red lines'. * * * What to watch #1. Whether difficulty in reaching an exit agreement (in particular, over its financial aspects) holds up progress on other dimensions of the negotiation will be an important early indicator or whether the Brexit discussions are amicable or adversarial. Even if they improve the chances of eventually reaching a mutually agreeable compromise, these two procedural mechanisms come with costs. Businesses have to plan ahead. Lack of any concrete agreement until autumn 2018 at the earliest leaves their decision-making in limbo. Contingency plans have to be activated. From the UK perspective in particular, the risk exists that nothing being agreed until everything is agreed at the last moment leads to a closing of the political barn door after the economic horse has bolted. A changing political context — in both the EU and the UK For many continental European politicians, Brexit is an unfortunate and (in their eyes) unnecessary distraction. They have plenty on their plates already: fixing Euro area governance; dealing with immigration from the Middle East and North Africa; facing down the rise of Eurosceptic populism at home; addressing security threats from Russia and the Middle East; and managing the economic nationalism of the new US administration. In the face of these challenges, progress in deepening European integration has stalled, as tacitly acknowledged at last week's summit to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. The recent Commission white paper was realistic in sketching out scenarios for the future of the EU, where the prospect of further integration was limited.[1] European leaders have publicly (although not uncontroversially) discussed the potential for a "multi-speed" Europe. There are those on the UK side who believe a fractured and weakened EU will be forced to accommodate British demands within the Brexit negotiation, particularly on immigration issues. While there is validity in this view, we believe an important distinction needs to be drawn between public concern over immigration from outside the EU (which is rising in many EU countries, in sympathy with concerns in the UK) and heightened concern in the UK over immigration from within the EU. More generally, the sustainability of the EU in its current form is open to debate over the medium term, since it is widely accepted that institutional and governance reforms are needed to make the Euro area more workable. Electoral risks in France and Italy over the coming year cannot be ignored. But even if a troubled EU may create some tactical advantages for the UK's Brexit negotiators, they need to be careful what they wish for: an EU in chaos is directly damaging to the UK's economy and financial system, and is unlikely to constitute a rational and attentive negotiating partner. Our working assumption is that the EU-27 will continue to operate on broadly the current basis through the two-year Brexit process. We are sceptical that fundamental changes to the EU will take place over that horizon which create greater flexibility to accommodate the UK in a form of associate membership. In parallel, the political situation within the UK may also be in flux: political uncertainties are not one-sided. PM May's overall parliamentary majority is small. Internal division within the ruling Conservative party over the character of Brexit and the compromises with the EU-27 that are possible persists. Calls for a general election to bolster Ms. May's political position are returning. The weakness of the Labour opposition has re-opened questions about a realignment of political parties. Moreover, the territorial integrity of the UK is again being questioned. Less than three years after the Scottish referendum, Scotland's Parliament has again called for a vote on independence on the grounds that the nature of the UK union will fundamentally change upon Brexit. Albeit for longstanding historical reasons more than over Brexit, Northern Irish politics is in turmoil. Commitments to maintain a 'soft' border between the north and south of Ireland after Brexit raise questions about whether a similar soft border could be established between Scotland and England, allowing the former to remain within the single market as its government has proposed. Brexit negotiations will take place in a context of political and institutional uncertainty. * * * What to watch #2. Transitional arrangements between Brexit in March 2019 and agreement on a new UK/EU relationship are key. Flexibility on the UK side towards accepting ECJ jurisdiction during this interregnum despite the political climb-down from established 'red lines' this would involve would be a signal that a constructive outcome can emerge. As Brexit becomes more immediate, parts of the UK government have started to show greater flexibility, at least with regard to the transitional arrangements. In part, this reflects practicalities. While accumulated European regulation and directives (the acquis in Eurospeak) can be transposed directly into UK law via the envisaged Great Repeal Bill, the regulatory authorities to implement those rules in the UK simply do not exist at present. Even if the expertise required is available domestically, creating, staffing and funding those institutions takes time. Relying on the existing European institutions beyond March 2019 may therefore simply be a matter of necessity in some cases. Recognition of such necessity may open up scope for a constructive compromise for the transitional period despite the political obstacles, and thus for less adversarial negotiations about the final arrangements. But should a hard line be imposed by the Eurosceptic hard Brexiteers, this would damage prospects for successful conclusion of a mutually beneficial final deal.Agreeing a new trade relationship The UK government's negotiating position establishes that it does not seek to participate in the EU's single market or customs union. As regards trading relationships, the "deep and special partnership" sought by the UK with the EU after Brexit (to quote from yesterday's letter triggering Article 50) is therefore likely to take the form of an Free Trade Agreement (FTA).