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  • Historian: Louisiana Dems 'have forgotten their own history'

    07/26/2017 6:15:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 7/26/2017 | Paul Bremmer
    Democrats in Louisiana have caved to the political correctness of the modern age, just like Democrats in several other states have already done, suggests a prominent historian. The Louisiana Democratic Party has announced its annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner will no longer bear the names of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson; this year’s event, set to be held in New Orleans on Aug. 26, will instead be called the True Blue Gala. The Louisiana Democratic Party and its chairwoman, state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, announced the dinner would be renamed “to reflect the progress of the party and the changing times.” Jefferson,...
  • [Acadiana] SMILE will appeal federal decision to cut off Head Start Funding

    07/14/2017 7:13:45 PM PDT · by topher · 14 replies ^ | 14-July-2017
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has terminated the SMILE Community Action Agency's Head Start grant. “We’re in the appeal process,” said Chris Williams, director of the agency. “and we’ll inform you more as information becomes available.” SMILE provides Head Start services, which includes preschool classes for three and four-year-olds, to nearly 1,500 families in Lafayette, St. Martin and Iberia parishes, according to its website.
  • Dejuan Guillory's sentence was deferred, records show [Get-out-of-Jail Free]

    07/13/2017 4:54:46 PM PDT · by topher · 6 replies ^ | Posted: Jul 12, 2017 1:47 PM CST
    Since Dejuan Guillory died in an officer-involved shooting, questions have swirled about his criminal record. In August 2015, he was arrested and accused of using a backhoe to steal an ATM from a bank, and of shooting at a police officer who came to investigate. In December 2016, he pleaded no contest to simple criminal damage to property and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Half of that sentence was suspended, leaving a five-year sentence to serve, followed by five years of probation. Evangeline Parish court records show that the five-year sentence was actually deferred.
  • State Police: Evangeline Parish deputy attacked, 'saw stars' before fatal shooting [ trunc ]

    07/13/2017 1:56:28 AM PDT · by topher · 13 replies ^ | 10-July-2017 | Jim Mustain
    The Louisiana State Police released new details Monday of a fatal officer-involved shooting last week that has sparked controversy in Evangeline Parish, saying the deputy who opened fire on an ATV driver had been attacked during a 4 a.m. traffic stop. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, who has not been identified, "was dazed and saw stars" before fatally shooting the ATV driver, 27-year-old Dejuan Guillory, according to a State Police report.
  • Scalise released from ICU; remains in 'serious condition'

    07/12/2017 2:09:18 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/12/17 | Brooke Singman
    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was released from ICU on Wednesday after nearly a week, Fox News confirmed. Scalise, R-La., has been treated at MedStar Washington Hospital since June 14, when he and four others were shot during a congressional baseball practice, and remains in “serious” condition at the facility. Scalise was returned to the ICU last week after contracting an infection from his gunshot wounds. Scalise, prior to going back to the ICU on July 5, was listed in “fair condition,” but the hospital downgraded that to “serious” last week after infection concerns and a subsequent surgery. According to...
  • [Louisiana Amish] Woman charged in attempted murder in Mamou shooting

    07/11/2017 3:29:34 AM PDT · by topher · 16 replies
    UPDATED July 6, 5:43 p.m.: A Louisiana State Police spokesman said a woman has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after an officer-involved shooting that took the life of a burglary suspect Thursday morning. ,P. Investigators with Louisiana State Police have arrested Dequince E. Brown, 21, of Church Point. According to LSP press release, Brown was with Dejuan Guillory when an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy approached him Thursday morning as the deputy investigated a possible burglary in progress. According to previous LSP reports, there was an altercation that left the deputy injured and Guillory fatally shot. ... ORIGINAL STORY:...
  • Rep. Steve Scalise remains in serious condition after undergoing surgery to manage infection

    07/06/2017 3:30:02 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 14 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | Jul 6, 2017
    Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., remains in serious condition more than three weeks after the House majority whip and three others were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. The MedStar Washington Hospital Center provided an update on Scalise's condition Thursday afternoon after he underwent surgery for "the management of infection." Scalise "tolerated the procedure well," the hospital said. The hospital announced Wednesday night that Scalise had been readmitted to the intensive care unit in serious condition "due to new concerns for infection."
  • Rep. Steve Scalise readmitted to ICU in serious condition due to 'concerns for infection

    07/05/2017 7:29:46 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 124 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jul 5, 2017 | David Caplan and John Parkinson
    Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot in the hip June 14 when a gunman opened fire at a baseball practice of Republican lawmakers in Virginia, has been readmitted to the intensive care unit in serious condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the hospital announced Wednesday night.
  • Cursive writing requirement among Louisiana’s new laws

    07/04/2017 5:09:29 AM PDT · by bgill · 123 replies
    kxan ^ | July 3, 2017 | AP
    Louisiana’s public school classrooms will be required to teach cursive writing to students starting with the new school year. That mandate, approved by lawmakers in 2016 but delayed a year so schools could prepare, is among more than two dozen new laws
  • La. cop-killer left suicide note, Islamic verse, trail of rage

    07/01/2017 9:57:10 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 01, 2017 | The Herald Staff
    The military veteran who killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge last summer left behind a suicide note, a prayer from an Islamic holy book and an online trail of his rage against police. Two days after a white police officer shot and killed a black man in Louisiana’s capital, Gavin Long searched the internet for addresses, phone numbers and other personal information belonging to the two officers involved in the July 5 shooting of Alton Sterling, a prosecutor’s report revealed Friday. Less than two weeks later, the 29-year-old black man from Kansas City, Mo., traveled to Baton Rouge...
  • All 4 suspects arrested in French Quarter tourist attack, police say

