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  • 5 busted in suspected Victoria's Secret theft ring
    Police say five people have been arrested after they allegedly carried out robberies of Victoria's Secret stores up and down the East Coast
  • Ex neo-Nazi who converted to Islam kills 2 roommates, police say
    Devon Arthurs told police he was angry about anti-Muslim sentiment and wanted to bring attention to the issue.
  • Fisherman saves bear cub from drowning
    A Pennsylvania man captured the sweet moment he saved a baby bear from drowning in a lake.
  • 22 dead after explosion at Ariana Grande concert
    Manchester police continued saying they were treating the situation as a terrorist incident “until police know otherwise."
  • Hollywood reacts to Ariana Grande concert explosion
    Reaction to the fatal explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England
  • Bond denied for 3 teens charged in 6-year-old's slaying
    Three Mississippi teenagers charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy were denied bond Monday during initial court appearances
  • Ariana Grande concert explosion kills 22, injures dozens; event treated as terrorist attack
    British Prime Minister Theresa May said the government was working to establish "the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack."
  • Rebel Wilson tells court Australian articles hurt her career
    A tearful Rebel Wilson testified in an Australian court that a series of magazine articles were a deliberate attack on her character and damaged her career
  • Ariana Grande concert explosion a terror attack?; Trump's new budget (10 Things to Know for Tuesday)
    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday.
  • Group helps rescued horse make remarkable recovery
    Maizy the quarter horse was rescued by the Nebraska Humane Society after she was found in a trailer.
  • Lingerie bandits nabbed after police chase
    4 women are in custody, accused of stealing lingerie from a California mall.
  • NFL should readopt sudden death overtime instead of reducing it five minutes
    Bell: Rather than reduce overtime by five minutes, owners should readopt old format.       
  • Clearly outmatched against LeBron and Cavs, Celtics remain resilient
    There’s no denying the resiliency built into the Celtics' DNA       
  • Punchless Red Sox - last in the AL in home runs - are picture of mediocrity
    The Red Sox aren't necessarily missing David Ortiz - but they're scoring less without him.       
  • Flight took off with disruptive passenger despite red flags
    Despite raising red flags at Los Angeles International Airport, a man cited by airport police and traveling to Hawaii with no luggage was allowed to board an American Airlines flight
  • 5 jurors picked for Cosby trial, 2 know a sex assault victim
    Two of the five jurors picked so far for Bill Cosby's criminal trial say they know a victim of sexual assault
  • News of Ariana Grande concert tragedy stuns hometown
    As reports came in Monday night of the unfolding horror in Manchester, England at the scene of pop star Ariana Grande’s concert, people in Boca Raton, Florida, the singer's hometown, were saddened and full of disbelief
  • In Saudi Arabia, Trump turns Sunni -- Our View
    Change of tone is welcome; favoring an Islam sect over another is not       
  • City: Proposals would lower tax rate by almost a half mill
    Shreveport City Council members Tuesday will consider two proposals that, if approved, would reduce the city's millage rate by a total of almost a half mill. 
  • Your Mail 5-23: Where is Bolton's flag?
    Is missing flag an oversight, or a deliberate omission?       
  • 'It sounded like the 4th of July': Double shooting in the 7th Ward
    A man and a woman were shot Monday night (May 22) in the 1800 block of Old Prieur Street, according to the NOPD.
  • Monday Overnight: Rising River
    Monday Overnight: Rising River The Mississippi River is now at 15.92 feet. Flood stage is 17 feet, and the City is protected up to 20 feet. The River is not expected to reach flood stage.Flash flood watch posted through Noon Tuesday. Locally heavy rain is possible. A cold front will move through Wednesday. Sunny skies are forecast Thursday. It's going to be warmer this weekend with highs near 90. http://www.wdsu.com/weather
  • Trump lights up social media with glowing orb photo
    The moment quickly spawned memes from people who likened the president to everything from comic book characters to blockbuster movie villains.
  • Ex-SPD officer pleads not guilty
    A former Shreveport police officer accused of helping a homicide suspect has pleaded not guilty.
  • US raid kills 7 al-Qaida militants in Yemen
    The Defense Department says U.S. forces have killed seven members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula during a raid in Yemen early Tuesday
  • Charbonnet running for mayor
    New Orleans now has a new candidate for mayor, former judge Desiree Charbonnet.
  • Manchester: No stranger to adversity
    The city of Manchester, where at least 19 people were killed by a suspected suicide attacker at a music concert Monday night, is no stranger to tragedy
  • Desiree Charbonnet is running for New Orleans mayor
    Desiree Charbonnet is running for New Orleans mayor
  • It's a meme come true: Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o set to make movie together
    It all started with a picture and a simple suggestion on social media.
  • Manchester, UK taxis offering free rides after explosion
    The taxi companies posted messages about the free rides on Twitter after an explosion at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert Monday night.
  • JPSO seeks man suspected of robbing Terrytown gas station at gunpoint
    The armed robbery occurred shortly before 9 p.m. at a Shell station in the 400 block of Behrman Highway in Terrytown, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
  • 'Can't bring myself to give them that money': Finding out your $284 blood test costs $34 nearby
    "The hospital pricing experts have adopted the methods of the used car salesman," said Dr. Brobson Lutz, a physician and former New Orleans' health director.
  • At least 19 dead in explosion at Ariana Grande concert in U.K.; terror suspected
    At least one explosion at a concert given by singer Ariana Grande sent terrified fans running for the exits Monday in Manchester in the United Kingdom, according to Variety and various other media organizations.       
  • Trump says budget can balance with major cuts to safety-net programs
    WASHINGTON — President Trump is proposing major cuts to health care, food assistance and other safety-net programs for the poor to balance the budget in 10 years while increasing spending for the military and other priorities.       
  • Man injured in shooting in Algiers: NOPD
    The shooting occurred at the intersection of Westbend Parkway and Vespasian Boulevard, police said.
  • A major Formosan termite swarm in Metairie on Monday night
    Formosan termites continue to cause millions of dollars a year in damage in Louisiana
  • How close is LSU to a national seed? Paul Mainieri says what he thinks
    'You never know what the committee is thinking or what they're going to decide.'
  • Murder suspect arrested after monument duty created delay: sources
    Troy "Ville" Varnado Jr., 29, was booked into the Orleans Justice Center jail at 6:25 p.m. Monday, according to online jail records.
  • Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes food stamps, Medicaid
    President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation's economic growth to balance the budget within 10 years.
  • Former LSU commit Zadock Dinkelmann chooses BYU
    Dinkelmann decommitted from LSU in January
  • Beau On Base: SEC Tourney doesn't always matter either
    Busy week as Tigers win SEC, prepare for SEC Tournament, name 4th starter, and Lange and Deichmann make 1st team All-SEC       
  • Beau On Base: SEC Tourney doesn't always matter either
    Busy week as Tigers win SEC, prepare for SEC Tournament, name 4th starter, and Lange and Deichmann make 1st team All-SEC       
  • Woman wounded in Gretna shooting: Gretna Police Department
    A woman in her early 20s was shot to her upper torso in Gretna on Monday (May 22), according to Gretna Police Department Deputy Chief Anthony Christiana.
  • Shooting near Westwego wounds man: JPSO
    The shooting victim was found in the 700 block of Wayne Avenue, authorities said, just a few miles from the site of a Monday afternoon shooting in Bridge City.
  • Tulane Medical Center launches medical clinic for former NFL Players
    The Tulane Health Institute debuted its new medical clinic for professional athletes on Monday.
  • Principal photographed with Confederate monument protesters is 'removed from campus'
    Nicholas Dean said he wasn't protesting on either side.
  • Man found in Treme trash can was stabbed: NOPD
    Monday night (May 22), the NOPD announced that the investigation had been classified as a "homicide by cutting" after officers found stab wounds to the victim's body.
  • Desiree Charbonnet announces she's running for mayor
    The former Municipal Court judge is leaning heavily on her experience.
  • St. Tammany leaders discuss budget cuts after tax defeats
    Putting sales tax measures back on ballot for third time also discussed.
  • Louisiana House lawmakers refuse to lessen hunting sales tax holiday
    Purchases of off-road vehicles and airboats in Louisiana will continue to be tax-free on the first weekend of September.
  • Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI probe: Washington Post
    White House officials say Comey's testimony about the scope of the FBI investigation upset Trump, who has dismissed the FBI and congressional investigations as a "witch hunt."
  • Man suspected of murder in St. Claude area shooting
    Roosevelt Rumbley, 29, is wanted in the May 12 killing of a man in the 1100 block of Louisa Street, near St. Claude Avenue, police said Monday (May 22).
  • Fires damage 2 homes in Shreveport's Queensborough
    Shreveport firefighters battled two house fires within hours and within blocks of one another in the city's Queensborough neighborhood the evening of May 22.
  • Bitcoin hits record $2,000 — and rising
    Inflation worries and more global acceptance offset setbacks like a proposed ETF.       
  • Lawmaker apologizes for lynching comments
    State Rep. Karl Oliver, R-Winona, has issued an apology for using the word "lynched" after he posted on Facebook that Louisiana leaders removing Confederate monuments should be lynched, in capital letters, and compared their actions to Nazis.       
  • Lawmaker apologizes for lynching comments
    State Rep. Karl Oliver, R-Winona, has issued an apology for using the word "lynched" after he posted on Facebook that Louisiana leaders removing Confederate monuments should be lynched, in capital letters, and compared their actions to Nazis.       
  • Texas to spend $61M widening 7-mile stretch of I-30 to 6 lanes
    Texarkana, Texas, officials are looking forward to major improvements on a section of Interstate 30.
  • Former social services director arrested for allegedly stealing almost $400k from elderly residents
    A Minden woman has been arrested for reportedly stealing approximately $391,000 from residents of a retirement home in Arcadia, reports the Attorney General's Department of Justice.
  • No pressure on LSU at SEC Tournament
    SEC champ Tigers can just have fun in Hoover       
  • No pressure on LSU at SEC Tournament
    SEC champ Tigers can just have fun in Hoover       
  • Run For The Wall
    Leader photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT Bikers pass under the Tarbutton Overpass Sunday as part of the Run For The Wall event. The motorcyle trek ends at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D. C., on Memorial Day. See more photos on page 5A. Full text of this article is available to subscribers only. Login if you are already a subscriber. If you are not a subscriber, you can subscribe to the online version here.
  • Suspect caught in attempted murder case
    The suspect in an attempted second-degree murder that occurred May 17 is now in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. Justin Lamar Early, 23, of 2401 Washington St., in Ruston, was located in Ouachita Parish and arrested by authorities there Sunday evening. Early is charged with attempted second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Early was transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where he is being held on $1 million bond for the attempted murder charge and $50,000 on the firearm charge. Full text of this article is available to subscribers only. Login if you are already a subscriber. If you are not a subscriber, you can subscribe to the online version here. read more
  • Parish offers opportunity for mental, physical activity this summer
    Derek J. Amaya Lincoln Parish students have the opportunity to remain mentally and physically active this summer now that the final school bells have rung for the 2016-17 school year. Lincoln Parish ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol and City of Ruston Recreation Supervisor Ashlynn Shell said reading, signing up for scheduled Ruston Parks and Recreation camps and science and art camps are only a few of the many things students can do to stay active this summer. Cox-Boniol said reading is “among the most important things students need to be doing regularly.” Full text of this article is available to subscribers only. Login if you are already a subscriber. If you are not a subscriber, you can subscribe to the online version here. read more
  • Police investigating 2 fatal shootings in Alexandria
    The Alexandria Police Department is investigating after two separate shootings this weekend killed two men.       
  • Police investigating 2 fatal shootings in Alexandria
    The Alexandria Police Department is investigating after two separate shootings this weekend killed two men.       
  • Al Ater, ex-lawmaker, secretary of state, dies at age 63
    Al Ater, ex-lawmaker, secretary of state, dies at age 63 FERRIDAY, La.       
  • Al Ater, ex-lawmaker, secretary of state, dies at age 63
    Al Ater, ex-lawmaker, secretary of state, dies at age 63 FERRIDAY, La.       
  • Ride Ruston Bike Week ends
    Leader photo by NANCY BERGERON Hudson Futrell, 6, of Choudrant, maneuvers through part of an obstacle course at Cook Park during Friday’s evening’s culminating event of Ride Ruston Bike Week. The week, with its emphasis on biking for transportation as well as for fun, included group rides and a look at the first section of the Rock Island Greenway shared-use path. Full text of this article is available to subscribers only. Login if you are already a subscriber. If you are not a subscriber, you can subscribe to the online version here.
  • Alexandria robbery suspect still in jail on host of charges
    A robbery suspect returned to an Alexandria store the day after he allegedly took cash from a man's wallet, leading to his arrest.       
  • Alexandria robbery suspect still in jail on host of charges
    A robbery suspect returned to an Alexandria store the day after he allegedly took cash from a man's wallet, leading to his arrest.       
  • Cedar Creek students use math to aid St. Jude
    Leader News Service Submitted photo Among the participants in this year’s Cedar Creek St. Jude Math-a-thon were (front row, from left) Gracie Jones, teacher Dana Milam and Magnus Erikson; (back row) Anna Grace Johnson and Morgan Byrnes. For the past four years, Cedar Creek School has been in the “Top 100” schools to raise monies for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon. The Math-A-Thon helps students get excited about learning math and helping others. Dana Milam, St. Jude Math-A-Thon coordinator and fifth-grade teacher, has participated for 16 years – the same number of years she has been teaching. This year the school raised over $8,600 for St. Jude patients with more than 70 students participating. Full text of this article is available to subscribers only. Login if you are already a subscriber. If you are not a subscriber, you can subscribe to the online version here. read more
  • Cheers
    Leader News Service Northwestern State University awarded degrees to 865 graduates during Spring Commencement Exercises held May 12 in Prather Coliseum. The commencement speaker was Stewart Ewing, executive vice president and chief financial officer for CenturyLink, and a 1973 graduate of Northwestern State’s School of Business. Lincoln Parish graduates are as follows: • Choudrant — Oliver Howard, Master of Science in Nursing • Ruston – Daveon Jones, Bachelor of Science; Foster Phillips, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Landry Bagwell and Jennifer Calvert, Master of Science in Nursing Full text of this article is available to subscribers only. Login if you are already a subscriber. If you are not a subscriber, you can subscribe to the online version here.
  • Police: Search for man finds him with gun, baby bottle of pills
    The Alexandria man was charged with several counts of drug possession and a weapons charge.       
  • Police: Search for man finds him with gun, baby bottle of pills
    The Alexandria man was charged with several counts of drug possession and a weapons charge.       
  • Gallot bringing GSU back to prosperity
    Almost a year ago, Grambling State University Senate Faculty President Herb Simmons defined the university’s situation then as “their backs against the wall with only one strike remaining.” Simmons made that statement following the resignation from first-year president Willie Larkin in June 2016. Simmons was right. GSU did not have many more options left and the school was in desperate times. But GSU’s answers were found in one of its own. Full text of this article is available to subscribers only. Login if you are already a subscriber. If you are not a subscriber, you can subscribe to the online version here. read more
  • 2 charged with 3rd DWIs, including former Rapides juror
    Two men were charged over the weekend by the Alexandria Police Department with third-offense DWIs, including a former Rapides Parish Police juror who faced a DWI while in office.       
  • 2 charged with 3rd DWIs, including former Rapides juror
    Two men were charged over the weekend by the Alexandria Police Department with third-offense DWIs, including a former Rapides Parish Police juror who faced a DWI while in office.       
  • Allow me to have five minutes
    Randy Rogers At a recent charity event in Ruston benefitting the Pine Hills Advocacy Center, as the father of a victim of child sexual abuse; I was asked to give my testimony. Here are my remarks: For the next five minutes, I’d like to speak to you about what it’s like to be the parent of a victim of child abuse and how the Child Advocacy Centers helped me get through it. I can still remember the counselor’s words: “Mr. Rogers, we have reason to believe that your son has been sexually abused by an out-of- family member.” Those were the words that forever changed my life. Full text of this article is available to subscribers only. Login if you are already a subscriber. If you are not a subscriber, you can subscribe to the online version here. read more
  • Central Louisiana mugshots, week of May 22, 2017
    Mugshots received from Central Louisiana law enforcement agencies for the week of May 22, 2017. All those pictured are innocent until proven guilty.       
  • Central Louisiana mugshots, week of May 22, 2017
    Mugshots received from Central Louisiana law enforcement agencies for the week of May 22, 2017. All those pictured are innocent until proven guilty.       
  • Run For The Wall events draws crowd
    T. Scott Boatright Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT Run For The Wall biker Judy Atkins of Tuscon, Arizona, who was ahead of the main group of participants, stopped under the Tarbutton Overpass Sunday to greet supporters and hand out 2017 Run For The Wall pins to local onlookers showing their support. The 10-day ride will end at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day. At right, a close-up of the commemorative pin for this year’s ride. Full text of this article is available to subscribers only. Login if you are already a subscriber. If you are not a subscriber, you can subscribe to the online version here.
  • VP Mike Pence returns to La. Wednesday