[4] But — notwithstanding its name — an FTA represents a significant degradation in the nature of that trading relationship relative to the status quo. An FTA is likely to neglect trade in services and focus on trade in goods. Unless agreements on services — which typically involve much deeper (and more politically sensitive) treatment of regulation and labour mobility — can be established in parallel, this implies a significant deterioration in the UK's access to EU markets in the services sector within which it has specialised. By their nature FTAs require local content rules. Otherwise third countries could circumvent trade restrictions of some members of the FTA by exporting to the member with easiest access. (The distinction between an FTA and a customs union is that the former allows participants to run their own commercial policy with the rest of the world, whereas the latter requires adherence to a single common commercial policy.) But policing local content requirements is potentially bureaucratic and invasive. One way of overcoming the shortcomings of an FTA would be to create sector-specific carve-outs, whereby certain industries or activities are treated on a different basis from the normal rule. Such an approach has been entertained for the UK post-Brexit (e.g., in financial services, where the City of London plays a special role as a financial centre; and/or for the auto sector, where pan-European supply chains are the norm). But defining sectors may prove controversial. As with local content requirements, the bureaucratic process of policing sector-specific deals (and their limits) threatens to be costly in time and efficiency, and thus may mark a significant degradation in trading arrangements to that currently available within the single market. All in all, the more ambitious the scope and depth of any FTA, the more that it will rely on goodwill and trust among the contracting parties. This is one of the mechanisms whereby the process will determine the outcome of the Brexit negotiation. If trust is lost early in the discussions (e.g., over the financial cost of exit), the more difficult it will be to find a constructive way to address the practical difficulties of policing local content requirements and industry or sector borders, which are likely to be crucial elements of any future trade agreement.Settling outstanding bills * * * What to watch #3. Understandably, the EU-27 will expect the UK to cover the costs of any reliance on EU institutions or programmes after Brexit. Flexibility on the EU-27 side regarding the timing (and thus immediate magnitude) of payments to settle the UK's legacy liabilities — thereby avoiding these becoming a domestic political obstacle to constructive negotiations in the UK — would represent a positive signal for a mutually beneficial final outcome. The long march to Brexit Brexit negotiations are complex. Little concrete can or will be finally agreed until the end of the Brexit process. This leaves business decisions in limbo. We identify three indicators of progress in the negotiations: (1) willingness to conduct exit negotiations in parallel with discussion about the new UK/EU relationship; (2) EU-27 flexibility over the timing of UK payments to meet legacy financial obligations; and (3) UK government flexibility over the jurisdiction of European courts and institutions during any transitional phase after Brexit. We believe these indicators will signal whether a constructive or adversarial approach is being adopted by the negotiating parties. The immediate reaction to PM May's Article 50 letter has not been constructive. British Eurosceptics have been understandably rigid on the government's red lines, while Germany's Chancellor Merkel has emphasised the EU-27's insistence on sequencing exit negotiations ahead of talks on a new EU/UK relationship. But much of this reflects attempts to harden opening bargaining positions. If such rigidity were to be maintained into the fall of this year, we would become more concerned that an adversarial negotiation could lead to 'cliff edge' outcome on Brexit, with the likely economic disruptions that would cause. But our base case remains that an agreement can be found for tariff-free trade in goods between the EU and UK, an outcome that would require some flexibility on both sides. Nonetheless, this outcome falls well short of the status quo.
  • Matt Drudge: "Rand Paul Is America's Best Senator"
    Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge does not personally tweet too often, so when he does, it is either when something has infuriated him or, more rarely, when he has words of affirmation.  Today it was the latter, when Drudge praised Senator Rand Paul, tweeting that he had an "Intriguing lunch in hill office of America's best senator, Rand Paul. He's bold, brave and has somehow kept his heart in such a corrupt city." Intriguing lunch in hill office of America's best senator, Rand Paul. He's bold, brave and has somehow kept his heart in such a corrupt city — MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) March 30, 2017 While according to many, Drudge was a driving force behind the Trump election, Drudge has been very outspoken recently about his displeasure with the GOP. In early February, Drudge tweeted that the "Republican party should be sued for fraud. NO discussion of tax cuts now. Just lots of crazy. Back to basics, guys!" and "No Obamacare repeal, tax cuts! But Republicans vote to shut Warren? Only know how to be opposition not lead! DANGER " One month later, Drudge was even more direct, saying "Republicans lied about wanting tax cuts. Can we get our votes back?" Then, last Thursday, amid the struggle to rally enough Republican votes to pass an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace plan, he tweeted, "The swamp drains you," which many saw as a jab at President Trump's campaign pledge to "drain the swamp." As The Hill notes, this was not the first time he's singled Paul in a favorable light: earlier this month the Drudge Report featured a headline touting, "The return of Rand Paul," which was viewed as a warning to moderate Republicans. The headline linked to a Washington Examiner story that outlined Paul's problems with the GOP's healthcare bill. Rand Paul has consistently called for repeaking Obamacare first, and worrying how to replace it later. So far this strategy has proven unsuccessful.
