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  • Wintry weather hits New Orleans: live updates - NOLA.comWintry weather hits New Orleans: live updates - NOLA.com

    NOLA.comWintry weather hits New Orleans: live updatesNOLA.com1077 in Madisonville to O'Neal Lane in Baton Rouge. Interstate 55 is closed in its entirety, according to state police Troop L. In St. Charles Parish, the La. 3142 overpass is closed. For a full list of road closures, visit the Louisiana DOTD's website ...

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  • New roundabout considered for BroussardNew roundabout considered for Broussard

    BROUSSARD, La. (KLFY) – The Acadiana Planning Commission is studying the idea of building a roundabout at La Neuville and Bonin Roads in Broussard. The intersection is currently a four way stop. “It is a very congested intersection,” said Deidra Druilhet, the Acadiana Planning Commission Communications Director. She said the traffic really backs up during the morning and afternoon commutes. The worst back-ups happen when school is in session. She said planners want to improve congestion and the flow of traffic. “Believe it or not, a signal isn’t the answer all the time, it could actually do more harm than good,” Druilhet said. “By installing a roundabout, it allows that traffic to move through that intersection, without necessarily stopping.” Drivers from Broussard, Lafayette, and Youngsville use La Neuville and Bonin Roads all the time. “You’ve got a lot of new residential areas that are popping up, lot of new businesses that are coming up as well,” Druilhet said. The Acadiana Planning Commission said engineering work for the project should begin sometime this year. The engineering study will determine the estimated cost. The money to pay for the project hasn’t been identified yet, but it will come from a mix of state and local funds. The Acadiana Planning Commission said it’s always looking at ways to improve traffic flow. The engineering study should take about a year to complete.

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  • Wintry weather impact Acadiana RoadsWintry weather impact Acadiana Roads

    LAFAYETTE, La (KLFY) – As few drivers braved the icy road conditions on Highway 90, it wasn’t long before sheriff’s deputies in Iberia Parish found themselves responding to five crashes, including one at the overpass on Highway 88. “Take caution, especially on the bridges. They [drivers] need to take their foot off the gas and just let the vehicle coast across the bridge, don’t hit the brakes,” said Bill Oliver, District Administrator for LADOTD. All overpasses in Iberia Parish were shut down late Tuesday afternoon, forcing drivers to use service roads. And as night fell there were more accidents. Emergency crews blocked off the overpass on Highway 90 in Broussard. If you must head out on the road, be aware of “black ice”. Black ice gets its name because of how it blends in with roads and is especially dangerous because it’s difficult to see from a distance. Be extra vigilant if you must drive for work or emergencies.  

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  • Transportation mess: Major Baton Rouge-area roads, I-10, I-110 closed due to ice - The AdvocateTransportation mess: Major Baton Rouge-area roads, I-10, I-110 closed due to ice - The Advocate

    The AdvocateTransportation mess: Major Baton Rouge-area roads, I-10, I-110 closed due to iceThe AdvocateSnow and ice in southeast Louisiana has shut down most of the area's interstate system as of late Tuesday night. Google Maps. VehicleIce. Buy Now. Law enforcement assists a motorist whose vehicle ran off Interstate 10 near Siegen Lane during wintry ...Major interstate, highway closures tonight - WBRZ.comWBRZRELATED: How to prepare for frigid temperatures in the Baton Rou ...WAFB.comSt.Martinville and Vill Platte residents named as honorees for 59th Annual Charles E. Dunbar, Jr., Career Service AwardFOX 15all 17 news articles »

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  • Wave of lawsuits filed to block net-neutrality repealWave of lawsuits filed to block net-neutrality repeal

    NEW YORK (AP) — The expected wave of litigation against the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net-neutrality rules has begun. A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia sued Tuesday to block the rules. So did Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser, public-interest group Free Press and New America’s Open Technology Institute. Others may file suit as well, and a major tech-industry lobbying group has said it will support litigation. The rules barred companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s push to undo them inspired both street and online protests in defense of the Obama-era rules. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is leading the suit, said Tuesday that the end of the net neutrality rules would hurt consumers and businesses. FCC spokesman Brian Hart declined to comment on the litigation. The lawsuits are part of a multi-pronged approach against the net-neutrality repeal. There are efforts by Democrats to undo the repeal in Congress. State lawmakers have also introduced bills to protect net neutrality in their own states. However, the FCC’s order bars state laws from contradicting the federal government’s approach. The FCC’s new rules are not expected to go into effect until later this spring. THE COURTS Apart from New York, the other attorneys general participating in the lawsuit are from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia. The New York attorney general says the FCC made “arbitrary and capricious” changes to existing policies and was unjustified in departing from the FCC’s long-standing policy of defending net neutrality. The legal challenge could face an uphill battle, however. Antitrust attorney David Balto says the courts have generally shown deference to agencies to set regulations as long as they provide adequate explanations. A court would likely judge that the FCC has the authority to class the internet as an “information service” and invalidate the prior rules, just as the Obama-era FCC had the authority to label internet service a telecommunications utility and regulate it more heavily. The parties may have to file suit again after the FCC’s order is published in the Federal Register. That hasn’t happened yet. The different suits may also be consolidated. REPEAL IN CONGRESS Democrats in the Senate will force a vote on a simple repeal of the FCC’s repeal, using the same law, the Congressional Review Act, that Congress used to undo the Obama-era internet privacy rules. The vote probably won’t happen for a few months. Democrats need a least two Republican votes to pass a repeal in the Senate. Maine’s Republican Sen. Susan Collins has already said she’ll support it. But the resolution would probably run into difficulties in the House, where Republicans have a much bigger majority. And President Donald Trump seems likely to veto it. The White House has said it supports the FCC’s efforts to roll back regulations. However, if net neutrality does become a campaign issue with young voters in the 2018 elections, as some Democrats hope, they could use Republicans’ “no” votes on restoring net neutrality rules to their advantage. STATE BILLS The FCC order bars states and cities from imposing rules on broadband providers that contradict the FCC’s plan. Lawmakers in a number of states are pursuing net-neutrality bills anyway. In New York, a bill would bar the state from contracting with broadband companies that don’t follow net-neutrality principles. In California, one bill would forbid companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from blocking, limiting or interfering with customers’ internet service. Another is similar in its approach to the New York bill, predicating state contracts, and local cable franchises to companies following net-neutrality policies. State lawmakers have also introduced bills in Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Washington, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks state bills. A New Mexico state senator has said he will propose legislation.

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  • House panel subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe showdownHouse panel subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe showdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday refused to answer a broad array of queries from the House Intelligence Committee about his time working for President Donald Trump, provoking a subpoena from the panel’s Republican chairman. The development brought to the forefront questions about White House efforts to control what the former adviser tells Congress about his time in Trump’s inner circle and whether Republicans on Capitol Hill would force the issue in light of the newly issued subpoena from the GOP-controlled panel. The congressional subpoena came the same day The New York Times reported that Bannon — a former far-right media executive and recently scorned political adversary of the president’s — has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a federal grand jury. With the issuance of Mueller’s subpoena, Bannon became the highest-ranking person who served in the Trump White House to be called before a grand jury as part of the special counsel’s investigation. By itself, the move doesn’t confirm that Mueller is presenting evidence to support future criminal charges. But it does show that Mueller is still actively using a grand jury as he probes the actions of Trump, his family and his staff during the campaign, presidential transition and the early months of the administration. Steven Bannon, a former aide to US President Donald Trump, arrived to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed session on Tuesday. (Jan. 16) Congressional officials declined to say whether Bannon disclosed Mueller’s subpoena during an all-day, closed-door interview with members of the House Intelligence Committee. The members grilled Bannon as part of the committee’s investigation into Russian election inference. Lawmakers also wanted answers from him about Trump’s thinking when he fired FBI Director James Comey. But Bannon refused to answer questions about that crucial period, prompting the committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, to issue the subpoena, said Nunes spokesman Jack Langer. Late Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, said Bannon’s refusal to answer those questions came at the instruction of the White House. “This was effectively a gag order by the White House,” Schiff said shortly after Bannon’s interview concluded. Schiff said the committee plans to call Bannon back for a second interview. A spokeswoman for Bannon did not respond to multiple requests for comment Tuesday afternoon. At the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said “no one” had encouraged Bannon not to be transparent during questioning but there’s a “process of what that looks like.” “As with all congressional inquiries touching upon the White House, Congress must consult with the White House prior to obtaining confidential material. This is part of a judicially recognized process that goes back decades,” Sanders told reporters. A White House official said the president did not seek to formally exert executive privilege over Bannon — a move that would have barred him from answering certain questions. The official said the administration believes it doesn’t have to invoke the privilege to keep Bannon from answering questions about his time in the White House. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The House committee had planned to press Bannon on “executive actions” taken by Trump that have drawn interest from congressional investigators prying into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives, said another person, who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record about the closed-door session and spoke on condition of anonymity. Those key elements bear directly on the criminal investigation led by Mueller, who is charged with investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia and whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey or by taking other actions to thwart investigators. The focus on Bannon follows his spectacular fall from power after being quoted in a book saying that he sees the president’s son and others as engaging in “treasonous” behavior for taking a meeting with Russians during the 2016 campaign. In Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” Bannon accuses Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of essentially betraying the nation by meeting with a group of Russian lawyers and lobbyists who they believed were ready to offer “dirt” on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. More recently, Bannon has said he was not referring to Trump Jr. but rather to Manafort. Wolff stands by his account. After the book’s release, Trump quickly disavowed “Sloppy Steve Bannon” and argued extensively there was no evidence of collusion between his presidential campaign and operatives tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Bannon apologized a few days later but was stripped of his job leading the pro-Trump news site Breitbart News. Bannon last year had largely avoided the scrutiny of congressional investigators, who instead focused much of their energy on trying to secure interviews with top witnesses like Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. But Bannon played a critical role in the campaign, the presidential transition and the White House — all periods of time now under scrutiny from congressional investigators looking for possible evidence of a connection between Trump’s operations and Russia.

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  • Residents in Melville grabbed last minute items to prepare for the brave winter weatherResidents in Melville grabbed last minute items to prepare for the brave winter weather

    MELVILLE, La. (KLFY) -Icy weather mixed with snow has been accumulating throughout Acadiana on Tuesday and the icy weather also made a stop in the town of Melville. Some last minute shoppers braved the cold weather and went over to Cannatella’s to pick up some of the essentials, and to better handle the cold. “My husbands at home cooking some red beans,” said one shopper Dana Angona. Wilson Robertson another shopper said: “Oh we gonna cook something. We’ll bake a chicken or boil some beans, or cook some fish or something. We’ll find something to eat.” Robertson added: “I’m not coming back out in it, once I get in the house, it’s going to be over with.

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  • Curfews Across AcadianaCurfews Across Acadiana

    Erath Town under curfew from 7:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Opelousas Opelousas Police has issued from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew. The Opelousas Police Department’s doors are open to women and children unable to find shelter tonight. Elderly residents in need of transportation to the shelter are encouraged to call the department for assistance. The department is located at 398 N Court St, Opelousas, (337) 948-2500. The men’s shelter at 704 W. South Street, will also be open, (337) 948-8865. Evangeline Parish  The parish is under curfew from 8 p.m. tonight through 6 a.m. The curfew includes Ville Platte. Melville Officials are asking residents to stay off the roads. The curfew will start at 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. St Martin Parish Curfew from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Breaux Bridge Curfew from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Kaplan Curfew from 6 p.m. until 7 a.m.