    It will be the vice president's third visit to the state since August.       
  • VP Mike Pence returns to La. Wednesday
    It will be the vice president's third visit to the state since August.       
  • Lady Techsters fall in extra innings
    Leader Sports Service Louisiana Tech softball coach Mark Montgomery saw his Lady Techsters fall in extra innings to No. 1 Minnesota in NCAA Regional play on Sunday. TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —Louisiana Tech took No. 1 ranked Minnesota into extra innings before the Gophers (56-4) scored three runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the Lady Techsters (38-24) 5-2 at Rhoads Stadium Sunday afternoon in the Tuscaloosa Regional. Two days after playing out-of-character in an 11-3 loss to Minnesota, Louisiana Tech stood tall Sunday, playing cleat-to-cleat with the Gophers in the elimination game. Full text of this article is available to subscribers only. Login if you are already a subscriber. If you are not a subscriber, you can subscribe to the online version here. read more
  • Former Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins may face NBA-NFL decision
    Dominique Hawkins, four-year player for John Calipari, gets attention for his athleticism.       
  • La. political power broker Billy Broadhurst dies
    Broadhurst was a close adviser to former Gov. Edwin Edwards.       
  • La. political power broker Billy Broadhurst dies
    Broadhurst was a close adviser to former Gov. Edwin Edwards.       
  • AEP-SWEPCO warns customers about utility billing scam
    AEP-SWEPCO is warning its customers about a scam in which a caller demands immediate payment of a delinquent bill.
  • Residents saddened by loss of piece of local history
    Red Hill Spring supplied water for generations in Grant Parish, but new owner closed it over safety concerns       
  • Residents saddened by loss of piece of local history
    Red Hill Spring supplied water for generations in Grant Parish, but new owner closed it over safety concerns       
  • Eastbound I-20 back open; traffic backed up into Texas
    Eastbound Interstate 20 in west Shreveport is back open in the wake a wreck involving three tractor-trailer rigs.
  • Gunman shoots ceiling, robs liquor store in west Shreveport
    A man fired a handgun once into the ceiling when he robbed a west Shreveport liquor store early Monday afternoon.
  • Monday's rain helped plants more than the weekend storms
    Here are some tips to keep your plants hydrated this summer.
  • 4 great spots you have to try for brunch
    This season is one of celebration.       
  • 4 great spots you have to try for brunch
    This season is one of celebration.       
  • New 'Convertible Jorts' sell for $400
    A new pair of jeans is changing the way we wear denim.
  • POW WOW!! Tunica Biloxi tribe hosts 22nd gathering
    Hundreds of tribal voices raised in song, prayer and celebration at the Tunica Biloxi’s 22nd annual Pow Wow over the weekend.       
  • POW WOW!! Tunica Biloxi tribe hosts 22nd gathering
    Hundreds of tribal voices raised in song, prayer and celebration at the Tunica Biloxi’s 22nd annual Pow Wow over the weekend.       
  • Pineville High School receives national student council award
    Pineville High is one of just four schools in Louisiana to be awarded a 2017 National Gold Council of Excellence Award.       
  • Pineville High School receives national student council award
    Pineville High is one of just four schools in Louisiana to be awarded a 2017 National Gold Council of Excellence Award.       
  • Oklahoma school apologizes for Hitler yearbook quotation
    OKLAHOMA CITY— The principal of an Oklahoma high school apologized after its yearbook featured a quotation attributed to Adolf Hitler. Students at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City discovered the quote when they got the books earlier this month. Graduating seniors chose quotes to pair with their portraits. A quote listed above Hitler's name says, "If you want to shine like the sun, first you have to burn like it." Some translations of Hitler's manifesto "Mein Kampf" include similar wording, though the author of the excerpt is disputed. It appeared in the yearbook directly below a quotation attributed to Anne Frank, the Holocaust diarist who perished in a Nazi death camp. Principal David Morton sent parents a letter last week accepting blame for the gaffe and saying the school was buying stickers students could place over the offending quote. Morton could not be reached for comment Monday. A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, which oversees the school, says the student who chose the Hitler quote was disciplined. The school also is reviewing its process for the student-chosen quotations. "Unfortunately, and clearly, the process failed to work in this case," Diane Clay said in an email. "The school is evaluating changes."
  • Beyonce, Jay Z celebrate twins at star-studded baby shower
    LOS ANGELES — Beyonce and Jay Z have celebrated the impending birth of their twins with a star-studded baby shower A picture posted on the singer's Instagram account Sunday shows Beyonce in a bikini top and highlighting her pregnancy with an intricate design painted on her belly. A note on the photos show "The Carter Push Party" took place on Saturday. Jay Z's real name is Shawn Carter. Beyonce's mother, Tina Lawson, shared photos and videos from the party on Instagram . Some of the guests at the gathering included Serena Williams, who's also pregnant, and La La Anthony. Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams from Beyonce's days with Destiny's Child were also in attendance. Beyonce and Jay Z have a 5-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.
  • Democrats, watchdog seek Trump's ethics waivers
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's administration is pushing back on an effort by the Office of Government Ethics to force the disclosure of waivers issued to ex-lobbyists in the administration. Budget director Mick Mulvaney says in a letter to OGE director Walter Shaub that agencies should not reply to the request for information. Trump's predecessor Barack Obama required that all ethics waivers be posted to the OGE website, which logged 66 of them over his eight years in office. At the time, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said OGE should use its authority to force Obama to be transparent about its waiver process. Now, eight years later, Mulvaney is saying that OGE has no such authority. Democrats are urging OGE to keep up the fight, saying the White House is resisting transparency.
  • Judge: Sound engineer can't publish unreleased Prince tracks
    MINNEAPOLIS — A sound engineer who worked with Prince is barred from publishing or disseminating any unreleased recordings that compromise the late superstar's work. George Ian Boxill worked with Prince on five tracks in 2006 and made at least one recording — "Deliverance" — available online last month. Prince's estate and Paisley Park Enterprises sued to block it. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright issued a preliminary injunction saying Boxill and independent label RMA can't publish unreleased recordings until the dispute is resolved. They are also barred from using Prince's trademark to sell or promote "Deliverance." The lawsuit says Boxill signed a confidentiality agreement that the recordings would remain Prince's property. Prince sings and plays guitar and keyboard on the tracks. Prince died last year of an accidental opioid overdose.
  • Louisiana State Police facing $23 million in cuts
    Grim-faced Louisiana State Police brass spent much of the morning Monday explaining to the Senate Finance Committee what the latest spending cuts to their department will do to public safety starting July.       
  • Louisiana State Police facing $23 million in cuts
    Grim-faced Louisiana State Police brass spent much of the morning Monday explaining to the Senate Finance Committee what the latest spending cuts to their department will do to public safety starting July.       
  • People trapped in RV causing delays on I-20 W in Webster Parish
    Louisiana State Police are investigating a crash where multiple people are stuck inside of an RV on Interstate 20 westbound in Webster Parish.
  • Murder charge against mom dropped after stepdad's conviction
    Woman's mother alluded to her daughter being intimidated into not speaking with investigators.       
  • Murder charge against mom dropped after stepdad's conviction
    Woman's mother alluded to her daughter being intimidated into not speaking with investigators.       
  • Billy Cotten sentenced to life
    Billy Dean Cotten was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He was convicted on May 4 of second-degree murder in the March 2014 death of Aiden Wayne Dyson, his 9-month-old stepson.       
  • Billy Cotten sentenced to life
    Billy Dean Cotten was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He was convicted on May 4 of second-degree murder in the March 2014 death of Aiden Wayne Dyson, his 9-month-old stepson.       
  • 4 NFL playoff teams that won't make it back in 2017
    In each of the last 11 seasons, at least four playoff teams failed to make the postseason in the following season. Who will it be in 2017?       
  • Police: Concert blast being treated as terrorism
    LONDON - Greater Manchester Police say they are working with national police and intelligence agencies in what is being treated as a terrorist incident.Police said Tuesday morning they are still gathering information about the incident and are setting up a telephone hot line to help people locate loved ones. Police said there are 19 confirmed deaths. Manchester police: "We are currently treating this as a terrorist incident until we have further information." https://t.co/IaQjbE32Gb pic.twitter.com/BFjacVNfoL— ABC News (@ABC) May 23, 2017 Authorities are also asking the public to stay away from the area around Manchester Arena where an explosion disrupted a crowded pop concert by American artist Ariana Grande.The British government is planning an emergency Cabinet meeting for later Monday morning. Permalink| Comments
  • Lobbyist: Lawmaker turnabout 'borderline illegal'
    Americans For Prosperity directory John Kay said Rep. Clay Schexnayder forwarded legislative phone to him.       
  • Lobbyist: Lawmaker turnabout 'borderline illegal'
    Americans For Prosperity directory John Kay said Rep. Clay Schexnayder forwarded legislative phone to him.       
  • 2 white men, white woman are 1st picks for Bill Cosby jury
  • Report: BRPD officer placed on leave for racially charged text message
    BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge Police Department officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after a group text he was involved in allegedly violated department policy. Sgt. Don Coppola says that Officer Blaine Dupuy was placed on leave starting May 18 for alleged policy violation related to "conduct unbecoming an officer and command of temper regarding a group text." According to a report from the Advocate, Dupuy is accused of sending a racially charged image in a group text with other officers. The image allegedly concerned protests in reaction to the Department of Justice's recent decision to not pursue charges in the shooting death of Alton Sterling. The report says an officer familiar with the matter says that the image was that of a chimpanzee along with the phrase "chimp out". The text was reportedly in reference to protestors against the DOJ decision, a large number of whom were black. Police Chief Carl Dabadie told the Advocate that Dupuy was placed on leave for sending an "inappropriate" message after the department received a written complaint, but the police chief did not elaborate further. Dupuy has been with the Baton Rouge Police Department for almost three years. Permalink| Comments
  • Judge orders school stabbing suspect to remain behind bars
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A prosecutor asked for patience Monday as authorities investigate the stabbing of a black Army officer, allegedly by a white University of Maryland student, in a possible hate crime on campus. The FBI is investigating the unprovoked stabbing of Richard Collins III as a possible hate crime. The suspect, Sean Urbanski, has belonged to a racist Facebook group. Police also said that he was intoxicated, and being tested for drugs. Defense attorney William C. Brennan argued Monday that the 22-year-old should be allowed to live at home under conditions including GPS monitoring and alcohol abuse treatment while his case goes forward. The judge declined, for now. Collins, 23, was stabbed early Saturday while visiting friends at the College Park campus. He had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and would have graduated Tuesday from Bowie State University, police said. Lt. Col. Joel Thomas, who runs the ROTC unit at Bowie State, described Collins as intelligent, athletic, personable and with all the makings of an outstanding military leader. At a news conference on Monday, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks cautioned against speculating about the case before facts are gathered. The killing was met with shock and fear on both campuses, which are nearby each other in suburban Washington. Bowie State, a historically black school, is having its commencement ceremony Tuesday in the same basketball stadium on the College Park campus where Maryland held its ceremony on Sunday. "If I'm a person of color I would certainly look at this as something that could happen to me. In fact, I know on Facebook our students are saying that," said University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell. University of Maryland President Wallace Loh led students and families in a moment of silence for Collins at Sunday's commencement. He called it a "senseless and unprovoked assault," The Baltimore Sun reported. "We are still in shock that a young man, so full of promise, should have his life cut short, so suddenly," Loh said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and with the entire Bowie State University community." Mitchell said he asked for the FBI's help after learning that Urbanski, 22, belonged to a Facebook group called "Alt-Reich: Nation," where members post disparaging material about African-Americans and others. "We are here to evaluate that as an ongoing concern with respect to whether or not this was a hate crime," Gordon Johnson, special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Baltimore, said at a news conference Sunday evening. Brennan told the judge that Urbanski, who appeared in court via a television feed, had "no prior criminal record." The judge said his request for bond could be revisited at a later date. Brennan and Urbanski's parents left without commenting after Monday's hearing. A message left Sunday at a number listed for his home in Severna Park was not immediately returned. Urbanski was added to the "Alt-Reich" Facebook group by an administrator in February. The group, which was taken down after the stabbing, had about 1,100 members and included racist, sexist and anti-Semitic photos and posts. Officials said Collins was with two friends waiting for an Uber ride at about 3 a.m. Saturday when they heard Urbanski screaming and watched him approach. Urbanski said "Step left, step left if you know what's best for you," according to the charging documents. Collins said 'no,' and Urbanski stabbed him once in the chest, the documents say. Officers found Urbanski sitting on a bench about 50 feet from where Collins collapsed, with a knife in his front right pocket, the documents say. Urbanski graduated from Severna Park High School in 2013, where he made the honor roll in 11th grade, according to media reports. Urbanski was not scheduled to graduate from the University of Maryland this year, police said. Zach Lessner, who was in a bowling league with Urbanski and just graduated from the University of Maryland, said he didn't expect that Urbanski "would be the person to commit this horrendous act." Dr. Artie Lee Travis, vice president for student affairs at Bowie State, said the school hopes the investigation moves forward as quickly as possible. "Hate has no place in America," Travis said. "Hate has no place on a college campus, where young minds are coming together to try to change the world," he said. Brian Douglas, who got to know Collins when they took a class together, said the man was looking forward to graduation. "He was just nice, just a good young man all around. You can't find those too often in today's society," Douglas said. Ciera Sorrell, who also took a class with Collins, said his killing shocked the Bowie State community. "Everyone is in disbelief," she said. "He seemed so excited to get to live his life and he doesn't have that chance anymore." ---- Richer reported from Richmond, Virginia. Associated Press Video Journalist Rick Gentilo contributed to this report.
  • Real estate agent accused in killings prompts new law
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — People who sell or manage property in South Carolina will have to pass a background check to renew their license under a new law prompted by November's arrest of a real estate agent accused of killing seven people. The law signed Friday requires real estate agents, brokers and property managers to undergo a fingerprint-based check every third license renewal, or every six years. The law takes effect in 2020. Todd Kohlhepp was arrested after authorities said they found a woman chained in a storage container on his Spartanburg County property. He's accused of killing her boyfriend, another couple who disappeared in December and four people in a motorcycle shop in 2003. A 2014 state law required first-time applicants to pass a background check. Kohlhepp received his license in 2006.
  • The Latest: Mayor: Lynch remark shows need for talk of race
    JACKSON, Miss. — The Latest on comments made by a Mississippi lawmaker over the removal of Confederate monuments (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The mayor of New Orleans says a Mississippi lawmaker's remark about lynching shows the city was right "to tackle the issue of race head-on" by removing Confederate statues. Democratic Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comments came Monday in response to a Facebook post by Mississippi Republican state Rep. Karl Oliver. In the post Saturday, Oliver said Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate statues. Oliver apologized for his comments Monday. Several Mississippi officials, Republican and Democratic, condemned Oliver's original post. Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn stripped Oliver of a committee vice chairmanship. Three statues removed in New Orleans were of Confederate figures and a fourth honored white supremacy. ---- 1:40 p.m. A New Orleans City Council member says a Mississippi lawmaker committed a crime by saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments. Councilman James A. Gray II represents a majority African-American district and supported the recent removal of four statues — three of Confederate figures and one that honored white supremacy. Gray says calling for a lynching "is inciting the murder of American citizens, and that's a crime that ought to be prosecuted." Mississippi state Rep. Karl Oliver, who is white, apologized Monday for a Facebook post he wrote Saturday in which he mentioned lynching as punishment for removing Confederate statues. ---- 11:15 a.m. A Mississippi lawmaker says he was wrong to call for Louisiana leaders to be lynched for removing Confederate monuments and is asking for forgiveness. Republican state Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona says in a statement Monday that he wants to apologize to his colleagues and to the state of Mississippi. Oliver set off a wave of criticism after posting on his Facebook page Saturday night that the destruction of monuments is "heinous and horrific" and that Louisiana leaders should be lynched. The post was in response to the removal of three Confederate monuments and a monument to white supremacy in New Orleans. Oliver says he was expressing his "passion for preserving all historical monuments" but that the word lynching is never appropriate. -- 10 a.m. A Mississippi lawmaker is saying Louisiana leaders should be "lynched" for removing Confederate monuments. Republican state Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona says in a Facebook post that the destruction of monuments is "heinous and horrific." He accused Louisiana officials of acting in a Nazi-like fashion. The post was made Saturday night, after three Confederate monuments and a monument to white supremacy were removed in New Orleans. Oliver did not immediately respond to email and phone messages from The Associated Press seeking comment Monday. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and House Speaker Philip Gunn, also Republicans, issued statements Monday condemning Oliver's post. Gunn says using the word "lynched" is "inappropriate and offensive." He called on Oliver to apologize. Bryant says Oliver's language is "unacceptable and has no place in civil discourse."