  • How The "Trump Trades" Have Mutated Over Time, In Pictures
    Is the Trump trade alive or dead: that is the question Bank of America analyst Savita Subramanian tries to answer in a report overnight, in which she notes that it is not one Trump trade but several, and they tend to be "harder to isolate."  She notes that while stocks continued to make new highs through February, market leadership has shifted dramatically compared to what we saw immediately following the election. In the initial month after the election, the rally was led by small caps, cyclicals, Value, low quality and beta. But since early December, those leaders have turned into laggards. An examination of the performance of the potential beneficiaries of the new administration’s policy proposals paints a similar story, with the performance of most of the initial policy winners peaking in early December and subsequently underperforming. In short, it is not one Trump Trade, but many, and in the span of the past 5 month, they have mutated. What have been the main changes? As shown in the charts below, the market still believes in infrastructure reform, less so in tax reform. While stock beneficiaries of various aspects of Trump’s proposed policies mostly peaked in December, some groups have held onto their initial gains better than others. In particular, beneficiaries of domestic infrastructure spending have outperformed by 7ppt since the election, while beneficiaries of lower tax rates have outperformed the average Russell 1000 stock by 4ppt. This suggests that the market still holds onto the belief that we will ultimately see the passage of an infrastructure spending bill and corporate tax reform, despite the recent failure of health care reform in Congress. Additionally, since the election, stocks in industries most hurt from border-adjustment taxes (retailers, autos, etc.) have underperformed the market by 6ppt, BofA finds. Whereas some of the underperformance may be attributable to weak industry fundamentals, the magnitude of underperformance suggests that the market is discounting a reasonable probability of import taxes. Away from taxes, Subramanian notes that while it may not be surprising that Health Care Providers have rallied since last week after the failed repeal of Obamacare, the group actually began to outperform in early December. On the other hand, Biotech and Pharma stock moves suggest that the market initially viewed a Trump win / Republican sweep as a positive, but Trump’s subsequent comments on drug pricing have reversed the initial stock price jump. Finally, when it comes to all the "other" Trump trades, BofA notes that they are "harder to isolate." On repatriation likelihood, stocks with high overseas cash balances have outperformed by an average of 2ppt, but this could also be a reflection of improving Tech and global growth trends over the same period. On capex deductions, a disproportionate number of the companies that would benefit from immediate capex expensing rules are Energy companies whose performance has been roiled by big moves in oil prices. Energy companies also have a high representation within leveraged companies that would be hurt by the ending of interest deductibility. Even after excluding Energy from an analysis of leveraged companies, the bank still ends up with a group of credit-sensitive stocks whose performance is not just a reflection of policy expectations, but also represents the market’s appetite for credit. Capex expensing beneficiaries have underperformed by an average of 6ppt since the election (5ppt ex-Energy), while companies most likely to be hurt from ending interest deductibility have outperformed by less than a percent (both with and without Energy). And charted:
  • An Angry Freedom Caucus Responds To Trump's 2018 Threat
    After Trump drew 'first blood' this morning with a tweet threatening to fight Freedom Caucus members in the 2018 mid-term elections, a pair of House representatives have fired back with aggressive tweets of their own implying that Trump's healthcare plan was evidence that he had "succumb to the D.C. Establishment." "It didn't take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump. No shame, Mr. President. Almost everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment."   ".@realDonaldTrump it's a swamp not a hot tub. We both came here to drain it. #SwampCare polls 17%. Sad!" It didn't take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump. No shame, Mr. President. Almost everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment. https://t.co/9bDo8yzH7I — Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 30, 2017 .@realDonaldTrump it's a swamp not a hot tub. We both came here to drain it. #SwampCare polls 17%. Sad! https://t.co/4kjygV2tdS — Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 30, 2017   Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, the former chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, also defended conservative lawmakers earlier today on Fox News.  Per The Hill: "The Freedom Caucus is trying to change Washington, this bill keeps Washington the same, plain and simple," Jordan said Thursday on Fox News' "America's Newsroom."   "We appreciate the president, we are trying to help the president. But the fact is, you have to look at the legislation. It doesn't do what we told the voters we were going to do, and the American people understand that. That's why only 17 percent of the population supports this legislation."   Jordan wouldn't comment on the threat regarding the 2018 midterms, instead characterizing the scuttled healthcare vote as just a "postponement" and arguing that Republicans will succeed if they deliver on their promises to voters.   "Lets forget the blame and what may happen in the future, lets just do what we said. That's what the Freedom Caucus and what Republicans are committed to," he said. Of course these latest tweets come after Trump took to twitter earlier this morning, saying "The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017   So, Republican civil war it is...Ultimate winner:  Democrats.
  • Energy Sector; Two Thirds chance they rally here