    06/28/2017 1:19:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 73 replies ^ | 06-28-2017 | Staff
    NEW ORLEANS — All suspects have been arrested in connection to the robbery and beating of two tourists from Boston in the French Quarter. Nicholas Polgowski and Rashaad Piper were booked Wednesday morning into the Orleans Parish jail. This comes as the two other suspects, Dejuan Paul and Joshua Simmons, are currently being held without bail. The four men are being charged with second degree robbery in connection to the beating of two Boston tourists Saturday night on Bienville Street. One of the victims is still listed in critical condition. Police said the attack was reported before 9 p.m. in...
  • Democratic Rep: Citing Uncomfortable Data Is White Privilege

    06/28/2017 4:56:57 AM PDT · by Strac6 · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 27 | Scott Greer
    Republican Iowa Rep. Steve King found himself accused of using his white privilege last week after he offered statistics that Democratic Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond didn’t like. It all started at a House Judiciary Committee hearing where King brought up the high-crime rates of Central American nations that many immigrants hail from. King called the violence of countries like El Salvador shocking, but then pointed out that some cities in the U.S. have comparable murder rates. “That shocking number in El Salvador, that 93.09 violent deaths per 100,000 — shocking until I looked up the data that was delivered to...
  • Sinking Louisiana: A Major Threat To Billions In Oil Infrastructure

    06/23/2017 8:57:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 40 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 21 June 2017 | Irina Slav
    That Louisiana is sinking into the Gulf of Mexico is not news. Rising seas and coastline erosion have been working together for decades, but this sinking may well be happening faster than previously thought—threatening billions and billions of Louisiana oil infrastructure. This is the central idea of a new study from Tulane University that set out to map the Louisiana coastline using new methods of measuring subsidence—the technical term for sinking land. The outcome of the measurements is an average 9 mm of wetlands lost to the sea every year. This compares to previous estimates of an annual subsidence rate...
  • Steve Scalise is out of the ICU following shooting

    06/23/2017 6:05:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | 06-23-17 | Catherine Reynolds
    Steve Scalise is out of the ICU following shooting 0 Comments for this article By: CBS News Submitted: 06/23/2017 - 4:00pm House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is no longer in the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a source familiar with his status confirmed to CBS News.There is no update, however, from the hospital, which said on Wednesday that it had upgraded Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, to fair condition, a week after the congressional baseball practice shooting that left him and four others wounded.“Congressman Steve Scalise continues to make good progress. He is now listed in fair...
  • Rep. Steve Scalise listed in fair condition, hospital says

    06/21/2017 9:42:00 AM PDT · by abb · 14 replies
    WWL-TV4 New Orleans, LA ^ | Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Kevin Dupuy
    WASHINGTON - MedStar Washington Hospital Center said U.S. Representative Steve Scalise is now listed in fair condition as of Wednesday morning. "Congressman Steve Scalise continues to make good progress," the hospital said Wednesday. "He is now listed in fair condition and is beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation." Scalise was injured in a shooting last Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia. He has undergone several surgeries since the shooting. Scalise was listed in critical condition after he and four others were shot during an ambush-style attack at a baseball field where a team of Republican lawmakers practiced ahead of an...
  • Tropical Storm Cindy Forms in Gulf of Mexico

    06/20/2017 1:29:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | 06-20-2017 | Staff
  • Tropical storm watch in effect from Southeast Texas to Louisiana

    06/19/2017 3:29:42 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 9 replies
    KFDM Beaumont ^ | 7-19-2017
    SOUTHEAST TEXAS — A tropical storm watch is in effect west of Intracoastal City, Louisiana to High Island. The disturbance that KFDM meteorologists had been monitoring since last week is expected to emerge over the southern Gulf of Mexico on Monday. It is expected to become more organized once it emerges over the open Gulf, when it could turn into a tropical storm
  • Steve Scalise conscious, spoke with wife on Saturday, sources say

    06/17/2017 2:28:11 PM PDT · by abb · 88 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | June 17, 2017 | Jim Mustian
    Jun 17, 2017 - 2:56 pm cdt WASHINGTON — Three days after he was shot in the hip by a high-velocity rifle, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise has regained consciousness and is able to talk softly, having spoken with his wife Saturday morning, according to two sources close to the congressman's family. Medical staff also have removed a tube that had been inserted into Scalise's abdomen to prevent fluid from going into his lungs while he was sedated, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the congressman's medical status. Scalise's...
  • Confederate monuments: Take 'Em Down NOLA slams city for hiring firm group says spied on them

    06/17/2017 2:16:39 AM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    NOLA Times Picayune ^ | 16 June 2017 9:04 PM | Willborn P. Nobles, III
    The group Take 'Em Down NOLA claims New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu paid a private security firm $750,000 to spy on the organization. Its members held a press conference in front of City Hall on Friday to address what the group calls the city's "unauthorized contract" with the Trident Response Group of Dallas... {snip} Suber said Take 'Em Down NOLA meetings are public, so the city "certainly could have sent spies" to these events as well to monitor their actions. He also questioned why the city would pay this group for surveillance work if the city claims to have resources available...
  • Scalise Update

    06/15/2017 5:26:20 PM PDT · by abb · 61 replies
    Medstar Washington ^ | Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Staff
    Condition Update on Congressman Steve Scalise June 15, 2017, 8:10 pm Earlier today, Congressman Steve Scalise underwent a second surgery related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg. He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours. The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time. At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates. June 14, 2017, 8:15 pm Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal...