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  • Buddy D, MVP: The birth of the New Orleans Saints bagheads
    Part of a tricentennial series looking back at the people and events that made New Orleans.
  • The first fest: Remembering the inaugural New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
    Part of a tricentennial series looking back at the people and events that made New Orleans.
  • 100 down, 200 to go: What stories do you want to see featured in our '300 for 300' series?
    Add your voice to our ongoing celebration of New Orleans' 300th anniversary.
  • Man, woman injured in Werner Park double shooting
    Shreveport police responded to a double shooting overnight in the city’s Werner Park neighborhood. Both victims in the shooting are expected to make a full recovery.
  • Trump proposes tax reform; United settles with doctor who was dragged off flight (10 Things to Know for Friday)
    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday.
  • Sean Payton: Saints ranked Marshon Lattimore top 4, Ryan Ramczyk top 15 on draft board
    Saints had two first-round picks
  • Arkansas executes inmate Kenneth Williams for 4th lethal injection in 8 days
    Arkansas had scheduled eight executions over an 11-day period before one of its lethal injection drugs expires on Sunday. Courts issued stays for four of the inmates.
  • Saints project Ryan Ramczyk as right tackle, Sean Payton says
    Ramcyzk played left tackle in college
  • NFL draft tracker 2017: First-round picks, analysis
    Breaking down Thursday night's 32 Round 1 selections.       
  • In need of defense, Saints throw curveball with pick of OL Ryan Ramczyk at No. 32
    The New Orleans Saints drafted Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramcyzk with the last pick of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft
  • What are Packers' top options to start Day 2?
    After moving out of first round, Green Bay has several intriguing players available.       
  • Watch NFL Draft first-round wrapup
    PHILADELPHIA -- The 2017 NFL Draft first round is in the books. John Roach and Jim Kleinpeter are here with the final wrapup. Leonard Fournette is the first Tiger to go, followed by Jamal Adams and Tre'Davious White. The Saints...
  • Best players available for NFL draft's second round include Dalvin Cook, DeShone Kizer
    Dalvin Cook, DeShone Kizer among top talents not picked in first round.       
  • LSU's Fournette, Adams, White picked at 4, 6 and 27
    After Fournette and Adams go in top six, cornerback Tre'Davious White of LSU lands in Buffalo as 27th pick of 1st round       
  • LSU's Fournette, Adams, White picked at 4, 6 and 27
    After Fournette and Adams go in top six, cornerback Tre'Davious White of LSU lands in Buffalo as 27th pick of 1st round       
  • Lange Leads Tigers to 8-2 Win Over Alabama
    Junior right-hander Alex Lange limited Alabama to two runs in 7.1 innings Thursday night, leading No. 11 LSU to an 8-2 win over the Crimson Tide at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.       
  • Lange Leads Tigers to 8-2 Win Over Alabama
    Junior right-hander Alex Lange limited Alabama to two runs in 7.1 innings Thursday night, leading No. 11 LSU to an 8-2 win over the Crimson Tide at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.       
  • Your Mail 4-28: A different way
    A shop local approach to securing our southern boarder       
  • Star Parker: Lessons unlearned from the '92 LA Riots
    Blacks need to trash the cynicism they harbor against this great nation       
  • Saints nab top CB, then an OT with last pick of 1st rd
    The Saints did not expect Ohio State's Marshon Lattiimore to be around at No. 11 of the first round, and they took him.       
  • Saints nab top CB, then an OT with last pick of 1st rd
    The Saints did not expect Ohio State's Marshon Lattiimore to be around at No. 11 of the first round, and they took him.       
  • Leonard Fournette and Jacksonville a near perfect fit
    Jaguars did plenty of homework on the LSU All-American.
  • Saints select Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk at pick No. 32
    Saints address both sides of the ball in first round
  • Lawn-maintenance worker killed in crash on Amite highway: state police
    Raymond H. Smith, 53, of Franklinton was pronounced dead on the scene following the crash, which occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday (April 27) in Amite, officials said.
  • Top-seeded Celtics headline trio of Friday's elimination games
    The Celtics, Bulls, Wizards, Hawks, Clippers and Jazz will all be in action Friday.       
  • Marshon Lattimore to Saints' Michael Thomas on draft night: 'Tell them come get me, I'm ready'
    Thomas posts screen grab of a Lattimore message
  • Family seeks 'miracle' for siblings, saves lives in the process
    Bone marrow drives for pair of siblings have helped more than 40 people; family hopes to register thousands more donors.       
  • LSU CB Tre'Davious White drafted by Buffalo Bills No. 27 overall at NFL Draft
    Started 47 games in four seasons for Tigers.
  • The NFL officially lost it's mind in the first round of the 2017 draft
    Go home, NFL, you're drunk.       
  • Republicans back down from health-care push, smoothing way for government to stay open
    Lawmakers are likely to approve the spending bill when it comes to the floor Friday and keep the government open past midnight.
  • LSU starts strong at Alabama; Alex Lange fans 10 to win series opener
    Game 2 of the series is 6 p.m. Friday.
  • Authorities comb Bossier City area for suspect
    Authorities searched a Bossier City neighborhood Thursday for the man they suspect fired shots at a state trooper after a brief car chase Sunday morning in Shreveport's Queensborough neighborhood.
  • 'I was all set to terminate': Inside Trump's sudden shift on NAFTA
    "I looked forward to terminating. I was going to do it," Trump said in an Oval Office interview.
  • Saints should count their blessings as Marshon Lattimore falls right in their lap
    Top-rated cornerback fills one of the Saints' biggest needs
  • Listen to what Marshon Lattimore says about becoming a New Orleans Saint
    Hear what the team's first first-round pick had to say
  • Natchitoches authorities alert public to car they were chasing
    Natchitoches authorities are asking the public to notify them if they see a newer-model white Chevrolet Impala with Florida license plates they were chasing.
  • Saints' Marshon Lattimore moves beyond hamstring injuries, ready to compete
    Lattimore missed time in college after enduring two major hamstring issues
  • Jamal Adams' paycheck plans, his 'fly' red carpet look and more
    "I slipped to sixth, which I didn't see coming, but it was a no-brainer that they were coming to get me," Adams said.
  • Rapides, Grace fall in LHSAA quarters
    Even though Rapides was in its first trip to Sulphur, it was not phased and put up quite a fight.       
  • Rapides, Grace fall in LHSAA quarters
    Even though Rapides was in its first trip to Sulphur, it was not phased and put up quite a fight.       
  • The Chicago Bears gave up too much to pick Mitch Trubisky
    A bad trade made worse by a huge reach.       
  • Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Trump’s secretary of Labor
    Acosta has been a federal prosecutor, a civil rights chief at the Justice Department and a member of the National Labor Relations Board.       
  • One killed in shooting in Shreveport
    Police have Line Avenue at East 73rd Street blocked off. Line Avenue also is closed  in both directions at East 75th Street.
  • Menard is looking to finish the job
    So close, yet so far.       
  • Menard is looking to finish the job
    So close, yet so far.       
  • LC names new football coach, AD
    See who will be replacing the departed Dennis Dunn       
  • Otis man booked on warrants after traffic stop
    An Otis man who left the Cotile Lake Recreation Area without paying his bill was found two weeks later when he was arrested by Louisiana State Police on unrelated charges, according to a release.       
  • Otis man booked on warrants after traffic stop
    An Otis man who left the Cotile Lake Recreation Area without paying his bill was found two weeks later when he was arrested by Louisiana State Police on unrelated charges, according to a release.       
  • Meet the Bronx Brothers of Louisiana College
    One of the great things about baseball is the way it transcends culture. No matter where you learned the game or the way you play it, the bases are still 90 feet apart and the mound is still 60 feet and six inches from the plate.       
  • Meet the Bronx Brothers of Louisiana College
    One of the great things about baseball is the way it transcends culture. No matter where you learned the game or the way you play it, the bases are still 90 feet apart and the mound is still 60 feet and six inches from the plate.       
  • Alexandria burglary suspect flees, crashes
    An Alexandria burglary suspect led police on a short chase before he lost control of a stolen car and was captured behind a house, according to a release.       
  • Alexandria burglary suspect flees, crashes
    An Alexandria burglary suspect led police on a short chase before he lost control of a stolen car and was captured behind a house, according to a release.       
  • Part of major Shreveport roadway to get $3.2M makeover
    A $3.2 million project will bring a smoother road surface, new storm drains, handicap ramps and more, state highway officials say. 
  • LC names new football coach, AD
    See who will be replacing the departed Dennis Dunn       
  • LC promotes two to football coach, athletic director
    Justin Charles, defense coordinator for the LC Wildcats football team, was announced as the new football head coach and Reni Mason, Louisiana College Wildcats basketball coach, was announced as the new athletic director for the college.       
  • LC promotes two to football coach, athletic director
    Justin Charles, defense coordinator for the LC Wildcats football team, was announced as the new football head coach and Reni Mason, Louisiana College Wildcats basketball coach, was announced as the new athletic director for the college.       
  • LC promotes two to football coach, athletic director
    Justin Charles, defense coordinator for the LC Wildcats football team, was announced as the new football head coach and Reni Mason, Louisiana College Wildcats basketball coach, was announced as the new athletic director for the college.       
  • Future of state's marijuana sales discussed
    BATON ROUGE -- The lucrative nature of marijuana sales was at the center Thursday of a House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development discussion of a law that puts the state into the marijuana distribution business.         
  • Future of state's marijuana sales discussed
    BATON ROUGE -- The lucrative nature of marijuana sales was at the center Thursday of a House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development discussion of a law that puts the state into the marijuana distribution business.         
  • More charges to be filed against Alexandria carjacking, burglary suspect
    A Pineville man allegedly stole a truck from a man Wednesday afternoon and later led police on a chase from Alexandria into Kinder, after which officials discovered he also is a suspect in an earlier residential burglary, according to releases.       
  • More charges to be filed against Alexandria carjacking, burglary suspect
    A Pineville man allegedly stole a truck from a man Wednesday afternoon and later led police on a chase from Alexandria into Kinder, after which officials discovered he also is a suspect in an earlier residential burglary, according to releases.       
  • ASH is focused on repeating as 5A champs
    Tuesday was an eerily quiet day at the Alexandria Senior High Softball Complex.       
  • ASH is focused on repeating as 5A champs
    Tuesday was an eerily quiet day at the Alexandria Senior High Softball Complex.       
  • VA whistle-blowers leery of Trump order creating office to protect them
    As President Trump signed an executive order Thursday seeking to provide more protections to whistle-blowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the very people he's trying to protect are leery.       
  • VA whistle-blowers leery of Trump order creating office to protect them
    As President Trump signed an executive order Thursday seeking to provide more protections to whistle-blowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the very people he's trying to protect are leery.       
  • Search for next NSU president down to 2
    Finalists for president of Northwestern State named after on-campus interviews.       
  • Search for next NSU president down to 2
    Finalists for president of Northwestern State named after on-campus interviews.       
  • Is virtual education the future?
    For a variety of reasons, families are turning to virtual schools for greater flexibility and individualization than a traditional brick and mortar school.       
  • Is virtual education the future?
    For a variety of reasons, families are turning to virtual schools for greater flexibility and individualization than a traditional brick and mortar school.       
  • Jury finds Homer man guilty of killing Webster deputy
    A Bienville Parish jury has found a Homer man guilty of killing a Webster sheriff's deputy.
  • Purdue buys for-profit Kaplan University for $1, plans to make it public
    Purdue University said Thursday it will buy for-profit Kaplan University for $1, with plans to turn it into a new, nonprofit Indiana public university for “nontraditional adult learners.”       
  • Man found dead in house in Polk County, AR
    A man was found dead Thursday at a house off Highway 71 at Hatfield, Ark., authorities said. 
  • Newly elected SG president and vice president look forward to new initiatives
    The University celebrated inauguration day for LSU Student Government on April 17 with the induction of new the Student Government president and vice president, Jason Badeaux and Leah Sanders, respectively.
  • Freedom Services, exterior cleaining service, hires veterans
  • Cenla native to appear on Food Network
    Meet Henry Chandler, the Winn Parish boy who has become a nationally recognized chef       
  • Cenla native to appear on Food Network
    Meet Henry Chandler, the Winn Parish boy who has become a nationally recognized chef       
  • Woman found dead in creek; SWAR authorities await autopsy
    Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a creek southeast of Cove, Ark.
  • Chef Henry Chandler
    St. Maurice native Henry Chandler is appearing on Food Network's "Ginormous Foods" on Friday, April 28.       
  • Chef Henry Chandler
    St. Maurice native Henry Chandler is appearing on Food Network's "Ginormous Foods" on Friday, April 28.       
  • Police officer facing arrest in case involving sheriff's son
    BAKER - The WBRZ Investigative Unit has learned the son of East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux has been issued a misdemeanor citation for illegal discharge of a firearm following a shooting incident outside the Baker Walmart April 14.Benjamin Gautreaux, another adult and a minor were cited.Sources tell WBRZ a Baker Police sergeant will also be arrested for malfeasance in office and obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to cover up details of the shooting.Baton Rouge Judge Mike Erwin signed a warrant for the officer's arrest, but Baker Police would not release the officer's name ahead of his arrest.According to police, Baker PD responded to a shots fired call at a Walmart in Baker on April 14. They arrived on scene to discover a window had been shot out.Sources say Gautreaux was allegedly shooting a gun in his backyard during target practice, unaware bullets were flying toward the Walmart.This is a developing story. Check back to WBRZ.com for updates. Permalink| Comments
  • Families choose virtual education
    Is virtual education the future?       
  • Families choose virtual education
    Is virtual education the future?       
  • 2 dead, 3 injured in crash on Hwy 190 in Livonia
    LIVONIA - Two people are dead following a crash on Hwy 190 in Livonia. Sources say the 3-car crash happened just east of the city limits around 6:30 p.m. Two people were killed in the crash. Three others are being transported to the hospital. Crash happened at the Livonia city limits sign, at the entrance to Not Your Mama's Cafe. @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/i6SE90cHsV— Brett Buffington (@BrettBuffington) April 28, 2017 Sources on scene say one vehicle was attempting to turn left onto Hwy 190 when it was hit by another car. The first vehicle was pushed into oncoming traffic, where it was hit by a third car, killing the driver instantly. The dangers of driving along this stretch of road was the focus of an Investigative Unit story in January. Livonia PD is on scene and investigating. Hwy. 190 is closed in the area in both directions while police investigate. US 190 is closed in both directions at Hill Lane (east of Livonia) due to an accident. Congestion is currently minimal. Use alternate route.— Baton Rouge Traffic (@BR_Traffic) April 28, 2017 WBRZ News 2 has a crew on scene This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Permalink| Comments
  • LSU boasts history of influential commencement speakers
    As seniors approach their final week of classes, there is likely only one thing on their minds — walking across the stage and receiving their degrees. Before they can do that, however, graduates and guests will hear from Gov. John…
  • Weekend brings double threat for severe weather
    This upcoming weekend could hold a double threat weather situation. 
  • 33rd annual ArtBreak expected to draw thousands this weekend
    For the 33rd year, ArtBreak will take over downtown Shreveport this weekend, showcasing the talents of students all over Northwest Louisiana.
  • Corporate flat tax bill gaining traction in Capitol
    House Bill 648 by Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, gets a hearing in Ways and Means Monday.       
  • Corporate flat tax bill gaining traction in Capitol
    House Bill 648 by Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, gets a hearing in Ways and Means Monday.       
  • Berkeley under police watch after Coulter talk canceled
    BERKELEY, Calif. -- Berkeley, known as the home of the American free speech movement, was under heavy police watch on Thursday in advance of what was expected to be a large protest over a canceled appearance by conservative commentator Ann Coulter. The author said she was forced to cancel a speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley, although she added that she might still "swing by to say hello" to her supporters, prompting police and university officials to brace for possible trouble. Coulter supporters said the university was attempting to silence their views. Dozens of police wearing flak jackets and carrying 40 mm launchers that shoot "foam batons" flanked the university's main plaza while a small group of protesters condemning Coulter staged one of two earlier rallies outside campus. Officers also took selfies with students in an attempt to lighten the mood. Police erected barricades and refused to let participants enter the campus. Protesters from the International Socialist Organization held what they called n "Alt Right Delete" rally with signs reading "Refuse Fascism" and "Fascist free campus." The group endorses free speech, and some members oppose the way Coulter and others have co-opted the free speech movement. "I don't like Ann Coulter's views, but I don't think in this case the right move was to shut her down," said graduate student Yevgeniy Melguy, 24, who held a sign that read "Immigrants Are Welcome Here." The tension illustrates how Berkeley has emerged as a flashpoint for extreme left and right forces amid the debate over free speech in a place where the 1960s U.S. free speech movement began before it spread to college campuses across the nation. Berkeley student Joseph Pagadara, 19, said he is worried about violence and says the university is caught in the middle of the country's political divide. "Both sides are so intolerant of each other. We are a divided country. We need to listen to each other but we're each caught in our own bubbles," he said. As for Coulter, Pagadara said the university should have let her speak. "Now she's making herself look like the victim and Berkeley like the bad guys," he said. KCBS reported (http://cbsloc.al/2qiK5yi ) that Gavin McInnes, founder of the pro-Trump "Proud Boys," said he will speak in the afternoon at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park and encouraged other groups to help make a large showing at the gathering. The group on its Facebook page calls itself a fraternal organization aimed at "reinstating a spirit of Western chauvinism during an age of globalism and multiculturalism." It said it supports minimal government and is also "anti-political correctness, anti-racial guilt, pro-gun rights, anti-Drug War, closed borders." Another group called the Orange County Alt Right Group planned a rally in the same place. In emails to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Coulter confirmed that her planned speech on illegal immigration, followed by a question-answer session, was canceled. But she remained coy about what she might do instead. "I'm not speaking. But I'm going to be near there, so I might swing by to say hello to my supporters who have flown in from all around the country," Coulter said in an email. "I thought I might stroll around the graveyard of the First Amendment." Officials at UC Berkeley said last week they feared renewed violence on campus if Coulter followed through with plans to speak. They cited "very specific intelligence" of threats that could endanger Coulter and students, as Berkeley becomes a platform for extremist protesters on both sides of the political spectrum. Efforts by the university to cancel or delay the Coulter event dealt a blow to Berkeley's image as a bastion of tolerance and free speech. Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks sent a letter to the campus Wednesday saying the university is committed to defending free speech but also to protecting its students. "This is a university, not a battlefield," Dirks said in the letter. "The university has two non-negotiable commitments, one to Free Speech the other to the safety of our campus community." Earlier this month, a bloody brawl broke out in downtown Berkeley at a pro-Trump protest that featured speeches by members of the white nationalist right. They clashed with a group of Trump critics who called themselves anti-fascists. In February, violent protesters forced the cancellation of a speech by right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos, who like Coulter was invited by campus Republicans. The Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America's Foundation, a conservative group that had helped book Coulter's campus speaking events, both pulled their support Tuesday citing fears of violence. They blamed the university for failing to ensure protection of conservative speakers.
  • Man taken into custody after standoff in Many
    A man is in custody after a standoff ended peacefully with authorities, according to the Many Police Department. 
  • New GSU nursing program gets Regents support
    Will Sutton, GSU Media Bureau BATON ROUGE — Grambling State University’s effort to start a new undergraduate nursing program got a boost Wednesday when the Louisiana Board of Regents endorsed a letter of intent in support of a smaller, focused, more demanding academic curriculum, classroom training and support so students will be successful. The Board of Regents vote in favor of the letter of intent was unanimous. If the process continues as planned, the first cohort of 30 students can start with the new GSU nursing program in fall 2018. 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
  • Business owner given inaugural Excellence Award
    Heather Small Hawley There are individuals in the Lincoln Parish Community who go above and beyond to help their fellow residents in their time of need, and the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce has created an award to honor these individuals — The Excellence Award. The first recipient of the award was selected recently — the owner of Triple B Diesel, Joshua Daigrepont. In a comment to the Chamber of Commerce, a woman from Miami, Florida, — Kristi Maxey-Diego — insisted that Daigrepont be recognized for the good deeds he had done for her parents as they traveled through Ruston. 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
  • Zoo animals take the stage
          