    Below looks at the performance of the S&P 500 Sectors, looking back 5-years. The winner for the lowest performance is the Energy Sector (-1.42%). XLE is lagging the S&P 500 by almost 70%, in just 5-years. “Time for them to rally? CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE   Below looks at the Energy ETF (XLE)/S&P 500 ratio over the past 17-years and why we find this pattern worth looking closer into.   CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE   The pattern above presents a nice entry point, with a stop below the support test at (2).  Another test of support in this space is taking place in the UGA chart below. CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE From a long-term trend perspective, no doubt the trend in both of the charts above is down (lower highs and lower lows and below long-term moving averages). If one is a trend follower, we doubt these ideas are of interest to you. If one likes to buy low in hard hit sectors with tight stop loss parameters, we find both of these charts very interesting at this time, due to being out of favor and testing key support levels.   If you would like to test drive all of our research for 30 days, send us an email and we'll get you the details. Blog:  KIMBLECHARTINGSOLUTIONS.COM/BLOG Get our daily research posts delivered to your inbox here Website: KIMBLECHARTINGSOLUTIONS.COM Questions: Email services@kimblechartingsolutions.com or call us toll free 877-721-7217 international 714-941-9381
  • Did The EPA Just Go Rogue Again
    In late January, days after Donald Trump became president, various government workers employed by the EPA "defied" the president with what at the time appeared to be rogue twitter accounts emerging from the environemntal agency, most notably the Badlands National Park which slammed Trump's climate change proposal. “Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #climate” “Flipside of the atmosphere; ocean acidity has increased 30% since the Industrial  Revolution. ‘Ocean Acidification" #climate #carboncycle’” "Burning one gallon of gasoline puts nearly 20lbs of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. #climate" It now appears that a new "rogue" employee may have emerged at the EPA's pres office. This morning, in a press release summarizing "What They Are Saying About President Trump's Executive Order On Energy Independence", as the first quote picked by an unknown staffer at the agency, the EPA decided to showcase the thoughts of Dem. Senator Shelly Moore Capito whose quote was not exactly on message, as Bloomberg's Patrick Ambrosio pointed out. This is what she said: With this Executive Order, President Trump has chosen to recklessly bury his head in the sand. Walking away from the Clean Power Plan and other climate initiatives, including critical resiliency projects is not just irresponsible — it's irrational. Today's executive order calls into question America's credibility and our commitment to tackling the greatest environmental challenge of our lifetime. With the world watching, President Trump and Administrator Pruitt have chosen to shirk our responsibility, disregard clear science and undo the significant progress our country has made to ensure we leave a better, more sustainable planet for generations to come. This morning @EPA sent out a press release highlighting reaction to Trump's climate Executive Order...this first quote seems off message: pic.twitter.com/Na2EWCrBzj — Patrick Ambrosio (@Pat_Ambrosio) March 30, 2017 Today's release comes after The House voted Wednesday to restrict the kind of scientific studies and data that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can use to justify new regulations.The Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act, or HONEST Act, passed 228-194. It would prohibit the EPA from writing any regulation that uses science that is not publicly available. The bill would also require that any scientific studies be replicable, and allow anyone who signs a confidentiality agreement to view redacted personal or trade information in data. It’s the latest push by House Republicans to clamp down on what they say has turned into an out-of-control administrative state that enforces expensive, unworkable regulations that are not scientifically sound. But Democrats, environmentalists and health advocates say the HONEST Act is intended to handcuff the EPA. They say it would irresponsibly leave the EPA unable to write important regulatory protections, since the agency might not have the ability to release some parts of the scientific data underpinning them. The HONEST Act is similar to the Secret Science Act, which leaders in the House Science Committee sponsored in previous congresses and got passed. “This legislation ensures that sound science is the basis for EPA decisions and regulatory actions,” Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the Science Committee, said on the House floor Wednesday. “The days of ‘trust-me’ science are over. In our modern information age, federal regulations should be based only on data that is available for every American to see and that can be subjected to independent review,” he said. “That’s called the scientific method.” Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the Science Committee’s top Democrat, slammed her GOP colleagues for what she called a “misguided” effort to stop sensible EPA regulations. She denied that the EPA is overly secretive with its science, saying it often doesn’t own the information and has no right to release it. At least one EPA employee this morning seems to agree.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Experts on national security painted a sinister picture for senators examining Russian meddling in the 2016 election, detailing the worldwide impact of fake news, smear campaigns and even killings they say could have ties to the Kremlin....
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  • As war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia resurrects interest
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- As America's effort to end 16 years of war in Afghanistan yields little progress, Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the "graveyard of empires." The jockeying includes engaging the Taliban and leading a new diplomatic effort to tackle Afghanistan's future, with or without U.S. support....