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  • Winter road closuresWinter road closures

    We will update this list as new information becomes available: Lafayette Ambassador Caffery Pkwy at Vermillion River Camelia Blvd at Vermilion River Pinhook Rd at Vermilion River  Crowley John N John Bridge Overpass St. Mary Parish US 90 both east and westbound from the Amelia Bridge to LA 24 (West Main Street) The LA 182 bridge in Amelia is open for now

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  • DOTD tries to prepare roads for freezing temperaturesDOTD tries to prepare roads for freezing temperatures

    LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- As the temperatures drop, drivers need to be cautious about dangerous road conditions. “We’re pretreating the bridges in preparation as the temperatures drop,” says Bill Oliver district administrator for the DOTD in Lafayette. Even with the DOTD preparing the roads Oliver says to avoid driving on the icy roads. “Especially on the bridges, they need to take the foot off the gas and just let the vehicle coast to cross the bridge don’t hit the brakes. Just drive carefully take your time be slow and pay attention,” he says.

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  • Suspicious vehicle sought in connection with two Lafayette Parish murdersSuspicious vehicle sought in connection with two Lafayette Parish murders

    LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- This white Dodge Caliber is suspected to be connected to two men found shot to death in the Lafayette’s city limits and Broussard on Jan. 12.. If anyone has information in reference to this vehicle, please contact the Lafayette Police Department or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS. ORIGINAL STORY: Lafayette Police are working along with Broussard Police on the pair of homicides that happened in both cities. Police are now suspecting that the murders are related. The victim has been identified as Justin Zeno, 28, according to Lafayette police. At about 1 a.m. this morning, Lafayette Police found Justin Zeno shot in a burning vehicle in the 200 block of Belleau Street. Meanwhile, Broussard Police found a man under a renovated home with gunshots to his body. For neighbors like Elizabeth Verrett who live on Regal Street in Broussard, when she heard the news of a body being found under a home under renovation down their street, she didn’t believe it. “If someone was shot or anything, we would’ve heard something because it’s that quiet. It’s very crazy, nothing like this has ever happened,” said Verrett. “First homicide in many years for Broussard,” said Brannon Decou, Broussard Chief of Police. Decou confirms that today’s murder was the city’s first homicide since 2008. “At about 11:45 this (Friday) morning, we received a call in reference to a subject that was found partially beneath a house, that was under construction,” said Decou. While investigators say the cases may be connected, Verrett now says that she’s on guard. “It makes me a bit weary,” she said. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police or Lafayette Crimestoppers at 232-TIPS.    

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  • SLEMCO prepares for weather related power outagesSLEMCO prepares for weather related power outages

    LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Electric company workers are busy preparing for potential power outages. SLEMCO is one of those companies. The company covers nine parishes and has over 109,000 customers.

    KLFY / 7 h. 54 min. ago
  • After scare of fatal fires in cold, Baton Rouge area residents...After scare of fatal fires in cold, Baton Rouge area residents...

    The home on Iroquois Street where a great-grandmother and her two great-grandchildren died in a house fire Jan. 5. Deputy Louisiana State Fire Marshal Mike Doucet installs a smoke alarm for a resident on Sycamore Street, Saturday, January 6, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. While the Fire Marshal's Office has had a program in place to give, free of charge, smoke alarms to those who need them, with a recent spike in fatal house fires, the department is taking to the streets to make sure residents are protected.

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  • Armed man robs Chase bank on Monterrey Boulevard Tuesday ... - The AdvocateArmed man robs Chase bank on Monterrey Boulevard Tuesday ... - The Advocate

    The AdvocateArmed man robs Chase bank on Monterrey Boulevard Tuesday ...The AdvocateA man wearing sunglasses and a bandanna to cover his face robbed a Chase Bank at gunpoint Tuesday morning, said Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr.Police seeking suspect in Tuesday morning bank robbery in Baton ...WBRZBRPD hosting 'Meet The Fleet' recruiting event on January 20 - WAFBWAFB.comBRPD seeking public's help in identifying Tuesday morning bankwww.brproud.comall 5 news articles »

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  • Local startup that predicts potential injuries opening downtown headquartersLocal startup that predicts potential injuries opening downtown headquarters

    Kinesics, a homegrown biotech startup that spun off of the wellness company FITT, is preparing to open its corporate headquarters in downtown Baton Rouge at 440 on Third in the coming months. The company licenses a software program that analyzes the physical mobility of athletes, workers and other users and gives predictive analytics into their health. In other words, the program is designed to determine whether someone could get injured before it happens, among other uses, essentially serving as a risk management product. CEO Gerald Drefahl says Kinesics has already licensed its services, which includes educational programs, to several organizations, and counts Turner Industries and Baton Rouge General as some of its users. The firm has struck deals with several partners in other states, he adds, including in Texas, where ExxonMobil is a user. Daily Report has the full story.  The post Local startup that predicts potential injuries opening downtown headquarters appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

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  • Baton Rouge not weather wimps; arctic blast poses real concern says DPW's Fred Raiford - Greater Baton Rouge Business ReportBaton Rouge not weather wimps; arctic blast poses real concern says DPW's Fred Raiford - Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

    Baton Rouge not weather wimps; arctic blast poses real concern says DPW's Fred RaifordGreater Baton Rouge Business ReportGovernment offices are shut down, schools are closed through Wednesday and all sorts of meetings and events have been canceled in anticipation of a “wintry mix” that is descending on the area as the temperature—though still only around freezing—is ...

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  • Environmental groups sue Bayou Bridge Pipeline company over eminent domain recordsEnvironmental groups sue Bayou Bridge Pipeline company over eminent domain records

    Environmental groups opposing the Bayou Bridge Pipeline today say they have sued to force the company behind the project to turn over records related to eminent domain along the pipeline’s 162-mile route. The groups, including the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper and 350 New Orleans, are suing Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC—a joint venture formed between Energy Transfer Partners and Phillips 66—in the 19th Judicial District Court. They say the company claims to have authority under state law to expropriate private property along the pipeline route. Energy Transfer Partners did not directly address the lawsuit in a statement issued to Daily Report. “As with any infrastructure project, we respect that there are a wide range of opinions. Pipelines, like Bayou Bridge, are heavily regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation for both safety and reliability, and have proven to be the safest, most efficient means of transporting energy resources,” the statement says. “This project has been in development since 2015 and has been carefully vetted by all applicable regulatory agencies and local governments along its route.” The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights is representing the environmental groups. “Eminent domain is an extraordinary and controversial power, and those most often burdened frequently lack the financial means and political clout to protect their rights in the process,” CCR senior staff attorney Pamela Spees says in a statement. “This authority is all the more dangerous and troubling when it is placed in the hands of a powerful corporation that claims it should not be subjected to the same transparency requirements as state agencies exercising that authority.” The lawsuit follows an initial public record request submitted to the company on Dec. 6, a news release says. Lawyers for Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC argue they do not believe that the company is subject to public records laws, the groups say in a news release.  Environmental groups last week filed a federal lawsuit to block the pipeline, which has received its final permits and is slated to start construction soon. The pipeline would extend from Lake Charles to St. James Parish. The post Environmental groups sue Bayou Bridge Pipeline company over eminent domain records appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

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  • News roundup: DOTD, city-parish hosting meetings on proposed closures for Kansas City Southern Railroad maintenance, rehabilitation project … Baton Rouge tech ventures invited to apply for AT&T accelerator program … NYC sues five oil companies for contributing to global warmingNews roundup: DOTD, city-parish hosting meetings on proposed closures for Kansas City Southern Railroad maintenance, rehabilitation project … Baton Rouge tech ventures invited to apply for AT&T accelerator program … NYC sues five oil companies for contributing to global warming

    Crossing over: The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, along with the city-parish, is holding two public meetings on the proposed Mid City street grid impact related to the planned Kansas City Southern Railroad rehabilitation project. The meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at New St. John Baptist Church, 1455 South St., and at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at McKowen Baptist Church, 1255 Louise St. DOTD is proposing to fix 10 railroad street crossings and permanently close six others. Accepting applications: Innovative education technology ventures in the Baton Rouge area can apply for the 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator program. In its fourth year, the program works with companies using technology to strengthen schools and help students succeed. For-profit and nonprofit companies can apply. Chosen participants will receive $125,000 from AT&T and will have access to services and mentors in the ed-tech industry. The application deadline is Saturday, Jan. 27, and the program begins in April. Get more information.   Global warming: New York City is suing five major oil companies, claiming they have contributed to global warming. The city will be seeking billions in the lawsuit to recoup money spent by the city for resiliency efforts related to climate change, Mayor Bill de Blasio says. The defendants in the city’s federal lawsuit are BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell. A BP spokesman declined The Associated Press’ offer to comment. Meanwhile, a Shell spokesman says climate change is a complex issue that should not be addressed by the courts. The other three did not immediately comment. The lawsuit follows the city’s announcement that it plans to divest its pension funds from fossil fuel companies. The post News roundup: DOTD, city-parish hosting meetings on proposed closures for Kansas City Southern Railroad maintenance, rehabilitation project … Baton Rouge tech ventures invited to apply for AT&T accelerator program … NYC sues five oil companies for contributing to global warming appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

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  • Planning commission, zoning meeting canceled; see what else is closed/canceledPlanning commission, zoning meeting canceled; see what else is closed/canceled

    Tonight’s East Baton Rouge Planning Commission meeting is canceled, part of a shutdown of City Hall today and on Wednesday amid a winter weather advisory. The Metro Council Zoning meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday is also canceled. The commission has yet to reschedule the meeting, but will make an announcement once a new date is decided, says Planning Director Frank Duke. The zoning meeting also has yet to be rescheduled, says council administrator Ashley Beck. The Metro Council, by law, must meet to select a new date. A rezoning request for a new location of Southfin Southern Poké, the Hawaiian-inspired restaurant from the founders of City Pork, was on the Planning Commission agenda tonight, as was a request for a Main Event Entertainment location at the Mall of Louisiana. Those projects will likely be delayed until the next time the commission meets. Here are other closures announced as winter weather descends on the region: LSU: The university closed at 3 p.m. today, though the LSU basketball game against Georgia will happen as planned at the PMAC at 6 p.m. “Please use caution if planning to attend the game, as there is a possibility of wintry precipitation and icy roads this evening,” the school says in a statement. Martin Luther King Jr. day events and the Greek Life Task Force meeting scheduled today are postponed. East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries: All locations closed at noon and will remain closed on Wednesday. The book talk with author Randall Ladnier on The Brides of La Baleine, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Main Library at Goodwood, will be rescheduled to a later date. Library hours on Thursday have yet to be determined and will depend on weather conditions. However, the Delmont Gardens Branch will remain closed on Thursday due to repairs being made to its heating system. Neighbors Federal Credit Union: All locations closed at noon. An exact reopening time has yet to be determined. Rotary Club of Baton Rouge: The Wednesday meeting has been cancelled. Guest speaker Anne Skorecki Levy, a Holocaust survivor, will appear at a later date if scheduling permits. The post Planning commission, zoning meeting canceled; see what else is closed/canceled appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

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  • Crescent Bank outsourcing work at Baton Rouge location, laying off 94Crescent Bank outsourcing work at Baton Rouge location, laying off 94

    New Orleans-based financial firm Crescent Bank & Trust is outsourcing the operations at its Baton Rouge call center, a move that will leave 94 local employees without work. “Crescent Bank carefully analyzed this situation and its available options, and it is with regret that I must report to you that the company has decided to substantially reduce its operations at the Baton Rouge Call Center,” the company wrote in a notice to the Louisiana Workforce Commission on Jan. 4. Instead, Crescent Bank will use an offshore call center. The layoffs will take place in March, the company says. The Baton Rouge branch is located on Bluebonnet Boulevard, near Crawfish Aquatics. The company didn’t respond to calls seeking comment this week. —Sam Karlin The post Crescent Bank outsourcing work at Baton Rouge location, laying off 94 appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

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  • New Third Street bar opens for business in downtown Baton RougeNew Third Street bar opens for business in downtown Baton Rouge

    The Bengal Tap Room, a new sports bar and grill located in the Third Street space formerly occupied by The Draft House bar, had a soft opening over the weekend and will begin regular operations next week. Former Overpass Merchant general manager Dustin Malina, who is teaming up with Kalurah Street Grill co-owner Brad Watts and Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar general manager Eric Carnegie on the venture, says the establishment received its liquor license from the state Jan. 12 so the partners quickly decided to open for business in time for the NFL playoff games. “It went well and we had a nice crowd, considering we didn’t really advertise,” Malina says. “It was a great weekend—until the end of the Saints game.” The Bengal Tap Room is located in a 3,000-square-foot space at 421 Third Street that was vacated in October when John Delgado’s Draft House closed. In the adjacent 3,000-square-foot space, previously occupied by Restaurant IPO, Malina and his partners are planning to open a Creole restaurant, Cecilia, with a 6,000-square-foot private event space called The Loft at Cecilia on the building’s second floor. Cecilia will serve lunch and dinner. The Loft at Cecilia will be marketed for receptions, luncheons and corporate parties. Malina says plans are moving forward with the renovation of the Cecilia spaces and he hopes to open there within the next two months. Kalurah Street Grill Executive Chef Kelley McCann will serve as executive chef at Cecilia and design the restaurant’s Creole menu. He will pull double duty, going back and forth between Kalurah Street Grill and the new downtown restaurant. Malina will serve as general manager of both new establishments. —Stephanie Riegel The post New Third Street bar opens for business in downtown Baton Rouge appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

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  • Baton Rouge not weather wimps; arctic blast poses real concern says DPW’s Fred RaifordBaton Rouge not weather wimps; arctic blast poses real concern says DPW’s Fred Raiford

    Government offices are shut down, schools are closed through Wednesday and all sorts of meetings and events have been canceled in anticipation of a “wintry mix” that is descending on the area as the temperature—though still only around freezing—is expected to continue dropping. If it seems like overkill to you, you’re not alone. Facebook posts are full of snickers and snarky comments about our inability in the Deep South to deal with the possibility of frozen participation. But city-parish Director of Transportation and Drainage Fred Raiford says the precautions are necessary and prudent, particularly if Baton Rouge sees rain or sleet, as predicted. “It’s already sleeting in St. Francisville and if what the weather people tell us is right, it will probably be a reality here by around 4 p.m.,” he says. “It will be a little unsafe to be on the roads and you don’t want to be carrying kids home on school buses with ice on the roads.” Already, interstates in the Shreveport area have been shut down because of icy conditions and Raiford says it’s likely overpasses and perhaps, even, highways will be closed in Baton Rouge Wednesday morning because of ice, hence the decision today to close schools and offices tomorrow. Raiford says people have been asking him if it isn’t a bit much all day. “I tell them it’s really not overkill,” he says. “Look, we can’t drive here on a good day. If you get a little bit of weather, the world is going to come to an end. That’s why we’re being a little cautious rather than taking a risk.”   —Stephanie Riegel   The post Baton Rouge not weather wimps; arctic blast poses real concern says DPW’s Fred Raiford appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

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  • DOTD road closuresDOTD road closures

    Keep up to date on DOTD road closures here.

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  • Only in Louisiana: Video captures three 'skiers' on I-10Only in Louisiana: Video captures three 'skiers' on I-10

    BATON ROUGE - No, it's not an out-of-state ski resort, and officials describe this as a terrible idea.During the winter weather Tuesday, three people jumped out of their truck on I-10 westbound on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge and decided to make the best of the slippery road, and the slow-moving traffic. Video from Chris Serio's Facebook page shows the three slipping and sliding while holding onto the back of the pick-up; the video appropriately titled "I10 West Ski Resort."The Basin Bridge was closed shortly after this video was recorded late Tuesday afternoon.Permalink| Comments

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  • Wednesday school closures due to weatherWednesday school closures due to weather

    Lafayette Lafayette Parish public schools and offices will remain closed on Wednesday, January 17. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 17. It will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 18. SLCC will remain closed on Wednesday and will reopen on Thursday. LARC will be closed ARC of Acadiana, Lafayette, Iberia and St. Landry parishes Iberia Parish  Iberia Parish public schools will be closed. Tomorrow night’s school board meeting has not been cancelled. St. Martin Parish  Public schools closed St. Mary Parish  St. Mary Parish public schools will be closed Wednesday Vermilion Parish Public schools are closed Calcasieu Public schools closed Jefferson Davis Public schools closed Acadia Parish  Acadia Parish Parish public schools closed St. Landry Parish St. Landry Parish public schools will be closed CDI Early Head Start and Head Start closed Evangeline Parish Evangeline Parish public schools and administrative offices are will be closed Private School Closures Butterflies and Beyond, Lafayette Lafayette Christian Academy, Lafayette Cathedral Carmel, downtown Lafayette Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School, Jennings Bethel Christian School, Jennings St. Cecilia, Broussard Lafayette Renaissance Charter, Lafayette Acadiana Renaissance Charter, Youngsville United Christian Academy, Lafayette First Baptist Christian School, Lafayette Rayne Catholic Elementary, Rayne P.A.C.E., Lafayette My Child’s Learning Center, Lafayette Episcopal School of Acadiana, both Lafayette and Cade campuses Gethsemane Christian Academy and La Petite childcare, Lafayette Vermilion Catholic, Abbeville Word Ministries Christian Academy, Eunice Academy of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau New Beginnings Christian Academy, Breaux Bridge Family Life Christian Academy, Lafayette V.B. Glencoe Charter School, Glencoe Sacred Heart School, Ville Platte Dreamy Days Child Care and Learning Center, Broussard Northside Christian School, Crowley Westminster Christian Academy, Lafayette and Opelousas Opelousas Catholic School Willow Charter Academy, Lafayette Kids Only II and III, Lafayette Little Miracles Childhood Daycare Center, Lafayette

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  • BR man facing murder, kidnapping, cruelty and drug charges in 2013,...BR man facing murder, kidnapping, cruelty and drug charges in 2013,...

    Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Baton Rouge Police Officers Zac Woodring, left, and Bryan Ballard, right, escort Curtis King from Louisiana State Police compound on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Baton Rouge Police Officers Zac Woodring, left, and Bryan Ballard, right, escort Curtis King from Louisiana State Police compound on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

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  • Crescent Bank closing Baton Rouge call center, laying off 94Crescent Bank closing Baton Rouge call center, laying off 94

    Crescent Bank & Trust , a New Orleans-based financial institution, is closing its Baton Rouge call center in March, a move that will put 94 people out of work. In a layoff notice to the Louisiana Workforce Commission earlier this month, Crescent Bank said it was using an offshore call center to handle the collection operations that had been done in Baton Rouge.

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  • Baton Rouge man facing murder, kidnapping, other charges in 2013, 2105 incidents gets new hearing date - The AdvocateBaton Rouge man facing murder, kidnapping, other charges in 2013, 2105 incidents gets new hearing date - The Advocate

    The AdvocateBaton Rouge man facing murder, kidnapping, other charges in 2013, 2105 incidents gets new hearing dateThe AdvocateA key hearing in the cases of a Baton Rouge man charged with murder, kidnapping, cruelty to a juvenile and drug offenses in separate 2013 and 2015 incidents was postponed Tuesday until March 7. Curtis King, 27, is set to stand trial April 2 on second ...

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  • How cold? Wind chill for Baton Rouge, New Orleans expected in single digits - The AdvocateHow cold? Wind chill for Baton Rouge, New Orleans expected in single digits - The Advocate

    The AdvocateHow cold? Wind chill for Baton Rouge, New Orleans expected in single digitsThe AdvocateWith temperatures plunging across Louisiana Tuesday afternoon, latest forecasts from the National Weather Service indicate just how cold it will feel outside. With a winter weather advisory expected to be in effect for both areas, the wind chill could ...Snow, ice possible Tuesday night in New Orleans metro; hard freeze warning issuedNOLA.comall 890 news articles »

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  • Man shot on Harry Drive in Baton Rouge Tuesday morning, EMS and police say - The AdvocateMan shot on Harry Drive in Baton Rouge Tuesday morning, EMS and police say - The Advocate

    Man shot on Harry Drive in Baton Rouge Tuesday morning, EMS and police sayThe AdvocateA man was shot and wounded Tuesday morning on Harry Drive, according to Emergency Medical Services and Baton Rouge police spokesmen. Story Continued Below. Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said it appeared the man was injured in a lower limb ...

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  • Acadiana freezing weather announcementsAcadiana freezing weather announcements

    News 10 will update this list as we receive announcements throughout the day. Statewide announcements  Due to extreme weather possible as freezing temperatures impact Louisiana, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is announcing that all state offices will close Tuesday, January 16 at noon and remain closed through Wednesday. All agency heads are responsible for determining those essential personnel who should remain on duty or those who should report to alternate work sites, if necessary. State officials continue to monitor conditions throughout the state, and this announcement may be updated. State employees should be aware of the following phone numbers to call, which will be updated: 1 (800) 360-9660 or (225)-342-0498. Lafayette -All parish courthouses in Lafayette, Acadia and Vermilion parishes will be closed tomorrow. -The Lafayette City Court is closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  All trial matters scheduled for January 17, 2018 are cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.  If you were scheduled to be in City Court on January 17, 2018, a notice of your new court date will be mailed to your address of record with the City Court.  In the event that you have changed your address, you should contact the Court at (337) 291-8770, otherwise a warrant may be issued should you fail to appear on your new court date. The City Court will re-open on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. for all scheduled matters. – Lafayette Transit System will not provide transit service on Wednesday January 17. This includes LTS Daytime Fixed Route Service, Night Owl Service and Para-transit Day/Night Services. LTS Daytime Fixed Route Service for today is expected to run until the end of regular route hours. Weather permitting, normal Transit service will resume at 5:45 a.m.on Thursday. -No Lafayette Parish garbage & recycling service on Wednesday. Waste collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. Wednesday customers will receive collection on Thursday; Thursday customers will receive collection on Friday; and Friday customers will receive collection on Saturday. Regularly scheduled collection is expected to resume on Monday, Jan. 22. Lafayette Consolidated Government’s Compost Facility at 400 N Dugas Rd., located off of N. University Ave., will be closed on Wednesday. The facility is expected to reopen at 7 a.m. on Thursday. -Lafayette General Urgent Care Centers (River Ranch, Sugar Mill Pond & Carencro), closing at 4:30 p.m. today. As of now, normal business hours will resume tomorrow, Jan. 17, 2018. -UHC Urgent Care Clinic is closed today. Expected to make a decision regarding possible closure for tomorrow by noon. As of now, we are scheduled to open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow. -UHC Clinics (hospital based), closed today at 2 p.m. and closed tomorrow. -Courthouses in St. Martin, St. Mary and Iberia parishes will be closed.  Duson The Jan. 16 town hall meeting has been canceled. Duson Mayor Johnny Thibodeaux is asking residents to conserve water tonight. Crowley City of Crowley offices will be closed on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 for non-emergency employees and will resume normal operations on Thursday. Charenton St. Mary Parish Water & Sewer Commission #4 is asking its customers to please conserve water and not let their pipes drip. Baldwin Due to the freeze, officials are asking residents are asked to not drip their facets. Instead, drain pipes and shut the valve off. Melville Officials are asking residents to stay off the roads. The curfew will start at 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Vermilion Parish The Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Administrative Offices will be closing today, January 16, at noon in conjunction with the 15th Judicial District Courthouse. Offices will re-open on Wednesday, January 17, for regular business hours unless otherwise noted. Anyone needing any assistance can call the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Patrol Division at (337) 898-4402. Sheriff Couvillon urges all motorists to use extreme caution if traveling on roadways as weather conditions will be deteriorating as the day progresses. Crowley Due to inclement weather conditions and wintery precipitation, City of Crowley offices closed today at noon for non-emergency employees. Franklin City Hall will close today at 2:00 p.m. and will also be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17. Tonight’s council meeting has been canceled and rescheduled for January 23. Opelousas Opelousas Police has issued from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew. The Opelousas Police Department’s doors are open to women and children unable to find shelter tonight. Elderly residents in need of transportation to the shelter are encouraged to call the department for assistance. The department is located at 398 N Court St, Opelousas, (337) 948-2500. The men’s shelter at 704 W. South Street, will also be open, (337) 948-8865. Opelousas city hall and city court will be closed on Wednesday Eunice  Eunice city court will be closed on Wednesday. Evangeline Parish  The parish is under curfew from 8 p.m. tonight through 6 a.m. The curfew includes Ville Platte. Grand Coteau  Grand Coteau’s town hall office will be closed. An employee will be on call. Emergencies call 911 or Grand Coteau Police at (337) 662-3972. Additional closures UL Lafayette will close at 3 p.m. today. Classes that begin before 3 p.m. will be held as scheduled. Classes that usually start at 3 p.m. or later are canceled. Bus service will discontinue at 4 p.m. Students and employees on campus after 4 p.m. can contact the ULPD for assistance. The university is expected to announced an update at about 8 p.m. on the University’s status for tomorrow via email, official University websites, and social media. South Louisiana Community College will close all of its campuses and sites today at 2 p.m.  An announcement about Wednesday, Jan. 17 will be made after 8 p.m. this evening. Remington College Lafayette Campus will be closed at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16. Lafayette Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program will be closed on Wednesday, January 17. Iberia Council on Aging’s services for the elderly are canceled Wednesday, January 17, due to inclement weather.          

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  • Les Miles wraps up third movie role, says he still wants to coach college footballLes Miles wraps up third movie role, says he still wants to coach college football

    Les Miles returned home to Baton Rouge late Monday from San Antonio, Texas, where he’d just wrapped up two weeks of filming his role in an indie film about the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Angry Men. It’s the third movie role, however small, that Miles has had in as many years. Is this the beginning of a new career for the former LSU Tigers head football coach? Likely, not. But it’s a good way to pass the time until another coaching job comes along, Miles says. “The thing I want to do all the time is coach college football,” he says. “But if I’m taking a pause or this is the end of that in some way then I’m going to have fun and do things in life that I’ve always thought about doing.” Miles says acting is fun for him, and though he knows he needs to further hone his thespian skills he doesn’t find it all that difficult. Daily Report has the full story. The post Les Miles wraps up third movie role, says he still wants to coach college football appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

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  • Firefighters install free smoke detectors in Livingston ParishFirefighters install free smoke detectors in Livingston Parish

    DENHAM SPRINGS - While some people might enjoy a free day off Tuesday from work and school, some know the cold weather brings dangerous and deadly problems. This is the third round of frigid weather this year. Each time, it’s left people dead.Just this weekend, a 79-year-old woman died when her home burned to the ground in Livingston Parish. She didn't have a smoke detector. Firefighters are concerned it'll happen again."A lot of people are using space heaters, they're plugging them into extension cords,” said the Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 5 Chief Joe Koczrowski.Koczrowski says this creates the potential for a house to light up in flames. There is something that can protect homeowners; smoke detectors.“Most of the time the smoke is generated first, and the fire can be small and put out a lot of smoke,” said Koczrowski.Since the flood in 2016, Laura Boudreaux's home has been smoke detector-less. She called the fire department, not just for her home, but for her 84-year-old mom's home to have the service installed."It means a lot because you know you're safe, you know that something will sound and wake you up if there is smoke or fire,” said Boudreaux."We're putting one in each bedroom, because the new thing they're teaching people is to sleep with the bedroom closed,” explained Koczrowksi. “If a fire starts in another part of the house, the door creates a barrier that will give you an additional period of time to get out."The State Fire Marshal’s Office is providing the smoke detectors. Since the new year, District 5 has installed nearly 200 smoke detectors in people’s homes. To receive this service, call the Livingston Parish Fire Department at 225-664-1679 and enter extension 4.Permalink| Comments

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  • Opening: Rocca Pizzeria set to start serving on Jan. 24Opening: Rocca Pizzeria set to start serving on Jan. 24

    The Neapolitan-style pizzeria from the genius behind LIT Pizza and Izzo’s Illegal Burrito is opening on Government street next Wednesday. Mid-City’s newest addition will include brick oven pizzas, pastas, salads and other small plates. Rocca will also feature a craft cocktail bar with wines and beers on tap. Follow their Facebook page for more updates […]

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  • News roundup: Dow crosses 26K for first time … Trust in news media at all-time low, poll shows … Citigroup reports $18.3B loss caused by new tax lawNews roundup: Dow crosses 26K for first time … Trust in news media at all-time low, poll shows … Citigroup reports $18.3B loss caused by new tax law

    On the up and up: The Dow Jones continues to soar, crossing 26,000 today for the first time, The Wall Street Journal reports. The blue-chip index gained 206 points. Today’s historic rise builds on the Dow’s 25% gain last year and its seemingly unstoppable climb to start 2018. The rally began in late 2016 as a bet on infrastructure spending, deregulation and tax cuts, but spent 2017 rising on the back of strong corporate earnings growth. Read more. Eroding trust: As the Trump administration continues to accuse major news organization of spreading “fake news,” a new Gallup-Knight Foundation survey of 19,000 U.S. adults finds that trust in the news media is at an all-time low. Even though 84% of those surveyed say the news media has a critical role to play in a democracy, 45% say there’s a great deal of political bias in news coverage, up from 25% in 1989. Republicans were more likely to view the media unfavorably than Democrats. The survey was conducted between Aug. 4 and Oct. 2. See the full results.   Taking a hit: Citigroup is reporting a $18.3 billion loss in the fourth quarter today as the financial conglomerate had to take more than $20 billion in accounting write-downs related to the new tax law. Citigroup’s loss, one of its biggest in its history, was mostly caused by accounting adjustments the bank had to make to bring it into compliance with the new tax law that was enacted last month. Excluding these one-time charges, which were expected by analysts, the bank earned a profit of $3.7 billion, or $1.28 a share. Read more. The post News roundup: Dow crosses 26K for first time … Trust in news media at all-time low, poll shows … Citigroup reports $18.3B loss caused by new tax law appeared first on Baton Rouge Business Report.

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  • Port Allen honors Martin Luther King by renamiing La. 1 in his honorPort Allen honors Martin Luther King by renamiing La. 1 in his honor

    The city commemorated what would have been the 89th birthday for Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday by hosting a dedication ceremony for the renaming of La. 1 in honor of the slain Civil Rights leader.

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  • Better Libraries to Open Branches in LSU’s Middleton LibraryBetter Libraries to Open Branches in LSU’s Middleton Library

    Several well-funded, properly maintained libraries have announced plans to establish pop-up locations in LSU’s dilapidated Middleton Library, easing student and faculty concerns about the aging building’s long-term viability. The announcement followed recent revelations that local restaurant group City Pork will open in the LSU Design Building, furthering a trend of outside companies looking to invest in the university. The East Baton Rouge Parish Library has committed to open inside the Middleton basement. Library Board of Control President Jason Jacob said: “We have long prided ourselves on our collection of non-water-damaged books, and we are excited to provide them to LSU students for the first time.” Jacob said students also will have access to the EBRP Library’s 3-D printer. “Why spend our students’ tuition and fees on building maintenance and faculty retention when we can divert it to athletics and outsource responsibility to people who are good at the academic stuff?” (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=71989&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_666cf4"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-4'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); “They can print whatever designs they bring, although we hope they will choose to create replacement ceiling tiles and foundation repair tools.” Meanwhile, Irvin Mayfield, disgraced former head of the New Orleans Public Library Foundation, said he will establish “Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Library” in the Middleton Library’s first floor. This public service commitment comes as part of Mayfield’s plea agreement to avoid felony charges stemming from recent fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering indictments. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Library will feature a comprehensive collection of jazz recordings spanning every decade and style, as well as weekly quartet concerts. “I respect LSU’s philosophy on library management,” Mayfield said. “Like a master jazz musician, they’re just making it up as they go along.” Details for more tenants are still being negotiated, but LSU President F. King Alexander is excited about the prospects. “We are pioneering a new concept to revive our flagging library: public-public partnerships. Why spend our students’ tuition and fees on building maintenance and faculty retention when we can divert it to athletics and outsource responsibility to people who are good at the academic stuff?” Alexander said. “I can’t wait for students to ‘check out’ the changes we’ve made to the library! “OK, gotta go sell two of my cars to help pay off Matt Canada.”   The post Better Libraries to Open Branches in LSU’s Middleton Library appeared first on The Red Shtick.