  • Zoo animals take the stage
          
  • Shooting investigation continues
    Staff Report Ruston police have updated their persons of interest list stemming from a Tuesday night shooting that sent one man to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators say Chadarius L. Spencer isn’t a person of interest and that his name was placed by mistake on the original list released Wednesday morning. The persons of interest are Tyrone Singleton, Labreasher Allen and Charvis Buggs. The three are being held in the Union Parish Detention Center on unrelated charges stemming from a traffic stop in Bernice. 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
  • ‘Mapping Out A Future:’ Bank of Ruston, NCLAC announce annual gallery theme
    Heather Small Hawley The North Central Louisiana Arts Council recently announced its collaboration with Bank of Ruston to present an exhibit for the annual Bank of Ruston Art Show in December. “The old Federal Building has been purchased by the City of Ruston in order to become a future arts education building that will house the arts council,” said Jessica Slaughter, executive director of NCLAC, said. “Members of NCLAC have salvaged old topographical maps from the Federal Building.” 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
  • What are your legislators working on?
    Here is a primer of where several proposed bills stand in the Louisiana Legislature       
  • What are your legislators working on?
    Here is a primer of where several proposed bills stand in the Louisiana Legislature       
  • Lady Cougars set for semifinals
    Photo by DARRELL JAMES Anna Larr Roberson and the Cedar Creek Lady Cougars will take on Hanson Memorial at 2:30 p.m. today in quarterfinal action of the Division IV softball playoffs at Frasch Park in Sulphur. 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.
  • Cougars to begin playoffs
    Leader file photo Aaron Clark (above) and the Cedar Creek Cougars open the Division IV baseball playoffs today with a 4:30 p.m. game against St. Martin. Admission will be $7. 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.
  • Tech soccer sets fall slate
    Leader Sports Service Louisiana Tech women’s soccer head coach Kevin Sherry announced the 20-game 2017 fall schedule on Wednesday, highlighted by home matches versus SEC foe Mississippi State as well as the reigning Conference USA regular season and tournament champions in North Texas and Charlotte. The schedule for Tech will once again be split into 10 non-conference and 10 in conference. The Lady Techsters will have nine total home matches. 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
  • Techsters add JC All-American Guard
    Leader Sports Service Louisiana Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr announced Wednesday that Northeastern Oklahoma A&M All-American guard Maria Delgado has signed a national letter of intent to play the next two years for the Lady Techsters. “It is great to welcome Maria to the Louisiana Tech family,” Stoehr said. “She will bring experience and an ability to create for others as well as score the basketball. Maria comes from a winning program and is a tough competitor. She reached the NJCAA National Tournament under Coach Jim Rowland and has continued to develop during her time in Oklahoma.” 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
  • Saints should be big player in NFL Draft
    T. Scott Boatright Tonight we finally get back to a little football as the NFL holds the first round of its 2017 draft. The New Orleans Saints look to be a major player in this this year’s draft with two first round picks, and no, I don’t see the Saints giving one of those up for New England cornerback Malcolm Butler. 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
  • What happened to compromise?
    Derek J. Amaya I recently started the HBO miniseries “John Adams” which chronicles more than 50 years of the second president of the United States of America and what role he played in shaping the early days of our country. The series opens well before he became president with the infamous Boston Massacre, an incident where several British Army soldiers shot and killed five people while under attack by a mob in Boston. Some may say this controversial tragedy can be argued as the spark to the American Revolution. 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
  • LSU Football ticket surcharge proposed for tiger conservation
    An LSU Football ticket surcharge proposed in the Faculty Senate could benefit the Tigers’ namesake.
  • No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up in New York City
    NEW YORK -- In a park amid Manhattan skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. The free-of-charge, air-conditioned splendor— inspired by visits to the city's priciest hotels — is open to everyone, even homeless New Yorkers. More than 1 million people a year are expected to use the facility, park officials said. On Thursday, two bathroom attendants held toilet tissue that a park official cut as the inaugural ribbon for the high-tech facility housed in a landmarked Beaux Arts building behind the New York Public Library. The toilets — in 310 square feet divided between the women's and men's sides — are reopening after a three-month renovation. The eye-popping, LED-illuminated elegance is unusual in a city where public toilets are scarce and generally grungy. "I'm really surprised. It's very clean and the flowers are alive," said Irena Marentic, a tourist from Slovenia, as she left the space whose walls and floors are lined with tiles from Spain and Italy and adorned with art created by Bryant Park's painters-in-residence. The women's side has three toilet stalls, while the men's side has two stalls and three urinals — the same number as before the renovation. The facility can't be expanded because the space surrounding it is landmarked. The public luxury was funded privately by the Bryant Park Corp., a not-for-profit that manages the city-owned park and works to improve business in this neighborhood that includes Fifth Avenue. "We strive for perfection and only settle for excellence," declared Dan Biederman, the executive director of the Bryant Park Corp. The team behind the new posh public bathroom visited the Waldorf and other luxury hotels for inspiration. A few out-of-town companies provided donations not included in the facility's $280,000 cost. The Japanese luxury brand Toto contributed self-flushing, energy-saving toilets and hands-free faucets and wash basins. Brill Hygienic Products Inc., of Delray, Florida, supplied sanitary, electronic seat covers that rotate with each use. Attendants armed with mops keep everything clean from 7 a.m. till midnight, when the bathroom closes along with the park. By park rules, no tips are allowed. The bathroom is most often used by visitors to the leafy, grassy refuge of Bryant Park, which draws them with its seasonal attractions including a skating rink in winter, holiday shops, outdoor movies on summer nights and free-for-all tables and chairs. The park itself went through a makeover some years ago after decades of urban decay and crime that spilled into the bathroom, which was closed for years and reopened only in the 1990s. With the improvement of the park, the number of visitors has increased. So, too, has the daily use of the toilets — from an average of about 1,800 in 2013 to about 3,300 last year, or 1.2 million a year, according to park officials. On the women's side, the wait could be as long as 20 minutes. On Thursday, with the line growing, park workers directed people to the massive library building and more public toilets, though not quite as fancy.
  • Sunblock for students: La. House says no prescription needed
    BATON ROUGE -- A prescription for sunscreen? The Louisiana House has overwhelmingly agreed that public school students should be able to carry sunblock without a doctor's permission or their school's blessing. Lawmakers voted 99-1 Thursday to spell out that a student "may possess and self-apply sunscreen" at school, on a school bus or at a school function. The proposal heads next to the Senate for debate. Ville Platte Rep. Bernard LeBas, a Democrat, says he sponsored the bill as a cancer-fighting measure and to address allowances for sunscreen use that vary from school district to district. Rep. Patricia Smith, a Baton Rouge Democrat, voted against the measure after unsuccessfully trying to require students in kindergarten through the fifth grade to have a school employee apply the sunscreen.
  • Gunman pursued injured officer seeking cover, fired again
    MIDDLETOWN, Del.-- A man who killed a state trooper and then was shot to death Thursday after a lengthy standoff with police had been fond of guns since middle school, a former neighbor and classmate said. Burgon Sealy Jr., 26, was killed by law enforcement about 20 hours after he fatally shot the trooper, said the state police superintendent, Col. Nathaniel McQueen. Sealy fled in a car and holed up inside his home, where he fired repeatedly at the officers who had him surrounded. He was finally shot when he emerged from the home armed Thursday morning and "engaged police," McQueen said. He declined to say if Sealy fired a gun at that time. More details also emerged about Sealy's encounter with Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard in the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store near Bear on Wednesday. Ballard had noticed something suspicious about two men in a car when Sealy, the passenger, shot him with a handgun. Ballard, wounded, sought shelter behind a parked car, but Sealy chased after him and fired again, McQueen said, including several shots that he fired "at close range" when the officer was already on the ground. Sealy then fled in another car he had driven to the store. The driver of the first car was questioned and released without any charges, police said. Ballard, 32, died that afternoon at a hospital. His survivors include a wife and daughter, Gov. John Carney said Thursday. Scott Adkins, 24, grew up on the same street as Sealy and went to middle school and high school with him. He remembered him as being fond of paintball and air soft guns as early as middle school. "Multiple times, we would tell the (school) bus driver he was talking about guns and stuff like that, but nothing ever came of it," Adkins said. Records show Sealy was arrested in 2013 in Florida on gun and drug charges. McQueen declined to answer questions about Sealy's possible motives, including whether investigators had discovered any links to terrorism. He also wouldn't say whether Ballard might have been targeted, either individually or as a police officer. "That investigation is still unfolding, and as those facts become available, we'll certainly make them available," he said. After shooting the officer, Sealy called relatives and told them what he'd done, McQueen said, and they reported that to police. Sealy then drove about 15 miles (25 kilometers) to his home in a subdivision near Middletown. Alone in the house, Sealy refused to leave and repeatedly fired at the officers who surrounded him. None was hit. Police warned nearby residents to stay inside and lock their doors, and hostage negotiators established contact, trying to get Sealy to surrender peacefully. With no quick resolution, they blew the door of the house off its hinges shortly after 8 p.m. About eight hours later, after officers again came under fire, police again used explosives to blow off windows. Hours more passed before Sealy came out armed and was killed. Ballard had been on the force for more than eight years, state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said. "This is a very sad day," Carney said. "I stand before you with an aching heart, a heart that aches for Cpl. Ballard, his wife, his daughter, his family, a heart that aches for the Delaware State Police who served with him."
  • Body of missing Joliet toddler found in mother's home
    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The body of a 1-year-old girl was found at a "deplorable" northern Illinois home that she and her mother shared with squatters after her mother reluctantly allowed detectives inside to search and a day after she reported her daughter missing, authorities said Thursday. Will County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson said during a news conference that Semaj Crosby's death was "suspicious," but that an autopsy is not yet complete. The Will County coroner's office said in a statement the autopsy was inconclusive. It said final results will depend on toxicology results and the investigation by authorities. Ackerson said the investigation was hindered by the girl's mother's refusal until late Wednesday night to allow authorities to search the house in Joliet, about 40 miles southwest of Chicago. The mother initially spoke to investigators, but later refused to answer questions on the advice of an attorney, he said. At one point during an interview with investigators at the house, she fell silent after another resident pounded on the door and shouted for her to stop talking. Ackerson said it wasn't clear who was in the house when the girl disappeared, explaining that the attorney for the mother said that from five to 15 squatters "come and go as they please." "The house was in very deplorable conditions," Ackerson said, without elaborating. The mother reported her daughter missing on Tuesday, sparking a massive hunt involving dozens of volunteers and law enforcement officers, as well as drones and bloodhounds. The girl disappeared from outside the house shortly after a visit from Department of Children and Family Services officials who were investigating an allegation of neglect made against the mother. The officials saw Semaj and the woman's other two children. They noticed no apparent hazards or anything else that raised concerns about the children's safety, Ackerson said. Ackerson said the mother still has the two other children but that they are no longer staying at her Joliet home. Until they found the child's body, the sheriff's department said investigators suspected that Semaj had probably wandered off and perhaps had hidden herself somewhere and fallen asleep. On Thursday, Ackerson said that deputies had made a "cursory" search of the residence on Tuesday and did not find the girl. And, he said, based on statements from credible witnesses who saw the girl outside the house shortly before she vanished, authorities believed the girl was not inside.
  • Zoo animals take to the stage in Madagascar the Musical
    Lagniappe Theatre presents "Madagascar the Musical" Thursday through Sunday at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults; $16 for seniors 55 and up; and $13 for students. For more information, visit http://www.lagniappetheatre.com.       
  • Zoo animals take to the stage in Madagascar the Musical
    Lagniappe Theatre presents "Madagascar the Musical" Thursday through Sunday at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults; $16 for seniors 55 and up; and $13 for students. For more information, visit http://www.lagniappetheatre.com.       
  • Texas backs tough sanctuary city ban as federal push stalls
    AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas House has given final approval to a strict ban on "sanctuary cities" in the country's second-largest state. The bill seeks to empower police to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain, not just arrest, and was first approved by the GOP-controlled chamber around 3 a.m. Thursday. It also threatens to jail police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so. Final passage came in the late afternoon. A similar proposal already cleared the Texas Senate. It lets Texas withhold funding from local governments for acting as sanctuary cities, even as the Trump administration's efforts to do so nationally have been blocked in federal court. Other Republican-controlled states have embraced similar polices, but Texas would be the first where police chiefs and sheriffs could potentially by jailed.
  • House seeks charges for tech official in Clinton email case
    WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to consider criminally prosecuting the head of a technology services company that was involved in maintaining a private email server for Hillary Clinton. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee accused Colorado-based Platte River Networks and its chief executive, Treve Suazo, of withholding documents demanded under subpoena and of obstructing the committee's investigation "at every turn." The allegations were made in a referral to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that was obtained by The Associated Press. Kenneth Eichner, a lawyer for the company, said he was confident the Justice Department had "moved on," but he declined further comment. A referral for prosecution from Congress has no practical impact on the Justice Department, which decides on its own whether evidence exists to investigate a matter or to pursue criminal charges. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment Thursday. The FBI last July closed its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server without recommending charges for the former secretary of state or anyone else. But since then, Republican-led congressional committees have made multiple referrals of their own to the Justice Department for potential prosecution. One referral sought an investigation into whether Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, had lied to Congress. A second referral was about whether Clinton or others who worked with her played a role in the deletion of thousands of her emails. In February, another referral was sent seeking criminal charges against the computer specialist who helped establish Clinton's email server. Democrats have called the referrals politically motivated and a waste of time. Still, the new letter from the committee chairman, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, holds the prospect of reviving the divisive, politically charged debate over the Clinton email investigations and shows the lingering anger from members of Congress about the outcomes of those probes. In the letter, Smith alleges that Suazo and his lawyer repeatedly turned aside demands for documents without making any "valid legal arguments." Smith said that in September, when Platte River Networks responded to a subpoena from a month earlier, "the company categorically misinterpreted the language" of the demand and stated, incorrectly, that it had no relevant documents to provide. After the company was served with a second subpoena, it responded by saying that its employees were "ceasing voluntary cooperation," Smith said in the letter. In a statement, Smith said he would not tolerate an obstruction of a congressional investigation. "With a new administration in place, I am hopeful that the Department of Justice will appropriately respond to the referral. We cannot allow companies with valuable information to stonewall us in our oversight efforts," Smith said in a statement. Platte River Networks began managing the Clinton server in 2013. The company in 2015 provided the server to the FBI, which conducted a yearlong investigation into the potential mishandling of classified information. FBI files released last year show that Clinton aide Cheryl Mills had instructed a Platte River engineer in 2014 to delete all emails from the server that were older than 60 days old. But the engineer apparently forgot to delete the files and didn't realize that until March 2015, weeks after the public revelation of Clinton's use of a personal email server. According to the FBI files, the engineer told agents that "he believed he had an 'oh, (expletive)' moment," and deleted the archived emails sometime during the last week of March 2015. The engineer used a program BleachBit to delete the files in ways thought to make them unrecoverable, the FBI records said. In his referral letter, Smith said the "anecdote demonstrates that PRN employees have direct knowledge and materials that answer key questions the Committee has related to the level of cybersecurity of former Secretary Clinton's server and network, and that PRN was keenly aware that it had responsive information to the Committee's investigation." FBI Director James Comey has said he had no basis to find that the deletions of Clinton's emails were aimed at concealing evidence.
  • Trump, Argentine President Macri hold White House talks
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump welcomed Argentine President Mauricio Macri to the White House for talks on Thursday and said the two countries will be "great friends, better than ever before." A red carpet and military honor guard awaited Macri as his motorcade pulled up the driveway to the South Lawn entrance of the White House, where Trump and first lady Melania Trump greeted Macri and his wife, Juliana Awada. The men patted each other's backs as they turned and went inside. The couples then walked along the colonnade to the Oval Office, ladies first. Trump and Macri enjoy a personal relationship dating back years from their days as businessmen, ties both hope to leverage to boost U.S.-Argentina relations. Trump repeatedly referred to his counterpart as his "good friend" and praised Macri as "a great, wonderful person," and "a great leader." "We're just going to be great friends, better than ever before," he said of his expectations for relations with the country as the pair met in the Oval Office before a working lunch. Journalists were allowed in at the beginning of both events. Argentine journalists in the Oval Office asked about lemons. The Trump administration recently postponed a decision by former President Barack Obama to lift a 16-year ban on imports of Argentine lemons. Argentina is one of the world's top lemon producers. "I think we're going to be very favorably disposed," Trump added, joking of their meeting: "I'll tell him about North Korea and he'll tell me about lemons." To mark Macri's visit, the State Department released a batch of several hundred declassified U.S. government documents relating to human rights abuses committed during Argentina's 1976-1983 dictatorship. The release is the third of its kind since former President Barack Obama announced the declassification project during a visit to Argentina last March. The first batch was released in August and the second in December. The documents belong to the CIA, FBI and other agencies. They date to the presidencies of Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. The White House says the release was made at Macri's request. Trump also announced on Thursday a new, bilateral cyber working group "which will help protect the security and economic interest of both of our countries," he said. The White House said after the meetings that the leaders had discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including trade, security issues like narcotics trafficking and money laundering, as well as Venezuela's deteriorating political situation. Trump said "it's very sad to see what's happening" in Venezuela, where tens of thousands of Venezuelans have taken to the streets over the past month to protest against socialist President Nicolas Maduro. They blame Maduro for triple-digit inflation, hours-long lines to get food, shortages of medical supplies and a rise in crime. Protesters have clashed with security forces, which have used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds, and looting has destroyed dozens of businesses. White House officials point to the relationships Trump is building with his foreign counterparts as he approaches his 100th day in office. The president has spoken extensively in recent weeks about the "chemistry" he says he built with Chinese President Xi Jinping after their talks earlier this month at Trump's private estate in Florida.
  • Physician who was dragged off flight settles with United
    CHICAGO -- A Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to employees of a partner airline reached a settlement Thursday with United for an undisclosed amount of money. David Dao's legal team said in a brief statement that the agreement includes a provision that the amount will remain confidential. One his lawyers praised United CEO Oscar Munoz. Munoz "said he was going to do the right thing, and he has," Thomas Demetrio said in the statement. "In addition, United has taken full responsibility for what happened ... without attempting to blame others, including the city of Chicago." The settlement means United will not face the lawsuit that many observers expected. Such a court battle could have been costly, both in legal bills for United and in further public-relations damage. United also issued a brief statement, saying it was pleased to report "an amicable resolution of the unfortunate incident that occurred aboard Flight 3411." Cellphone video of the April 9 confrontation aboard a jetliner at Chicago's O'Hare Airport sparked widespread public outrage over the way Dao was treated. The footage showed airport police officers pulling the 69-year-old father of five from his seat and dragging him down the aisle. His lawyer said he lost teeth and suffered a broken nose and a concussion. In a phone interview with The Associated Press, Demetrio said the settlement also averts any lawsuit against the city of Chicago. Airport police officers who work for the city pulled Dao off the jet. "United Airlines has taken full responsibility and has acted accordingly," he told the AP. "I praise Mr. Munoz and his people for not trying to throw the city under the bus or pass the buck. He stood in front of the world and has stated that, 'We, United, take full responsibility.'" Demetrio said it was "unheard of" for a company to admit responsibility "in the fashion they have done." "I hope corporate America notices when you goof up people respect you a heck of a lot more when you admit it, instead of making people go through three years of depositions, motions, court hearings." He said Dao was also impressed that "United stepped up to the plate." The incident arose from a common air travel issue — a fully booked flight. Wanting to seat four crew members, the airline offered passengers $400 and later $800 to voluntarily relinquish their seats. When no one did, United selected four passengers at random. Three people got off the flight, but Dao refused, saying he needed to get home to treat patients the next day. The airline then summoned the officers, who forcibly removed Dao. The incident was a major embarrassment for United. United's response in the immediate aftermath was widely criticized. Munoz first defended the airline and described Dao as "belligerent" before publicly apologizing days later and vowing to do better. The three airport police officers who dragged Dao from the plane worked for the Chicago Department of Aviation. They were placed on leave. The agency released a report April 24 in which the officer who pulled Dao from his seat, James Long, gave his version of events. Long said Dao was verbally and physically abusive and was flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest. The department's roughly 300 officers guard the city's two main airports but are not part of the regular Chicago police force. They receive less training and cannot carry guns inside the terminals.
  • 2 vehicle crash on Interstate 49 causing delays in DeSoto Parish
    Authorities are on the scene of a major crash on Interstate 49 in DeSoto Parish.
  • Bad beasts, good treats: Feral hog slaughterhouse takes off
    In a region that takes food seriously, feral hogs are despised as destructive, but their rich, dark meat is winning fans among Louisiana chefs.       
  • Bad beasts, good treats: Feral hog slaughterhouse takes off
    In a region that takes food seriously, feral hogs are despised as destructive, but their rich, dark meat is winning fans among Louisiana chefs.       
  • Scientists investigate large number of humpback whale deaths