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Records: Soros Fund Execs Funded Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John McCain, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham in 2016


Trump: “People will realize it’s my real hair” if it rains at inauguration

Pastor Tells Trump, ‘In The Bible, Rain Is The Sign Of God’s Blessing, And It Started To Rain, Mr. President, When You Came To The Platform’…


DEPLORABALL Inaugural Ball feat. Mike Cernovich, James O’Keefe, Jack Posobiec


Chaotic Scene at Anti-Trump Rally in D.C.

Trump Supporter Suckerpunched at Deploraball

TRUMP SUPPORTERS BEATEN-BLOODIED Outside #DeploraBall – Pummeled With Eggs, Batteries!

“Screw Our President” Says Boy After Starting Fire to Protest Trump

Gavin McInnes Street Fights His Way Past Urine And Feces Wielding Protestors At Deploraball

Oops! CNN Accidentally Airs Press Conference With Detained Iraqi Traveler Who Likes Trump – ABC News Edits Out

Dems Spread Misleading Image Of Drowned Syrian Boy AGAIN

Reality Check: Trump, Refugees, and the Crazy Liberal Freakout

CNN Lies About Nancy Sinatra Hating on Trump, She Calls Them Out to Millions

CBC’s “white power” hoax: More fake news

The Free Speech Wars Have Begun

What Happened to #GasTheJokes?

The Enemy of the People

Horoscopes are Cancer

Buzzfeed is Cancer

CNN is Cancer

MTV is Cancer

Feminism is Cancer

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Milo Resigns from Breitbart

Is this the end of Milo? – Breitbart’s Lee Stranahan

Milo Yiannopoulos LOSES his $250k book deal amid outrage at pedophilia comments as Breitbart workers threaten to quit if he isn’t sacked