  • Teens given no bond, charged with capital murder in kidnapping, death of 6-year-old
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  • Dispute between relatives, chemical plant heats up over historic slave cemetery
    IBERVILLE PARISH- The dispute between the descendants of Robert Taylor, who set up a cemetery in Revilletown back in 1881, and a chemical plant controlling access to it ended up in court again Monday. Janice Dickerson claims the chemical plant has locked out her and her relatives from accessing the cemetery to properly pay their respects. Things heated up last week, when she claims she was locked out along with other disabled relatives from driving in to deliver Mother's Day flowers. In court Monday, there was an agreement of sorts to let descendants of the historic slave cemetery visit during normal business hours with both gates open if they are with disabled folks. However, there are many conditions and the family still isn't okay with it. The First Circuit Court of Appeal ruled last year the chemical plant doesn't own the property. But, it still manages to control who enters and when. The family is suing the plant and others after Iberville Parish allowed the chemical company to close off a parish road, effectively locking them out of the very place where their loved ones are buried. "Do you really think they care about dead folks, black dead folks? No," Janice Dickerson said. "From 1881 until the present, who the hell took care of that grave? We did. We didn't have restricted access."Things reached a boiling point last week when they claim they couldn't put flowers on their loved ones graves during Mother's Day. "I thought it was clear that during my past communication with them that all access would be available during the Mother's Day weekend," Dickerson's attorney, Jerry D'Aquila said.Last week, there was a similar problem. WBRZ was there when several disabled relatives arrived to pay their respects to drop off the Mother's Day flowers and were not allowed in. A restraining order was filed to prohibit the plant from blocking access, but that was not heard Monday. Instead, a trial date was set for August 25 for the matter to be heard."It's heartbreaking for them because they can't visit the grave site of their loved ones," D'Aquila said. "That cemetery has been in existence for years and it's heartbreaking for them and they're very emotional."Meanwhile, as the issue lingers the family isn't so sure they'll ever get justice. "When you're hooked up in this political climate and you've got the support of every elected official, judges don't have to be fair," Dickerson said. "When they walk around and say justice is blind, it truly is blind. We should have never been in this fight."WBRZ reached out to all the attorneys for the chemical plant involved, but were told they could not discuss the case. A spokesperson for Axiall and Westlake Chemical Plant said he could not comment due to pending litigation. Permalink| Comments
  • Louisiana utility regulator to head offshore drilling agency
    BATON ROUGE — A Louisiana state utility regulator has been tapped to lead an energy oversight agency for President Donald Trump's administration. Scott Angelle, a member of Louisiana's Public Service Commission, has been named director of the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The agency, which regulates offshore oil and gas drilling, says Angelle will start his new job Tuesday. Angelle, a Republican, worked for eight years as Louisiana's natural resources secretary. He has been a public official in the state for nearly 30 years, starting first in St. Martin Parish government before being named to the natural resources job under former Govs. Kathleen Blanco and Bobby Jindal. He also briefly served as interim lieutenant governor. Angelle ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2015 and for a congressional seat last year.
  • US doctor killed on Everest was climbing tallest peaks
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A global adventurer when he wasn't seeing patients in small-town Alabama, Dr. Roland Yearwood recently left his rural home to face the same challenge that could have killed him two years ago: Scaling Mount Everest. This time, Everest won. Yearwood, a 50-year-old doctor who practiced medicine in Georgiana, Alabama, died near the summit of the world's highest peak on Sunday, one of four people who Nepalese tourism officials said were killed on the mountain over the weekend. The circumstances of Yearwood's death weren't immediately released. Two years ago, the doctor survived a devastating earthquake that struck while he and dozens more were attempting to climb the mountain. Eighteen people were killed, although everyone in Yearwood's group was safe. Yearwood stayed behind after the 2015 quake to help provide medical care for people in the area, according to Patti Cook, administrator at Georgiana Medical Center, where he worked. "Dr. Yearwood was a selfless, strong physician respected by all of his colleagues. He was known as our 'trauma doc' due to his ability to stay calm and level-headed during emergencies while extending his confidence to the staff," Cook said in a statement. The father of two daughters was in the process of climbing the tallest peak on each of the seven continents, and Everest was the challenge this spring, according to a biography on the website of Georgiana Medical Center. He also liked to fly, dive and sail. "We were very blessed to have him as a part of our medical center," said Cook. Yearwood was an on-call physician and also saw patients in a rural health clinic, she said. Court records show Yearwood died about a month after a judge signed an order ending his marriage to Amrita Yearwood, who also is a doctor in south Alabama. In 2015, Amrita Yearwood described the anguished wait for word of her then-husband's fate after an earthquake shook Everest while he and dozens of other people were attempting to climb the mountain. "He is always calm," Amrita Yearwood told al.com at the time. "He does a lot of sports. He is adventurous. He doesn't get freaked out." Yearwood moved to Georgiana — best known as the hometown of country music legend Hank Williams — about two decades ago after completing his medical training in London and New York, according to his biography. He once saved a baby who nearly drowned and delivered a child who was three months premature, Cook's statement said. Yearwood made house calls and personally provided transportation to patients when needed, she said. In a Facebook message expressing condolences to Yearwood's family, Montgomery attorney Brandon Sellers posted on his law firm's site that the doctor was "truly an asset" to his community. "His patients loved him, and he was also just a really cool guy," Sellers wrote. "He was passionate about life and his work, and this (led) him back to the climb the mountain the nearly killed him and did kill many others two years ago."
  • Canadian connection: Drake meets Celine Dion at Billboards
    LAS VEGAS— Even on a record-setting night at the Billboard Music Awards, Drake appeared a bit star-struck in meeting fellow Canadian performer Celine Dion backstage. The rapper posted a picture of himself and his father with Dion, who sang "My Heart Will Go On" from "Titanic" to mark the 20th anniversary of the film. Video posted by a Drake fan Twitter account shows Drake telling Dion "you're very iconic" and "we love you" during their meeting. He added that he's "like a year away" from getting a tattoo of Dion. Drake set a new record at the Billboard awards by taking home 13 trophies Sunday night.
  • What will New Orleans do with the Confederate statues?
    The city will receive proposals from groups that want to take three of the monuments — the last is tied up in legal issues — and display them.       
  • What will New Orleans do with the Confederate statues?
    The city will receive proposals from groups that want to take three of the monuments — the last is tied up in legal issues — and display them.       
  • Analysis: Unlock budget restrictions? Not likely
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  • VP Mike Pence in BR Wednesday
    BATON ROUGE- Vice President Mike Pence will be in Baton Rouge Wednesday, WBRZ has confirmed. Pence will meet with small business leaders and is expected to make public remarks, though specifics have not been released.   A source told WBRZ, the event will be held at Cajun Industries in Port Allen, La.  About the conversation with business leaders, USA Today reported a Pence spokesperson said "topics will include health care and the president's proposed budget that will be released" Tuesday, the day before Pence's visit to Baton Rouge. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to meet Pence as the airport, according to Capitol reporters. Wednesday's trip is the third Pence has made to Louisiana recently.  Pence was in the state in 2016 to campaign for now U.S. Senator and fellow Republican John Kennedy.  Pence and Donald Trump made a stop in Louisiana as part of the presidential campaign after the August 2016 flood event, too. Check back for updates.  Permalink| Comments
  • Red carpet looks from Billboard Music Awards 2017
    The red carpet went pink for Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards 2017 in Las Vegas.       
  • LSU finishing in "Fever Pitch," but it was never cold
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  • LSU finishing in "Fever Pitch," but it was never cold
    LSU won 11 of its last 12 SEC games to win a share of the title, but it also won it because it survived earlier.       
  • Man shot in arm after argument
    A man arrived at a Shreveport hospital Sunday afternoon after he says someone he knew shot him.
  • Shots fired into SUV, no one injured
    A group of people was able to escape injury after shots were fired inside their SUV Sunday night in Shreveport.
  • Man shot in hand by stranger
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  • Deputies: Man pulls gun on roommate, roommate kills man
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  • Source says Flynn to invoke 5th Amendment
    WASHINGTON -- Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his 5th Amendment protection against self-incrimination as he notifies a Senate panel that he won't hand over documents in the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The notification will come in a letter to the Senate Intelligence committee expected later Monday. The person providing details spoke on condition anonymity in order to discuss private interactions between Flynn and the committee. Flynn's decision comes less than two weeks after the committee issued a subpoena for Flynn's personal documents. Legal experts have said Flynn was unlikely to turn over the personal documents without immunity because he would be waiving some of his constitutional protections by doing so. Flynn has previously sought immunity from "unfair prosecution" to cooperate with the committee. The Senate committee is one of several congressional inquiries investigating possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. Flynn is also the target of other congressional investigations as well as an ongoing FBI counterintelligence probe and a separate federal investigation in Virginia. Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was fired from his position as Trump's national security adviser in February. At the time, Trump said he fired Flynn because he misled senior administration officials, including the vice president, about his contacts with Russian officials. Members of key congressional committees are pledging a full public airing as to why former FBI Director James Comey was ousted amid an intensifying investigation into Russia's interference with the U.S. election. In Sunday show appearances, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they will press Comey in hearings as to whether he ever felt that Trump tried to interfere with his FBI work. Others are insisting on seeing any White House or FBI documents that detail conversations between the two, following a spate of news reports that Comey had kept careful records. Comey was fired by Trump earlier this month. The former FBI director agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after the Memorial Day holiday.
  • Texas Senate approves 'religious refusal' adoption measure
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas' Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The "Freedom to Serve Children Act" received a late push in the Legislature ahead of the May 29 end of session. Conservatives have made creating exemptions for sincerely held religious beliefs a major theme this year, with lawmakers backed by the tea party movement inserting language protecting them in myriad bills, ranging from rules for practicing law to pharmacists. If Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signs the bill into law, Texas will become only the second state allowing state-funded adoption agencies to reject families on religious grounds. South Dakota passed similar legislation in March. About 25 percent of the agencies that are paid by Texas to place children with families are private foster care and adoption organizations. Many of those groups admit they don't work with adoptive parents who are single, gay or non-Christian, and the bill could keep them from being sued. Supporters say other agencies that have no religious objections will still be able to assist in adoptions. "This bill doesn't prohibit particular groups from adopting, it doesn't establish one faith over another," said bill sponsor Sen. Charles Perry of Lubbock. But civil rights groups have criticized the measure as funding discrimination with public money. The measure is opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and LGBT advocacy groups. "It is unconscionable that a bill would prioritize discrimination over the best interest of kids in the child welfare system, but Texas lawmakers have done just that," said Marty Rouse, national field director for the Human Rights Campaign and a foster and adoptive parent. Sen. Eddie Lucio, a Brownsville Democrat, joined Republicans in voting for the bill in the hopes it will draw more private, religious-based adoption agencies into the system. "It's about increasing capacity, it's about providing homes for kids," Lucio said.
  • Justices rejects Florida appeal over death penalty
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has left in place a lower court ruling that said imposing a death sentence in Florida requires a unanimous jury. The justices on Monday turned away an appeal from Florida officials seeking to overturn the ruling last year from the state's highest court. The Florida Supreme Court had struck down a newly enacted law allowing a defendant to be sentenced to death as long as 10 out of 12 jurors recommend it. That ruling concluded that Timothy Lee Hurst — convicted of a 1998 murder at a Pensacola Popeye's restaurant— deserves a new sentencing hearing. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Florida's death penalty sentencing law unconstitutional. State legislators responded by overhauling the law.
  • Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools
    AUSTIN, Texas -- A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools. A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the country's second-largest state use public restrooms according to the gender on their birth certificates sailed through the Texas Senate months ago. A similar measure had stalled in the House, but supporters late Sunday night used an amendment to tack the bathroom restrictions onto a separate and otherwise unrelated bill covering school emergency operation plans for situations such as natural disasters. Republican Rep. Chris Paddie authored the hotly debated language, saying it had "absolutely no intent" to discriminate. Under it, transgender students at public and charter schools would not be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice, but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms. "It's absolutely about child safety," said Paddie, from the East Texas town of Marshall. "This is about accommodating all kids." His change passed 91-50. Final House approval should come Monday, sending the modified bill to the Senate, which should easily support it. Texas' legislative session ends May 29, but that's plenty of time — even if the bathroom bill is scaled-back enough to only affect the state's roughly 5.3 million public school students, and not the general public. "This amendment is the bathroom bill and the bathroom bill is an attack on transgender people," said Rep. Joe Moody, an El Paso Democrat. "Some people don't want to admit that because they are ashamed, and this is shameful." A small group of Democratic women legislators went into the men's restroom just off the House floor before debate began in protest. With Republicans enjoying solid majorities in both of Texas' legislative chambers, though, such opposition was purely symbolic. Houston Democratic Rep. Senfronia Thompson, one of the House's longest-serving and most-respected members, likened the new language to when restrooms nationwide were segregated by race. "Bathrooms divided us then and bathrooms divide us now. Separate but equal is not equal at all," Thompson said, drawing floor applause. When Barack Obama was still president, the U.S. Department of Education tried to implement requirements that school districts nationwide allow transgender students to choose campus bathrooms or locker rooms they wished to use. Texas led a lawsuit challenging that directive and a federal judge in Texas ordered it suspended. President Donald Trump then rescinded the order in February. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said he wants to sign a bathroom bill into law. House Speaker Joe Straus, a Republican from San Antonio, has been vocal in his opposition, warning it could hurt the Texas economy that has been among the country's strongest in recent years. Top firms, chambers of commerce and lobbyists also have decried the bathroom bill in all forms as bad for business. Many Hollywood actors and music stars have suggested state boycotts, and the NFL and NBA have expressed concerns about it passing — even though Houston successfully hosted this year's Super Bowl. Since 2004, Texas has hosted more combined Super Bowls, NBA All-Star Games (three) and NCAA men's Final Fours (five) than any other state. San Antonio is scheduled to host another Final Four in 2018, and Dallas is hosting the 2018 women's NCAA Final Four. Supporters described limiting the scope to schools as "middle ground" and hinted that it could soften the kinds of costly boycotts that hit North Carolina after it approved its bathroom bill last year. The NCAA pulled sporting events and the state faced losing billions of dollars in related economic fallout, though some opposition has quieted since North Carolina lawmakers voted in March for a partial repeal. Straus said in a statement that the House amendment "will allow us to avoid the severely negative impact" of the original Senate bill, which was closer to North Carolina's original bill. But opponents in Texas vowed to fight Sunday's amendment with lawsuits. If the Legislature succeeds "in forcing discrimination into Texas law, you can bet that Lambda Legal will be on the case before the next school bell rings," Jennifer C. Pizer, senior counsel and director of law and policy at the national gay rights group, said in a statement.
  • Ohio city braces again for police shooting trial