    PORTLAND, Maine -- Government scientists launched an investigation Thursday into an unusually large number of humpback whale deaths from North Carolina to Maine, the first such "unusual mortality event" declaration in a decade. Forty-one whales have died in the region in 2016 and so far in 2017, far exceeding the average of about 14 per year, said Deborah Fauquier, a veterinary medical officer with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries. Ten of the 20 whales that have been examined so far were killed by collisions with boats, something scientists are currently at a loss to explain because there's been no corresponding spike in ship traffic. The investigation will focus on possible common threads like toxins and illness, prey movement that could bring whales into shipping lanes, or other factors, officials said. Humpbacks can grow to 60 feet long and are found in oceans around the world. They're popular with whale watchers because of the dramatic way they breach the ocean's surface, then flop back into the water. "The humpback is generally people's favorite because they're so animated. They're the ones that like to jump out of the ocean completely," said Zack Klyver, a naturalist with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. The humpback whale population that feeds in North Atlantic waters each summer was removed from the Endangered Species Act last year when NOAA divided humpback populations into 14 distinct population segments around the world. There are currently about 10,500 in the population that visits North Atlantic waters, scientists say. While they're not threatened, federal scientists are nonetheless keeping close tabs on the whales, said NOAA spokeswoman Kate Brogan. The humpback whale deaths that prompted the "unusual mortality event" designation break down to 26 last year and 15 to date this year. NOAA also declared "unusual mortality events" involving humpbacks in 2003, 2005 and 2006, Fauquier said. No conclusive cause of the deaths was determined in those investigations, she said. The 10 confirmed fatal boat strikes far exceeds the annual average of fewer than two per year attributed to boat collisions, officials said. Whales tend to be somewhat oblivious to boats when they're feeding or socializing, said Gregory Silber, coordinator of recovery activities for large whales in NOAA's Office of Protected Resources. "A vessel of any size can harm a whale. In smaller vessels they tend to be propeller strikes. And in larger vessels they appear to be in the form of blunt trauma, hemorrhaging or broken bones," he said. Klyver said any whale death is upsetting. Scientists and whale watchers know many of the whales that visit each summer. "Each whale has its own personality," he said. "We are connected to so many of them as individuals that we hate to see any of them perish."
  • Alton Sterling shooting prompts new look at police training
    BATON ROUGE — The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved several measures aimed at addressing police training and one that would shorten the time officers under investigation have to secure legal counsel. The measures were brought to the committee partly in response to the officer-involved shooting of Alton Sterling last July. Sterling was fatally shot while two Baton Rouge Police Department officers held him down outside a convenience store. The incident, which was videotaped by bystanders and posted online, sparked national outrage and led to protests and demonstrations in Baton Rouge and other cities. Officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge were killed in the days following the incident. The committee approved House Bill 276 by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, with amendments, sending it to the House floor. It would give an officer involved in an incident that results in death up to 14 days to find representation. It was amended to allow for up to 30 days if the officer is hospitalized or if two or more officers are involved in the incident. HB 277, also by James, would require officers to complete at least 400 hours of basic core curriculum in order to be certified as a level one basic law enforcement peace officer. Officers would also have to complete 20 hours of annual inservice training required by Council on Peace Officer Standards and Training to maintain that certification. The council would also have to create a curriculum for de-escalation, bias policing recognition, sudden in-custody death and crisis intervention training for officers. The legislation was approved with amendments. HB 481 by Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, was approved with amendments. It would require the council and all law enforcement agencies to report to an existing database all officer certifications and decertifications, disciplinary actions that result in an officer being terminated, and formal investigations related to law enforcement misconduct. The measure had support from the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association. HB 473 by Rep. Randal Gaines, D-LaPlace, would require annual training mandated by the council in order to maintain certification. The certification would be removed if an officer is convicted of an offense that restricts him or her from carrying a gun. The council would also conduct a revocation hearing if an officer was suspended or discharged by a law enforcement agency for disciplinary reasons, if they were convicted of a felony in any state or country, failed to complete additional training requirements, or voluntarily surrendered the certification. Carlton Miller, police advisor for the governor’s office, spoke of the need to preserve trust between law enforcement agencies and the community. He said the governor’s office recognized the need to listen to residents on how the Sterling shooting impacted the Baton Rouge community.
  • South Dakota man claims he found mouse in Coca-Cola can
    MITCHELL, S.D. -- A South Dakota man who claims to have found a mouse in a can of soda is suing Coca-Cola Co., saying he missed 60 hours of work and accumulated $1,000 in medical bills after becoming ill. Coca-Cola Co. attorneys contend the mouse should have been more decomposed because six weeks had passed between bottling and when Putzier opened the can on June 7, the Daily Republic in Mitchell, South Dakota, reported (http://bit.ly/2qiyJdQ ). "It had fur. It had blood on its nose. Its limbs were intact. There was very minor decomposition," Brian Johnson, an attorney for the Atlanta-based company, said during a motions hearing Tuesday. Johnson said he anticipates testimony from a veterinary pathologist, who will analyze the mouse's decomposition. The defense also hopes to get testimony from the quality assurance manager and line supervisor of the Portland, Indiana, plant where the can was bottled. Putzier is seeking $2,026, plus any general damages proven at trial, with interest. He sued under a new South Dakota law that allows certain cases to be handled more quickly. Under that law, each side is restricted to one witness and six hours. But Johnson asked Judge Patrick Smith to change those limits for the case. Smith approved three experts for each party and agreed to lengthen the time limit for the trial. Johnson asked for four days, though the trial could take longer. "Coca-Cola is faced with a claim that's really an attack on its brand," Johnson said. "Coca-Cola takes these cases extremely seriously and tries them all."
  • Police arrest man who broke out of patrol car
    DENHAM SPRINGS – The Denham Springs Police Department arrested a man who escaped from the back of a patrol car Thursday afternoon. The search for Nicholas Allen began around 2 p.m.  According to the police department, officers were serving a warrant at America's Best Value Inn off of Range Avenue near the interstate when Allen was taken into custody. While officers were searching the hotel room, Allen kicked out the back window of the patrol car and ran into the woods. The department says that officers located drugs and a gun with a scratched out serial number inside the hotel room.  The search for Allen was called off around 4 p.m. as dogs that were tracking him lost his scent, police say. Later, Allen was arrested after he was seen back at the hotel where he was originally placed into custody.   Permalink| Comments
  • Judge strikes down Louisiana abortion law: unconstitutional
    A federal judge has struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision against a similar Texas law.       
  • Judge strikes down Louisiana abortion law: unconstitutional
    A federal judge has struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision against a similar Texas law.       
  • Spacecraft survives unprecedented trip between Saturn, rings
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has survived an unprecedented trip between Saturn and its rings, and has amazing pictures to show for it. Flight controllers regained contact with Cassini on Thursday, a day after it became the first craft to cross this hazardous region. The rings are made up of countless icy particles, any of which could have smacked Cassini. The spacecraft's big dish antenna served as a shield as it hurtled through the narrow gap, temporarily cutting off communications. "We are just ecstatic," project science engineer Jo Pitesky said by phone from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Cassini skimmed 1,900 miles (3,100 kilometers) above Saturn's cloud tops, closer than ever before, and came within 200 miles (320 kilometers) of the innermost visible ring. Scientists say the pictures show details never seen before — there's an incredible close-up, for instance, of the gigantic swirling hurricane at Saturn's north pole. After 13 years of Cassini orbiting the planet, "Saturn continues to surprise us," Pitesky said. Given their importance, data from the crossing are being sent to Earth twice, to make certain nothing is lost. It takes more than an hour for the signals to travel the approximately 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) between Saturn and Earth. Twenty-one more crossings are planned — about one a week — before Cassini's fatal plunge in mid-September. The next one is Tuesday. Some of those passages will bring Cassini even closer to the planet as well as the innermost D ring. The gap between the rings and the top of Saturn's atmosphere is between 1,200 and 1,500 miles across (1,900 to 2,400 kilometers). While risky, this 4 1/2-month grand finale is expected to yield a treasure trove of science. There's little to lose, even if the spacecraft is lost, given that its fuel tank is practically empty, according to NASA. Cassini was launched in 1997 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and reached Saturn in 2004.
  • Arkansas prepares to wrap up aggressive execution schedule
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas will reach the end of an aggressive execution schedule Thursday as it prepares for a fourth lethal injection in eight days after initially planning twice as many over an 11-day period. Kenneth Williams, 38, is set to die for killing a former deputy warden following an escape. Each of several stay requests has been rejected or overturned, and it will take a court order to prevent his execution at 7 p.m. Thursday. Among the claims Williams' lawyers made Thursday was that a double execution this week was flawed and raised concerns that their client could suffer an exceptionally painful death. With one of its lethal injection drugs set to expire at the end of April, Arkansas had scheduled eight executions over the final two weeks of April. That would have been the most in such a short period since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. If Williams is put to death in the Cummins Unit prison at Varner, the state would have carried out four since last Thursday, including a double execution Monday — the nation's first since 2000. Courts issued stays for four of the inmates. During Monday's first execution, Jack Jones Jr.'s mouth moved several times when he should have been unconscious. Jones' spiritual adviser described it as "a sort of gurgling." An observer from the state attorney general's office said it was "snoring; deep, deep sleep." A federal judge allowed the second execution, of Marcel Williams, to proceed, saying there was "no support for a claim and an allegation that the execution appeared to be torturous and inhumane." Williams' lawyers claim he suffers from sickle cell trait, lupus and brain damage, and that the combined maladies could subject him to an exceptionally painful execution in violation of the U.S. Constitution. His lawyers say that while other courts have upheld Arkansas' execution protocol, the state's "one size fits all" approach could leave him in pain after a paralytic agent renders him unable to move. "After the state injects Mr. Williams with vecuronium bromide ... most or all of the manifestations of his extreme pain and suffering will not be discernible to witnesses," they wrote to the court. Other appeals to the state Supreme Court and the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concerned whether Williams was intellectually disabled and, therefore, ineligible to be executed. Lawyers for the state said in a court filing that while a mental evaluation had once showed Williams' IQ at "low average," part of that could be attributed to his not cooperating with the doctors who tested him. They told the 8th Circuit that a previous team of Williams' lawyers "unequivocally abandoned a mental retardation claim after the results of the testing showed ... Williams was not intellectually disabled." Arkansas' supply of midazolam, normally a surgical sedative, expires on Sunday. The Arkansas Department of Correction has said it has no new source for the drug, though it has made similar remarks previously and still found a new stash. State officials have declared the string of executions a success, using terms such as "closure" for the victims' families. The inmates have died within 20 minutes of their executions beginning, a contrast from midazolam-related executions in other states that took anywhere from 43 minutes to two hours. The inmates' lawyers have said there are still flaws and that there is no certainty that the inmates aren't suffering while they die. Williams was sentenced to death for killing Cecil Boren after escaping from the Cummins Unit prison in a 500-gallon barrel of hog slop. He left the prison less than three weeks into a life term for killing University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff cheerleader Dominique Hurd in 1998. At the conclusion of that trial, he had taunted the young woman's family by turning to them after the sentence was announced and saying: "You thought I was going to die, didn't you?" After jumping from the barrel, he sneaked along a tree line until reaching Boren's house. He killed Boren, stole guns and Boren's truck, then drove to Missouri. There, he crashed into a water-delivery truck, killing the driver. While in prison, he confessed to killing another person in 1998. At the time of Boren's death, investigators said it did not appear Boren was targeted because of his former employment by the Arkansas Department of Correction.
  • Trump says US won't leave NAFTA, for now
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not "a fair deal for all." Trump tweeted early Thursday that he has agreed to remain a partner in the much-discussed trade agreement in calls he received from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The White House released a statement late Wednesday saying only that Trump had assured the two leaders in phone conversations that the U.S. would not withdraw from NAFTA at this time. In his Twitter post, Trump called America's relationships with the two hemispheric neighbors "very good" and said the prospects of a renegotiated deal are "very possible." But he also said that his consent to remaining in NAFTA for now is "subject to the fact that if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA." Speaking to reporters Thursday before a White House meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Trump that he'd been planning to "terminate NAFTA as of two or three days from now," but had been persuaded to reconsider, which he acknowledged "would be a pretty big, you know, shock to the system." Trump added, "Now, if I'm unable to make a fair deal, if I'm unable to make a fair deal for the United States, meaning a fair deal for our workers and our companies, I will terminate NAFTA. But we're going to give renegotiation a good, strong shot." He later said renegotiation was "starting today." The statement came hours after administration officials said Trump was considering a draft executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the deal — though administration officials cautioned it was just one of a number of options being discussed by the president and his staff. Some saw the threat as posturing by Trump to gain leverage over Mexico and Canada as he tries to negotiate changes to the deal. Trump railed against the decades-old trade deal during his campaign, describing it as a "disaster." Senior White House officials had spent recent days discussing steps that could be taken to start the process of renegotiating or withdrawing from NAFTA before the end of Trump's first 100 days in office, according to a person familiar with the president's thinking. But the person, along with an administration official, said a number of options remained on the table, and stressed discussions are ongoing about the best way to proceed. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment on the order, which was first reported by Politico. "The president has made addressing the problems of NAFTA a priority throughout the campaign, and once the president makes a decision about how he wants to address that, we'll let you know," he said. The administration appeared divided Wednesday over how and when to proceed, as officials balanced a newfound cautiousness with the desire to rack up accomplishments before Trump's 100th day on the job. Some were gunning for Trump to sign a draft order this week, while others were weighing complications surrounding withdrawing from or renegotiating the deal without Congress fully on board. The debate played out in the media Wednesday as some outlets quoted officials insisting the signing was imminent, while other officials dismissed the reports as "just a rumor." "My practice is to comment on things we've actually done or are doing as opposed to commenting on rumors," Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters at an unrelated White House briefing Wednesday evening. Trump could withdraw from NAFTA — but he would have to give six months' notice. And it is unclear what would happen next. The law Congress passed to enact the trade pact might remain in place, forcing Trump to wrangle with lawmakers and raising questions about the president's authority to raise tariffs on Mexican and Canadian imports. The moves came days after the administration announced it would slap hefty tariffs on softwood lumber being imported from Canada. Trump has also been railing against changes in Canadian milk product pricing that he says are hurting the American dairy industry. Trump told The Associated Press in an interview last week that he planned to either renegotiate or terminate NAFTA, which he and other critics blame for wiping out U.S. manufacturing jobs because it allowed companies to move factories to Mexico to take advantage of low-wage labor. "I am very upset with NAFTA. I think NAFTA has been a catastrophic trade deal for the United States, trading agreement for the United States. It hurts us with Canada, and it hurts us with Mexico," he said. Another senior White House official declined to comment on "rumors" of specific actions. But that official said NAFTA has been a top priority for the president since Day One and said the administration has been working on it since taking office. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration's thinking. The Trump administration last month submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating NAFTA, disappointing those who were expecting Trump to demand a major overhaul.
  • House approves nepotism exception for State Police chief
    State Police Col. Kevin Reeves' son was a cadet before Reeves was appointed to lead the agency.       
  • House approves nepotism exception for State Police chief
    State Police Col. Kevin Reeves' son was a cadet before Reeves was appointed to lead the agency.       
  • Search for 2 children continues; deaths of mother, another relative being investigated
    Arkansas authorities have identified a woman found dead earlier this week as the mother of two missing children.
  • Senate bill would give juvenile lifers shot at parole
    BATON ROUGE — Senators voted 22-13 on Wednesday to approve legislation that would allow those convicted of murder as juveniles to be eligible for parole after serving 25 years of their life sentence. Senate Bill 16, by Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, heads to the House for consideration. The measure is part of a legislative package by Gov. John Bel Edwards to reform the state’s criminal justice system and lower its incarceration rate. The legislation is also a response to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life sentences without parole for offenders under 18 violated the 8th Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Claitor’s version of the bill called for parole eligibility once someone had served at least 30 years of a life sentence. However, an amendment offered by Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Metairie, lessened the time served to 25 years for retroactive and prospective cases. Martiny’s amendment also removed a provision where the district attorney would hold a sentencing hearing within 180 days of an indictment to determine whether the juvenile will be sentenced to life in prison with or without parole. After the vote, Martiny said the district attorneys and some House lawmakers will likely have issues with the amended version of the bill. “Is there a possibility (the bill) never comes back? It’s the process,” he said. The legislation was close to being approved in the Senate during the final minutes of last year’s session. But Claitor said Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, filibustered, preventing it from passing. All Southwest Louisiana senators voted in favor of the legislation.
  • Cowgirls get early start: Can clinch SLC's No. 1 tournament seed
    McNeese State will start its three-game Southland Conference series against Stephen F. Austin a day early in an effort to avoid the inclement weather forecast this weekend at Cowgirl Diamond. The series opener will start at 6 p.m. today with a doubleheader scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday. The first-place Cowgirls (33-16, 18-3 SLC) have an opportunity to clinch the first seed in the SLC tournament with a series sweep of the Ladyjacks (17-27, 9-9). McNeese owns a two-game over against second place Abilene Christian, which is ineligible for postseason play as it is in the final year of its transition from Division II to Division I. Nicholls State occupies the third place spot, four games behind the Cowgirls with a 14-7 league record. With six conference games left in the regular season, McNeese can clinch the tournament’s top spot for the fourth time in five years. The Cowgirls are coming off a 5-4 walk-off victory Tuesday against Houston, a win that McNeese head coach James Landreneau said is likely to give his team some extra momentum that can only help in the final stretch of the season. “We’re in what we call the fourth quarter of our regular season,” Landreneau said. “That’s our last 14 games of the season. Fatigue and injuries, that’s just part of the game. “We’ve mentally prepared for it and physically we’ve prepared all year round to be in shape for this year. I don’t foresee fatigue being an issue for us.” The Cowgirls have yet to lose a series but recently have struggled in series openers, losing their last two against Nicholls and Lamar. But after each of those games they were able to bounce back and win back-to-back games to win the series. “I think we rebound from adversity really well,” Landreneau said. “It just shows how resilient they are. They don’t let much rattle them.” The series also represents the Cowgirls’ final homestand of the year, before hitting the road for a series against Southeastern to end the regular season. McNeese slugger Erika Piancastelli is in the midst of one of her best stretches in the season as she has a league-best .525 batting average and a 1.017 slugging percentage against SLC opponents. The Ladyjacks pitcher Callee Guffey (9-9) ranks fourth in the conference with a 1.58 ERA, and she’s limited her opponents to a .229 batting average.
  • Back for more: Broncos lineup packed with power
    Last year was a rare miss for the Sam Houston Broncos, but they will make the return trip to Sulphur on Friday looking to cement themselves again as one of the top softball programs in the state. Sam Houston won four state championship from 2011 to 2015 but could have an even better offense this season. “Offensively, this might be one of the better teams that I have coached,” Sam Houston head coach Beth Domingue said. “We are pretty well-rounded power and speed-wise. “I think when we are more confident and attacking the ball, I think that we can hang with anybody.” Sam Houston will face No. 4 Central-Baton Rouge in the 5A quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Leading the offense that averages more than nine runs a game is senior and Louisiana-Lafayette signee Casidy Chaumont, who is hitting .430 with 11 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 33 RBIs. Barbe Also in 5A, the Barbe Bucs (22-6) will get a chance at revenge. No. 2 Ouachita (30-4) Parish beat Barbe in the quarterfinals last year 7-6. The teams will face off again in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. Friday. “Obviously, they are a good team and everyone left in 5A is good,” Barbe head coach Sarah Portie said. “I am hoping for better results the second time around.” Part of Barbe’s success has been the pitching duo of seniors Emily Hart (13-4, 2.03 ERA) and Jeanne Trahan (8-2, 0.57). Barbe’s offense is led by senior shortstop Ally Crooks (.456, 12 doubles, 3 HRs, 27 RBIs) and junior Jennifer Perkins (.409, 11 doubles, 6 HRs, 28 RBIs). DeRidder Chalk up DeRidder’s 14-13 season in 2016 as a learning period. A year later the Dragons have more than doubled their win total and are headed to the state tournament for the first time since 2013. “You always have that transition period and that was the lull we were in last year,” second year DeRidder head coach Todd Shultz said. “We worked really hard in the offseason and in the weight room and it has paid off.” DeRidder (30-4) will face No. 7 Grant (22-6) at 2:30 p.m. Friday at North Frasch Park. DeRidder has no seniors, but it does have some heavy hitting juniors in Kailey LeFrere (.508, 21 RBIs, 5 HRs), Lauren Parson (.411, 31 RBIs, 3 HRs/25-4, 0.94 ERA) and Taylor Cobb (.301, 30 RBIs, 2 HRs). Westlake Westlake hasn’t been to the state tournament since 2010, but it has been business as usual for the Rams as they prepare for their appearance. “At times they can be nervous and a little overwhelmed, but the main emotion is that they are excited,” Westlake head coach Lindsey Langner said. “For the most part we have been trying to go at it practice wise pretty normal.” No. 8 Westlake (21-6) will face No. 1 Brusly (29-4) in the 3A quarterfinal at 5 p.m. Friday. With three seniors in shortstop Morgan Harlow, an LSU-Eunice signee, second baseman Baleigh Glover, a Northwestern State signee, and third baseman Reagan Richard, Westlake has had to rely on underclassmen, including sophomore pitcher Myka Lester (19-5, 155 strikeouts).
  • Tigers look to turn tide in Tuscaloosa: Hope last-place Alabama can cure what ails them
    For LSU’s floundering baseball team, this would be as good of a time as any for a quick turnaround. The Tigers (27-15, 10-8 Southeastern Conference) have lost three of their last four games, including two of three at Kentucky last week and a 9-6 loss at Tulane Tuesday night. “We’ve just got to regroup and get ready for Thursday at Alabama,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said after the Tulane loss. The Tigers might be headed to the right place for the early weekend series against the Tide. SEC teams don’t normally think in terms of a sweep in advance. “First, you just want to make sure you win one,” Mainieri said earlier this season. But if there’s a 3-0 weekend available in the rugged SEC, Tuscaloosa just might be the place. LSU just thinks it has problems. Alabama (15-26, 2-16) has been swept in four of its six SEC series, including the last three. The Tide haven’t won a conference game since April 1 against Arkansas. But the Tide’s last four SEC losses, including all three at Mississippi State last weekend, were by one run. Of course, at some point the Tigers are going to have to throw some strikes. And hit some of them, too. In the last four games, LSU pitching has issued 39 free passes — 29 walks and another 10 hit batsmen. Most of the pitching woes have been out of the bullpen, which has been Mainieri’s Forrest Gumpian box of chocolates in that he never knows what he’s going to get. Tuesday it was normally reliable Zach Hess who imploded after LSU took a 6-4 lead on Greg Deichmann’s three-run homer. He burped up the lead by giving up three runs while recording one out. “We fight from behind and take a lead, but Tulane was able to get to our bullpen,” Mainieri said. “Hess has been outstanding for us, he just had an off night. I certainly haven’t lost any confidence in him and I know he hasn’t lost confidence in himself. “ Even LSU’s starting rotation struggled last weekend while losing two of three at Kentucky. Jared Poch? and Eric Walker had their worst outings of the season and even Alex Lange didn’t last long enough to get credit for the Tigers’ lone victory. While LSU’s ERA has ballooned from 2.95 at the start of conference play to 4.02, the batting average has plumented from .315 to .291. Deichmann, who’s second in the SEC in home runs with 14 and RBIs with 49, remains LSU’s biggest offensive threat. But he’s seeing fewer and fewer pitches to hit with fewer runners on base as those in front of and behind him struggle. 6:30 p.m. Today LSU, Jr. RH Alex Lange (4-4, 3.41 ERA, 58 IP, 25 BB, 76 K’s) vs. UA, Dylan Duarte (2-4, 4.65 ERA, 50.1 IP, 16 BB, 38 K’s). 6 p.m. Friday LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poch? (6-3, 3.28 ERA, 60.1 IP, 15 BB, 44 K’s) vs. UA, Nick EIcholtz (1-1, 5.49 ERA, 41 IP, 25 BB, 23 K’s). 2 p.m. Saturday LSU, Fr. RH Eric Walker (5-1, 3.49 ERA, 56.2 IP, 13 BB, 52 K’s) vs. UA ,TBA.
  • LSU suspends Magee indefinitely
    Reserve offensive lineman Adrian Magee was suspended indefinitely from LSU football team Wednesday, one day after a warrant for his arrest on simple burglary charges was issued. Head coach Ed Orgeron announced the suspension. The charges stem from an April 1 incident in which Magee was accused of breaking into an off-campus apartment and stealing $1,200 in cash, an Xbox, six Xbox games and a stereo speaker. According to the affidavit, Magee returned some, but not all, of the stolen goods after he learned the apartment resident had a video security camera and that the resident planned to check to identify the burglar. According to the warrant, the victim did not know Magee. But Magee reportedly stuck his head into the open door to ask if the man had been burglarized. It was then, the report said, that he was informed there was video of the burglary. Magee, a redshirt sophomore from Franklinton, played in three games last season. He started in Saturday’s spring game due to numerous injuries in the offensive line, but was projected as a backup for the upcoming season.
  • High Flying Birds: Chennault International Airshow takes to skies this weekend
    The excitement has been building for weeks and now the Chennault International Airshow, a show that promises plenty of awe-inspiring sights and sounds to thrill all ages, runs throughout this weekend, April 28-30, at Chennault International Airport. The Thunderbirds — the U.S. Air Force’s premier jet demonstration team — is headlining the event. The squadron is internationally known for its hard-charging demonstrations featuring precision formation flying with the signature red, white and blue F-16 Fighting Falcons. “We’ve been planning this event for about 18 months and it will all come to fruition this weekend,” said Mary Jo Bayles, Airshow director. Bayles said the show will have “a little bit of everything including vintage airplanes, the Thunderbirds, and the Golden Knights jumping from planes. The weather forecast is looking great and we encourage people to come on out and bring their chairs, sunscreen, earplugs, and be prepared for a really great time.” In addition to the Thunderbirds, the Airshow will present air stunts, gravity-defying routines, aircraft exhibits, and family-friendly activities in the Kid Zone. Other attractions and performers include: U.S. Army Golden Knights, AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Kevin Coleman, Matt Younkin, Gene Soucy, Julie Clark, Randy Ball, the Shockwave Jet Truck, U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet TAC Demo Team, CAF Red Tail Squadron, A-26 Invader “Night Mission,” B-17 Flying Fortress “Texas Raiders,” Vampire Airshows, CF-18 Demo Team and Precision Exotics. Many of the Airshow activities can be very loud so earplugs or other ear protection is recommended, especially for young children. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The following items are prohibited at the event: Coolers, water, glass bottles, and oversized bags. To purchase tickets online, learn about the event lineup and times of events, as well as a complete list of items that are not allowed on site, visit the Airshow’s website at http://www.chennaultairshow.com.
  • La. House votes to prohibit sanctuary city policies
    BATON ROUGE — Legislation that would prohibit sanctuary city policies narrowly made its way out of a House committee Wednesday. The House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice voted 8-7 to move favorable House Bill 135, by Rep. Valerie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, sending it to the House floor. Committee Chairman Rep. Sherman Mack, R-Albany, cast the tie-breaking vote. The measure defines sanctuary city policy and imposes a penalty for cities that adopt those policies, including the state recovering any monies a city received on becoming noncompliant. The measure applies to cities statewide but largely would target New Orleans. Hodges said the bill is an attempt to bring the state in line with a federal immigration law that was passed in the 1990s. “The message that sanctuary cities sends is lawlessness,” she said. “If we pick and choose what laws we’re going to follow, then what we have is anarchy.” Hodges, who lived in Mexico for 18 years, said the bill is not about being discriminatory or racist. “It’s about following the rule of law because I love our country,” she said. “There’s no part of me that doesn’t like immigrants. I was an immigrant, and I know what that feels like.” Hodges pushed similar legislation last year. It made its way out of the House but died in the Senate. The measure would allow Attorney General Jeff Landry to determine whether a city has sanctuary policies. He said approving the bill would mean Louisiana “has a no vacancy sign” when it comes to illegal immigration. Landry said FBI statistics show violent crime has risen in every city that has enacted sanctuary city policies. “Reducing crime and saving lives are not partisan issues,” he said. Gisela Chevalier, an immigrant from Cuba, testified in support of the bill. She said illegal immigrants should take the steps necessary to become American citizens. “There is too much that is at risk,” Chevalier said. “I am pro immigration the right way, the legal way.” Opponents of the measure said it has unintended consequences, impacting families and tearing children away from their families. Page Brooks, leader of Canal Street Church, said the measure would add “another layer of mistrust” between police and residents. He said it would hamper an already stressed New Orleans police force. Rep. Stephen Dwight, R-Moss Bluff, voted in favor of the measure. He said he supported the bill because it is trying to make New Orleans and other cities safer.
  • Discipline debate: School spanking ban proposed
    BATON ROUGE — Members of the House Education Committee voted 6-5 on Wednesday to support legislation to ban paddling in public schools. House Bill 497, by Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport, heads to the House floor for consideration. The measure would prevent corporal punishment in public schools and would remove school boards from having discretion on those policies. The committee had a tie vote that was broken when committee Chairwoman Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, voted in favor of the measure. Scott Richard, executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association, said 38 school districts statewide have policies that allow for corporal punishment. He said parents have the option to opt out in the districts that have that policy. But Norton said many parents aren’t aware of a school’s stance on corporal punishment. She said she couldn’t find any data that showed improved behavior of children who were paddled. Norton said paddling also puts the state in a position for a lawsuit if a child gets injured. Roy McCoy, principal of Beekman Charter School in Morehouse Parish, said he doesn’t endorse corporal punishment and that it isn’t the first line of discipline. But he opposed the legislation, saying the issue should be decided on the local level. He said that if there was a large public outcry from parents to ban corporal punishment in schools, the issue would be taken up by local school boards. Earlier in the meeting, the committee passed H.B. 79, by Rep. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge. It would prevent paddling for students with disabilities at public and charter schools. The committee also moved favorably H.B. 111, by Rep. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette. The measure, which was approved with amendments, would require public elementary schools to provide instruction materials on litter prevention.
  • REO Speedwagon rolling into Golden Nugget
    A popular live act, rock band REO Speedwagon will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Golden Nugget. The group, named after a light motor truck manufactured by REO Motor Car Co. until the early 1950s, has been entertaining audiences for over five decades. “We play like we haven’t been around for as long as we have. We keep the energy up,” said Neal Doughty, keyboardist and a founding member. “There are bands that come onstage and look like they have seen better days. We are still staying young. And when we are onstage, we give it a full 100 percent.” The band’s beginnings can be traced back to a chance meeting in 1966 between Doughty and Alan Gratzer at their University of Illinois dormitory. Doughty, an engineering student, started following a band that Gratzer played drums in and by the end of that year, the two, along with some of Gratzer’s fellow band members, decided to start a new band. “We all went home for the summer, learned some songs and came back in the fall of 1967 and started playing at bars, fraternity houses, anything we could get,” Doughty said. He said REO Speedwagon’s popularity rose in Illinois and neighboring states. “We sort of stopped going to classes and thought this was our new career,” Doughty said. A record producer saw the group play at an outdoor concert where thousands of people, despite the pouring rain, would not leave. “He said, ‘That is all I gotta see’ and that is basically what led to the first album,” said Doughty. The band’s debut album, “R.E.O. Speedwagon,” was released in 1971. Since then, the group has released 15 additional albums and has sold 40 million copies of those albums across the globe. They have chartered over a dozen top 40 hits, including two No. 1 songs — “Keep On Loving You” (1980) and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” (1985) — and a No. 5 hit, “Take It on the Run” (1981). The group’s No. 1 album, “Hi Infidelity,” was released in 1980 and was one of the best-selling albums of 1981. “That record was a big event that put us on the map. It is the reason we can still play live shows today,” said Doughty. He said that the band’s set is based “completely on what songs the audience reacts to the best” and includes not only their hit ballads but several up-tempo songs as well. “We are working for the audience,” said Doughty. “Most of the set includes songs that the audience grew up with and sang along to. The whole show pretty much turns into a sing-along, and everyone gets to hear the song they came for.” The band itself has not seen a change in their lineup since the release of their 1990 album The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog, and a Chicken. Doughty, the only founding member to still be with the group, shares the stage with Kevin Cronin (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Bruce Hall (bass guitar, backing and lead vocals), Dave Amato (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Bryan Hitt (drums, percussion). They will team up with Styx and Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, for a U.S. summer tour to be kicked off in June. l Online: reospeedwagon.com.
  • 200 vehicles expected at Jennings event
    JENNINGS — The latest styles and trends in the custom car building scene will be on display this weekend during the sixth annual Pistons and Flake Car and Truck Show. Builders from around the area will be showing off their latest custom creations during the custom automotive show, April 28-30 at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park, Exit 64. “The latest trends are modern driven train and suspensions under the older cars known as modern hot rods,” event organizer Stuart Daigle said. Spectators can find inspiration for their own car builds from the more than 200 vehicles expected to be  showcased during the show, which will run 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. “I started Pistons and Flake in 2012 with the intentions of it being just for older vehicles,” Daigle said. “It has now grown into a weekend event and open to all year, makes and models coming from out-of-state and the local area.” Vehicles will include classic cars, muscle cars, rat rods, low rides and more. In addition to the vehicles, there will be vendors selling food, clothing, vehicle accessories, pin strip artists and more. Games including human wheelbarrow; frozen T-shirt; pizza eating; kids dance off and tug of war begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. There will also be a live DJ. The vehicles will be on display for viewing and judging throughout the weekend. Judges will be looking for the overall execution of the work, quality of work and cleanliness. Awards will be presented to the top 25, with 10 speciality awards to be presented at 1 p.m. Sunday. Vehicle registration is $40 the day of the show. Daigle said the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park is a great location for the show and the laid back atmosphere makes Pistons and Flake popular with car enthusiasts, many who return for the show each year. Admission is $10 per day for spectators with children 12 and under free. Proceeds from the show go back into the Last Resort car show, which is held in the fall and Pistons and Flake, so that both events can continue to grow, Daigle said. Spectator parking will be available on the west side of the park. Parking for show participants will be on the east side of the Gator Chateau. l Online: http://www.lastresortshow.com.
  • Your Mail 4-27: Keep longer waiting period for divorce
    Longer period is beneficial to the children       
  • Clarence Page: Did President Trump help Bill O'Reilly's case or sink it?
    Could bitter feelings left over from Trump's campaign actually have spurred more backlash against O'Reilly's sponsors?       
  • Mike the Tiger Habitat Renovation
    Nearly six months have passed since LSU lost their beloved mascot Mike the Tiger to a rare cancer, since then, LSU Veterinarian Dr. David Baker has been searching for a new live mascot to take over Mikes legacy.
  • Burgers by the Curbside
    Local burger restaurant Curbside is getting a lot of love from the Baton Rouge community after opening a new store in mid-town.
  • LSU students host annual Potato Drop, assist Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
    LSU students ended National Volunteer Week this Tuesday with the fifth annual Potato Drop. This event benefits the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, donating 25,000 pounds of sweet potatoes this year to help those in need.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Rodricus Crawford talks about his journey from Death Row to freedom
    He was arrested, tried, and convicted for killing his one year old son.  Rodricus Crawford was sentenced to Angola's Death Row at 23 years old.  He continued to fight for his freedom along with his post-conviction attorneys.  Now five years on death row, he is a free man.
  • Authorities: More dog fighting raids, arrests may come
    We're learning more about raids and arrests in connection with alleged dog fighting in Webster Parish, along with the rescue of nearly 3 dozen dogs.
  • Juvenile lifers may get reprieve
    BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Senate Wednesday passed 23-13 a bill making juveniles convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole eligible for parole consideration 25 years after conviction.       
  • Juvenile lifers may get reprieve
    BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Senate Wednesday passed 23-13 a bill making juveniles convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole eligible for parole consideration 25 years after conviction.       
  • Edwards ask Congress to include disaster aid in spending bill
    Edwards and Louisiana lawmakers have been pressing for federal disaster aid after devastating floods last March and August       
  • Edwards ask Congress to include disaster aid in spending bill
    Edwards and Louisiana lawmakers have been pressing for federal disaster aid after devastating floods last March and August       
  • Local schools ranked by U.S. News World Report
    Four local high schools have received U.S. News and World Report's bronze medal designation.       
  • Local schools ranked by U.S. News World Report
    Four local high schools have received U.S. News and World Report's bronze medal designation.       
  • Local schools ranked by U.S. News World Report
    Four local high schools have received U.S. News and World Report's bronze medal designation.       
  • Local schools ranked by U.S. News World Report
    Four local high schools have received U.S. News and World Report's bronze medal designation.       
  • Limping LSU opens series at Alabama Thursday night
    The Tigers, losers of three of their last four, open three-game series at struggling Alabama Thursday night       
  • Limping LSU opens series at Alabama Thursday night
    The Tigers, losers of three of their last four, open three-game series at struggling Alabama Thursday night       
  • Saints Loomis vague, but look for DE, CB picks in draft
    Saints general manager Mickey Loomis talked around upcoming NFL Draft Wednesday at Saints camp, but he dropped hints.       
  • Saints Loomis vague, but look for DE, CB picks in draft
    Saints general manager Mickey Loomis talked around upcoming NFL Draft Wednesday at Saints camp, but he dropped hints.       
  • Doctors handle rising number of cases of tick bite that causes meat allergy
    Reaction to the insect's bite is quickly becoming one of the top cases handled by local allergy specialists.
  • Spare the rod? Panel advances bills to ban paddling in schools
    Thirty-eight of Louisiana's 65 school districts currently allow corporal punishment.       
  • LSU backup offensive lineman suspended after arrest
    Reserve offensive lineman Adrian Magee, a freshman from Franklinton, has been suspended after arrest for simple burglary       
  • LSU backup offensive lineman suspended after arrest
    Reserve offensive lineman Adrian Magee, a freshman from Franklinton, has been suspended after arrest for simple burglary       
  • School mentoring program could help fill gaps for at-risk students
    Rapides Parish School Board members have turned to community members for input on a proposed mentoring program.       
  • School mentoring program could help fill gaps for at-risk students
    Rapides Parish School Board members have turned to community members for input on a proposed mentoring program.       
  • Pineville's run ends in loss to Northshore
    PINEVILLE — Normally a light-hitting team, Northshore brought out the big bats and hit a trio of home runs.       
  • Pineville's run ends in loss to Northshore
    PINEVILLE — Normally a light-hitting team, Northshore brought out the big bats and hit a trio of home runs.       
  • Mentoring in Rapides schools
    Committee members appointed by the Rapides Parish School Board are exploring mentoring opportunities in local schools.       
  • Mentoring in Rapides schools
    Committee members appointed by the Rapides Parish School Board are exploring mentoring opportunities in local schools.       
  • Judge: Louisiana abortion law unconstitutional
    A federal judge has struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital, citing a Supreme Court decision against a similar Texas law.
  • Crime Briefs: LSU student arrested for filing false police report
    University student arrested for filing false police report
  • Authorities arrest suspects in string of Mansfield Road business burglaries
    Shreveport Police say they have arrested a trio of suspects in connection with multiple business burglaries throughout southwest Shreveport.
  • Bills pass to extend domestic violence protection for same-sex partners
    BATON ROUGE – The House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice passed without objection two bills extending domestic violence protection to same-sex couples and to dating partners.  They move to the full House for expected debate next week.       
  • Bills pass to extend domestic violence protection for same-sex partners
    BATON ROUGE – The House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice passed without objection two bills extending domestic violence protection to same-sex couples and to dating partners.  They move to the full House for expected debate next week.       
  • Marshall, TX, interim police chief to be named early next week
    Marshall Police Chief's last day on the job has moved to Wednesday, April 26. Marshall, TX Police officers confirmed that city officials declined Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa's 60-Day resignation notice.
  • Freedom Caucus backs Obamacare repeal bill with new changes
    The House Freedom Caucus announced Wednesday that with new changes to the Republican Obamacare repeal bill, the conservative lawmakers are now willing to support the bill and are urging the rest of their party to get behind it as well. The group was critical to sinking the Obamacare repeal bill last month.       
  • Freedom Caucus backs Obamacare repeal bill with new changes
    The House Freedom Caucus announced Wednesday that with new changes to the Republican Obamacare repeal bill, the conservative lawmakers are now willing to support the bill and are urging the rest of their party to get behind it as well. The group was critical to sinking the Obamacare repeal bill last month.       
  • Trump team rolls out massive tax cut package
    The Trump administration pitched a tax reform plan Wednesday that calls for big corporate rate cuts, a simpler tax code, and big increases in standard deductions, a pricey package that could face an uphill climb in Congress.       
  • Trump team rolls out massive tax cut package
    The Trump administration pitched a tax reform plan Wednesday that calls for big corporate rate cuts, a simpler tax code, and big increases in standard deductions, a pricey package that could face an uphill climb in Congress.       
  • Advocates headed to Baton Rouge to talk HIV issues with lawmakers
    Members of the Gay community and other advocates are heading to Baton Rouge Thursday to sit down with lawmakers about the recent rise in HIV in the state. it's called Legislative Awareness Day.
  • The Trump Years: Hope, fear, angst, elation in 100 days
    In recent weeks, the USA TODAY Network spent time with Americans across the nation to gauge their feelings on his first months in office.       
  • 'America first,' says author of bill banning sanctuary city policies
    Attorney General Jeff Landry also threw his weight behind the bill.       
  • VIDEO: Beating of girl, 12, captured on camera in Crosby Middle School bathroom
    Parents are taking action against the Jefferson County Public School system, after a video surfaced of a heinous attack on their young child.
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Slaughter Mayor caught on tape offering monetary rewards for warrants
    SLAUGHTER- The Slaughter mayor is under fire again for offering to pay police officers money for each warrant they execute in town. In a recording obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit Mayor Robert Jackson can be heard offering up to $25 for each warrant. Paying law enforcement a financial reward for warrants is illegal. According to RS 40:2401.1, "No state agency, political subdivision, or law enforcement agency shall offer a financial reward or other benefit to a law enforcement officer which is determined by or based on the number of citations issued." When the Investigative Unit contacted Mayor Jackson today, he said, "I have no interest in speaking with you."The line quickly disconnected. In the recording obtained, Jackson says, "Everyone makes $25 bucks a piece...each warrant. I thought it would be a good thing for officers to make extra money."Jackson was talking to Assistant Slaughter Police Chief Bobby Hopson. Hopson recorded that conversation. "You need some extra money, go pick up three or four people," Mayor Jackson was recorded saying. "You can write your own check. We get paid, and you get paid. You can't say it ain't fair."Last week, The Investigative Unit reported that in that recording Jackson told multiple officers to write at least 40 tickets per month. Maintaining an informal or formal quota system is also illegal. "It's recorded, obviously it's me speaking, yeah I did it," Jackson said last week when confronted about it. "I didn't say 40 ticket minimum quota, 40 interactions per month."The audio recording also has Mayor Jackson mentioning the City of Zachary and their chief. "In Zachary, they gonna get paid, you're gonna get paid," Jackson said. "You work for Slaughter, same deal. David McDavid agreed to it, and aid that's fine with me."However, when the Investigative Unit contacted McDavid, he said he made no deals with the Town of Slaughter. He also said he didn't want to get involved in this mess, and added he does not pay his officers to execute warrants.Slaughter Police Chief Walter Smith said this has been going on for years. A town meeting is scheduled in Slaughter for Wednesday evening. An item to discuss recent events and the acceptance of two officers' resignations is on the agenda.  Permalink| Comments
  • SunPatiens named Louisiana Super Plant
    (04/21/17) When Louisiana gardeners think about sunny summer flower beds, we know exactly what we want. We are looking for a bedding plant that thrives in the stifling heat and intense sunlight of a Southern summer.       
  • 8th Air Force marks its 75th anniversary with Heritage Run
    The Eighth Air Force held an 8K Heritage Run on Barksdale AFB Wednesday morning in honor of  “The Mighty Eighth’s” 75th Anniversary.
  • Fournette, Adams, White to go in 1st round of NFL Draft
    Projected high 1st round draft pick Leonard Fournette even wowed himself when he was at LSU. 10 Tigers could be picked.       
  • Texarkana, TX, police share images of bank robber
    Surveillance images released by Texarkana, Texas, police show the dramatic moments when a gunman robbed a bank robbery Wednesday morning then fled on a bicycle.
  • Caddo deputies investigate apparent drive by
    Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible drive-by shooting Wednesday morning.
  • TRAFFIC ALERT: 1 taken to hospital after head on collision
    One person was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after a head-on collision in Shreveport. 
  • Debate continues on whether Louisiana should abolish death penalty
    A pair of bills in both the Louisiana Senate and the House would like to see the death penalty abolished, and at least one of them is gaining traction.
  • Tulane rallies late to dump LSU
    Tigers can’t hold seventh-inning lead.       
  • Coushatta youth hurt 5 years ago on ride at State Fair dies
    Sheldon "SJ" Lewis died April 22 at his home in Coushatta, his mother said. Here are details of his funeral arrangements.
  • Cornerstone of the governor's tax reform plan shelved
    Facing pushback from Republicans and business interests, a key part of the governor's tax reform proposal was shelved Tuesday.
  • Police release ID of man who died after being hit by SUV
    Shreveport police have released the name of the man who died Wednesday morning after being hit by an SUV the previous evening.
  • Shreveport among 6 bidding for N.O. Pelicans' D-League team
    Shreveport is one of a half dozen cities showing interest in the New Orleans Pelicans quest to launch its own NBA Development League squad.
  • Death of dog renews allegations about CPAS
    The death of a dog that had been taken in by Caddo Parish Animal Services is renewing concerns of how animals at the shelter are being treated.
  • 2 accused of robbing 4 businesses
    Shreveport police think these two robbed four businesses, including one twice.
  • Pineville takes on Northshore
          
  • Pineville takes on Northshore
          
  • Pineville takes on Northshore
          
  • PHS takes on Northshore
    Pineville High School's baseball team takes on Northshore in a playoff matchup.       
  • John Marcase: LHSAA playoff absurdity continues in softball, baseball
    LHSAA and its member schools have completely destroyed playoff system       
  • New kids on the block: Rapides excited for 1st Sulphur trip
    LECOMPTE — Rapides seniors Ashleigh Caruso, Karly Ingo and Victoria Strickland remember their eighth-grade season quite vividly.       
  • GLO says its flights will continue uninterrupted
    Passengers who were booked to travel on GLO after April 27 should contact the airline if interested in re-booking their flight, says a statement from Shreveport Regional Airport.
  • Woman accused of offering sex at Texarkana massage parlor
    This woman is accused of offering sexual favors to officers posing as customers at a Texarkana, Texas, massage parlor
  • A Dunn deal: Pineville officially introduces Dunn as coach
    PINEVILLE — It has been a busy 24 hours for Dennis Dunn.       
  • Bossier City police seek help identifying hotel robber
    Bossier City police are sharing these surveillance camera images in an attempt to identify the man who robbed Bossier Inn and Suites just before midnight Sunday.
  • Bossier Sheriff's office searching for man who stole sex toys
    The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a shoplifter that nabbed several personal massage items from a Bossier City drug store on Friday.
  • Dunn moves to Pineville
    Louisiana College head football coach Dennis Dunn was formally announced as the new head football coach for Pineville High School Tuesday.       
  • Wednesday is a Severe Weather Alert Day for the ArkLaTex
    Wednesday is a Severe Weather Alert Day for the ArkLaTex. A round of strong to severe storms capable of damaging wind gusts, large hail and a few tornadoes are expected to track across the area during the afternoon and evening hours.
  • Marshall, Texas Police Chief discusses succession plan
    Chief of Police Jesus "Eddie" Campa is making plans for the Marshall, Texas police force before his final day.
  • Studying abroad gives students skills, experience for professional life
    With over 400 different study abroad programs offered at the University, any student with any major has the chance to study abroad.
  • LSU so needs a sweep at Sweet Home Alabama this weekend
    After losing two of three at Kentucky, LSU plays at Tulane Tuesday night, then is off to Bama Thursday through Saturday       
  • Adrian Peterson says he will sign with Saints
    After a wait of more than a month, Adrian Peterson seems to have found his landing spot back in the NFL.       
  • Shreveport council approves $5.35M to improve 25 streets
    The $5.35 million plan calls for applying new asphalt to 25 streets throughout the city.
  • Pineville to introduce LC's Dunn as coach Tuesday
    Dennis Dunn is going back to school.       
  • Lawmaker proposes bill eliminating university-sponsored beer
    Tin Roof Brewing Company’s Bayou Bengal lager became the officially licensed beer of LSU in late Aug. 2016. It may go down as the first and last beer ever licensed by the University.
  • LSU's Etling played hurt, had back procedure Monday
    LSU quarterback Danny Etling had a minor back procedure two days after playing in the spring game Saturday, Orgeron said       
  • LSU spring football game
          
  • LSU spring football game
          
  • Coach O tour hits Bossier City May 1, Lafayette May 8
    LSU coach Ed Orgeron will tour the state to speak to fans beginning in Bossier City on May 1 with Lafayette on May 8       
  • LHSAA releases baseball brackets
    While the state's top prep softball teams are getting ready to make their trip to Sulphur this week, the baseball teams are just beginning their voyage.       
  • Kentucky earns series victory against LSU
    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to defeat LSU, 10-2, Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series.       
  • ANALYSIS: Canada's dress rehearsal as OC not so great
    LSU's offense sputters in spring game; Orgeron coming to Shreveport-Bossier on May 1, Lafayette on May 8 in spring tour       
  • LSU QB Danny Etling takes step back in wet spring game
    Bad weather pushed spring game indoors and opened up the quarterback race for LSU as starter Danny Etling struggled       
  • Orgeron: "It was the defense's night"
    And QB position actually has opened up       
  • Generals stopped in search of sweep of Saints
    LSUA’s hopes for a fourth-straight RRAC series sweep was stunted by the Saints as Our Lady of the Lake stole game three of the series 7-5 Saturday afternoon at Missions Baseball Academy.       
  • Alford’s two homers, gutsy Tidwell lift Demons over No. 23 McNeese
    Alford’s two homers, gutsy Tidwell lift Demons over No. 23 McNeese       
  • Sorosiak’s home run lifts NSU to finale win, series victory against Nicholls
    Northwestern State’s lack of success in one-run and extra-inning games partly explain why the Lady Demons sat off the fringe of the Southland Conference Tournament entering the weekend series against Nicholls.       
  • Willingham wins at conference meet
    In their first ever trip to the American Southwest Conference outdoor track and field championships, the Louisiana College Wildcats will go home with at least one gold after the first day of competition in Abilene, Texas at Hardin-Simmons University.       
  • Cenla schools qualify for LHSAA tennis tourney
    Grace Christian will have some company at the LHSAA tennis meet in Monroe this week.       
  • Canada tells Etling to 'cut it loose'
    LSU quarterback also working on footwork       
  • Quick Thoughts: 20 Cenla teams are Sulphur bound
    Like a thrill ride, the final weekend in April for Louisiana prep softball teams is filled with nooks, crannies and chaos.       
  • PHOTOS- Thousands come out across Louisiana to march for science
          
  • PHOTOS- Thousands come out across Louisiana to march for science
          
  • Inglewood Classic 5K and Fun Run
          
  • Inglewood Classic 5K and Fun Run
          
  • Checkmate! Chess Tournament engages students, adults
          
  • Checkmate! Chess Tournament engages students, adults
          
  • ASH girls Sulphur bound
          
  • ASH girls Sulphur bound
          
  • Grant Girls Softball beats Cecilia 6-2
          
  • Holy Savior Menard earns trip to Sulphur
          
  • Pineville girls taken on Denham Springs in softball
          
  • Grant HIgh School girls softball vs. Breaux Bridge
          
  • Want to help a great local project? Here's how you can
    Several local 'great ideas' are in the running for grants from USA Today. Your online votes could help them win       
  • Alexandria - This Is My Town
    Alexandria is our town, and The Town Talk is your local source for news and information about Central Louisiana.       
  • Empowerment: Stories of love, loss, tragedy and redemption
    Stories of love, loss, tragedy, redemption and inspiration.       
  • 2016 Health Care Directory
    Check out the 2016 Health Care Directory and read about our Healthcare Hero Dr. Brian Elkins.       
  • 2016 Health Care Directory
    Check out the 2016 Health Care Directory and read about our Healthcare Hero Dr. Brian Elkins.       
  • 2016 Health Care Directory
    Check out the 2016 Health Care Directory and read about our Healthcare Hero Dr. Brian Elkins.       
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    At Home Features for week of July 18       
  • At Home Features
    At Home Features for week of July 18       
  • At Home Features
    At Home Features for week of July 18       
  • Going the second mile… and then some
    Brewer strikes familiar tone at first LC chapel of semester
  • A Wildcat kind of welcome
    W3 gives LC freshman a friendly start
  • ‘Coming full circle’
    Bankston looks to return LC softball to 'elite level'
  • Ready for Reni’s day
    Mason to become fourth head coach in history of hoops program
  • Brewer to LC grads: ‘Do hard work… and then some’
    Spring 2015 Commencement features charge from new LC president
  • Last time home
    LC softball, baseball close out home portion of schedules
  • Wildcats Media News for April 24, 2015
    LC's student-driven newscast
  • Wildcat Weekly Minute Update for April 23, 2015
    Your weekly campus happenings
  • ‘A time of frustration’
    Dr. Brewer's first chapel features message of encouragement
  • LC Debate: The year of rebuilding, success
    New coach, new members carry on winning tradition