PewDiePie Responds to ‘Anti-Semitic Videos’ Controversy

‘Adult Swim’ Fired Me For Supporting Donald Trump — Here’s How It Went Down

Trudeau demands “feminist round table” from Trump

Liberals Attack ACLU for Defending Milo Yiannopoulos’ Right to Free Speech

Disney Cuts Ties to YouTube Superstar PewDiePie

Tucker Takes on Student Who Called for NYU to Shut Down College Republicans

Revealed: FBI terrorism taskforce investigating Standing Rock activists


Milo And Alex Jones Announce Back To Berkeley To Confront Violent Snowflakes

Liberal: Why I want Milo Yiannopoulos on my campus

Berkeley Student Newspaper Publishes Essays Defending Violence

Rebel reporters under attack: Hiring Bodyguards, Suing

Hoo boy: NYU prof goes berserk, demands NYPD beat up Gavin McInnes supporters outside campus speech

Gavin McInnes Is Threatening To Sue WSN. Can He?

Gavin McInnes: Politics “is just fashion” for these violent “anti-fascists”

“Low quality tweets”. WTF?

The Social Media Hive Mind

Throttling Theory

Twitter Shadowbanning ‘Real and Happening Every Day’ Says Inside Source

Twitter promises more censorship with new site update

Facebook’s and Google’s efforts to stunt the spread of fake news

Internet filtering as a form of soft censorship


Should Be Sued For Fraud’ — Matt Drudge Unloads On Republicans


Where there is a demand, there is a supply.  Who is demanding these services? A demand for a product and service  that anyone involved with knows the general planet regards  as pure evil. An extremely risky service to provide.  Who can afford such services? Who can afford and has the power to cover-up such services?

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Ashton Kutcher Near TEARS in EMOTIONAL Opening Testimony at Senate Hearing on Human Trafficking

Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky’s son charged with child sex abuse

Establishment Media Afraid/Censors Joe Rogan And Alex Jones Podcast

Dennis Hastert, Who Abused Teenage Boys, Is Just Tip of Iceberg

Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin hope to keep the sexting politico out of jail

Jeffrey Epstein documentary being planned

Clintons’ Pedophile Pal Jeffrey Epstein Sued AGAIN For ‘Sex Crimes’

Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is accused of luring an underage girl into his elaborate sex trafficking enterprise under the guise of using his wealth and connections to get her into a prestige NYC college

Expert sees parallels in MSU, Penn State sex assault cases

Sandusky’s Bob Costas interview called into question in latest court filing

Penn State seeks to overturn verdict for ex-assistant Mike McQueary

Former Penn State administrators get new trial date in Sandusky child endangerment case

Rose McGowen Tweets About Being Raped By Hollywood Executive: ‘They Shamed Me While Adulating My Rapist’ 

Elijah Wood: Hollywood Full of ‘Organized’ Child Sex Abuse

Corey Feldman on Elijah Wood Hollywood Pedophilia Controversy: “I Would Love to Name Names”

Corey Haim & Corey Feldman are the subject of a new movie: What we know so far

474 Arrested, 28 Sexually Exploited Children Rescued During Statewide Human Trafficking Operation: LASD

PIZZAGATE: Public Hangings Required To Restore Confidence

CBS News Ben Swann does a “Reality Check” on Pizzagate

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Ben Swann, CBS Anchor Who Defended Pizzagate, Deletes Entire Social Media Presence

Alex Jones & Joe Rogan Breakdown PizzaGate Pedophile Cult

Joe Rogan Experience #911 – Alex Jones & Eddie Bravo

Alex Jones And Joe Rogan Breakdown The PizzaGate Pedophile Cult

Pizzagate Journalists Being Attacked by MMFA & ThinkProgress!!!


Ben Swan Reality Check

UC Berkeley Thug Who Beat Conservative and Bragged About It Online – Is University Staff Member!

Protesters start fire over Breitbart editor speech



Riot Forces Cancellation Of Yiannopoulos Talk At UC Berkeley

Female MILO Fan Pepper-Sprayed At UC Berkeley

MILO’s Protesters Are Illiterate (UC Davis)

MILO Leads March At UC Davis

X-rated kindergarten projects for college women

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My goal is to try to weaponize the American people, try to weaponize the conservative movement, try to weaponize the underground conservative Hollywood movement, to weaponize as many people in the center-right country to try to rectify a generation-plus long problem that has been absolute media bias, absolute media used by the Democratic Party as a tool to defeat conservatives

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Who let the dogs escape?

Who let the dogs escape?



Oh noes! Illuminati!





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