    CINCINNATI -- Prosecutors, attorneys and people across the Cincinnati region have had six months to analyze and debate the hung jury result in the murder trial of a white police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man. They'll soon find out whether a second trial will get a new result. Prospective jurors will report Thursday for the retrial of ex-University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing in the July 19, 2015, shooting of Sam DuBose during a traffic stop. City councilwoman Yvette Simpson said it's difficult to find anyone locally who's not invested in the case in some way. Hamilton County Judge Leslie Ghiz, who has imposed a gag order on trial participants and restrictions on news media coverage, said it has "huge community implications." It's among cases nationally that have focused attention on how police deal with blacks and also the challenges prosecutors face gaining convictions. "It's always hard to tell whenever you're talking about these cases," said Rodney Harris, a Cincinnati public defender. "When you look around the nation, it's always difficult to get a resolution, just because of the nature of the case." In the latest example, an Oklahoma jury last week found white Tulsa officer Betty Shelby not guilty of manslaughter. She said she shot out of fear when she killed Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man. Philip Stinson, a Bowling Green State University criminologist who has been tracking on-duty police shooting cases dating to 2005, said at least 81 officers across the country have been charged with murder or manslaughter in on-duty shootings in that time. Of those, 29 were convicted, 15 by juries, with 32 acquitted and the rest pending. Many other police shootings never result in charges because authorities conclude they were justified. Ohio Fraternal Order of Police President Jay McDonald has been critical of the decision to try Tensing a second time, saying he, as other officers have to do, made "a life-or-death judgment call in the matter of a split second." McDonald said recently: "We will stand by Officer Tensing." Tensing testified he feared for his life as DuBose, 43, tried to drive away from a traffic stop for a missing front license plate. Tensing, 27, is also charged with voluntary manslaughter. Donyetta Bailey, president of the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati, suggested last week at the last of a series of community forums to explain and discuss the trial process that Tensing might have had an unfounded fear of black people. Prospective jurors will begin by filling out lengthy questionnaires. The questions haven't yet been made public, but those for first trial covered topics ranging from personal dealings with police to opinions about the Black Lives Matter movement. Bailey and other black leaders were upset last November when questionnaires released after the trial showed that some jurors who were seated expressed opinions that could indicate racial bias. Four jurors, for example, agreed that some races and/or ethnic groups tend to be more violent than others. "I would like to see them (prosecutors) press harder, ask more probing questions," Bailey said of the jury questioning expected to begin after Memorial Day. An attorney representing DuBose family members said they remain hopeful that Tensing will be convicted. "I think they would be very upset if this ended the same way," said veteran Cincinnati civil rights attorney Al Gerhardstein.
  • Life expectancy in LA among lowest in the country
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  • Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'
    TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani on Monday called relations with the United States "a curvy road," saying he hoped the Trump administration will "settle down" enough for his nation to better understand it. Rouhani also criticized Saudi Arabia after it just hosted President Donald Trump's first foreign trip, saying that the kingdom "has never seen a ballot box" while Iran just hosted a successful presidential election in which over 40 million people voted. "The Americans do not know our region, that's what the catch is," Rouhani said in response to a question from The Associated Press. "Those who provide consultations or advice to the Americans, unfortunately, they are the rulers who either push America awry or with money, they just buy some people in America." Rouhani decisively won a presidential election on Friday, securing another four-year term. The vote served as a referendum on Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, as well as a vote of confidence that his government will be able to help the country's sputtering economy. Trump has threatened to try to renegotiate the deal. Rouhani said that Iranians are "waiting for this (U.S.) government to be civil" and that "hopefully, things will settle down ... so we could pass more accurate judgments." Rouhani further criticized the Saudi summit that Trump attended on Sunday, describing it as a "show-off" that "will not have any political and practical values." "The issue of terrorism cannot be solved through giving money to superpowers," Rouhani said. Rouhani also defended Iran's ballistic missile program, something heavily criticized by Trump's new administration. "The U.S. leaders should know that whenever we need a missile test because of a technical aspect, we will test," he said. "We will not wait for them and their permission." Rouhani added: "Our missiles are for peace, not for attack."
  • NASA orders up urgent spacewalking repairs at space station
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA has ordered up urgent spacewalking repairs at the International Space Station. On Tuesday, two astronauts will venture out to replace a data relay box that broke over the weekend. The job falls to the two Americans on board: commander Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer. The failed unit is one of two that control the station's radiators and solar panels, among other critical systems. NASA says everything is still safe in orbit because one relay box is still working. But officials want the bad one quickly replaced, in case the good one also goes down. Astronauts performed a similar spacewalk in 2014. Tuesday morning's spacewalk should last just two hours. Whitson and Fischer went spacewalking just 1 ½ weeks ago.
  • Justices won't hear appeal over release of federal mug shots
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from the Detroit Free Press that asked the government to release mug shots of federal criminal defendants in Michigan and three other states. The justices on Monday left in place an appeals court ruling that said the photos don't have to be released under the federal Freedom of Information Act. The ruling last year from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals covers Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The U.S. Marshals Service already refuses to release booking photos in other states due to policy or rulings from other courts. The lawsuit was filed by the newspaper and joined by other media organizations, including The Associated Press.
  • Supreme Court rejects businesses' challenge to Michigan tax
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is rejecting challenges by IBM, Goodyear and other businesses seeking more than $1 billion in tax refunds from Michigan. The justices on Monday turned away the companies' appeal of state court rulings that upheld changes the state made to the way business taxes are assessed. The companies said they were being treated unfairly because the state retroactively changed its tax laws. Gov. Rick Snyder signed a measure into law in 2014 that affected business taxes back to 2008. The law was upheld by a Michigan appeals court.
  • Flash flood watches cover parts of 6 southern states
    ATLANTA -- Flash flood watches extended across a half-dozen states as torrential rains were expected in many areas of the South. The National Weather Service said flash flood watches Monday morning extended from the Texas Gulf coast through large parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. A small part of the Florida panhandle was also under a flash flood watch early Monday. Forecasters say weekend rains have saturated the ground in several areas, and up to 5 inches of additional rainfall is expected across many of the areas covered by the flash flood watch. The heavies storms early Monday were rolling through parts of southeast Texas and Louisiana.
  • Authorities: Stabbing of black student possible hate crime
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The FBI is investigating the fatal stabbing of a black student visiting the University of Maryland as a possible hate crime after a white student with ties to a Facebook group that posts disparaging material about African Americans was arrested in his death, authorities say. Sean Christopher Urbanski has been charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as first-degree assault in the weekend attack that killed Richard Collins III, 23, police said. University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said he asked the FBI to assist in the investigation after learning that that the 22-year-old suspect belonged to a Facebook group called "Alt-Reich: Nation," where members post disparaging material about African Americans and others. "We are here to evaluate that as an ongoing concern with respect to whether or not this was a hate crime," Gordon Johnson, special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Baltimore, said at a news conference Sunday evening. No attorney was listed for Urbanski in online court records and a message left Sunday at a number listed for his home in Severna Park was not immediately returned. Collins, who was set to graduate from Bowie State on Tuesday, was visiting friends at the College Park campus when he was stabbed early Saturday morning. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army days earlier, Mitchell said. Officials have said Collins was with two friends near a bus stop on campus about 3 a.m. Saturday when they heard Urbanski screaming and watched him approach them. Urbanski said "Step left, step left if you know what's best for you," according to the charging documents. Collins said 'no' before Urbanski stabbed him once in the chest, the documents say. Mitchell, the police chief, said the attack has spread fear across the university. "If I'm a person of color I would certainly look at this as something that could happen to me. In fact, I know on Facebook our students are saying that," Mitchell said. Dr. Artie Lee Travis, vice president for student affairs at Bowie State, said the school hopes the investigation moves forward as quickly as possible. "Hate has no place in America," Travis said. "Hate has no place on a college campus, where young minds are coming together to try to change the world," he said. Brian Douglas, who got to know Collins when they took a class together, said the man was looking forward to graduation. "He was just nice, just a good young man all around. You can't find those too often in today's society," Douglas said. Ciera Sorrell, who also took a class with Collins, said his killing shocked the Bowie State community. "Everyone is in disbelief," she said. "He seemed so excited to get to live his life and he doesn't have that chance anymore," she said. The attack came as the University of Maryland hosted visitors for graduation festivities. During Sunday's University of Maryland graduation ceremony, School President Wallace Loh led students and their families in a moment of silence for the slain Bowie State student. Loh called it a "senseless and unprovoked assault," The Baltimore Sun reported. "We are still in shock that a young man, so full of promise, should have his life cut short, so suddenly," Loh said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and with the entire Bowie State University community."
  • Dreams delayed: Cowgirls’ season ends with loss to LSU
    BATON ROUGE — In a game that started 45 minutes after its original start time and was further interrupted mid-game with another weather delay, the Cowgirls’ season came to an end with a 10-1, six-inning loss to LSU on Sunday night at the regional round of NCAA Tournament. The game, originally slated to start at 1:34 p.m., did not get started until 2:16 p.m. after lighting was detected within eight miles of Tiger Park. After getting started, the Cowgirls and Tigers reached the bottom of the second when another lightning strike followed by heavy rain delayed the game until an 8:35 p.m. restart time. All in all, the delays lasted a combined 6 hours and 29 minutes. McNeese played well in the 1.5 innings leading up to the second delay. Baylee Corbello pitched two no-hit innings and the Cowgirls were getting bats on the balls. The Cowgirls took advantage of an advantageous position out of the break, scoring in the bottom of the second inning and taking a 1-0 lead on a double steal that scored Marisa Taunton, who reached base with a single before the break and moved to third after a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice. The lead didn’t last long, however, as the Tigers responded in the third inning with a two-out rally that tied the game 1-1. LSU took its first lead of the game in the fourth inning with a two-RBI double by Sydney Springfield that put the Tigers ahead 3-1. The Tigers added five more runs in that inning thanks to seven hits in eight plate appearances, giving LSU an 8-1 lead. LSU added two more runs in the top of the sixth and closed it out to earn the run-rule victory. Baylee Corbello picked up the loss in her last career start pitching. She gave up five runs on six hits in 31⁄3 innings. Carley Hoover picked up the win for LSU, pitching all six innings and giving up just one run on three hits. The Cowgirls reached the elimination game with LSU after they defeated Fairfield 6-2 in the first elimination game late Saturday. The Stags struck first with a 2-run home run in the top of the third inning, but McNeese responded in the bottom frame with four runs led by a three-run home run by Alexandria Saldivar. Erika Piancastelli added two more runs with a home run in the fourth inning that extended the Cowgirls’ lead to 6-2, which turned out to be the final score after Alexandra Flores closed out the game with 3.2 solid innings.
  • Gas tax hike up for debate
    A proposed 17-cent-per-gallon increase in the state’s 20-cent state gasoline tax is scheduled for debate Wednesday by the  full House. The boost was approved 9-7 earlier by the House Ways and Means Committee. An 18.4-cent-per-gallon federal tax makes the total current tax 38.4 cents per gallon. Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, is sponsor of House Bill 632, which is backed by 32 major chamber, business, economic development and transportation organizations. The increase would raise $269.7 million this year, $551.6 million in 2018-19 and $606.7 million by 2021-22. Other bills are aimed at ensuring that any new transportation revenues raised are used only on transportation projects and not on administrative costs. Legislators will begin the 7th week of their fiscal session today with numerous tax and other measures reaching what could be their last opportunity to make it through both houses before final adjournment on June 8. The full House on Tuesday will debate H.B. 456 by Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, which calls for creating a limited constitutional convention. It would be devoted to budget and tax reform that had been scheduled for the current session. H.B. 501 by Stokes modifies the individual income tax by establishing a flat 3.95 percent levied on taxable income greater than $12,500 for single filers and $25,000 for joint filers. No deduction for federal income taxes paid would be allowed and the excess itemized deduction would be modified. Rep. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, is sponsor of H.B. 117 that raises the minimum GPA for TOPS scholarships from 2.5 to 2.75. It would apply to students graduating from high school during or after the 2020-21 school year. Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge, has nine tax bills and one budget bill up Wednesday for debate by the full House. The Senate Finance Committee that has been meeting almost daily will continue to hear from state agencies about their budgets as it works to get House Bill 1 to the full Senate for debate. The budget bill has to return to the House for concurrence in expected changes made by the upper chamber. Committees in both houses this week will be wrapping up most of their hearings on pending legislation. The House Appropriations Committee today will hear House Bill 528 by Rep. Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond. It creates the Louisiana Postsecondary Education Board of Trustees, which would replace the state Board of Regents. The bill cleared the House Education Committee 13-0. The new board would have seven members —  the president of each public postsecondary education system, one member appointed by the governor, subject to Senate confirmation, one member appointed by the House and one member appointed by the Senate. The member appointed by the governor would serve as chairman. H.B. 673 by Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, is an effort to streamline sales and use tax exclusions and exemptions. It was approved 16-0 by the House Ways and Means Committee. The House Transportation Committee today will hear Senate Bill 148 by Sen. Norbert Chabert, R-Houma. It creates the Waterway Dredging and Deepening Priority Program for the deepening, dredging or maintaining waterways in the state. The Senate approved the bill 34-0. Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, is sponsor of S.B. 154. It would require local municipal or parish governing authorities to post signs indicating a mobile or fixed location speed camera is present. The sign would have to be no less than 250 feet and no more than 500 feet from the camera’s location. The bill passed the Senate 35-0. The House Ways and Means Committee will hear H.B. 202 and a number of tax credit and exemption measures. Rep. Mark Abraham, R-Lake Charles, is sponsor of H.B. 202 that repeals the elementary and secondary school tuition income tax deduction and the educational expenses income tax credit. It would increase revenues by $32.8 million in 2018-19 and $41 million annually after that. Abraham said one-half of those funds would be used at two-year colleges and the other one-half at four-year colleges and universities. The money would fund curriculums that help fill the gaps in workers that are needed now. He said each college would have to provide a 25 percent match in order to receive the funds. Jobs that are created would be tracked and monitored by the Board of Regents to  determine the success of the fund. The Senate Judiciary B Committee on Tuesday will hear H.B. 302 by Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria. It increases the maximum amount of the monthly fee persons on parole must pay to the Department of Corrections. It would go from $63 to $100, but would only be charged to parolees who are employed. Funds would be dedicated to the recruitment and retention of adult probation and parole officers without supplanting any budget funds used for that purpose. The House approved the bill 71-21, one above the required two-thirds. The Senate Education Committee on Thursday will hear H.B. 531 by Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-Monroe, which prohibits the use of tobacco products on school property. It defines tobacco products as any made or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption. The bill cleared the House 60-34.
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  • Tigers capture 17th SEC baseball championship
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  • Tigers capture 17th SEC baseball championship
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    The 17th annual Men Who Cook & Men Who Mix fundraiser held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at River Oaks Arts Center in downtown Alexandria. The event is a fundraiser for River Oaks and draws chefs and men who like to cook and prepare drinks.       
  • Men Who Cook & Men Who Mix
    The 17th annual Men Who Cook & Men Who Mix fundraiser held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at River Oaks Arts Center in downtown Alexandria. The event is a fundraiser for River Oaks and draws chefs and men who like to cook and prepare drinks.       
  • Men Who Cook & Men Who Mix
          
  • Men Who Cook & Men Who Mix
          
  • Future of phone books in Louisiana under review
    Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell is calling for a review of the phone book phase out introduced in 2012, according to a news release.
  • Gafford: LHSAA split had good, bad moments
    Now that the 2016-17 high school sports year is completely over, there is one thing to say about it in general.       
  • Gafford: LHSAA split had good, bad moments
    Now that the 2016-17 high school sports year is completely over, there is one thing to say about it in general.       
  • Caddo Parish woman says man used her images to "catfish" male students
    A Keithville woman says a Pennsylvania high school senior used her pictures to get more than 130 boys to send him explicit photos and videos.
  • Zoo hosts exploration event for Endangered Species Day
    Alexandria Zoo hosts event to teach about endangered species around the world.       
  • Zoo hosts exploration event for Endangered Species Day
    Alexandria Zoo hosts event to teach about endangered species around the world.       
  • Sacred Space at Sugarmill Music Festival
    Annelle and Martin Tanner designed and built a labyrinth at the site of the Sugarmill Music Festival. The land where the Sugar Mill is located is owned by Stephen and Lisa Norman. A labyrinth, states the program, provides space for "encounter and connection with God in a dedicated religious or scared purpose." Labyrinths, it states, are regarded with respect and reverence.       
  • Sacred Space at Sugarmill Music Festival
    Annelle and Martin Tanner designed and built a labyrinth at the site of the Sugarmill Music Festival. The land where the Sugar Mill is located is owned by Stephen and Lisa Norman. A labyrinth, states the program, provides space for "encounter and connection with God in a dedicated religious or scared purpose." Labyrinths, it states, are regarded with respect and reverence.       
  • Sweets sounds of music at Sugarmill Festival
    The 2nd annual Sugarmill Music Festival started Friday with classical guitarist John De Chiaro performing at the Sugar Mill on the Rosalie Plantation. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday. The Sugar Mill is located on Rosalie Road in Alexandria.       
  • Sweets sounds of music at Sugarmill Festival
    The 2nd annual Sugarmill Music Festival started Friday with classical guitarist John De Chiaro performing at the Sugar Mill on the Rosalie Plantation. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday. The Sugar Mill is located on Rosalie Road in Alexandria.       
  • Unruly man heading for American Airlines cockpit subdued, duct-taped to seat
    A "disheveled" Turkish student could face federal charges for purportedly trying to enter the cockpit of a Hawaii-bound flight until he was grabbed by passengers and duct-taped to a seat.       
  • No injuries reported in Shreveport house fire
    Shreveport firefighters are on the scene of a house fire in the city's Allendale neighborhood Saturday morning. 
  • Canada, Aranda talk football on Tiger Tour
    Coordinators on big screen at LSU last week       
  • Memorial Day events in the ArkLaTex
    Here are some of the wreath-laying and other Memorial Day observances set May 29 to pay tribute to fallen veterans.
  • Bossier detectives seek identity of suspected storage unit thief
    The Bossier sheriff’s office detectives are asking the public’s help identifying a man who reportedly stole household items from a Haughton storage unit facility a week ago. 
  • LSU baseball captures 19th SEC West championship
    STARKVILLE, Miss. — Senior left-hander Jared Poché earned his ninth win of the season Friday night, and four LSU players collected at least two RBI to lead the Tigers to an 11-5 win over No.9 Mississippi State at Dudy Noble Field.       
  • Under pressure: Senate committee struggles with budget reductions
    The testimony, though long, will help to identify what changes will need to be made to House Bill 1.       
  • Law enforcement training may expand to cover issues
    BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana House has approved, 82-5, a bill that the author hopes will prevent unwanted interactions between police officers and arrestees, such as what occurred in Baton Rouge last July.       
  • What would happen if we killed all the mosquitoes?
    We just don’t know, many of those experts have concluded. But they can imagine.       
  • Students use welding to touch remote village in Kenya
    The latest welding work of Buckeye High Schools students will be put to use in the remote area of Namelok in Kenya.       
  • Bringhurst to debut as green space
    Ballpark will be open again Saturday for movie, recreational event       
  • A lesson in Native American culture
    The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe in Marksville held an Education Day Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Mari Show Center in the Paragon Casino. Children and other spectators were given a preview of dances, music, art and other Native American traditions. The 22nd annual Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow is set for Saturday and Sunday in Marksville.       
  • Tunica-Biloxi Education Day
          
  • Tunica-Biloxi Education Day
          
  • Buckeye High School welding project
    The latest welding work of Buckeye High Schools students will be put to use in the remote area of Namelok in Kenya to complete a bridge being built by a local mission team.       
  • Column: LSU takes 1-0 lead in new era of State rivalry
    Curious hire of Andy Cannizaro at Miss. St. by Mainieri rival Cohen thickens the voluminous LSU-Mississippi State plot       
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    Junior right-hander Alex Lange limited ninth-ranked Mississippi State to one run in seven innings Thursday night to lead No. 5 LSU to a 3-1 victory at Dudy Noble Field.       
  • "Mother Blues" sings the blues at AMoA
          
  • "Mother Blues" sings the blues at AMoA
          
  • LC gets trio of local athletes
    Louisiana College has been busy on the recruiting trail as of late.       
  • LSUA fends off Drovers to return to NAIA World Series
    What a difference a year makes.       
  • LSUA tennis advances to NAIA quarterfinals for first time
    No. 9 LSUA rallied in singles action to stun No. 8 Northwestern Ohio, defeating the Racers 5-3 Wednesday afternoon, to clinch a spot in the NAIA National Championship Tournament quarterfinals for the first time in the program’s three-year history.       
  • La.Tech baseball surging down the stretch
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  • Sam Burns, LSU capture regional victories
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  • 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
          
  • Northwestern State to honor seniors this weekend
    The Demons open their final Southland Conference series of the season against New Orleans on Thursday.       
  • Alex Lange at top of his game
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  • LSUA takes on USAO
          
  • Deichmann ready for Mississippi State fans
    LSU OF braces for series in Starkville       
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    LSU finished the season 8-6 in mid-week games with a win over the Demons.       
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  • Beau On Base: Just call LSU coach Paul Mainieri Mr. May
    A look at the week past and ahead in LSU baseball.       
  • UA, Grace athletes sign to colleges
    Even though University Academy was ineligible for any postseason accolades or tournaments this season, Darius Gaston and Malik Silas continued to stay on the grind for strong senior seasons.       
  • John Marcase: Superstitions and jinxes put target on Astros, Brady
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    There is nothing like having a pair of aces to win a game.       
  • Grace sets pace atop final baseball Top 10
    Call it the triple crown.       
  • Demons’ great Woodley attending pro combine
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  • Two former Demons join L.A. Rams as rookie free agents
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  • LSUA takes on Brenau University
          
  • LSUA takes on Brenau University
          
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  • LSU wants win over Northwestern State
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  • Coach O discusses Etling, Canada on SEC teleconference
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  • Tioga's run ends in loss to Neville
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  • LSU community leaders react to Alton Sterling decision with message of unity
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  • Greek organizations recognized for outstanding philanthropic events
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  • 2016 Health Care Directory
    Check out the 2016 Health Care Directory and read about our Healthcare Hero Dr. Brian Elkins.       
  • 2016 Health Care Directory
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    Mason to become fourth head coach in history of hoops program
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    On Breitbart News Sunday, Deputy Assistant to the President Dr. Sebastian Gorka stressed that President Donald Trump's visit to the Middle East is very different from President Barack Obama's "apology tour."
  • White House Budget Cuts Entitlements $1.7 Trillion, Slashes EPA 30%
    The White House will release its “taxpayer-first budget” on Tuesday, which includes $1.7 trillion in cuts for entitlement spending and a 30 percent reduction in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget.
  • Cable News Ratings Shock: Fox Slips to 3rd Place in Primetime for First Time in 17 Years
    Fox News slipped to third place in the primetime demo for the first time in 17 years last week as competitors CNN and MSNBC enjoyed a surge in viewership thanks to a chaotic news week for President Donald Trump's administration.
  • Breitbart News Daily: Terror in Manchester
    On the Tuesday edition of Breitbart News Daily, broadcast live on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 from 6AM to 9AM Eastern, Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow will continue our discussion of President Trump first foreign trip. Our Breitbart London team will update us on the latest developments in Monday night’s terror bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, England, that reportedly left at least 19 dead and over fifty wounded. Asra Nomani will discuss Trump’s speech in Riyadh on the issue of Islamic terror and his trip to Israel. Nomani is a former Georgetown University professor of journalism, co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement, former Wall Street Journal correspondent, and author of Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam. Breitbart’s Joel Pollak and Aaron Klein will report live from Israel on President Trump’s historic visit. Breitbart Business and Finance Editor John Carney will discuss the suggested spending cuts in the White House budget. Live from London, Rome, and Jerusalem, Breitbart correspondents will provide updates on the latest international news. Breitbart News Daily is the first live, conservative radio enterprise to air seven days a week. SiriusXM Vice President for news and talk Dave Gorab called the show “the
  • Ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Will Invoke the Fifth
    Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Monday, in a decision not to comply with a subpoena seeking documents, according to a report.
  • PHOTOS: From Caracas to Miami, Over 200,000 Venezuelans Mark Day 50 of Protests
    Venezuela marked its fiftieth day of nationwide protests against the socialist government Saturday, with an estimated 160,000 peaceful protesters taking the streets of Caracas and another 40,000 congregating in far-west Táchira, state, home to one of the nation's most resilient anti-Chavista movements.
  • More Measles in Minnesota: 69 Cases Now Confirmed
    The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported on Monday that the number of confirmed measles cases in the outbreak that began in April has increased to 69.
  • The New York Times Pushes Another Phony Labor Shortage
    It's really all about corporations hoping for more cheap imported labor.
  • Summer Sweat: Box Office Revenue Dips 10 Percent in First 3 Weeks
    The film business is off to a rocky start this summer as Hollywood box office revenue declined ten percent from 2016 through the first three weeks of the season after back-to-back weekends of big-budget flops.
  • CNN Op-Ed: Saudis Loved Melania Trump Because She Represents Submission to Men
    Bangladeshi pundit Anushay Hossain writes for CNN: "The ugly truth behind Saudi Arabia's love for Melania Trump" is that her husband, President Donald Trump, makes her behave the way "the Saudi government likes women to behave."
  • Chelsea Clinton: Sexism, Racism, Islamophobia, Homophobia, Jingoism ‘Is Not an Opinion’
    Monday in Washington, DC at the CARE National Conference, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton declared the public has to recognize that sexism, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia and jingoism were not “opinions.” Clinton said, “We also have to recognize particularly at this moment that sexism is not an opinion. Islamophobia is not an opinion. Racism is not an opinion.  Homophobia is not an opinion.  Jingoism is not an opinion. So I think that in our posture of listening also have to get comfortable with standing up and speaking out because I also agree that those of us that have been blessed and by definition all of us on the stage today have been blessed there is a responsibility with giving voice to the voiceless but also using our own voices.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
  • Pamela Geller: Universities Normalizing Anti-Semitic Voices like Linda Sarsour but Silencing Jewish Conservatives
    On Monday’s Breitbart News Daily, Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, discussed her group’s upcoming protest against a speech by Muslim activist Linda Sarsour at City University of New York.
  • Chicago Mayor Emanuel Touts Social Services for Illegal Aliens
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in Chicago launched a pro-immigration, pro-foreign refugee campaign designed to help get newcomers to the U.S. on public services.
  • Bethel University Student Apologizes for Wearing ‘Offensive’ Chicago Blackhawks Sweatshirt
    A student at Bethel University, in St. Paul, Minnesota, apologized to his Native American professor after he was called out for wearing a piece of Chicago Blackhawks apparel, which allegedly contains an "offensive" Indian mascot.
  • Spike Lee: Hillary Clinton Thought She Was ‘Entitled’ to the Presidency
    Filmmaker Spike Lee unleashed a flurry of personal insults at President Donald Trump and revealed why Hillary Clinton was wrong to think she was "entitled" to the presidency in an interview this week.
  • 71-Year-Old Cher Dons See-Through Top and Nipple Pasties at Billboard Awards
    Pop icon Cher left little to the imagination while performing some of her biggest hits at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, the singer's first awards show concert in 15 years.
  • Students Ask Boston University Alumni to Withhold Donations over School’s Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry
    Boston University alumni are threatening to withhold donations until the institution divests from companies that are exploring fossil fuel reserves.
  • CBS: 800 Churches Nationwide Harbor Illegal Immigrants
    A new report reveals how churches nationwide are harboring illegal immigrants, helping them evade federal immigration orders for deportation.
  • Podesta: Comey Helped Swing the Election, He ‘Was a Significant Factor’
    During an interview with the Global Politico podcast released on Monday, former Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta argued that FBI Director James Comey helped swing the 2016 election and “was a significant factor.” Podesta was asked, [relevant remarks begin around 12:30] “[J]ust to be clear on your actual view about this Comey intervention in the election and what happened, Hillary Clinton said recently she believed that that was one of–a significant reason for her defeat in the end. Do you agree with that? Do you think that it did help to swing the election?” He answered, “Oh, yeah. Absolutely. Look, we bear responsibility, and it’s a great burden, and I feel it every day. I mean, we lost this election. We won the popular vote by 3 million votes, but we lost the Electoral College and lost the election to Donald Trump. So, we have a burden of his having the keys to the White House, and codes to the nuclear football. But, I think this was a significant factor. We felt like we had a lead that we took away from the three debates, in which, I believe, that Hillary won all those debates. The race was tight. We weren’t
  • CNN’s Zakaria: ‘Obama Could Have Given’ Trump’s Saudi Speech
    Monday on CNN’s “Newsroom,” network Sunday morning host Fareed Zakaria said the speech President Donald Trump gave this weekend in Riyadh could have been given by former President Barack Obama. Zakaria said, “It’s going very well in terms of the symbolism and one important respect the substance, which was the speech that President Trump gave in Riyadh on Islam was very carefully done it was nuanced. It was frankly the kind of speech President Obama could have given. He never used the word radical Islamic terrorism, which he kept insisting that Obama use. He tweeted once Obama should resign because he was unwilling to use that phrase. Trump refused to use the phrase as well. He pointed out that 95 percent of the victims of Islamic terrorism are Muslims. It had the kind of nuance and empathy that people look for because ultimately what you’re trying to do is convince these Muslim countries to in some way take on, battle, expel as President Trump said, the scourge of Islamic terrorism.” (h/t The Hill) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
  • WATCH: Netanyahu to Trump: Israel Appreciates ‘Reassertion of American Leadership In Middle East’
    JERUSALEM - Israel appreciates the "reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East" as demonstrated by the change in U.S. policy on Iran since President Donald Trump took office, as well as the Trump administration's bold moves in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Donald Trump at a press conference in Jerusalem Monday.
  • Indy 500 Drivers Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti Robbed at Gunpoint at Indianapolis Taco Bell
    Two Indy 500 drivers, Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, were robbed at gunpoint at about 9:40 p.m. while sitting in line at an Indianapolis Taco Bell restaurant drive-thru that is only a half mile from the race track, police reported.
  • Jerry Jones Violates Law by Treating Police Officers to Cowboys Game
    The owner of the Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones will receive an ethical violation warning for giving gifts to public servants when he provided over 100 police officers with game tickets, airfare, and hotel reservations.
  • Penn State Trustee Bows Out of Election After Disparaging Sandusky Victims
    A Penn State Trustee has dropped his re-election bid and resigned his position after disparaging the Sandusky victims by calling them the "so-called victims" of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
  • Jerry Jones Says He Has ‘More to Offer’ Now Than He Did 25 Years Ago
    Jerry Jones is like a fine wine that only gets better with age. That’s if you ask Jerry Jones, of course.
  • Dr. Michael Savage Gives President Trump a Prescription to Fix His Presidency
    During Thursday's Savage Nation monologue, Michael Savage gave President Trump a specific series of steps he should follow to solve his problems with leftists intent on "creating a false enemy called Russia."
  • Coulter: If Trump Does Not Keep His Promises in 2018, GOP Will Be Wiped Out, Dems Will Impeach
    Monday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Company,” conservative columnist and “In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!” author Ann Coulter said if President Donald Trump does not keep his campaign promises, Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections and then attempt to impeach him. Coulter said, “I love the tweets. Almost everything that everyone else dislikes about Trump are what I consider his strong points. I love his tweets. That is how he defends himself. I love that he had steak—he brought his own steak to Saudi Arabia—everything others attack him for. What I’m concerned with—I’m not—I mean, we had no choice. What were you going to do, vote for Rubio? No. Both political parties for years and years have been pushing whatever Wall Street and elites want. Trump was the only candidate who is going to put Americans first. I just want him to get back to his campaign promises, but I love his 3 a.m. tweets. I think they’re hilarious.” “I hope Trump notices that if he doesn’t keep his promises, Republicans will be wiped out in the midterm election,” Coulter warned. “Democrats will have the House of Representatives, and they will
  • Newt Gingrich: Gap Between How World Leaders, American Media Treat Trump ‘Inexcusably Big’
    Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich noted the difference on how world leaders and the media in the United States view President Donald Trump as Trump was arriving in Israel. Gingrich lobbied the Trump administration to blow off the press given he was the president and the media are on the sideline just observing. “It’s ironic that if you’re the king of Saudi Arabia, the prime minister of Israel, the president of Egypt — you treat Donald Trump with enormous respect as the leader of the most powerful nation in the world,” Gingrich said. “And yet the reporters treat him with contempt. The reporters are pygmies. They’re little midgets. They spent their lifetimes as voyeurs watching other people do real things.” “It strikes me that the president ought to establish a new rule and say, ‘Look, if you’re determined to be a midget, that’s fine. You’re not going to be at a press conference with me or my staff,'” he continued. “And I think they need to have a much tougher attitude towards the media and say, ‘I’m the president of the United States. You’re not. And if you’re not worthy of my
  • Sarah Netanyahu Tells Melania Trump of Common Bond: ‘Media Hate Us but the People Love Us’
    After their husbands praised the “unbreakable bond” between Israel and the US at the welcome ceremony for US President Donald Trump, Sara Netanyahu, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, told US First Lady Melania Trump that the two couples had more in common than pure geopolitical interests.
  • FAKE NEWS: Media Attempts to Malign Melania and Her Marriage on Trip Abroad
    It started with a Detroit Free Press reporter tweeting that when President Donald Trump attempts to hold Melania’s hand as they arrived in Tel Aviv, the first lady “slaps away” her husband’s hand.
  • Pamela Geller: Trump Gets an A for Riyadh Speech, But He’s Wrong to Say Terrorists Aren’t Invoking Koran
    Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative joined SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Monday’s Breitbart News Daily to give her review of President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East.
  • Gorka: Trump’s Riyadh Speech Was ‘Kryptonite to Neo-Conservatism’ and Obama’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Policies
    Dr. Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, formerly National Security editor for Breitbart News, told Breitbart News Daily on Monday that President Trump’s visit to the Middle East has been a “stunning” success.
  • PHOTOS: Highlights from Trump’s Visit to Saudi Arabia
    Donald Trump's first foreign tour as President of the United States began in Saudi Arabia. The purpose of the trip is to promote ties between the United States and the Arab world, as Trump seeks support in ramping up the war against the Islamic State.
  • Melania Trump: Breakout Star of Trump’s First Foreign Trip
    First Lady Melania Trump has won rave reviews from the foreign press -- and even the American press -- as she accompanies President Donald Trump on his first foreign trip.
  • Donald Trump Rips Media for ‘Wrong’ Russia Meeting Report: ‘Never Mentioned the Word Israel’
    JERUSALEM -- President Donald Trump on Monday told reporters here that he “never mentioned" Israel during a White House meeting two weeks ago with Russian officials.
  • Jerusalem’s Old City on Lockdown During Trump Trip
    Stores were closed, thousands of police were deployed and some residents were to be temporarily evicted from their homes, amid unprecedented security arrangements for US President Donald Trump’s walk through the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday afternoon.
  • In Jordan, Nikki Haley Visits Refugee Camps, Vowing U.S. Will ‘Engage More’
    In her first international trip in her role as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley toured a Jordanian refugee camp Sunday – and defended the Trump administration's policy on the Syrian refugee crisis in the face of its many critics in the UN.
  • Murderous Hamas Rejects Trump Classifying Them As Terrorists
    The Islamist Palestinian group that controls the Gaza Strip on Sunday rejected US President Donald Trump's linking it to terrorism and said his description of the group showed his "complete bias" towards Israel.
  • PHOTOS: President Trump Welcome Ceremony At Tel Aviv Airport
    President Donald Trump was welcomed to Israel on Monday with at a red carpet ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv featuring a large delegation that included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah as well as Netanyahu’s cabinet and Knesset Members.
  • Trump Flight from Saudi to Israel Thought to Be First Ever
    US President Donald Trump was said to have blazed a new trail between the Arab world and Israel Monday, with his plane believed to be the first to fly directly from Saudi Arabia to the Jewish state.
  • WATCH – Trump in Israel: We Must Fight Iran Together
    JERUSALEM - The United States and Israel must stand together to fight against terror groups and their sponsors like the Islamic State and Iran, President Donald Trump told Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday.
  • Trump Arrives in Israel for Historic Presidential Trip to Holy Land
    President Donald Trump on Monday touched down in Israel for a 24-hour visit to the Jewish state, the second stop of his first foreign first foreign as U.S. president.
  • PICTURES – Trump Visits Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem
    JERUSALEM -- President Donald Trump on Monday visited the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem as part of his 24-hour tour here in Israel.
  • Netanyahu: I Hope One Day An Israeli PM Can Fly to Saudi Arabia
    JERUSALEM - On the tarmac of Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his hope to President Donald Trump that one day an Israeli head of government will be able to visit Saudi Arabia.
  • Israel to Make Rare Overture to Palestinians ‘at Trump Request’
    Israeli ministers have approved measures aimed at improving the Palestinian economy and facilitating crossings, rare moves said to be at Donald Trump's request hours ahead of the US president's arrival.