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  • Exclusive — White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on First 100 Days: President Trump ‘Going Big League on Trade’
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told Breitbart News exclusively that he believes that President Donald Trump has been “going big league” on trade policy in his first 100 days in office. “I think the president is going big league on trade right now,” Priebus said in an exclusive interview on Thursday afternoon, just a couple days before the 100-day mark.
  • New York Times Editor Won’t Use Term Female Genital Mutilation: ‘Culturally Loaded’ and Divides People
    The health and science editor at the New York Times told a reader in the newspaper’s “mailbag” feature that she decided not to use the term “female genital mutilation” because it is a “culturally loaded” term that widens the “gulf” between the West and the countries where the abuse is practiced.
  • Poll: 88% of Trump Voters Agree that Media Is the Enemy of Americans
    A new poll sponsored by the University of Virginia Center for Politics finds that an overwhelming number of Trump voters agree with his statement that the press is the enemy of the American people.
  • Limbaugh: Trump Should Shove This ‘Government Shutdown Garbage’ Down ‘Every Orifice’ of Dems
    Thursday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh said President Donald Trump should call the Democrats bluff on the “government shutdown garbage.” Partial transcript as follows: So in the case of this wall business. The only thing about it that bothers me, folks, is the government shutdown aspect. That’s what I… I want the Democrats shut down, once and for all, on this. I want them eating this, and I want all kinds of horrible-tasting stuff on it when they swallow it. I want this government shutdown stuff rammed in every orifice of theirs whether you can see it or not! I want them to eat it and I want them to chew it and I want them to swallow it and I don’t want them to ever regurgitate it. I’m so sick and tired of this! It’s one of the biggest lies; it is one of the biggest misrepresentations! It is one of the phoniest, baloneyest, plastic banana, good-time rock ‘n’ roller tricks that the Republicans have ever fallen for, this government shutdown garbage. There is not a government shutdown. The government never totally shuts down. If it did, nobody would notice unless the media was
  • North Korea Releases Video of Attack on Washington D.C.
    A North Korean website has published a propaganda video that shows an American aircraft carrier and Washington D.C. targeted with crosshairs and then exploding in balls of fire.
  • Sean Spicer: Obama Administration Gave Mike Flynn His Security Clearance
    The White House on Thursday said the Obama administration was responsible for issuing former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn a security clearance in 2016, amid news of a Pentagon inspector general investigation into a trip he took to Russia in 2015.
  • Protesters Square Off Again in Berkeley After Coulter Cancels Speech
    Two groups of protesters squared off at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on Thursday afternoon, a day after conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter announced she would not be speaking on the nearby campus of the University of California, Berkeley
  • Peaceful Berkeley Protest over Coulter Cancellation Sets Precedent for Future Discourse
    As estimated 200 people gathered in Berkeley, California, on Thursday to protest the threatened violence and university restrictions that forced Ann Coulter to cancel her scheduled lecture.
  • Breitbart News Daily: Countdown to 100
    On the Friday 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 the first 100 days of the Trump administration. He’ll be joined in-studio by Breitbart national security editor Frances Martel. Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) will weigh in on Trump’s first 100 days, as well as the House Freedom Caucus’ endorsement of an Obamacare repeal bill. We’ll also hear from veteran pollster Pat Caddell, as well Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant to President Trump and author of the bestselling book Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War. Former UN ambassador John Bolton will offer his assessment of Trump’s first 100 days. He’ll also discuss his recent op-ed on the Iran nuclear deal compliance. Isaac Orr, the energy and environment research fellow at the Heartland Institute, will discuss the upcoming People’s Climate March in Washington this weekend. Breitbart’s James Delingpole will discuss his article on Trump’s handling of the Paris Climate Change treaty. 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
  • Trump Signs Executive Order to Hold VA Employees Accountable
    President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order creating an office of accountability and whistle-blower protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Texas House Passes Bill to Jail ‘Sanctuary’ Sheriffs, Police Chiefs
    The Texas House passed a tough anti-sanctuary bill containing provisions making it a crime for sheriffs and chiefs of police to refuse to cooperate with immigration officials. They could also be removed from office for providing “sanctuary” for the criminal illegal aliens in their jails.
  • With 29 Dead in Protests, Venezuelan President Decrees: ‘Everyone Must Know How to Dance’
    As the death toll from weeks of protests in Venezuela continues to grow, dictator Nicolás Maduro has repeatedly placed emphasis in his television appearances on the importance of dance in society, decreeing on Wednesday that all socialists must know how to dance or immediately learn how.
  • Donald Trump on Maduro Protests: ‘Venezuela Is a Mess’
    President Donald Trump criticized the current situation in Venezuela under socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro, describing the country as a "mess."
  • Delingpole: Memo to Jimmy Wales – ‘Fake News’ Is Fake News
    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is opening a unicorn reserve where he will breed baby unicorns with rainbow coloured fur to spread peace and love around the world.
  • Warren: I’m ‘Troubled’ by Obama Getting $400K from Wall Street
    During an interview on SiriusXM 102 Radio Andy’s program “Alter Family Politics” on Thursday, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said she was “troubled” by President Obama accepting a $400,000 for an upcoming speech to Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald. Warren said, “I was troubled by that. One of the things I talk about in the book is the influence of money. I describe it as a snake that slithers through Washington, and that it shows up in so many different ways here in Washington. People understand that — the money that goes into campaign contributions. And when I say ‘understand,’ I don’t mean they think it’s okay, but at least people see it. The money that goes into hiring lobbyists.” She continued, “But it’s also the money that goes into bought-and-paid-for experts, the money that goes into think tanks that have theses shadowy funders, and the think tanks always come up with the things the shadowy funders want them to come up with. Even advertising how — I talk about the studies that show that when an industry takes out ads, it changes the news coverage. I even talk about the United States Supreme Court and how much more pro-corporate it is becoming
  • Sean Hannity Warns: ‘End of Fox News Channel’ if Bill Shine is Replaced
    Sean Hannity took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to warn of a "total end of the Fox News Channel as we know it" in the wake of a report that suggested Fox News co-president Bill Shine lacks support from the network's top brass.
  • Report: Feds ‘Widen’ Investigation into Fox News
    The federal investigation into Fox News currently being conducted by the Justice Department has expended to include the assistance of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, according to a report.
  • Hollywood Director Joss Whedon Sexualizes, Mocks Young Cancer Survivors Meeting with Paul Ryan
    Hollywood director Joss Whedon faced heat on Twitter, Thursday, after he sexualized and mocked a meeting between Paul Ryan and a group of young cancer survivors.
  • Rand: Congress ‘Should Think About’ Whether It Should Send Money to Universities ‘That Only Have One Set of Speech’
    On Thursday’s broadcast of “The Laura Ingraham Show,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said, “I think that Congress, and the people who appropriate the money, we should think about whether or not we should be sending money to universities that only have one set of speech.” When asked if he thought the “federal government, Donald Trump” could “impound” funds that would go a place like UC-Berkeley, Rand answered, “I think if it were a liberal president, and they were shutting down speech, they could probably do it. I don’t think that — I don’t think impounding funds is probably going to pass muster, but I think that Congress, and the people who appropriate the money, we should think about whether or not we should be sending money to universities that only have one set of speech.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
  • House Oversight Testimony: ‘America Has Spoken–We Want the Wall Built Right Away’
    The National Security Subcommittee of the House Oversight Committee held a hearing Thursday on President Donald Trump's signature election pledge of a wall on the southern border.
  • Surgeon: Cryogenically Frozen Brains to Be Transplanted into Donor Bodies Within Three Years
    Italian surgeon Professor Sergio Canavero has claimed that brains that have been cryogenically frozen could be "woken up" and transplanted into donor bodies within the next three years.
  • Report: Detroit FGM-Doctor Mutilated Girls Far Worse Than She Admits
    The Detroit Free Press reported Thursday that documents obtained by the paper show much more serious mutilation of Dr. Jumana Nagarwala's alleged victims' genitals than the doctor admitted to.
  • Federal Law Doesn’t Require Healthcare Providers to Report FGM Despite Half a Million ‘At Risk’
    The barbaric practise of female genital mutilation — a procedure made unlawful by the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 — has been thrust to the fore of public debate in the United States following the arrests of Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, and Attar’s wife Farida in Michigan this month. According to reports, several young Somali girls were brought from Minnesota, one of twenty-four states that have passed legislation to make female genital mutilation (FGM) illegal according to state laws, to Michigan, one of twenty-six states in which FGM has not been made illegal in state law, where Dr. Nagarwala, with assistance from Mrs. Attar, performed the procedure outlawed by federal law in a medical office owned by Dr. Attar. “Since 1996, there have been specific federal criminal penalties for performing FGM/C in the United States on anyone under 18 years old, including fines, up to 5 years in prison, or both. In 2013, Congress amended the federal statute related to FGM/C to criminalize the knowing transportation of a girl under 18 years old from the United States for the purpose of performing FGM/C abroad—often referred to as ‘vacation cutting,’ ” according to the June 2016 Government Accountability Office’s report
  • Illinois Couple Married for 69 Years Dies 40 Minutes Apart, Holding Hands
    An Illinois couple married for 69 years died just 40 minutes apart while holding hands in their hospital room.
  • Man Jailed for Leaving 9-Month-Old Baby in a Car While Getting Lap Dance in Strip Club
    A father was sentenced to 10 days in jail Wednesday for leaving his 9-month-old baby girl in the car while he went to a strip club.
  • White House: What Is Happening with Free Speech on Campus Is ‘Appalling’
    Cliff Sims, special assistant to President Trump, spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Thursday regarding several topics, including free speech on college campuses, the president’s tax plan, the Obamacare compromise bill, and the administration's first 100 days.
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    Daniel Savio, the son of Mario Savio, who led the free speech movement at UC Berkeley in the 1960s, has condemned Milo Yiannopoulos' decision to give out a free speech award during his planned return to Berkeley.
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    Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai announced his plan Wednesday to reverse the "Net Neutrality" rules adopted under President Barack Obama. And Democrats, and Silicon Valley activists, are already preparing to fight the change.
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  • Trump Decries Aluminum for U.S. Ships Coming From Foreign Countries — ‘Absolutely Insane’
    Thursday at the White House, President Donald Trump directed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to investigate the import of aluminum and its effect on national defense. Trump said, “Today I’m calling on Secretary Ross to prioritize the investigation he initiated yesterday into whether the foreign aluminum imports are jeopardizing our security and to issue a report based on his findings. Based on those findings, Secretary Ross will make formal recommendations to the White House as to what to do about the problem and whether or not we do tariffs or taxes or something else to get our aluminum business going again. Aluminum is critical to our manufacturing and defense industry base. Its vital components mean everything from military aircraft and armored vehicles to our naval ships at sea.” “We cannot afford in these dangerous times to become dependent on foreign nations for the aluminum that our military relies on,” he continued. “You look at our ships. I went to see some of the ships last week and so much is aluminum-based and much of that aluminum comes from foreign countries, which is absolutely insane. Today we’re sending another clear signal to the world, we will fight for American workers, for American
  • Canada/US Tensions Heat Up as NAFTA’s Future Remains in Flux
    President Donald Trump has decided not to end the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that has guided trade between the US., Mexico, and Canada since 1994. But even his position now—that the treaty needs to be renegotiatedhas caused protests from our northern neighbor. “It has been a bad week for U.S.-Canada trade relations,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday: Last Monday, it became apparent that Canada intends to effectively cut off the last dairy products being exported from the United States. Today, in a different matter, the Department of Commerce determined a need to impose countervailing duties of roughly one billion dollars on Canadian softwood lumber exports to us. This is not our idea of a properly functioning Free Trade Agreement. On Thursday Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) and a group of 70 bipartisan House members sent a letter to the president urging him to hold Canada accountable for its current trade commitments to the U.S., especially the dairy industry. “Until recently, Canada used a five-class milk pricing system. However, in April, Canada revised its milk classification system, which has led to changes in the dairy market that have disproportionately hurt our farmers,” a press release announcing the letter said. “Unfair
  • Sen Perdue on Trump’s First 100 Days: Consumer Confidence Is the Highest It’s Been in 20 Years
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  • Global Stocks Pause Ahead Of GDP Report; Nasdaq Hits Fresh Record High
    Despite yesterday's whopping beats by Amazon and Google which sent the Nasdaq to new record highs after hours, and brought Jeff Bezos "this close" to overtaking Bill Gates as the world's richest man, this morning futures S&P futures are little changed ahead of the closely watched Q1 GDP report, European stocks and Asian equities are slightly lower, oil is higher after Russia's energy minister Novak said Russia had reached the 300kbpd oil cut per the OPEC pact, and the dollar was modestly in the red. Concern about global trade and Trump's "America First" policies kept appetite for risk at bay on Friday, setting world stocks on the path to a sluggish end to what will still be their fifth straight month of gains, per Reuters. Key overnight data included a disappointing GDP print out of the UK, where Q1 growth came in at 2.1%, below the 2.2% expected, which however failed to dent the ongoing short squeeze in sterling, as well as the hot Eurozone CPI print, with headline inflation rising more than expected at 1.9%, while core CPI printed at a 4 year high of 1.2%. Economic data and earnings took a back seat, and global equities retreated, trimming a sixth straight monthly advance, as geopolitical concerns lingered following the main overnight news which was a soundbite from a Trump interview with Reuters in which he warned that a "major, major" conflict with North Korea is possible.  In an interview with Reuters, Trump called the five-year-old trade pact with South Korea "unacceptable" and said it would be targeted for renegotiation after his administration completes a revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. Trump's comments stunned South Korean financial markets, sending Seoul stocks and the won into reverse. Saturday marks Trump's 100th day in office and his attacks on free trade and scepticism about his administration's ability to see through tax and spending campaign promises has dented some of the enthusiasm in markets that followed his election win. "Trump is reaching the 100 day mark with nothing to show for it and these recent comments just coincide with that. They (the U.S. administration) are finding it hard to push through fiscal plans and all this rhetoric is probably related," Kiran Kowshik, strategist at Unicredit. In Europe, equities pared a third monthly gain as Barclays dropped the most since November, becoming the latest bank in the region with trading results to lag American peers. Banking results dominated early trading with Barclays shares sliding 5 percent after weak investment banking results at the UK bank while UBS jumped 2.6 percent after it handily beat analyst expectations. Ironically, outside of banking, European corporate profits are ahead of the U.S. The euro was poised for its biggest weekly gain since July, lifted by higher-than-expected eurozone inflation. European government bonds fell. West Texas intermediate crude rebounded after a sharp fall on Thursday. Bank of America Merrill Lynch noted that the $21 billion of inflows into European equity funds over the past week were the highest since December 2015. "The hard data for equities is earnings -- and they are powering ahead. Q1 earnings season is very strong and revisions trends are positive and broad based," said analysts at the U.S. broker On the US domestic front, confusion also reigns with the government facing possible shutdown, even as Trump's second attempt to pass Obamacare has been indefinitely postponed. The U.S. GDP data will be assessed to see whether the Federal Reserve’s resolve to raise interest rates two more times this year will materialize even as the prospect of a limited government shutdown looms. “It’s a busy end to the week with a lot of data out of both Europe and the U.S.,” Jim Reid, a strategist at Deutsche Bank AG in London, wrote in a note. “Ahead of tomorrow’s first 100 days of Trump today we’ll see if a shutdown can be avoided.” In summary, the Stoxx Europe 600 Index slipped 0.1 percent as of 6:27 a.m. in New York, dropping for a second day after reaching the highest level since August 2015. Japan’s Topix fell 0.3 percent. The gauge gained 2.9 percent for the week, the best performance this year. Futures contracts on the S&P 500 were unchanged. The underlying gauge rose 0.1 percent on Thursday and the Nasdaq 100 Index jumped 0.5 percent to a record. In commodities, oil prices rose but were still on track for a second straight weekly loss on concerns that an OPEC-led production cut has failed to significantly tighten an oversupplied market.  WTI was at $49.43 per barrel at 0649 GMT, up 46 cents, or 0.94 percent, from their last close. However, WTI is still set for a small weekly loss and is around 8 percent below its April peak. Brent crude was at $51.91 per barrel, up 47 cents, or 0.91 percent. Brent is almost around 8.5 percent down from its April peak and is also on track for a second, albeit small, week of declines. Key economic data include 1Q GDP, U. of Michigan consumer sentiment index. Scheduled earnings include Exxon, Chevron, Colgate. Bulletin Headline Summary from RanSquawk Large-cap bank earnings take focus in EU trade with the likes of Barclays and RBS reporting UK GDP figures show a slowdown in quarterly growth, while Eurozone core inflation rises to 4yr high Looking ahead, highlights include US and Canadian GDP figures Global Market Snapshot S&P 500 futures up 0.1% at 2,387.50 STOXX Europe 600 down 0.2% to 387.10 MXAP down 0.3% to 149.02 MXAPJ down 0.09% to 486.90 Nikkei down 0.3% to 19,196.74 Topix down 0.3% to 1,531.80 Hang Seng Index down 0.3% to 24,615.13 Shanghai Composite up 0.08% to 3,154.66 Sensex down 0.2% to 29,956.44 Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 0.04% to 5,924.06 Kospi down 0.2% to 2,205.44 German 10Y yield rose 2.4 bps to 0.32% Euro up 0.2% to 1.0898 per US$ Brent Futures up 0.6% to $51.77/bbl Italian 10Y yield fell 6.6 bps to 1.95% Spanish 10Y yield rose 3.4 bps to 1.66% Gold spot up 0.2% to $1,266.21 U.S. Dollar Index down 0.1% to 99.01 Top Overnight News from Bloomberg Trump Warns of ‘Major Conflict’ If Talks on North Korea Fail Loeb’s Third Point Adds Honeywell, Urges Aerospace Spinoff Travolta’s Watchmaker Breitling Said Close to Being Sold to CVC Deutsche Bank Said Close to Naming Citi’s von Moltke as CFO Honda Predicts Profit Drop on Lower U.S. Demand, Strong Yen China’s Didi Raises Over $5.5 Billion in Record Tech FundingB Intel-Backed Cloudera Raises $225 Million in Initial Offering Barclays Shares Decline After Surprise Drop in Trading Revenue UBS Clients Return From Sidelines as Wealth Business Surges Boeing Accuses Bombardier of ‘Dumping’ Jets Amid Trade Tension Maersk Pays $4 Billion for Hamburg in Record Container Takeover Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Hepatitis C Drugs Approved in China Pacific Consortium Doesn’t Intend Further Work on Tatts Proposal Apple Said to Link Up With Musical.ly: Recode Kate Spade Is Said to Be Still Engaging Suitors: DealReporter Flexium Sees Sales Gain Amid Apple Order Chatter: Liberty Times Toshiba Favors KKR-Led Group’s Bid for Memory Chip Ops, NHK Says Asia equity markets traded negative after shrugging off the mildly positive lead from Wall Street where the Nasdaq posted fresh record highs amid strong tech earnings, although upside in the broader market was limited by commodity weakness and temperamental US politics. Nikkei 225 (-0.3%) weakened with Japanese exporters hampered by a firmer currency, while energy and mining names dragged on the ASX 200 (-0.1%). Shanghai Comp. (+0.1%) and Hang Seng (-0.3%) were also subdued ahead of the Labor Day weekend and after the PBoC's weekly net liquidity injection was more than halved, while KOSPI (-0.1%) exporters were despondent on Trump comments to renegotiate or terminate the South Korea trade deal. 10yr JGBs saw minor gains amid a dampened risk tone seen in the region and after today's 2yr auction showed the firmest demand since May last year with the b/c rising to 5.51 vs. Prey. 3.82. Top Asian News Tata Power Scouting for Stressed Thermal Power Plants, CEO Says BOJ to Cut Purchases of 1-to-5-Year Bonds in May, Plan Signals Daiwa Profit Rises on Overseas, Investment Banking Business Sharp Reports Narrower Loss, Pushes Back Earnings Outlook China Stock Slump Lures Buyers Pivoting Away From Hong Kong European indices have traded in a broadly tentative manner as stock specific moves take focus over broader macro plays. More specifically, UK banking names have seen different fortunes this morning with RBS (+2.2%) at the top of the FSTE 100 in the wake of positive earnings with investors less-impressed by Barclays (-4.1%) who are at the foot of the index. Elsewhere in the banking sector, UBS (+2.9%) are the notable outperformer in the SMI after their earnings saw Q1 profits exceed expectations. Finally, other notable earnings include Renault (+3.5%) and Sanofi (+1.8%) who have lent a helping hand to the CAC 40. In fixed income markets, Bunds have tracked lower following the latest Eurozone inflation, in which the core inflation (that has been highlighted by the ECB as subdued) rose to levels last seen in 2013. Additionally, the headline figure is now tracking just below the ECB's central bank target of 2% at 1.9%. Consequently, bolstering expectations that the ECB will change there rhetoric at the June meeting.   In currencies, the bulk of the activity today is centred on the EU wide CPI release which has seen EUR/USD rip back to retest 1.0950. Still strong resistance to note here, with 1.0970 and 1.1000 also drawing in sellers. Follow through seen in EUR/GBP also as the cross rate has been resilience on the move down into the low .8400's. Month end demand will have been through the week, but in the wake of the softer UK GDP read on the month — yoy still better than the previous quarter at 2.1% vs 1.9% - this seems to be an obvious buy today given the momentum potential if EUR/USD breaks higher. As such, we expect even more volatility in the aftermath of this afternoon's US GDP print, where consensus of 1.0-1.2% looks a little optimistic, and could spell some more USD weakness ahead. Portfolio rebalancing also suggests some modest USD selling today. USD/JPY is range bound still, but grinding higher to retest the 112.00 level. The independent agenda here is largely down to the BoJ stance, meaning outside of risk off episodes, JPY selling will be the default mode. In commodities, all eyes on the Oil markets again as the OPEC talk on extending the production cuts dominates the radio waves. The EIA report earlier in the week delivered a larger draw down to send WTI back to USD50.00, but scepticism provided strong resistance there. We have since seen a dip back towards the low USD48.00's, but key tech support has held firm and we are tentatively held mid range with traders also focusing on the USD50.00 level in Brent. Both base and precious metals trade has been relatively tight; risk sentiment balanced to prompt opposing forces, but to a very modest degree.Gold has recovered a little as the USD index is under some pressure again, with losses in Silver also slowing in momentum. Copper remains range bound, but still struggles above USD2.60. It is another busy session in the US with Q1 GDP number which is expected to expand at its slowest pace in a year (+1.0% annualized QoQ; +2.1% previous). Aside from that the Chicago PMI number for April (56.2 expected vs. 57.7 previous) will provide an early snapshot of how manufacturing activity is shaping up in Q2, and is followed by the final University of Michigan consumer sentiment number for April (98.0 expected) which is expected to remain unchanged. On the earnings data front we have General Motors, Chevron and Exxon Mobil reporting amongst others to round out earnings for this week. US Economic Data 8:30am: Employment Cost Index, est. 0.6%, prior 0.5% GDP Annualized QoQ, est. 1.0%, prior 2.1% Personal Consumption, est. 0.9%, prior 3.5% GDP Price Index, est. 2.0%, prior 2.1% Core PCE QoQ, est. 2.0%, prior 1.3% 9:45am: Chicago Purchasing Manager, est. 56.2, prior 57.7 10am: U. of Mich. Sentiment, est. 98, prior 98 U. of Mich. Current Conditions, prior 115.2 U. of Mich. Expectations, prior 86.9 U. of Mich. 1 Yr Inflation, prior 2.5% U. of Mich. 5-10 Yr Inflation, prior 2.4% 1:15pm: Fed’s Brainard Speaks About Fintech in Evanston, Illinois 2:30pm: Fed’s Harker Speaks in Washington DB's Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap Ahead of tomorrow's first 100 days of Trump today we'll see if a shutdown can be avoided. The last shutdown in 2013 was big news at the time but even though it lasted 16 days markets in the end barely missed a beat and rallied over the period. So its perhaps more of an interesting story reflecting current political wrangling than anything else. It seemed like the shutdown was to be averted for at least a week as the House of Representatives introduced a continuing resolution to provide a week of stopgap funding to extend the deadline for a spending bill to May 5. However House Democrats have threatened to not vote on the continuing resolution if the Republicans tried to bring a revised health care bill up for consideration. To be honest after a rollercoaster few days for US politics I don't think I quite know where we now stand on tax reform, Nafta, healthcare, the wall, the shutdown and geopolitics. It's got a bit too much for me this week. Adding to the mix overnight Mr Trump told Reuters that there could be a "major, major conflict" with North Korea even if he prefers a diplomatic solution which he thinks will be very hard to reach. After the symbolic 100 days is behind us things should calm down a bit in Washington and we'll have the slow "will they/ won't they be able to" on tax reform through the spring and summer months. Also today is Q1 US GDP which we'll preview at the end but are we going to repeat a common post crisis pattern of weak Q1 growth? The key event yesterday was the ECB rate decision and press conference which we always thought would be a bit on the dull side this time. However given that a whole industry rests on over analysing every word of Mr Draghi then we have to follow suit. Policy rates remained unchanged as expected, and the press conference saw Mr Draghi discuss reduced downside growth risks but also note that inflationary pressures remained too subdued to consider paring back stimulus. DB’s European economists published a note on the meeting highlighting that although economic data has improved, the evidence of a recovery in underlying inflation remains unconvincing and hence the ECB remains cautious of a premature tightening of financial conditions. However, as political hurdles are cleared and core inflation starts to rise, arguments for exiting current policy can start to change. Our economists see economic growth at least sufficient to keep the recovery and reflation themes going, with expectations of the first ECB moves to exit the very accommodative policy stance from June. Hence their baseline remains unchanged with forward guidance to be adjusted in June, tapering to be pre-announced in September and a one-off deposit rate hike in December. However, there were a few issues at the press conference to suggest the change to forward guidance could (temporarily) be delayed beyond June. The global risk rally faltered in line with the late Wednesday US sell-off yesterday as European markets dipped and US markets flat-lining. In Europe the STOXX (-0.2%) ended a six day winning streak, with Eurozone banks (-1.8%) being hit particularly hard. The FTSE (-0.7%), CAC (-0.3%) and DAX (-0.2%) were all down on the day. Over in the US the S&P500 closed +0.06% higher with earnings perhaps battling politics for the upper hand with lower Oil also influencing (see below). The NASDAQ (+0.39%) stood out and reached a new all time high after holding steady yesterday. We also saw strong earnings for Alphabet and Amazon after the bell. It was however busier over in government bond markets as we saw German bunds (2Y: -5bps; 10Y: -6bps) and US treasuries (2Y: -1bp; 10Y: -3bps) rally across all maturities, with the former driven by the ECB’s message of continued weak inflation and the latter by risk off moves given the multifaceted uncertainty in Washington. The broad based rally in government bond markets also saw 10Y OAT and BTP yields fall by -6bps and -7bps respectively on the day. Over in commodity markets we saw oil (WTI –1.4%) drop to a one month low yesterday over supply concerns as Libya reopened its biggest field and US crude production continued to climb. Trump's overnight comments on North Korea have helped it rally back just over a percent this morning though. Gold (+0.2%) ticked up amid the general risk off moves to post its first gain for this week. In FX we saw the US dollar (+0.1%) climb marginally while the Euro traded choppily around Draghi’s comments at the ECB press conference to end the day essentially unchanged. Asian markets continue to see softer sentiment for risk not helped by Mr Trump's comments. The Nikkei is -0.2% lower with the Hang Seng and Shanghai Comp -0.4% and -0.67% lower respectively. We have China PMI over the weekend to look forward to before the other global PMIs early next week. Remember that Monday is a holiday across lots of Europe. Staying with Europe, although slightly overshadowed by the ECB, we saw some positive numbers out of Europe yesterday. In Germany we got preliminary CPI numbers for April which came in at +2.0% YoY (vs. +1.9% expected; +1.5% previous) and the GfK consumer confidence survey indicator for May also ticked up more than expected to 10.2 (9.9 expected; 9.8 previous). We also got the final Euro area consumer confidence reading for April which was unrevised as expected (-3.6). It was a busier day over in the US in terms of data which was mixed though tilted towards indicating some weakness. Preliminary March numbers for durable goods orders (+0.7% vs. +1.3% expected) and capital goods orders (+0.2% vs. +0.5% expected) came in below expectations while wholesale inventories (-0.1% vs. +0.2% expected) unexpectedly fell on the month. We also got March advance goods trade balance number that showcased the US merchandise trade deficit widening but less so than expected (-$64.8bn vs. -$65.2bn expected). Pending home sales declined in March by -0.8% mom (vs. -1.0% expected) following a +5.5% increase in February. We also saw initial jobless claims tick up more than expected (257k vs. 245k expected; 244k previous), although these numbers could be caused by the timing of the Easter holiday rather than a softening labour market. Finally the Kansas City Fed’s manufacturing survey for April fell more than expected to 7 (vs. 17 expected; 20 previous), with firms reporting an increase in activity but with some deceleration. Before we look at the day ahead, with the Q1 European earning season off to a strong start, one bullish argument for European equities is the scope for a further rebound in earnings, with consensus now  expecting 15% earnings growth this year, after six years of essentially flat EPS. Our European equity strategist Sebastian Raedler is forecasting a more cautious 10%. He highlights that for European EPS growth to reach 15% would require GDP growth above our economists’ forecasts (with US GDP growth at 3%, Euro-area growth at 2% and China growth at 7%), the euro trade-weighted index falling by more than our  FX strategists expect (by 9%, rather than the projected 7%) and bond yields rising to 1% by year-end (rather than the 0.75% penciled in by our rates strategists). He also notes that around 30% of the projected consensus EPS growth comes from the resource sectors (energy and mining), with the quarterly EPS figures implying an oil price above $70/bbl, suggesting downside risks for the consensus numbers if the oil price remains closer to the current $50/bbl. It’s a busy end to the week with a lot of data out of both Europe and the US. In Europe we’ll get preliminary French CPI (+1.4% YoY expected; +1.4% previous) and Q1 GDP numbers (+0.9% YoY expected; +1.1% previous). We will also see the Eurozone CPI estimate for April (+1.8% expected; 1.5% previous) as well as credit and monetary aggregates for the Euro Area. Over in the UK we will see the Q1 GDP number as well (+2.2% YoY expected; +1.9% previous). Following that we have a busy session over in the US with Q1 GDP number which is expected to expand at its slowest pace in a year (+1.0% annualized QoQ; +2.1% previous). However DB’s Joe Lavorgna notes that this soft growth should be short lived as real GDP growth is expected to rebound to 2.5% in Q2 and then rise to 3.5% in Q3 and 4.0% in Q4. The aforementioned growth profile would result in 2017 inflation-adjusted output growth of 2.8% (Q4/Q4), which would be a meaningful improvement from last year (2.0%) and the fastest pace since 2005 (3.0%). However this forecast assumes a substantial amount of fiscal stimulus and could be hindered by political developments over the last couple of months that have lowered the probability that tax cuts and spending increases will occur as soon as projected at the beginning of the year. As a result there remain downside risks to their GDP forecasts. Aside from that the Chicago PMI number for April (56.2 expected vs. 57.7 previous) will provide an early snapshot of how manufacturing activity is shaping up in Q2, and is followed by the final University of Michigan consumer sentiment number for April (98.0 expected) which is expected to remain unchanged. On the earnings data front we have General Motors, Chevron and Exxon Mobil reporting amongst others to round out earnings for this week.
  • Rich Kids Duped Into Fyre Music Festival Debacle In Bahamas - All Hell Breaking Loose, Ja Rule Involved
    What was set to be the opening weekend of trust-fund millennial debauchery in the Bahamas has turned into nothing short of Lord of the Flies. The Fyre Festival - organized by Ja Rule and some guy who's scammed millennials in the past was hyped by models and advertised as a boutique luxury music festival held in Exumas, Bahamas. All inclusive tickets ranging from $4,000 - $12,000 were supposed to include a chartered private flight from Miami, private luxury tents, yacht rides, and performances from Blink-182 and about two dozen other artists. Not so much... The "chartered flight from Miami" turned out to be severely delayed coach seats, and upon arrival shocked concert-goers were met with partially constructed USAID disaster relief tents: Early report is that many of the tents aren't assembled. Here's their tropical private island owned by Escobar! #FyreFestival pic.twitter.com/TNzBDbNAUJ — FyreFestivalFraud (@FyreFraud) April 27, 2017   "Luxury" meals: "Secure" lockers: And an attentive concierge booth: Hundreds of pieces of luggage were lost in transit, though a big container truck showed up in the dark to toss bags to a mob: Just in time for the muggings and robberies! Reports are rolling in of burning tents and anarchy: Phones are dying, passports are missing: Feral dogs are roaming around: And relationships have been destroyed: The US embassy is reportedly involved: Oh, and Blink 182 canceled... Only one question remains; WHERE IS JA?       Content originally generated at iBankCoin.com * Follow on Twitter @ZeroPointNow
  • Core Eurozone Inflation Surges To 4 Year High As CPI Nears ECB Target
    Mario Draghi's job just became a little more difficult, because one day after the head of the ECB surprised markets with a more dovish statement than expected stressing risks for European inflation, on Friday morning Eurostat reported that Euro zone inflation rose by more than expected to the European Central Bank's target and core inflation increased to its highest level in four years. Inflation in the 19 countries sharing the euro was 1.9 percent year-on-year, Eurostat estimated, up from 1.5 percent in March and just short of the four-year high of 2.0 percent recorded in February. The print was also above the 1.8% consensus estimate, even though German inflation data released on Thursday which also came in hotter than expected had prepared markets for a potential stronger figure for the bloc. The April print (released before the month is even over) was also just shy of the ECB's medium-term target for inflation of 2 percent. Overall inflation was higher primarily because of a 7.5% rise in energy prices and of 2.2% for unprocessed food. Prices for food, alcohol and tobacco went up by 1.5% in April, slightly lower than the 1.8% figure for March. In the services sector, the largest in the euro zone economy, prices rose by 1.8 percent in April, compared with 1.0 percent in March. Core inflation, excluding volatile prices of energy and unprocessed food and which the European Central Bank monitors even more closely, jumped to 1.2% year-on-year in April from 0.8% in March, above market expectations of 1.0 percent. The core level was at its highest level since September 2013. According to Bloomberg Intelligence, an Easter-related surge in prices for package holidays, particularly in Germany, is likely the predominant reason for the acceleration in core inflation. The rate will “eventually show some signs of life as the output gap closes,” David Powell, BI’s chief euro-area economist, wrote before the release. “That may allow the ECB to announce as soon as September that its asset purchases will be tapered by 10 billion euros ($11 billion) a month in January.” The April inflation figures will put even more pressure on the ECB to wind down its monetary stimulus, . The central bank has slashed interest rates into negative territory and adopted a bond-buying program worth 2.3 trillion euros ($2.5 trillion) to counter the threat of deflation and revive growth in the 19-member currency bloc. As reported yesterday, the ECB on Thursday stuck to its ultra-easy policy stance, but explicitly acknowledged the improvement of the euro zone economy, now on its best run since the global financial crisis. The last time European inflation underwent such a strong bounce was in 2011, on the heels of a dramatic credit-impulse driven export of inflation by China, when then-ECB president Jean-Claue Trichet hiked rates, only to unleash the sharpest sovereign debt crisis in Eurozone history, prompting the arrival of Mario Draghi and the eventual launch of QE and NIRP.
  • Trump Warns There Is A Chance Of "A Major, Major Conflict" With North Korea
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  • Cornell Students Charge Well-Known Professor With 'Sexism' To Retaliate For His Union Opposition
    Authored by Ashe Schow via TheFederalist.com, For this story we need to adapt an old saying: “Hell hath no fury like a graduate student scorned.” In late March, graduate students at Cornell University attempted to unionize. Several public universities have allowed this to happen, but private universities such as Cornell have been more wary. Just a few days before students were set to vote on unionization, professor David Collum, who chairs Cornell’s chemistry department, sent an email to several hundred faculty members warning of the “risk” of student unionization. “Although we must be circumspect in communications with students, I can be brutally blunt with you: I believe it will be a disaster in the long run if unionization occurs — an existential risk to Cornell’s graduate program,” Collum wrote. Collum told the Cornell Daily Sun he did not intend to distribute “propaganda,” but union-supporting students clearly took it as such. Some even accused Collum of violating a Code of Conduct contract between the union and the Ivy League university, but a university dean said the school investigated the claim and found no violation. He Doesn’t Like Our Proposal. Let’s Dox Him More voted against the union than for it, but many votes were contested. In what appears to be retaliation for Collum’s email and opposition to the union, several graduate students looked through the professor’s tweets to find ammunition to harm his reputation. They found tweets they were able to spin into claiming Collum is “sexist” and “transphobic,” then wrote to the school paper claiming these tweets prove Collum creates a “hostile work environment,” without providing evidence that anything the professor has tweeted has led to mistreatment in his department. Instead, the students wrote that graduate students may “feel” as though they cannot send Collum complaints about sexual harassment. Four days after the students published their letter in the Daily Sun, another professor, William Jacobson, who works in the law department and blogs at the conservative website Legal Insurrection, defended Collum, saying the graduate students took the chemistry professor’s tweets out of context to negatively paint him as sexist. The students claimed Collum supported Mike Cernovich, a controversial figure who has been accused of being a “rape apologist.” Collum had tweeted a public message at Cernovich in response to a “60 Minutes” appearance, asking the social media personality to write about “fake news.” The graduate students claim this shows Collum supported Cernovich and everything he tweets and does, pointing out a tweet from the former in 2012 that claims “Date rape does not exist.” When this was pointed out to Collum, he responded with: “Good point,” then deleted his original tweet to Cernovich. The graduate students left this all out, of course, in making their accusations. The argument itself was dumb from the beginning. People don’t usually go through a person’s entire Twitter history to make sure the person they’re responding to online has never said something objectionable. Collum may well have heard of Cernovich that night on “60 Minutes,” so to paint him as some sort of supporter of everything Cernovich has ever done is cheap. If This Is All the Evidence You Guys Got… Collum also put out a 135-page document called the “2015 Year in Review.” The students quoted a single line they found objectionable. Collum had written: “In an effort to stem a perceived epidemic of sexual violence against women, the Department of Education sent strong messages to universities…” The students claimed this sentence means Collum was “pushing the myth that rape on college campuses is a ‘perceived’ threat.” They ignored that Collum wrote in the same section: “Women have been the object of abuse since abuse was first invented. It is obvious to all that this is wrong an [sic] should be opposed by all rational means.” Despite their high average test scores, these Cornell students don’t seem capable of discerning facts from a narrative. It’s not a myth that sexual assault on college campuses is a “perceived” threat, because the evidence doesn’t back up the wild claims often made about “the campus rape epidemic.” “Studies” that claim 20 percent of college women are victims can only arrive at that number by broadening the definition of sexual assault far beyond the legal definition and relying heavily on biased responses. But I guess we can’t count on students at a prestigious university like Cornell to understand something like that. There’s also no indication that Collum doesn’t whole-heartedly accept those flawed studies. Jacobson also identifies other examples of where the graduate students intentionally ignored context to smear Collum. In an email from Collum posted in the comment section of Jacobson’s letter to the editor, the chemistry professor issued his only response on the subject (he did not respond to my request for more information). While Collum did say he is at odds with today’s social justice movement, he insisted that his department “provide[s] an environment that optimizes everybody’s sense of well being, happiness, and professional progress.” He also said that if students find him too polarizing, they can go to “a couple dozen” other members of the department. “Life offers no emotionally safe spaces—statements to the contrary are a crock—but you can take actions to optimize the world around you,” Collum wrote. “The adults on campus are poised and anxious to help.” Naturally, Collum’s email response angered social justice warriors, who were incensed that he said their movement is “becoming toxic.” A lack of self-reflection seems to be endemic among the campus crazy crowd. This is just the latest example of a professor’s reputation being dragged through the mud because he doesn’t toe the line of social justice extremism.  
  • The Issues Americans Think Are Worth A Government Shutdown
    As the deadline for U.S. federal budget authorization approaches, this infographic highlights the issues that people think are important enough to justify a government shutdown. You will find more statistics at Statista This infographic draws data from a Morning Consult/POLITICO survey. As Statista's Martin Armstrong notes, although 67 percent of respondents said Congress should do everything it can to avoid a shutdown, of all the issues, the one stated most often as being worth fighting for was the increase of funding for defense and homeland security. President Trump's flagship policy of building a wall on the border to Mexico was the lowest priority for voters, with only 27 percent saying this should be a sticking point; perhaps indicating that the president's decision to back down on the issue won't be as politically damaging as some of his detractors might have hoped. 
  • Congress Refers Hillary's Private Server Company To DOJ For Prosecution
    Last September we were among the first to note that Hillary's "Oh Shit Guy" (a.k.a Paul Combetta), who was responsible for wiping her private server clean with BleachBit despite acknowledging he was aware of a Congressional subpoena demanding the preservation of all records, was looking like he would be the 'fall guy' to take the blame for Hillary's various federal crimes.  For those of you who "do not recall" all of the specifics of Platte River's involvement in the Hillary email scandal, here are a couple of refresher posts: The "Oh Shit" Moment: Hillary Wiped Her Server With BleachBit Despite Subpoena The "Oh Shit" Guy That Wiped Hillary's Server With BleachBit Was Just Granted Immunity Dear FBI, This Is Intent: Hillary's "Oh Shit" Guy Sought Reddit Advice On How To "Strip VIP's Emails" Well, as it turns out, Combetta was one of the Clinton aides offered an immunity deal by Comey which the "FBI was handing out like candy." That said, Platte River Networks' CEO Treve Suazo was not offered such a deal and, after obstructing an investigation led by Rep. Lamar Smith (R - TX) of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee for the better part of year, he has just been referred to the DOJ for prosecution.  Per The Washington Free Beacon: Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has asked the DOJ to prosecute Platte River Networks CEO Treve Suazo for obstructing a congressional investigation into his company’s role in providing security for Clinton’s home brewed email server, which began the subject of widespread debate following revelations that it had multiple security vulnerabilities.   Senior congressional aides apprised of the situation said their investigation shows there is mounting evidence there were "pretty serious cyber security concerns" with Clinton’s server.   Multiple subpoenas and letters from the congressional investigation team went unanswered by Platte River, prompting Smith to refer the case to the DOJ for criminal prosecution. Congressional investigators allege that the company is guilty of failing to produce key documents, making false statements to Congress, and of obstructing the investigation into Clinton’s server.   At least two subpoenas issued by the committee were not answered by Platte River. As one committee aide noted, "This is atypical.  There were absolutely zero negotiations, there was no willingness on their part to discuss whether any information they would provide would satisfy the committee's request. It was just the company, with council, refusing to discuss the matter." Seems that maybe not everyone can just wipe their problems clean, "like with a cloth", the way Hillary can.
  • Retired Green Beret Warns: "We're At The Threshold Of War...The Choice Is Not Up To Us Anymore"
    Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces) via SHTFplan.com, As reported Monday, April 25 on almost all mainstream and alternate news sites, Britain’s Defense Minister Michael Fallon has openly declared that his country will carry out a preemptive nuclear strike even if not attacked, as such: “In the most extreme circumstances we have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike.” Michael Fallon, BBC Today, 4-25-17 This is very serious and no longer simply rhetorical, as the Russians responded to the effect that the UK could be wiped off the face of the globe if they were to provoke the wrong party.  The U.S. now has a submarine in position in South Korea that is carrying Tomahawks armed with nuclear warheads and the American Naval armada continues to sail toward the region.  The North Koreans have been conducting artillery drills, as South Korea and Japan are preparing their citizens for war to break out.  The United States just test-launched an ICBM from California that splashed into the South Pacific. In the U.S., President Trump has convened a meeting in the White House for all 100 U.S. senators as reported yesterday throughout the alternative media.  The mainstream media (MSM) is being notoriously silent about the whole matter, although it is plain to see the focal point of the meeting is North Korea, as announced by the White House. Deflection has been rendered partially by the MSM by the endless barrage regarding the 9th Circuit Court trying to sabotage the Executive Order signed by the President to withhold federal funding from “sanctuary” cities trying to circumvent federal law and procedure with the illegal aliens.  The “First 100 Days” of the Trump Administration is the new catch-phrase the MSM is focusing upon, much as they did with the “47 million on food stamps” phrase that virtually stayed the same for more than 3 years.  Underreporting and obfuscation (if not outright lies) are the MSM’s way of keeping the public in the dark nationally and globally. In the meantime, the Russians are beginning to redeploy ground troops to Syria.  It appears that the U.S. is going to be pushed into a war in one theater or another by the progressives masquerading as conservatives.  This brings to mind the ratiocination for the initiation of hostilities in either theater.  For North Korea, it is simple: The North Koreans are one of the three nations not involved in the global banking cartel.  In addition, a war will increase U.S. hegemony in the area regardless of what happens to South Korea or Japan in the aftermath. Regarding Syria, the Obama administration started a proxy/indirect war with Russia over Syria, with Russia backing Bashar al-Assad and the United States its own “created boogeyman” of ISIS/ISIL.  Obama did not take Russia on directly, and Russia out-maneuvered him by suggesting he fight against his own creation…which he did…and then the Russians bombed the daylights out of them.  Russia then declared the bombing campaign to be over and did a “drawdown,” while still leaving enough of a force to deter Obama, who fizzled out in pusillanimous splendor. Syria is still on the table, though, because we don’t have that pipeline running out of Qatar through Northwestern Syria to cut off Gazprom and the Russians from supplying Europe with natural gas.  In addition, the House of Saud wants Assad out of Syria, and in addition to this, the U.S. needs to take Syria if it wants (and it does want) to invade Iran.  The Russians bombing ISIS/ISIL prevented any more oil from being stolen from Northwest Syria and trucked across the border, where it was sold to Erdogan and his brother. The Military Industrial Complex (MIC) and their paid-for congressmen and senators (such as McCain, Graham, Ryan, ad infinitum) are the ones who stand to benefit, either in stocks held or in kickbacks to either advance or snafu legislation or policy (depending on which benefits the firms).  They did it with Ukraine, as well, but the threat of directly confronting Russia was as good as an orchiotomy for Obama, and we have a stalemate between the U.S.-created Kiev government of Poroshenko and the separatists of the Eastern Ukrainian provinces. The powers that be are intent on having a war, regardless of the consequences and effects on noncombatants.  A war would also be a way to prop up the administration’s flagging ratings.  Domestically we have not emerged from the “soft” police state and liberal “legislative” powers of the Courts to remake Constitutional law and circumvent Congress and the President through selective interpretation of anything and everything: These things are the true “legacy” of Obama. Now, where from there?  We are at the threshold of another major war that could erupt in any of these areas.  The choice is not up to us anymore, and it is surely being decided upon at this very moment.
  • Trump Calls Schumer's Bluff: "If There's A Shutdown, There's A Shutdown... Democrats Would Be To Blame"
    With Democrats seemingly unsatisfied with Republicans dropping border wall funding and adjusting on Obamacare-related items, it appears President Trump is calling Schumer's and Pelosi's bluff, proclaiming "If there's a shutdown, there's a shutdown," adding that Democrats would be to blame if the federal government was left unfunded. Schumer today: *SCHUMER: TRUMP CONCESSIONS BRING SPENDING DEAL CLOSER TO FINISH *SCHUMER SAYS 'SOME STICKING POINTS' LEFT ON SPENDING BILL TALKS *SCHUMER SAYS REVISED GOP HEALTH CARE BILL 'WORSE' THAN INITIAL *SCHUMER SAYS ISSUE OF POISON PILL RIDERS STILL OUTSTANDING Pelosi added: *HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER PELOSI SAYS WALL FUNDING ONE ISSUE *PELOSI: UNCERTAINTY RE OBAMACARE COST-SHARING PAYMT ALSO ISSUE *PELOSI: TYING STOPGAP SPENDING TO HEALTH BILL WOULD BE STUPID And so, as Reuters reports, President Donald Trump downplayed the severity of a potential government shutdown, making it clear who will be to blame... "We'll see what happens. If there's a shutdown, there's a shutdown," Trump told Reuters in an interview, adding that Democrats would be to blame if the federal government was left unfunded.   Trump added that a shutdown would be a "very negative thing" but that his administration was prepared if it was necessary. As part of the budget negotiations, Democrats have called for financial support to prop up Puerto Rico's Medicaid program covering health insurance for the poor, but many Republicans are opposed to the idea. Trump also said it would be unfair to offer a debt bailout to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, because it was unfair to people in U.S. states. "I don't think that's fair to the people of Iowa, and I don't think it's fair to the people of Wisconsin and Ohio and North Carolina and Pennsylvania that we should be bailing out Puerto Rico for billions and billions of dollars," Trump said. " No I don't think that's fair." Notably, while equity markets are whistling complecentlypast the graveyard, USA sovereign risk has surged back to its highest (relative to Germany) since Trump's election as the threat of a government shutdown gets priced into a non-manipulated market...
  • Asylum Seekers Fleeing The U.S. For Canada May Find A Frigid Reception In Canadian Courts
    Just over a month ago we highlighted the comments of one recently deported Mexican nationalist who told Reuters that illegally immigrating to the U.S. was over, courtesy of the Trump administration, and that it was "Canada's turn" to welcome the world's immigrants with open arms. "For those without documents, I think (the United States) is over. Now it's Canada's turn." And, with each passing month, new immigration stats from Canada seem to indicate that Reuters' young border-hopper was a very prescient fellow indeed.  According to stats highlighted by the Financial Times recently, "land border asylum claims" in Canada continue to skyrocket with Quebec crossings up nearly 3x YoY and crossings into Ontario surging as well.   And while 'open borders' sound super nice in a political speech, the practical reality is that the majority of Canadians, just like Americans, don't approve of unfettered illegal border crossings that place a massive financial burden on taxpayers and are often accompanied by a surge in crime (see "Half Of Canadians Want Illegal Immigrants Deported"). Meanwhile, as Reuters points out today, Migrants who applied for asylum in the United States but then fled north, may have miscalculated in viewing Canadian courts as a more lenient jurisdiction.  That is because their time in the United States could count against them when they apply for asylum in Canada, according to a review of Canadian federal court rulings on asylum seekers and interviews with refugee lawyers. But Canadian refugee tribunals are wary of "asylum-shopping" and look askance at people coming from one of the world's richest countries to file claims, the refugee lawyers said.   "Abandoning a claim in the United States or coming to Canada after a negative decision in the United States, or failing to claim and remaining in the States for a long period of time - those are all big negatives. Big, big negatives,” said Toronto-based legal aid lawyer Anthony Navaneelan, who is representing applicants who came to Canada from the United States in recent months.   The asylum seekers will make their cases before Canada's refugee tribunals, which rejected 5,000 cases last year. The tribunals' decisions are not made public, so the reasons are not known. An Immigration and Refugee Board spokeswoman confirmed, however, that an applicant’s time in the United States can be a factor in a tribunal’s decision. Those with failed U.S. asylum claims must prove to Canadian tribunals that the U.S. courts were wrong in their assessment, that their circumstances have changed for the worse, or that they qualify in Canada, several lawyers said.  Crucially, all applicants must also show that the often years-old fears that led them to leave their home countries for the United States still exist. "The longer they’ve been away (from their country of origin), the more difficult it is to establish that they’re a refugee," said Winnipeg refugee lawyer Ken Zaifman. Frankly, we're shocked.  First it was just Trump supporters, but now it's looking increasingly likely that Canada is also filled with a bunch of racist people intent upon protecting their 'arbitrary' borders.


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I have not been observing @MeTV  OTA (Over The Air) whatsoever the last month or so since @KLAXTV’s transmitter went to low power due to lightening strike.

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The Electronic Civil War is the Battle Of Our Times


“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


Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!


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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Who let the dogs escape?

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