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  • Visualizing The Rise Of Young Asylum Seekers In Europe
    As highlighted in today's UNICEF report 'A Child is a Child', the number of young children applying for asylum in Europe has continued to rise, reaching a new peak last year. You will find more statistics at Statista As Statista's Martin Armstrong notes, according to figures from Eurostat, there were almost 290,000 first time applicants in 2016 that were under the age of 14.  Of all child asylum seekers in Europe, 170,000 were not accompanied by an adult in 2015-2016. In fact, 92 percent of all minors arriving in Italy by sea in 2016 and the first months of 2017 were unaccompanied. Globally, children account for around 28 percent of all trafficking victims. We are unsure how many of these children were in attendance at last night's Ariana Grande concert suicide bombing...
  • Shaping The Future: Moscow And Beijing's Multipolar World Order
    Authored by Federico Pieraccini via The Stratgic Culture Foundation, Once in a while, think tanks such as the Brookings Institute are able to deal with highly strategic and current issues. Often, the conferences held by such organizations are based on false pretences and copious banality, the sole intention being to undermine and downplay the efforts of strategic opponents of the US. Recently, the Brookings Institute's International Strategy and Strategy Project held a lecture on May 9, 2017 where it invited Bobo Lo, an analyst at Lowy Institute for International Policy, to speak. The topic of the subject, extremely interesting to the author and mentioned in the past, is the strategic partnership between China and Russia. The main assumption Bobo Lo starts with to define relations between Moscow and Beijing is that the two countries base their collaboration on convenience and a convergence of interests rather than on an alliance. He goes on to say that the major frictions in the relationship concern the fate that Putin and Xi hold for Europe, in particular for the European Union, in addition to differences of opinions surrounding the Chinese role in the Pacific. In the first case, Lo states that Russia wants to end the European project while China hopes for a strong and prosperous Europe. With regard to the situation in the Pacific, according to this report, Moscow wants a balance of power between powers without hegemonic domination being transferred from Washington to Beijing. The only merit in Lo’s analysis is his identification of the United States as the major cause of the strategic proximity between Moscow and Beijing, certainly a hypothesis that is little questioned by US policy makers. Lo believes Washington's obsession with China-Russia cooperation is counterproductive, though he also believes that the United States doesn’t actually possess capabilities to sabotage or delimit the many areas of cooperation between Beijing and Moscow. What is missing in Lo’s analysis are two essential factors governing how Moscow and Beijing have structured their relationship. China and Russia have different tasks in ushering in their world order, namely, by preserving global stability through military and economic means. Their overall relationship of mutual cooperation goes beyond the region of Eurasia and focuses on the whole process of a sustainable globalization as well as on how to create an environment where everyone can prosper in a viable and sustainable way. Doing this entails a departure from the current belligerent and chaotic unipolar world order. Moscow and Beijing: Security and Economy Beijing has been the world's economic engine for over two decades and shows no signs of slowing down, at least not too much. Moscow, contrary to western media propaganda, has returned to play a role not only on a regional scale but as a global power. Both of these paths of military and economic growth for China and Russia have set things on a collision course with the United States, the current global superpower that tends to dominate international relations with economic, political and military bullying thanks to a complicit media and corrupt politicians. In the case of Beijing, the process of globalization has immensely enhanced the country, allowing the Asian giant to become the world's factory, enabling Western countries to outsource to low-cost labor. In this process of economic growth, Beijing has over the years gone from being a simple paradise for low-cost outsourcing for private companies to being a global leader in investment and long-term projects. The dividends of years of wealth accumulation at the expense of Western nations has allowed Beijing to be more than just a strategic partner for other nations. China drives the process of globalization, as recently pointed out by Xi Jinping in Davos in a historic speech. China's transition from a harmless partner of the West to regional power with enormous foreign economic investments place the country on a collision course with Washington. Inevitably, Beijing will become the Asian hegemon, something US policymakers have always guaranteed will not be tolerated. The danger Washington sees is that of China emerging as a regional superpower that will call the shots in the Pacific, the most important region of the planet. The United States has many vested interests in the region and undeniably sees its future as the leader of the world order in jeopardy. Obama's pivot to Asia was precisely for the purposes of containing China and limiting its economic power so as to attenuate Beijing’s ambitions. Unsurprisingly, Washington's concerns with Moscow relate to its resurgence in military capabilities. Russia is able to oppose certain objectives of the United States (see Ukraine or Syria) by military means. The possibility of the Kremlin limiting American influence in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Eurasia in general is cause for concern for American policy makers, who continue to fail to contain Russia and limit Moscow’s spheres of influence. In this context, the strategic division of labor between Russia and China comes into play to ensure the stability of the Eurasian region as a whole; in Asia, in the Middle East and in Europe. To succeed in this task, Moscow has mainly assumed the military burden, shared with other friendly nations belonging to the affected areas. In the Middle East, for example, Tehran's partnership with Moscow is viewed positively by Beijing, given its intention to stabilize the region and to eradicate the problem of terrorism, something about which nations like China and Russia are particularly concerned. The influence of Islamist extremists in the Caucasian regions in Russia or in the autonomous region of Xinjiang in China are something that both Putin and Xi are aware can be exploited by opposing Western countries. In North Africa, Egypt has signed several contracts for the purchase of military vehicles from Moscow, as well as having bought the two Mistral ships from France, thereby relying on military supplies from Moscow. It is therefore not surprising that Moscow and Egypt cooperated with the situation in Libya and in North Africa in general. In Southeast Asia, Moscow seeks to coordinate efforts to reach an agreement between Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The entry into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) of New Delhi and Islamabad (Tehran will be next), with the blessing of Beijing as the protagonist of the 2017 SCO meeting, is a keystone achievement and the right prism through which to observe the evolution of the region. Moscow is essentially acting as a mediator between the parties and is also able to engage with India in spite of the dominating presence of China. The ultimate goal of Moscow and Beijing is to eradicate the terrorist phenomenon in the Asian region with a view to what is happening in North Africa and the Middle East with Iran and Egypt. Heading to a Multipolar World Order The turning point in relations between Moscow and Beijing concerns the ability to engage third countries in military or economic ways, depending on these countries’ needs and objectives. Clearly in the military field it is Moscow that is leading, with arms sold to current and future partners and security cooperation (such as with ex-Soviet Central-Asian republics or in the Donbass) and targeted interventions if needed, as in Syria. Beijing, on the other hand, acts in a different way, focusing on the economic arena, in particular with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at its center. Initiatives such as the One Belt One Road (OBOR) and the Maritime Silk Road have the same strategic aim of the Russian military initiative, namely, ensuring the independence of the region from a geo-economic perspective, reaching win-win arrangements for all partners involved. Naturally, the win-win agreement does not mean that China wins and then wins again; rather, a series of bilateral concessions can come to satisfy all actors involved. An important example in this regard that explains the Sino-Russian partnership concerns the integration of the Eurasian Union with the Chinese Silk Road. The Russian concerns over the predominant status of the Chinese colossus in Central Asia have been assuaged by a number of solutions, such as the support of the OBOR infrastructure program to that of the Eurasian Union. Beijing is not interested in replacing Moscow's leading role the post-Soviet nations in Central Asia but rather with providing significant energy and economic development to particularly underdeveloped nations that are in need of important economic investment, something only Beijing is able to guarantee. The linking of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) with the One Belt One Road initiative guarantees Moscow a primary role in the transit of goods from east to west, thereby becoming the connecting point between China and Europe while expanding the role and function of the EEU. All participants in these initiatives have a unique opportunity to expand their economic condition through this whole range of connections. Beijing guarantees the money for troubled countries, and Moscow the security. The SCO will play a major role in reducing and preventing terrorist influence in the region, a prerequisite for the success of any projects. Also, the AIIB, and to some extent the BRICS Development Bank, will also have to step in and offer alternative economic guarantees to countries potentially involved in these projects, in order to free them from the existing international financial institutions. One Belt One Road, and all the related projects, represent a unique occasion whereby all relevant players share common goals and benefits from such transformative geo-economic relationships. This security-economy relationship between Moscow and Beijing is  the heart of the evolution of the current world order, from the unipolar to the multipolar world. The US cannot oppose China on the economic front and Russia on the military front. It all comes down to how much China and Russia can continue to provide and guarantee economic and security umbrellas for the rest of the world.
  • "Let's Burn Down The Universities"
    Authored by JC Collins via Philosophy of Metrics blog, An Offensive Act of Self Defence to Save the Great School of Western Thought It should be clear to all reasoning people with the ability for critical thinking that a pattern of cultural warfare has been unfolding against the Western world since at least the end of World War Two. The contrast between what was then and what is now is stark and frightening. It should serve as all the evidence we require to make the final determination about what has been happening. The complete destruction of the traditional family unit has taken place through a process of indirect and direct attacks against the proven characteristics of Western civilization. It should be obvious that media and art have orchestrated a well-thought out strategy of cultural warfare against the masculine and feminine ideals and support columns of culture. This strategy has attacked the natural and instinctual strengths of both men and women while promoting the weakness from within each of us as individuals. The battles of this cultural attack have been orchestrated and waged from inside the once great structures of Western thought. Our educational buildings and curriculums have been used to erode and shatter all the ideals of natural and instinctual existence which have developed within the Western mind. The more we remember and rediscover, the more we realize that almost everything which is taught in our schools is either a corrupt twisted version of truth, or is an outright lie and fabrication. If our curriculums were based on truth they would not need the constant changing and tweaking which takes takes place. Nor would it require involvement of government controls. All are tell-tale signs that something smells rotten in Denmark. Over the years there have been various exposé and theories surrounding everything from the Frankfurt School, the Tavistock Institute, Lucis Trust, Freemasonic control of all things, Satanism, Bilderberg, Trilateral, Rhodes, and so on and so on. The plethora of culprits and evil organizations run the gambit of all human elitism and consolidation of wealth and power. Not withstanding some truth to this large list of nefarious actors, and not to mention that the stated longterm goals of these groups and organizations match with the results which have been achieved since the end of the war, there is much more to the expanding collapse of Western civilization which needs to be considered. In the posts The Wisdom of the Ancients – Part One and How Your Brain is Turned Against You, we reviewed our own accountabilities and responsibilities alongside some of the techniques which are used against us. It should be clear that we may have to listen to the sales pitch of a huckster but it doesn’t mean we have to believe that huckster. The theme from those posts is that if we don’t plan our own lives someone else will plan it for us. This is in essence what is happening. We have been conditioned to follow and plan our lives along a very specific path which forces us further down into the systemic control mechanisms which have taken hold of our culture. You are left to plan your life within this strategic grid. This grid contains multiple pathways which all lead through the false teachings and methodologies which have been manufactured by those who wish to devolve and re-engineer Western civilization. The trap ensures you continue bouncing around inside the construct with an ever growing sense of confusion and hopelessness. Those who do not agree with the teachings of the construct are made to feel regressive and are told they are the problem in society for which the construct exists in the first place. This script is supported by all forms of media, including movies, music, social media, both mainstream and alternative media, as well as school curriculums, from the early pre-school sessions to the “advanced” learnings which are communicated and rehearsed in colleges and universities. Please ask yourself a question. Does it feel like our culture has been progressive? Everything that has a seed in human weakness and depravity has been promoted and expanded across the decades. Our culture is over-sexualized. We thieve and betray one another over the smallest rewards. The murder of unborn children is accepted as righteous even though it ruins the emotional spirit of the mother. Racism against anything rooted in traditional Western culture is out of control. Our children are taught at an early age about the degenerate sex world. Massive migration has undermined the Western ideals and systems of belief which have been a part of its growth and greatness for thousands of years. Alcoholism is both openly promoted and applauded through the subtle insinuations in the media. The rampant fragmentation of the family unit and a corrupt and unreliable system of law which supports that fragmentation are the greatest loss we have experienced. This is all supported by an educational system which is reducing critical thinking and dumbing down generations. This does not feel progressive. When we consider the stark changes which have taken place over the last eight decades we should come to the conclusion that it is in fact regressive. All of the technological advancements would still have taken place without the corruption of Western civilization, so any form of counter-argument about science and the advancement of medicine and technology being possible because of this “progressive” culture stands in opposition and denial of the leaps made during the agricultural and industrial revolutions. Similar lines of thought regarding colonialism and the slave trade are often made by the regressive left educational institutions and supporting media. But these arguments also stand in opposition to the truthful history of the world where we find that all cultures had forms of colonialism and slave trades are wide and diverse, with there being more slavery in the world today than at any other time in world history. The disease has burrowed itself so deep into our institutions that it is hard to imagine how we would remove it without completely destroying the host. But what choice to we have at this late hour? Continuing as we have been is tantamount to surrender and shackling our descendants with an unthinkable ideology of absolute sameness and collectivism. It’s interesting that more and more students are coming out of the university system and understanding that they in fact understand nothing. The loss of critical thinking and a cultural anchor point, both of which have been a part of the collective-socialist strategy, are now beginning to awaken more of those who have been traversing through the system. It’s almost as if nature and instinct are re-emerging from within the individual minds of the construct and attempting to establish new anchor points. Now is the time to act and reverse the momentum which has thus far worked against us. We need to tear down the institutions and framework of the simulated world which has built up around us. The great school of the Western mind cannot be destroyed and it will never stop learning. In fact, this challenge, the one we have been faced with now for generations, could very well end up being one of our greatest lessons and opportunities for advancement.
  • "Arbitrage Is Dead" - Commodity Traders Lament A World "Where Everyone Knows Everything"
    For commodity traders operating in the Information Age, Bloomberg reports that just good old trading doesn’t cut it anymore... "Everything is transparent, everybody knows everything and has access to information." Unlike the stock market in which transactions are typically based on information that’s public, firms that buy and sell raw materials thrived for decades in an opaque world where their metier relied on knowledge privy only to a few. Now, technological development, expanding sources of data, more sophisticated producers and consumers as well as transparency surrounding deals are eroding their advantage. Just ask Noble Group... At a panel discussing ‘What’s Next for Commodity Trading: Drivers, Disruptors and Opportunities’, Bloomberg reports that Sunny Verghese, the chief executive officer of food trader Olam International Ltd., lamented declining margins. “The consumers and producers are trying to eat our lunch. So we got to be smart about differentiating ourselves,” he said. As market participants’ access to information increases, the traders highlighted the need to more than simply buy and sell commodities as profits from arbitrage -- or gains made from a differential in prices -- shrinks. That means getting involved in the supply chain by potentially buying into infrastructure that’s key to the production and distribution of raw materials, and also providing financing for the development of such assets. “The most valuable commodity out there is information, and the most useful information is the proprietary, critical information that you obtain from your own supply chain,” said John Driscoll, the chief strategist at JTD Energy Services Pte, who has spent more than 30 years in the petroleum trading industry in Singapore.   “You have to have skin in the game. You have to have access to assets, whether it’s infrastructure, terminals, vessels or refineries.” It’s critical for commodity traders to evolve as margins have declined because of more transparency and “price arbitrage has disappeared,” said Olam’s Verghese. For example, the number of price quotes published by agencies such as S&P Global Platts and Argus, which assess the value of commodities globally, have increased about 15 times since 1990, according to Verghese. While “arbitrage is dead,” traders will “continue to have substantial opportunity and disruption but the way of capturing that opportunity becomes more sophisticated,” Mercuria’s Jaeggi said.
  • Nigel Farage Responds to Manchester Suicide Attack: 'This is a Direct Attack on Children'
    Nigel Farage was interviewed by Tucker Carlson this evening to discuss the suicide attack in Manchester that killed at least 19 and wounded dozens. Farage told Carlson, “we have been lulled into a slight sense of complacency,” refraining, however, from jumping to conclusions as to who was responsible for the attack. He noted that Britains shouldn't put their guard down, post BREXIT, saying "we've convinced ourselves that we’re in a better place than the rest of Europe on this.” Farage pointed out that the bombing was a 'direct attack on children... marks a new low in all forms of terrorism." Watch. Content originally published at iBankCoin.com  
  • How Russia Became "Our Adversary" Again
    Authored by Paul Street via The Strategic Culture Foundation, Americans are routinely told by politicians and corporate media pundits and talking heads that Russia is their enemy – an “adversary state.”  The assertion has been normalized.  It passes without challenge or justification. Forget for now the question of whether and how “our adversary Russia” intervened significantly on Donald Trump’s behalf in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  Put aside the glaring absence of any smoking gun evidence to back that charge up and contemplate the fundamental matter of how and why Vladimir Putin’s Russia became “our enemy” in the first place. For those of us old enough to remember the long Cold War era, the designation of Russia as a leading global U.S. foe carries no small irony. From the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 until the collapse of the officially Marxist-Leninist Soviet Union and its Eastern European satellites in the early 1990s, Russia was an ideological and political enemy of the Western capitalist “elite.” The USSR was no workers’ paradise.  For all its formal allegiance to Marx and Engels, it was a militantly hierarchical class society ruled by a tyrannical state. After World War Two, it held brutal military power over Eastern Europe and East Germany. Still, Soviet-era Russia created an urban and industrialized society with real civilizational accomplishments (including cradle-to-grave health-care, housing, and food security and an impressive educational system and cultural apparatus) outside capitalism.  It pursued an independent path to modernity without a capitalist class, devoid of a bourgeoisie, in the name of socialism. It therefore posed a political and ideological challenge to U.S-led Western capitalism – and to Washington’s related plans for the Third World periphery, which was supposed to subordinate its developmental path to the needs of the rich nations (the U.S., Western Europe, and honorarily white Japan) of the world-capitalist core. Honest U.S. Cold Warriors knew that it was the political threat of “communism” – its appeal to poor nations and people (including the lower and working classes within rich/core states) – and not any serious military danger that constituted the true “Soviet menace.”  Contrary to U.S. “containment” doctrine after World War II, the ruling Soviet bureaucracy was concerned above all with keeping an iron grip on its internal and regional empire, not global expansion and “world revolution.” It did, however “deter…the worst of Western violence” (Noam Chomsky) by providing military and other assistance to Third World targets of U.S. and Western attack (including China, Korea, Indonesia, Egypt, Syria, Cuba, Vietnam, and Laos).  Along the way, it provided an example of independent development outside and against the capitalist world system advanced by the superpower headquartered in Washington. To make matters worse from Washington’s “Open Door” perspective, the Soviet Empire kept a vast swath of the world’s natural and human resources walled off from profitable exploitation by global capital. All of this was more than enough to mark the Soviet Union as global public enemy number one for the post-WWII U.S. power elite, which had truly planet-wide imperial ambitions, unlike Moscow. The Soviet deterrent and alternative to U.S.-led capitalism-imperialism collapsed once and for all in the early 1990s.  Washington celebrated with unchallenged invasions of Panama and Iraq. The blood-drenched U.S. President George H.W. Bush exulted that “what we say goes” in a newly unipolar, post-Soviet world. Russia reverted to not-so “free market” capitalism under U.S.-led Western financial supervision and in accord with the savage austerity and inequality imposed by the neoliberal “Washington consensus.” Chomsky got it right in 1991.  “With the collapse of Soviet tyranny,” he wrote, “much of the region can be expected to return to its traditional [subordinate] status, with the former high echelons of the bureaucracy playing the role of the Third World elites that enrich themselves while serving the interests of foreign investors.” The consequences were disastrous for many millions of ordinary Russians. The West said, “welcome to the machine” and “enjoy your new freedom to starve and die young.” The Soviet tyranny was turned into an oligarchs’ wonderland, a neoliberal wasteland combining untold new opulence for the fortunate Few with a stark decline in social and living standards for the Many.  Russia remains a capitalist nightmare and plutocrats’ playground. So, what happened?  How did “our” Cold War super-enemy become “our” brand new top “adversary” all over again, more than a quarter century after the tearing down of the Berlin Wall? The bottom line is that proud, post-Cold War Russia finally experienced too much brazen humiliation and betrayal at the hands of the U.S.-led West. It got up off the canvas under national/nationalist strongman Putin (a former KGB Lieutenant-Colonel wise in the ways of the West) and marshalled enough of still-intact natural and military resources and patriotic to challenge the American Empire’s hubristic claim to the right to rule Eurasia with impunity. “What we say goes” hit a new wall of Russian dignity and power. One of the many dirty little secrets of the U.S. Cold War was that anti-communism functioned as a pretext and cover for Washington’s Wall Street-fueled ambition to force open and run the entire world system in accord with its multinational corporate elite’s globalist- “Open Door” political-economic needs.  From this imperial perspective, the real Cold War enemy was not so much “communism” as other peoples’ struggles for national, local, and regional autonomy and independence. The enemy remains long after the statues of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Stalin have come down. It doesn’t matter than Russia is no longer “socialist.” Nationalist and regional push-back against Uncle “We Own the World” Sam has been more than sufficient to get Putin designated as the next official Hitler and Russia targeted as a malevolent opponent by the U.S. elite political class and media. Mike Whitney puts it very well in a recent CounterPunch essay: “What has Russia done to deserve all the negative press and unsupported claims of criminal meddling?…Just look at a map. For the last 16 years, the US has been rampaging across North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Washington intends to control critical oil and natural gas reserves in the ME, establish military bases across Central Asia, and remain the dominant player in an area of that is set to become the most populous and prosperous region of the world…”   “But one country has upset that plan, blocked that plan, derailed that plan. Russia. Russia has stopped Washington’s murderous marauding and genocidal depredations in Ukraine and Syria, which is why the US foreign policy establishment is so pissed-off.  US elites aren’t used to obstacles.”   “For the last quarter of a century – since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union – the world had been Washington’s oyster. If the president of the United States wanted to invade a country in the Middle East, kill a million people, and leave the place in a smoldering pile of rubble, then who could stop him? …Nobody.  Because Washington owns this fu**ing planet and everyone else is just a visitor…Capisce?.”   “But now all that’s changed. Now evil Putin has thrown up a roadblock to US hegemony in Syria and Ukraine. Now Washington’s land-bridge to Central Asia has been split in two, and its plan to control vital pipeline corridors from Qatar to the EU is no longer viable. Russia has stopped Washington dead-in-its tracks and Washington is furious.”   “The anti-Russia hysteria in the western media is equal to the pain the US foreign policy establishment is currently experiencing. And the reason the foreign policy establishment is in so much pain, is because they are not getting their way.  It’s that simple. Their global strategy is in a shamble because Russia will not let them topple the Syrian government, install their own puppet regime, redraw the map of the Middle East, run roughshod over international law, and tighten their grip on another battered war-torn part of the world.”   “So now… Putin must be demonized and derided. The American people must be taught to hate Russia and all-things Russian…Russia must be blamed for anything and everything under the sun…” Forget the charges of Trump-Russia collusion.  Trump’s main Russia problem is that he came into the White House from outside the elite Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) ruling class establishment.  Unlike the plugged-in U.S. power and imperial elite, the orange-haired brute never got the Zbigniew Brzezinski-crafted, David Rockefeller-endorsed CFR memo on the grave peril Moscow still poses to “the international system sponsored by the United States.”  (True, it’s unlikely that Trump could have followed the memo). Candidate Trump showed his lack of ruling class credentials by admiring Putin’s authoritarian manliness and calling for a stand-down from Obama and Hillary Clinton’s reckless, Brzezinski-esque provocation of the Kremlin in Eastern Europe and Syria. He foolishly called for normalized relations with the vodka-swilling Eurasian power that arose from the grave to once again become Washington’s “all-purpose [global] punching bag” (Whitney). After Herr Donald was ironically installed in the White House by leading Russophobe and  “lying neoliberal warmonger” (LNW) Hillary Clinton, Russia-hating took on a new and seductive political meaning for Democrats and their many U.S. media allies. The Russiagate narrative has proved irresistible to these actors for three basic reasons. First, they have naturally wanted to delegitimize the early Trump administration for standard partisan reasons. They’ve seen tarring Trump as a treasonous friend of a leading “foreign adversary” as useful for that purpose.   Second, highly placed NATO-expansionist New Cold Warriors in both major parties (e.g., John McCain) and the media have wanted to keep the heat on Moscow. The baseless Russia election-hacking and collusion charges have been tools for the New Cold War camp to hedge in Trump’s promises of rapprochement with Russia. The Russiagate scam is part of why Clockwork Orangutan found it necessary to absurdly tell Russia to “give Crimea back” to Ukraine and why he theatrically launched 59 cruise missiles onto a Syrian airbase.   Third, the Russian interference allegation has been made in part to help the DNC and the neoliberal Democratic Party establishment avoid responsibility for blowing the 2016 election. The Democrats ran a wooden, Wall Street-captive, and corruption-tainted candidate (the aforementioned LNW) and a vapid and elitist campaign that couldn’t mobilize enough working- and lower-class voters to defeat the epically noxious and unpopular Trump in key states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan and Ohio. The “Moscow stole it” narrative is a fancy version of “The dog [bear?] ate my homework” for a dismal dollar-drenched Democratic Party that abandoned the working class and the causes of peace, social justice and environmental sustainability long ago. The “inauthentic opposition” party (as the late Sheldon Wolin aptly described the neoliberal Democratic Party) would rather not take a long, hard and honest look at what it has become. It does not want to concede anything to those who dream (naively) of turning it into an authentic peoples’ and opposition party with a bold progressive vision and agenda. The “Russia did it” charge works for establishment Democrats hoping to stave off demands from leftish-progressive-populist types in their own party. This perverse political logic works to sustain the strange new neo-McCarthyite anti-Russian madness, which is rooted in the U.S. imperial agenda, not any relevant Russian influence on U.S. life and politics.
  • Enron 2.0? Asia's Largest Commodity Trader Halted After Crashing To 16 Year Lows On S&P Downgrade
    Once Asia's largest commodity trader, Noble Group has been halted after crashing almost 30% this morning following S&P lowering its corporate credit rist rating to CCC+, citing continuing weak cash flows and profitability... "We downgraded Noble because we believe the company's capital structure is not sustainable,"   "The negative outlook on Noble reflects the potential that the company will face distress and a non-payment of its debt obligations over the next 12 months," This is the lowest prices for the Singapore-based firm since 2001...   This has been coming for a while, as we warned a year ago... Noble's "Margin Call" Part II - The Enron Moment By Simon Jacques "Our balance sheet - the strongest in recent history - represents a significant advantage as we continue to identify high value growth opportunities across the products and geographies we operate in. Maintaining our investment grade rating with the international rating agencies is a vital part of this strategy."      - Noble Group 2014 Annual Report, p. 27       * * * * * "Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Noble Group Limited's senior unsecured bond ratings to Ba1 from Baa3 and the provisional rating on its senior unsecured MTN program to (P)Ba1 from (P)Baa3."       - Moody's, December 29, 2015       * * * * * "Noble Group Downgraded To 'BB+' On Weakened Liquidity; Notes Lowered To 'BB'; Ratings Still On CreditWatch Negative"      - Standard & Poors, January 7, 2016 The story of Noble is worth writing a book, mostly of how not to run your business.  If they are in this mess, it is in large part because the management was comprised predominantly of traders who were predisposed to defend their books. Noble has been desperately trying to revive their image by hiring former Goldman, JP. Morgan, Trafigura executives etc. By doing so they were looking for a form of credibility collateral. It didn’t work well for the new employees as they rapidly found out that they inherited from the liabilities of one decade of Noble’s poor decision making of the hard-core asset guys like William J. Randall and ex-Goldman Sach banker Yusuf Alireza. In the part II of this analysis we will review the gap between the liquidity headroom and the debt maturity profile of the trader and explain how Noble Group will have its Enron moment. The fatal mistake that Noble Group did was apparently to mislead the market about their financial performance "presumably" by using accounting devices. During last November, Noble Group's chief financial officer Robert van der Zalm has stepped down from his position after taking a leave of absence for “health reasons”. Two months later,  Moody’s downgraded Noble Group. In a very awaited decision, Standard & Poor’s has finally lowered Noble Group’s to junk, placing Asia’s largest commodity trader on watch for further possible as the rating agency remains skeptical about the liquidity headroom of the trader. According to Noble Group, on September 30th 2015, the company had  $15.5bn banking facilities and $1.669B in RMI (ready marketable inventories). $11.1bn of these $15.5bn banking facilities is uncommitted and are contingent on ability of maintaining investment-grade rating in the future. Noble claims to have $900M of cash and 1.669B$ in RMI (ready and marketable inventories). Their 1.669B$ in RMI have claims on related- party notes that are under collateralized by their commodity merchant activity and therefore should be excluded from their liquidity headroom. Noble Group currently uses $3.4B of borrowing facilities that are uncommitted. Noble Group is left with only 1B$ of unutilized committed borrowing facilities and $900M of cash ready available to meet $2.966B of debt scheduled in the next 12 months. Source: Noble Group MD&A Q-3 2015 Moreover, Noble Group counts on the completion of the Noble Agri stake divesture to reap $750M, a transaction which may not be completed by February 2016. Adding the 1B$ of unused uncommitted borrowing facilities plus the $750M of Noble Agri and the $900M of cash that Noble claims to have, Noble is still short by $316M. With the S&P downgrade, the total collateral margin call on Noble Group could be as much as $3.4B, banking facilities that are uncommitted and contingent on the ability of maintaining their investment-grade rating. Noble will have its Enron Moment. Enron's bankruptcy occurred on November 2001 and was triggered by S&P's downgrade of its debt below investment grade, activating a call provision in some loan indentures with principal amounts totaling $4 billion, cash and liquidity that suddenly Enron didn’t have. After the quick sale of Noble Agri, Noble’s core business remains its coal & energy – two very depressed commodities for the foreseeable future, and with no cash-flows to pay its debt and a sudden tightening of the credit, the trader is a cancer patient on the forward curve.
  • China's Bond Market Chaos Continues - Yield Curve Double-Inverts
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  • Buy The F**king Brazilian Political Crisis Dip
    Nothing says "go all in" on Brazilian stocks like the one of the biggest equity market drops on record following yet another political crisis... and that's just what investors did. Second only to the collapse surrounding Lehman's branruptcy, EWZ (the Brazil ETF) crashed over 16% last week (before rebounding)... But it appears, the political crisis around President Michel Temer couldn’t have come at a better time for the U.S. exchange-traded fund that invests in Brazilian stocks. The ETF had gone more than seven weeks without any deposits as investors questioned whether the equity rally had gone too far. But the 16 percent plunge on Thursday eased those concerns, and investors added $345 million to the fund, the biggest single-day inflow since Jan. 6, 2011... Pent up demand? It seems not, as while the Real is bid, Brazilian stocks are still languishing... Despite headlines that Temer's court hearing had been delayed today... stocks saw no love to end down 1.5%.
  • Greek Debt Relief Deal Fails In Last Minute, As Germany, IMF Clash Again
    Stop us if you've heard this story before. Insolvent Greece, having last week voted itself into even more austerity in hopes of unlocking some of the money promised it by Brussels so it can then use it to repay debt maturities owed to the ECB (whether it will actually follow through with said austerity measures remains unclear, though most likely not), is dragged to the finish line of yet another Euro finance minister negotiating session with promises that this time a debt relief deal is virtually guaranteed, and then... it all falls apart. That's what again happened today, when Euro-area finance ministers gathered in Brussels with hopes, at least for the Greek delegation, to come home with a signed agreement, only to fail to break the impasse on debt relief for Greece, delaying the conclusion of the country’s bailout review and the disbursement of fresh loans needed to repay obligations in July. “The Eurogroup held an in-depth discussion on the sustainability of Greece’s public debt but did not reach an overall agreement,” said Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who presides over meetings with his euro-area counterparts, and who again failed to reach a solution after another hardline stance by his German colleague, Wolfgang Schauble, prevented any potential concessions. As a reminder, ever since the 3rd Greek bailout in the summer of 2015, rhe IMF and Germany have been at odds over Greece’s economic outlook and the amount of debt relief required to assure economic stability: it was the same debate, that prevented a deal from being inked on Monday. The big issue is what happens to the Greek economy after 2018, when the current bailout expires. The IMF, which has demanded debt haircuts in order to fund the ongoing bailout, has repeatedly raised doubts about Greece’s ability to maintain such an optimistic budget performance for decades - it's like Bank of America's forecast for US GDP through 2027 which anticipated precisely zero recessions; meanwhile, key creditors are pushing for a more positive outlook (guess who will be wrong). The reason is that less ambitious fiscal targets would increase the amount of debt relief needed, meanwhile the Greek population continues to suffer. As Bloomberg explained after the latest meeting, the debt measures proposed by euro area finance ministers were not enough for the IMF to come on board the Greek bailout, and unequivocally say that Greece’s debt is sustainable, according to an official familiar with the discussion. There was some movement, though not quite enough, official says, asking not to be named as Eurogroup meeting wasn’t public There’s some frustration with the IMF among euro area finance ministers, pressure on Fund to move will increase over the coming weeks In any case, work will continue in the coming weeks with the aim of reaching a conclusion on June 15 at the next meeting of ministers, Dijsselbloem said. Last May, Euro-area finance ministers committed to a set of measures to ease the repayment terms on Greek bailout loans after the end of the program in 2018, but the degree to which these measures will be implemented is still a subject of contention.  Among the options listed is the extension of maturities on euro-area loans to Greece, as well as the capping and deferral of interest payments. The IMF has said it wants these options to be specified further, so that numbers “add up” and annual Greek debt refinancing needs are kept below clearly defined thresholds According to Bloomberg, after eight hours of talks and multiple draft compromises, Athens and its creditors couldn’t reach an accord that would ease Greece’s debt and that would convince the International Monetary Fund to agree to help finance the country’s bailout. The IMF has been seeking more debt relief for the country, pushing euro-area creditors to ensure the sustainability of Greece’s €315 billion ($354 billion) of obligations before it participates in the program. Some nations including Germany object to a debt restructuring while also insisting that the Washington-based fund join the program to lend credibility to the bailout. The reason why the can was kicked again is that Greece doesn’t have a large maturity deadline until July, when €7 billion euros in obligations come due, and Europe has a habit of waiting until the last moment before disbursing the funds that Athens will then turn around and use to repay the ECB. Delaying resolution of the program review adds to months of uncertainty that have taken their toll on the Greek economy - which has slipped back into recession --and kept the country from returning to the bond market. Recession notwithstanding, Dijsselbloem also said the parties agreed on a target for Greece’s primary surplus, which excludes interest payments, of 3.5% of gross domestic product until 2022. Which is funny: it was Mario Draghi's secret deals with Greece when he was still part of Goldman, that masked the Greek debt mountain, and made the country's surplus appear artificially high. The eventual result was not one, not two, but three Greek bailouts. “The Greek authorities are taking their responsibilities and I think the partners of Greece are also taking their own responsibilities,” European Union Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said. “There’s been a shared effort to narrow the gap between positions -- we haven’t yet concluded but I hope under the guidance of the president of the Eurogroup it will possible three weeks from now.” Additional debt relief is also needed for the ECB to include Greek bonds in its asset purchases program, which would ease the country’s access to bond markets, and is the reason why last week, Greek lawmakers approved more austerity measures in hopes of mollifying creditors, including pension cuts, tax hikes and other structural economic reforms. The resulting hope that Greece would be included in the ECB's QE was the longest winning streak in Greek capital markets in years. For now, however, Greece has to wait, most likely until the very last minute before the €7 billion in July obligations come due.


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“For those in the conservative movement to think that you’re going to change minds only by preaching to the choir, you don’t understand how media works. So that’s probably the most potent weapon out there is to go fight the fire, go towards the fire.” – Andrew Breitbart


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Hating Breitbart


The army of the emboldened and gleefully ill-informed is growing.


It’s a democracy, and the reason why the conservative movement loses is because it believes that it is elite, that the smartest in its midst who have gone to the right schools and who have worked at the right think tanks and have the right opinions and the right friends can run it for the rest of America. That’s why I’m a Tea Party adherent over a Republican or conservative establishment adherent.


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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