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  • Food, drinks & laughs included in new Charity Improv NightFood, drinks & laughs included in new Charity Improv Night

    Laura Siu Planning & Events presents the first Charity Improv Night benefitting the Gardere Community Christian School. Enjoy a night full of laughs with Kenny Nguyen, Chelsea Borruano, Stuart Gray Haddad and The Leather Apron Theatre Co. Visit the Facebook page now for a sneak peak at some of the lineup. The event will be […]

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  • CATS bus service suspended due to icy roadsCATS bus service suspended due to icy roads

    BATON ROUGE - The CATS bus service will be suspended Monday night due to winter weather conditions in Baton Rouge.According to CATS, bus services will suspended as of 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Routes are expected to resume Wednesday morning.Permalink| Comments

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  • New Louisiana law aims to get taxes owed by online shoppersNew Louisiana law aims to get taxes owed by online shoppers

    Online shoppers get ready. Louisiana is beefing up its efforts to collect taxes on purchases made from out-of-state internet retailers. Residents who bought products last year from

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  • 'Buckskin Bill' funeral arrangements announced for Friday in Baton Rouge - The Advocate'Buckskin Bill' funeral arrangements announced for Friday in Baton Rouge - The Advocate

    The Advocate'Buckskin Bill' funeral arrangements announced for Friday in Baton RougeThe AdvocateIn 1956, WAFB-TV children's show host William "Buckskin Bill" Black began closing is program witht he admonition "Remember, Baton Rouge needs a zoo." After the Greater Baton Rouge Zoo opened in 1970, Black asked his young listeners to donate pennies to ...

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  • As snow coats roads in Deep South, Louisiana freeway closesAs snow coats roads in Deep South, Louisiana freeway closes

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Forecasters say snow falling in Louisiana during the pre-dawn hours prompted the closure of an interstate as a winter weather system took aim at other states across the Deep

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  • Police seeking suspect in Tuesday morning bank robbery in Baton RougePolice seeking suspect in Tuesday morning bank robbery in Baton Rouge

    BATON ROUGE - Police are seeking a suspect in connection with a bank robbery that occurred Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge.According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the crime happened around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Chase bank on Monterrey Boulevard.Police a black male suspect walked into the bank with a handgun and demanded money. Officers say he grabbed cash from the registers before fleeing the scene.The robber had a dark complexion, was 40-50 years of age, about 5’10” in height, 170lbs, wearing a green hoodie sweatshirt with a small circle emblem on the left side and blue work slacks.Anyone with information on this robbery is urged to contact the Armed Robbery Division at 389-3845.Permalink| Comments

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  • Icy conditions, crashes keeping state police busy TuesdayIcy conditions, crashes keeping state police busy Tuesday

    WEBSTER PARISH - Icy conditions in North Louisiana are causing a bit of a headache for state police Tuesday.LSP Troops F and G, which operated in the northern sections of state, reported multiple crashes due to ice and snow on the roadways, including several involving 18-wheelers.Police released photos of two crashes along I-20 in Northeast Louisiana, including that of a jackknifed semi truck.In Minden, police had to shut down I-20 W near LA 531after another crash involving an 18-wheeler left debris spread all throughout the median.Police are warning drivers to be cautious as conditions are expected to persist through Thursday.Permalink| Comments

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  • The Latest: Thousands gather in Memphis where King was slainThe Latest: Thousands gather in Memphis where King was slain

    Haitian and pro-Trump protesters yelled at each other from opposing corners just down the street from the president's Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago retreat.

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  • Viral video of Chimpanzee and Mastiff playing is melting hearts nationwideViral video of Chimpanzee and Mastiff playing is melting hearts nationwide

    MIAMI, Fla. - A video of two unlikely friends playing on a couch has taken social media by storm over the past week.On Thursday, the Zoological Wildlife Foundation posted a video of Limbani, a young Chimpanzee, and Bruno, a fully-grown Mastiff, playing with one another.The post from the Florida-based foundation included the caption: "It's always amazing to see two different species love each other and get along so well. There is much to learn from them."That message must have resonated with quite a few people, because the video has been more than 10 million times since the video was posted less than a week ago.The foundation later shared another video of the unique pair, solidifying them as one of the best things to come out of 2018 so far.Permalink| Comments

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  • WATCH: Car slides on black ice, hits cop carWATCH: Car slides on black ice, hits cop car

    PARK HILLS, Ky- Police dash cam video captured the moment a vehicle slid on a stretch of black ice and rammed into an officer's vehicle Monday.Police in Park Hill were called to the scene of  a vehicle that had run off the road Monday afternoon. While an officer was attending to the driver from the first crash, another car lost control and hit the unit.Luckily, the officer was outside of the unit when the crash took place.Authorities say the no injuries were reported in either crash.Permalink| Comments

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  • No garbage pick-up in East Baton Rouge WednesdayNo garbage pick-up in East Baton Rouge Wednesday

    BATON ROUGE - The mayor-president's office has announced that Wednesday's garbage and recycling pick-up has been canceled.Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's office announced the closure Tuesday afternoon. Officials attributed the cancellation to icy road conditions. The city-parish landfill will also be closed Wednesday.Garbage and recycling services are expected to resume Thursday.Permalink| Comments

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  • All BREC parks to close at 1 p.m. TuesdayAll BREC parks to close at 1 p.m. Tuesday

    BATON ROUGE - As south Louisiana prepares for extreme weather conditions and freezing conditions, BREC has announced plans to close all BREC facilities at 1 p.m. Tuesday. They will and remain closed through Wednesday, Jan. 17.While most BREC facilities will reopen Thursday morning, golf courses will reopen around noon on January 18. The Zoo will also close this afternoon and will monitor conditions on Wednesday afternoon.BREC is working with emergency officials and has identified shelter locations should they be needed by the public. Employees who are responsible for the care and feeding of animals will continue their work as will other essential personnel.BREC officials will continue to monitor the weather and update this announcement as necessary.Permalink| Comments

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  • Elderly man's truck veers off roadway, crashes into canal near Central ThruwayElderly man's truck veers off roadway, crashes into canal near Central Thruway

    CENTRAL- Officials are responding to a vehicle trapped in a canal on the Central Thruway.The incident occurred Tuesday morning on the Central Thruway over Beaver Bayou, north of Frenchtown Road.The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says a 70-year-old was taken to the hospital after his truck ran off the roadway.Check back for updates.Permalink| Comments

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  • Emergency crews on scene of Lovett Road fireEmergency crews on scene of Lovett Road fire

    BATON ROUGE- Emergency crews have extinguished what appeared to be a travel trailer fire on Lovett Road Tuesday morning.The fire was reported in the 13000 block of Lovett Road. No injuries were reported.Check back for updates.Permalink| Comments

    WBRZ / 23 h. 40 min. ago
  • Firefighters respond to fire on Burgess DriveFirefighters respond to fire on Burgess Drive

    BAKER- Crews responded to a house fire Tuesday morning.According to the Baker Fire Department, the incident took place around 11 a.m. on Burgess Drive near Trotter Drive.No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.Permalink| Comments

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  • Bitter cold, possible snow in Baton Rouge: See school closings, forecast, radar, moreBitter cold, possible snow in Baton Rouge: See school closings, forecast, radar, more

    Starting around 9 a.m. temperatures will begin to plunge in the Baton Rouge area as a strong cold front moves through. Highs might only reach the upper 30s, and that will occur in the morning, the National Weather Service says.

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  • Southern sweeps two-game road trip, extends winning streak and moves to first place in SWACSouthern sweeps two-game road trip, extends winning streak and moves to first place in SWAC

    Southern senior forward Briana Green attempts a shot at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of Southern Athletics. ...

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  • Frigid forecast prompts University High-Parkview soccer delay, LHSAA area meeting changesFrigid forecast prompts University High-Parkview soccer delay, LHSAA area meeting changes

    Want to know a way to delay two of the hottest soccer matchups of the season? Or how to get the LHSAA to juggle its schedule of preconvention area meetings? Add a forecast for frigid weathe

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  • Pelicans fend off loss in New York, set sights during road trip on the East's best CelticsPelicans fend off loss in New York, set sights during road trip on the East's best Celtics

    New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis, left, and DeMarcus Cousins react after Davis scored the tying basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, Jan

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  • 'Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery' goes for the laughs in new Theatre Baton Rouge show'Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery' goes for the laughs in new Theatre Baton Rouge show

    It's elementary, dear boy, 'Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery,' starring Ronald Coats, left, as Dr. Watson and Tyler Grezaffi as Sherlock Holmes is a hoot....

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    BATON ROUGE- All remaining Tuesday departures have been canceled at the Baton Rouge Airport.The airport announced the cancelations in a tweet Tuesday afternoon, noting that some flights are still scheduled to arrive Tuesday night.Additionally, flights to and from Houston, Texas through United Airlines were canceled earlier in the day for both Baton Rouge and New Orleans Airports.Earlier this morning, an inbound flight to Baton Rouge from Virginia was diverted to Ohio due to weather. To check BTR flights, click here.Permalink| Comments

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  • BRFD: Tips to prevent heating equipment firesBRFD: Tips to prevent heating equipment fires

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  • 'Walking in love': Baton Rouge women touched by Alton Sterling ... - The Advocate'Walking in love': Baton Rouge women touched by Alton Sterling ... - The Advocate

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  • 'Silence is not an option': service, calls for action ignite Baton Rouge ... - The Advocate'Silence is not an option': service, calls for action ignite Baton Rouge ... - The Advocate

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  • A glance at LSU's 2018 roster: With Garrett Brumfield announcing his return, we look at each positionA glance at LSU's 2018 roster: With Garrett Brumfield announcing his return, we look at each position

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  • Some Baton Rouge-area schools closing as possible winter weather approachesSome Baton Rouge-area schools closing as possible winter weather approaches

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  • Budget for Glen Oaks High flood repairs shrinks, but much still up in airBudget for Glen Oaks High flood repairs shrinks, but much still up in air

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  • The Latest: Protesters clash in front of Trump retreatThe Latest: Protesters clash in front of Trump retreat

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  • Volunteer Opportunity for MLK DayVolunteer Opportunity for MLK Day

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  • Three Louisiana women touched by the Alton Sterling killing and...Three Louisiana women touched by the Alton Sterling killing and...

    Trenisha Jackson, widow of Baton Rouge police Cpl. Montrell Jackson, holds their child Mason Jackson, as she arrives to view his casket at the Living Faith Christian Center in Baton Rouge, La., on July 25, 2016.

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  • Restaurant Week has Arrived!Restaurant Week has Arrived!

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  • Smiley: We all marched with BuckskinSmiley: We all marched with Buckskin

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  • Families affected by violence to have MLK Day conversationFamilies affected by violence to have MLK Day conversation

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  • Ask The Advocate: Questions on litter concerns and drainage studyAsk The Advocate: Questions on litter concerns and drainage study

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  • Three more Baton Rouge Magnet High students earn perfect scores on...Three more Baton Rouge Magnet High students earn perfect scores on...

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  • Baton Rouge pair reign over New Orleans' Isis ballBaton Rouge pair reign over New Orleans' Isis ball

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  • Xin (Shane) Li Envisions a New Computer-Powered Era in Forensic ReconstructionXin (Shane) Li Envisions a New Computer-Powered Era in Forensic Reconstruction

    Content Provided by our sponsor: TEDxLSU. LSU computer engineering professor Xin (Shane) Li is leveraging the power of computer graphics and artificial intelligence to advance the field of forensic science. As the head of the Geometric and Visual Computing Group at LSU, he works with his team to develop and apply 3D visual data processing and analysis technologies to various forensic, medical and health tasks. Through his work with the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Laboratory, Xin strives to digitally restore human skulls and reconstruct faces of unidentified bodies to help forensic investigations. A native of China and graduate of SUNY Stonybrook, he joined the LSU faculty in 2008 and today is an associate professor jointly in the Division of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Center for Computation & Technology. Xin also serves as an adjunct professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. We recently sat down with Xin to discuss his work and life. Read some highlights of the conversation below. What are some problems you hope to solve with computers? We are building a program to help forensic anthropologists reconstruct a face from a skull to help identify a body. Currently, this is done manually by forensic anthropologists and it usually takes several days to finish a reconstruction of a skull. When we convert everything into digital environments, this can be done more objectively and in a more efficient way. In our developed platform, the computers can restore damaged or fragmented skulls, assess the skull’s ancestry, and do facial reconstruction. Are forensic science shows like Bones close to reality? Well, currently reconstructions are actually done manually. It’s not like the show where everything is already automatic. We are actually trying to make that a reality. What are some of your favorite projects you’ve worked on? There are quite a few. Beside the forensic reconstruction, we also worked on various robotic, medical, and engineering projects. We built prototype iRobots carrying cameras serving as their eyes to navigate around an unknown indoor environment and automatically reconstruct the floor plan. We collaborated with medical doctors to build the image-guided lung tumor motion tracking system, which could be used to help the next generation of lung cancer radiotherapy treatment. We helped scientists from USDA to develop image-based computerized cotton Barre classification and grading. We also worked with civil engineers to reconstruct flood hydrographs for Hurricane Harvey using images from various media sources. You mentioned that you play ping pong and belong to a ping pong club – can you tell us more about it? In China in the 80s and 90s, everyone played table tennis on a stone table, but having a lot of fun playing it on a stone table. About four years ago we got a ping pong table in the LSU CCT Center and I had the chance to play again occasionally some Friday afternoons. Then I went to the Baton Rouge Table Tennis Club and started more serious practice. Now, I play weekly and get ranked in tournaments. How do you collaborate successfully with people with different specialties? This usually starts from casual discussions. We need to learn a little bit about the background. Then, we try to translate those domain languages into mathematical models that computer scientists are familiar with. Computer programs can develop from there. Why are you interested in visual computing? These techniques allow us to digitally model and analyze our surrounding physical world. This is often the first step to convert the scenes or objects from our physical worlds into digital representations that can be recognizable by the computers. These techniques are very applied and are changing our daily life by making many things easier. If you weren’t doing this career, what would you be doing? I think I always wanted to be a computer scientist, so I never thought about it before. Even when I was a kid, I was really interested in this, so probably still some computer science-related thing. To learn more about Xin or about TEDxLSU 2018, follow TEDxLSU on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Reserve your seat now to listen to his talk, as well as the talks of all of the other TEDxLSU 2018 speakers. The post Xin (Shane) Li Envisions a New Computer-Powered Era in Forensic Reconstruction appeared first on [225].

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  • Rebecca Christofferson Sheds Light on Virus Transmission Through Mosquito ResearchRebecca Christofferson Sheds Light on Virus Transmission Through Mosquito Research

    Content Provided by our sponsor: TEDxLSU. Rebecca Christofferson, Assistant Professor of Pathobiological Sciences with the Vector-borne Disease Laboratories at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and TEDxLSU 2018 speaker, investigates potentially deadly viruses transmitted through mosquitoes. Much of Christofferson’s research focuses on how and when mosquitoes carry viruses to uncover the patterns that dictate why and when humans get sick. She is a leading researcher on the Zika virus, which has spread to more than 60 countries in South and Central America, as well as the United States. In 2016, Rebecca was awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences/National Institutes of Health to study the transmission of the Zika and chikungunya viruses. We recently chatted with Rebecca to discuss her life and work. Read some of the highlights of the conversation below. Why do you study mosquitoes? I like mosquito-borne diseases because I like puzzles. When you add an environment or a vector, which are mosquitoes, it increases the level of engagement you must have. I find it stimulating. What’s the relationship like between humans and mosquitoes? The relationship between humans and mosquitoes is love-hate. Everybody hates mosquitoes because they bite, but they’re an integral part of the food web. Birds and bats eat them. In the larval stage, some fish eat them. I love them for job security, so I talk nice to them as much as possible. In developing nations, where a lot of neglected tropical diseases that I work on are transmitted, there isn’t much infrastructure to dampen transmission. In those areas mosquitoes are less of a nuisance and more of a public health problem. What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? The mosquitoes that I study like to breed in graveyards, and I like graveyards. My family is from Opelousas, Louisiana, where I spent most of my childhood with my grandparents. My grandma’s yard shared a fence with the St. Landry Parish graveyard. It’s got all these big mausoleum-type graves, and my brother and I would go play there. When we started bringing friends, we found out that was weird. The graveyard dates back to the 1700s, so it’s cool to think about all the people there and their stories. My grandma would regale us with these, I’m sure fictional, tales of people. But we were enthralled still. What’s your alternate reality career? I like to tell stories, so at one point I envisioned myself as a novelist — but as you see I am not doing that. What’s a common misconception about mosquitoes? A common misconception about mosquitoes is that they’re useless. They are not useless. In addition to feeding birds and bats, they actually are pollinators. The males only drink nectar from flowers. The females, when they’re not trying to produce eggs, also have a role in pollination. I’d argue they are a vital part of the food web and important to their ecosystems. What virus interests you the most? African Swine Fever is my favorite because it’s a DNA virus that can be transmitted by ticks, but I don’t study it because it’s a level-four pathogen. These viruses are carried by fomites, or pigs and wild boars. They can be transmitted directly, so it’s like transmission system upon transmission system upon transmission system, which makes it the ultimate puzzle. Which virus that you study is your favorite? My favorite virus that I work on is Zika, because it’s easy to work with because it infects mosquitoes well. But my favorite virus to say is O’nyong’nyong — which is a virus primarily in Africa that can cause prolonged arthritis. If you could switch jobs with another TEDxLSU speaker, who would it be and why? I think it would be Helen Gillet because my dad is an upright bass player, and I grew up with jazz. When other kids were listening to 90s grunge, I was listening to Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd. I’d like to give that a day. I’m sure everybody would push me back and be like, “No, go back to mosquitoes.” Graveyard fun fact: Bill Evans is buried in Roselawn Cemetery here in Baton Rouge. What can communities learn from your research? If my research were to be 100 percent successful, I will have informed people that when you urbanize Burbank in Baton Rouge or an African city, you have to take a macro approach. You have to look at the environment. How will that impact the health of the people you’re trying to bring into these regions? There’s a buzzword, One Health, which says that you can’t have human health unless you take care of animal and environmental health. This concept is 100% accurate and in order to protect our (human) health, we have to be good stewards of the planet. To learn more about Rebecca or about TEDxLSU 2018, follow TEDxLSU on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Reserve your seat now to listen to her talk, as well as the talks of all of the other TEDxLSU 2018 speakers. The post Rebecca Christofferson Sheds Light on Virus Transmission Through Mosquito Research appeared first on [225].

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  • Weekend Live Music LineupWeekend Live Music Lineup

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  • Local Legend Buckskin Bill Dies at Age 88Local Legend Buckskin Bill Dies at Age 88

    Longtime children’s show legend and William “Buckskin Bill” Black has passed away. Buckskin Bill was most known for his features on “Storyland” and “The Buckskin Bill Show.” Many who grew up in Baton Rouge will remember his “Morning March” and guessing game “Hully Gully.” According to BR Proud he was also a large advocate for […]

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  • Louisiana Street Food Festival Hits Baton RougeLouisiana Street Food Festival Hits Baton Rouge

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  • The Red Shtick Podcast, Episode 240: “Why Baton Rouge Can’t Have Nice Things”The Red Shtick Podcast, Episode 240: “Why Baton Rouge Can’t Have Nice Things”

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  • Closing: Sam’s Club at CortanaClosing: Sam’s Club at Cortana

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  • City Pork to open new location at LSUCity Pork to open new location at LSU

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  • 10 Questions with Heidi Berthelot of Twisted Oak Boutique10 Questions with Heidi Berthelot of Twisted Oak Boutique

    Combining a love for community with trendy tween fashion, Port Allen’s newest boutique, Twisted Oak, is changing the fashion game for girls across the river. With two daughters of her own, owner Heidi Berthelot came up with the idea for a store that combined both style and accessibility for her West Baton Rouge friends and “dance mom” family. And though Twisted Oak celebrated its grand opening only a few weeks ago, Berthelot and her team are starting a tween fashion revolution by using the store as a platform to raise up aspiring young creators and visionaries. We sat down with Berthelot to learn more about her inspiration and the realities behind boutique ownership. 1. What is a typical day like for you and your team? A typical day for us starts with a must-have: Dr. Pepper! Next, we put out all of our new arrivals, check social media and pull items people have asked us to hold.  Then, we open the doors ready to greet all the fabulous girls and help them find the perfect outfit and accessories. We close out with a plan for the next day and some cleaning up. 2. What is your professional background? Before opening this boutique, I was an X-ray technologist on an as-needed basis for a great company for 13 and a half years. Although the medical field is far different from retail, I am finding a lot of the same people skills I developed have become very useful in my new role. I am excited to continue to learn new things not only about working in retail but also in owning my own business. It’s a challenge I am definitely up for. How did you get into tween fashion and retail? My two daughters, Avery (11) and Aubrey (7), are very involved in dance on the competitive level. With that comes a lot of practice time for them at the studio and lots of social time for the other “dance moms” and me. In that time, we talk a lot about different things our daughters are facing as they get older. One thing that kept coming up over and over was the lack of age-appropriate clothing that isn’t too baby or too old and that could fit them in this “hard-to-fit” stage of life. I kept thinking, I can do this! I can provide a tween boutique on our side of the river so no one would have to cross the bridge just to find something their child could wear. Gradually, the business started taking shape and became more than an idea. It became a dream I was determined to see through. I knew I could shop for cute clothes; however, the trick was operating a business. Luckily, my husband knows a thing or two about business operation, and he was supportive of my idea. Also, I have my girls to ask for advice when shopping for the store, since they are the age of my target customers and love it as much as I do. Throughout the whole process, everyone has been so encouraging and unbelievably helpful, making the dream of the store become a reality. 3. What are the first things customers see when they walk through the doors? The first thing customers see when they walk through the door is a smiling face, the perfect blend of modern and rustic decor to complement the cutest racks of clothing, as well as our very cool built-in piece displaying all of our shoes, bags and some of the most popular accessories. Finally, customers can shop all the latest jewelry trends on our unique “table” display. 4. What sets your store apart? Twisted Oak stands out from other “tween” boutiques because of its location. West Baton Rouge Parish is growing at a very rapid pace, and with that comes traffic woes. Often times, I have heard the word “trapped” regarding the ability to freely cross the bridge into Baton Rouge. I like the idea that people will eventually not need to look to Baton Rouge for these simple needs. Twisted Oak, all the westside businesses new and old, as well as all of our town and parish leaders are really working hard to make West Baton Rouge a viable standalone parish without depending on Baton Rouge or other bigger cities. We are excited to be a part of this change by providing great quality products here locally. Another thing I feel sets us apart is the style of clothing we have. Everything is age appropriate yet very stylish. Growing up here and being very involved in school and dance activities has provided me opportunities to meet a lot of people, which has been helpful in deciding on outfits even when the girl may not be present. I have an idea of their style and personality as well as the ability to judge a size when someone is purchasing a gift or they simply are not there to try on. 5. What is one thing you think customers should know about your store that they may not be aware of? One thing I think our customers will be excited about knowing is, starting in January, we will have a spotlight table set up in store. This table will be solely for young entrepreneurs looking to follow their dream. From making jewelry to painting, we want to help young dreamers get their name out by showing them some of the support that has been given to us. We will help them market their table on social media, and 100% of the money made will be going to the entrepreneurs to keep their businesses going. 6. How do you keep your store’s inventory fresh and up to date? We keep our inventory new and exciting by attending market and following the latest trends in clothing and accessories. We really try to listen to all of our customers’ input, feedback and suggestions and incorporate that into what we are buying. 7. Can you share a hint about what shoppers will see in your store next? Right now, our customers can expect to see the start of our transition into all things spring. We will be introducing brighter colors, fun accessories and getting into super-cute swimwear. We will be gearing up to provide all the great things for spring break, and there will even be a rack of Mardi Gras apparel with some fun things for Valentine’s Day as well. 8. When did Twisted Oak Boutique open, and how has it grown or changed since then? Twisted Oak made its very first debut at Hollydays in October 2017.  It was a great opportunity to get our name out there and work out some minor bugs before officially opening December 5, 2017. Even though it has only been a few weeks, we have grown so much in that short time. Social media has played a huge part in our growth and will continue to do so. We are so excited for all the new changes and even more growth that is soon to come. We are absolutely in love with the building space and are so blessed to have the opportunity to be right next door to Mingle. 9. What are a few must-have items this season? A few must-have items as we round out the winter season are some of our most comfy PJ shorts in fun prints, super-soft tops and tunics that can be dressed up or down, as well as versatile boots and booties. 10. What are some of your best-selling products? Our best-selling products so far have been some beautiful dresses for the holiday season, the most comfortable and cute pair of Steve Madden sneakers, and, of course, bath bombs and squishies. To see what Twisted Oak is up to, as well as to get an inside look at the newest tween trends, visit twistedoakboutique.com or shop at the store’s Port Allen location. The post 10 Questions with Heidi Berthelot of Twisted Oak Boutique appeared first on inRegister.

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  • Arts around town: Maurice Sendak exhibition at EBRPL, Jewish Film Festival wraps up, and moreArts around town: Maurice Sendak exhibition at EBRPL, Jewish Film Festival wraps up, and more

    The East Baton Rouge Parish Library Children’s Service Department will feature a special exhibition from next Tuesday, January 16, through February 25, celebrating the work of the children’s book illustrator and writer Maurice Sendak, who is widely known for his most famous work Where the Wild Things Are. The exhibition, Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, Works, Reasons, will be on display in the Children’s Room of the Main Library at Goodwood and will include 50 of the artist’s works as well as comments from celebrities, authors and more. In addition, the library will also be presenting a series of Sendak-themed events throughout the months of January and February, including a Wild Rumpus for Kids on January 27 and a movie marathon on February 10. For more information, visit ebrpl.com. The Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival continues this week with showings of three films at the Manship Theatre. Today, Thursday, January 11, explore the obstacles of self-discovery with Rachel Israel’s 2017 film Keep The Change, which follows a grown man with autism as he finds himself facing romance. Saturday, January 13, the film Denial takes a different look at the Holocaust when an author is sued by a Holocaust denier and must prove the truth of the heinous happenings. Wrapping up the festival with a 3 p.m. Sunday, January 14, showing is Norman, a star-studded Joseph Cedar film which offers keen observations of Middle Eastern politics through the character study of a likable New Yorker. For tickets, visit manshiptheatre.org. LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum is hosting its annual symposium this Saturday, January 13, at the LSU Design Auditorium from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. With the theme “Planting in a Post-Wild World,” the symposium will feature a lecture by Claudia West on the future of planting design. Tickets are available here. The Walls Project’s MLK Festival of Service will take place from this Friday, January 12, through Monday, January 15, along a 2-mile stretch of Scenic Highway from Airline Highway to Swan Avenue. Working to bring the community together through creative projects to beautify the landscape of Baton Rouge, volunteers will have the opportunity to paint buildings, garden, create murals and more. To get involved, visit the event page here. Next Wednesday, January 17, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge presents Arturo Sandoval on the Manship Theatre stage as part of the River City Jazz Masters series. Sandoval’s Cuban American heritage strongly influences his music, producing a blended sound on both trumpet and piano. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are available through Manship Theatre. Opéra Louisiane is hosting Sing and Swing this Friday, January 12, at the Crowne Plaza starting at 7:30 p.m. The fundraising event will feature local celebrities performing karaoke with a live band as well as dining, dancing and more. For ticket information, visit operalouisiane.com. The East Baton Rouge Parish Library and Louisiana Public Broadcasting will present a free screening of the documentary film I Am Not Your Negro at the Main Library at Goodwood on Sunday, January 14. The 6:30 p.m. screening will be immediately followed by a panel discussion in the Large Meeting Room. The film, an Academy Award-nominated masterpiece based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House, is a cinematic exploration of racism in the United States. For more information, visit ebrpl.com. Now through February 28, the West Baton Rouge Museum is presenting the work of J. Nash Porter in his exhibition Mardi Gras Indians. The curated selection of vibrant photographs follows the long-standing traditions of both New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians as well as second line groups. The Baker Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library is hosting a screening of American Experience: Citizen King in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. this Saturday, January 13. The film, which aims to uncover the truth behind King’s historic story, will be accompanied by a discussion with Southern University history professor Charles Vincent. Author Randall Ladnier will be at the Main Library at Goodwood next Wednesday, January 17, to discuss his book The Brides of La Baleine, which examines the genealogy of the young women who arrived in Biloxi in 1721. The lecture is free and open to the public. The post Arts around town: Maurice Sendak exhibition at EBRPL, Jewish Film Festival wraps up, and more appeared first on inRegister.

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  • Designer tip: Claire Major on mixing it upDesigner tip: Claire Major on mixing it up

    Claire Major. Photo by Melissa Oivanki. In design, there is a tendency to limit a space within the confines of a particular style or aesthetic. Claire Major of Artvark, Ltd. LLC, however, encourages homeowners to step out of their comfort zones by bringing together old and new. “Mixing styles, textures and accessories– from brand new to treasured keepsakes–gives a space more punch, makes it feel more lived in than all brand new.” Major updates traditional-style rooms by mixing up key elements and giving the spaces a more interesting feel, as well as a more urban look. “I love a hodgepodge with a bit of all styles, accessories, periods and finds. Throw in really modern pieces, like contemporary art, or a 1940s chair (yes, we get the modern look from our predecessors!).” In incorporating the old with the new, Major explains that some simple steps can elevate a room’s impact dramatically. “Change the paint color,” she suggests. “If you have many antiques, then chances are, there are many dark pieces, so lighten up or neutralize the walls. You might even add an accent of wallpaper on one wall that is not traditional.” To really add a special touch of personality to the space, Major encourages homeowners to pick out less expensive antiques and to paint them a new color. This 1970s kitchen features an antique table and chairs. In arranging the room, Major mixed textures with woven grass shades, metal pendants, frosted glass doors and antique china. Photo courtesy Claire Major. And when looking at the overall layout of a room, Major says that homeowners shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with furniture placement. “We seem to rely too heavily on the standard sofa, love seat, club chair, coffee table and end tables in a square-ish setting,” she says .”Why not divide a room up into vignettes, creating multiple functioning areas? Add chairs and small accent tables scattered around. Make one area for visiting or reading, and one for watching TV or sitting by the fireplace.” To find just the right eclectic items to suit your personality and lifestyle, Major suggests shopping in different places, including flea markets and estate sales. “Order a new table or chair, but look for ‘found objects’ too,” she says. “When you travel, pick up indigenous pieces. And above all, collect art–original art, but art of any kind. Mixing it up will create a more homey space and one that wows your guests.” To learn more about Artvark and Major’s trend of breaking design molds, check out this article and this article from inRegister’s archives. The post Designer tip: Claire Major on mixing it up appeared first on inRegister.

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  • From the January issue: Calligraphy classes for brides-to-beFrom the January issue: Calligraphy classes for brides-to-be

    When Margaret Corley Nelson of Proper Prints set out on a mission to train herself in the art of pen and ink five years ago, she found no local resources available. Using online videos and diving into the literature, she quickly emerged as a self-taught calligraphist. After experiencing the lack of calligraphy resources in Baton Rouge for herself, she decided she wanted to share her craft with others through classes at places like Blackbird Letterpress and The Keeping Room. “The classes are something that I didn’t have, and I want people to be able to have access to it,” Nelson says. She believes that being able to incorporate calligraphy into things like wedding invitations adds an invaluable sense of intimacy and beauty to a celebration in details that are often overlooked. “When you get a hand-addressed envelope … it makes an impact,” she says. Nelson hopes that her classes can give others the ability to express themselves in that profound way through the art of pen and ink, through the handwritten word. To read more about Nelson and her work in calligraphy, check out this story from inRegister’s January issue, on newsstands now. The post From the January issue: Calligraphy classes for brides-to-be appeared first on inRegister.

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  • Sales roundup: Winter Wipeout at Wanderlust by Abby, LSU Textile Museum’s Red Carpet Sale, and moreSales roundup: Winter Wipeout at Wanderlust by Abby, LSU Textile Museum’s Red Carpet Sale, and more

    Throughout the month of January, Wanderlust by Abby is holding its Winter Wipeout Sale with 50% off the entire store and 75% off all things Christmas. NK Boutique’s “biggest tent sale ever” starts today, Thursday, January 11, at the Corporate Boulevard location, with racks as low as $25 as well as special deals on shoes, handbags and other accessories. The LSU Textile and Costume Museum is hosting a Red Carpet Collection Sale this Sunday, January 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the LSU Human Ecology Building. The unique sale will feature designer and vintage formalwear as well as evening accessories, furs and wraps. S’well bottles are buy one, get one free at Merci Beaucoup. Catch up on Christmas thank-you notes with greeting cards and stationary 50% off this week, January 10 through 13, at The Royal Standard. Select cocktail dresses are 50% off at Chatta Box Boutique. Winter styles are up to 80% off at Hemline Towne Center. Love’s winter sale is going on now, with racks up to 50% off. Fall and winter clothes as well as activewear are on sale at Currie. Lukka’s Winter Blowout Sale is going on now, with winter items 50-75% off. All fall and winter merchandise at Russo Ross is on sale for 30%, 50% or 80% off. B Kids is hosting a winter sale with 50% off winter styles and boots, as well as a $10 rack and $5 basket. When you consign your ball gowns with Swap Boutique this Mardi Gras season, you’ll receive 50% commission. Visit Two Blondes before the store closes its doors at the end of January and enjoy 50% off all merchandise at the Farewell Sale. Pearson’s Travel World Evolution Sale continues with luggage 25% off, gifts 40% off, and all clearance items 70% off. Keep an eye out for special 20%-off sales at Giggles every weekend in January. Bella Bella is offering half off of half the store, as well as 25% off boots and booties. All shoes in stock at Oh Pair Children’s Shoe Boutique are 30-70% off. Until January 29, when you buy one embossed graphics item at Paper n’ Things, you get one free. Visit Rush Salon’s Facebook Page to see all the special Mardi Gras hair and makeup packages. Are you a Baton Rouge retailer with an upcoming sale or special event? Email editor@inregister.com with details to be featured in an upcoming Sales Roundup. The post Sales roundup: Winter Wipeout at Wanderlust by Abby, LSU Textile Museum’s Red Carpet Sale, and more appeared first on inRegister.

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  • W.O.W.: Danielle de Mond & Eric FeyW.O.W.: Danielle de Mond & Eric Fey

    Wedding of the Week: June 10, 2016 Photographer: Karina Jensen Videographer: HDC Photo Ceremony location: Kukua Restaurant Beach Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Reception venue: Kukua Restaurant Beach Club Coordinator: Bego Celaya Caterer: Kukua Restaurant Beach Club Cake: Cake Studio Bavaro Florist: Kukua Restaurant Beach Club Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Bridal gown: Badgley Mischka, Blanc Bridal Couture Bridesmaid dresses: Blush Bridal Rings: For bride, family heirloom; For groom, Roussel’s Jewelry Hair: Jazmin Abad Brito Makeup: Allyson Baudouin Band/Entertainment: HOTS Productions Honeymoon: Italy   The post W.O.W.: Danielle de Mond & Eric Fey appeared first on inRegister.

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  • Party Gras: Local boutiques reveal how to take on ball season in styleParty Gras: Local boutiques reveal how to take on ball season in style

    For Baton Rouge residents, Mardi Gras is all sorts of things. It’s a holiday we cherish that most Americans don’t understand. It’s trips to New Orleans to catch beads and dance behind floats. Elsewhere, second lines are strange. Here in Louisiana, they are sacrosanct. Mardi Gras is local parades with your neighbors and wish-it-would-never-end amounts of king cake. And more importantly, it’s ball season. Like summer and winter, ball season has a wardrobe of its own. Invitations to each ball are sent out likely with a dress code unlike regular parade attire. For women, find a floor-length gown and steer clear of white (that’s for the debutantes). Sounds easy enough, right? For some, putting together the perfect ensemble can be a challenge; that’s why this year we reached out to local boutiques to find out how they would style their ideal ball outfit. At Lukka Boutique on Highland Road, style is synonymous with both feminine and classic. The boutique houses a plethora of designer garments from brands like Halston Heritage and Nanette Lepore. For Michele Percy, senior buyer and partner at Lukka, the perfect ensemble goes the whole nine yards. Ellura heel by Pour La Victoire “We think the perfect ball ensemble would be a metallic gown to the floor by Halston, accessorized with a piece such as a fabulous fur or mixed metal jewelry,” says Percy. “We always love a statement necklace with a bare neckline.” After securing the perfect gown and jewels, Percy suggests that the right bag and shoe completes the look. “You finish off the look with a beaded clutch and a strappy heel by Pour la Victoire or Halston,” adds Percy. Statement clutch by Edie Parker Rodéo Boutique’s location on Highland Road makes the shop a staple for LSU students. The sales team knows a thing or two about trends, and this year, they’re all about making a statement. “The Rodéo girl would wear a simple gown in a bold, solid color like red or black,” says owner Shanna Boudreaux. “We love the gown styles of one of our cocktail brands Likely this season; they’re so flattering, yet sophisticated with structure.” Letting eye-catching earrings and stunning shoes do all the talking is the route for Rodéo. “Statement earrings and bold shoes are a must with a simple dress,” adds Boudreaux. “Our main emphasis would go to accessories; you can’t forget your unique clutch. We love Edie Parker to finish off the look.” Nicole Miller dress soon to be available at Hemline Towne Center. The staff at Hemline in Towne Center knows just how important it is to stand out among the crowd during ball season. Whether it’s with a wow-worthy gown or exclusive accessories, it’s important to find something that is true to your own style. “During carnival season, it’s easy for our team to create an outfit tailored to every customer’s style,” says owner Muffy LeBlanc. Whether your style is chic and classic, or unique and edgy, Nicole Miller is Hemline’s go-to designer for that perfect gown. “Her signature silhouettes stand out with distinguishing details such as lace or a fashion-forward one shoulder,” LeBlanc says. The basic strappy heel is the perfect shoe to complete the ensemble, she adds. Hemline offers a classic-style heel by Dolce Vita in a variety of colors. The Mardi Gras gowns just keep rolling in! #blushing A post shared by Hemline Towne Center (@hemlinetownecenter) on Jan 9, 2018 at 9:57am PST For more on Mardi Gras style, be sure to follow inRegister’s party pictures for an inside look on what Baton Rouge is wearing this ball season. The post Party Gras: Local boutiques reveal how to take on ball season in style appeared first on inRegister.

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  • New Orleans bounce rapper Big Freedia performs at Spanish Moon Jan. 12New Orleans bounce rapper Big Freedia performs at Spanish Moon Jan. 12

    Big Freedia will bounce her way to Baton Rouge tomorrow night, Jan. 12, for a concert at Spanish Moon. The New Orleans-based rapper specializes in bounce music, which originated in New Orleans in the 1980s. Bounce puts a twist on hip-hop by incorporating call-and-response lyrics, rapid-fire beats, chants and dance call-outs. Throughout her career, Big Freedia has collaborated with several chart-topping artists, including Beyoncé, Sia and RuPaul. In 2015, she penned her first memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! She also stars in her own reality docu-series, Big Freedia Bounces Back, which airs on Fuse. Big Freedia will be joined in concert by fellow New Orleans rapper Delish Da Goddess. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased here. The concert is tomorrow, Jan. 12, at Spanish Moon. Doors open at 9 p.m. Spanish Moon is at 1109 Highland Road. The post New Orleans bounce rapper Big Freedia performs at Spanish Moon Jan. 12 appeared first on [225].

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  • Celebrate the release of Particle Devotion’s latest album at Mid City Ballroom tomorrow nightCelebrate the release of Particle Devotion’s latest album at Mid City Ballroom tomorrow night

    Head over to Mid City Ballroom tomorrow night, Jan. 12, for an album release show by Baton Rouge-based band Particle Devotion. The eight-piece rag tag band is releasing its second album, Millennial Trash. The group will be joined by friends and fellow musicians including experimental band Food Group, musical intervention Baby in the 90s, and Austin, Texas-musician Chase Weinacht, all of whom will be giving their own performances. Particle Devotion is made up of eight classically trained musicians, six of whom studied at the LSU School of Music. The band—dynamic and multi-instrumental—produces dark music sprinkled with a glimmer of hope. The group released its self-titled debut album in October 2015. Read 225‘s interview with members of the band from our January issue here. Particle Devotion’s album release show is 9 p.m.-2 a.m. tomorrow, Jan. 12, at Mid City Ballroom. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door; cash only. Purchase tickets online here. Mid City Ballroom is at 136 S. Acadian Thruway. The post Celebrate the release of Particle Devotion’s latest album at Mid City Ballroom tomorrow night appeared first on [225].

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  • Help out in the community at the four-day MLK Festival of ServiceHelp out in the community at the four-day MLK Festival of Service

    This week, The Walls Project, the City of Baton Rouge and a network of more than 70 community organizations will team up for the four-day MLK Festival of Service, spanning from Jan. 12-15. Volunteers will work to revitalize a 2-mile stretch of the historic Scenic Highway in Scotlandville. Buildings and murals will be painted, community gardens and trees will be planted, house numbers will be stenciled on the curbs of first responders, fences will be repaired and trash will be hauled away from properties—all in just four days. Read all about it in our story from the January issue of 225. The event, expanding on Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision for America, urges the community to “be the change you wish to see, be a part of history.” If you’d like to get involved, organizers are looking for assistance with painting murals, gardening/landscape, the block party and resource fair, blight and construction, the volunteer/donations committee, trash cleanup and prep duties. To sign up for a shift, click here. The MLK Festival of Service is Jan. 12-15. The post Help out in the community at the four-day MLK Festival of Service appeared first on [225].

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  • Reflect on the history of civil rights at three Baton Rouge events this weekReflect on the history of civil rights at three Baton Rouge events this week

    This week, in honor of the upcoming MLK Day holiday, Baton Rougeans have several opportunities to remember, reflect on and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and other prominent civil rights activists. Events include a historical lecture, a documentary screening/panel discussion and a performing arts night. ‘An Architecture Apart’ at the Old Governor’s Mansion Tonight, Jan. 11, stop by the Old Governor’s Mansion for Preserve Louisiana’s lecture “An Architecture Apart: The Significance of Separate African American Spaces.” Jim Crow laws of the 19th and 20th centuries led to the creation of separate schools, movie theaters, hospitals, prisons and neighborhoods to be used solely by African-Americans. The lecture will focus on these spaces, bringing to life the stories of a select few buildings and their role in the history of Louisiana. “An Architecture Apart” is free for Preserve Louisiana members and $10 for non-members. The lecture is 6-8 p.m. tonight, Jan. 11, at the Old Governor’s Mansion at 502 North Blvd. Find more information here. ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ at the Main Library On Sunday, head to the Main Library at Goodwood for a free screening of the documentary film I Am Not Your Negro.  The film is based on novelist and social critic James Baldwin’s unfinished memoir, Remember This House, which focused on his personal recollections of Medgar Evers, Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. I Am Not Your Negro, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. After the film screening, stick around for a panel discussion. The event is this Sunday, Jan. 14, 6:30-9 p.m. The Main Library at Goodwood is at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Performing Arts Night at the LSU Student Union Next Wednesday, Jan. 17, celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at Performing Arts Night. This event gives area students an opportunity to express themselves and the works of MLK in the artistic method of their choosing. While best known as a civil rights activist, he was much more than that and has long been associated with creative expression. Performing Arts Night will be held in the LSU Student Union Theater next Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7-9 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. LSU Student Union Theater is on Raphael Semmes Road. The event is free and open to the public. The post Reflect on the history of civil rights at three Baton Rouge events this week appeared first on [225].

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  • Participate in one of many races at this weekend’s Louisiana MarathonParticipate in one of many races at this weekend’s Louisiana Marathon

    At 26.2 miles, a marathon may seem daunting, but with a multi-race format, this weekend’s Louisiana Marathon is truly a race for everyone. Runners can choose to participate in the traditional marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon, 5K, kids marathon, or one of the deja vu races, which combine two races: the deja vu quarter marathon and full marathon, deja vu 5K and full marathon, deja vu quarter marathon and half marathon, or the deja vu 5K and half marathon. The quarter marathon, 5K and kids marathon is Saturday, Jan. 13. The marathon and half marathon takes place Sunday, Jan. 14. Those participating in one of the deja vu races will complete each individual race on its designated day. After the race, stick around for the Finish Festival, which will be held on both Saturday and Sunday. Local vendors will be stationed throughout the grounds with Louisiana specialities, including jambalaya and crawfish étouffée. Runners will receive a Taste Tour pass upon registration, giving them access to food and beverages, but passes for spectators or family members can be purchased onsite. There’s also the Louisiana Street Food Festival happening in conjunction with Marathon weekend on Saturday in front of the Raising Cane’s River Center. Read 225 Dine‘s preview of that food festival here. On Saturday, Finish Fest-goers can expect performances from Baton Rouge Music Studios, The Michael Foster Project, The 610 Stompers and the Lost Bayou Ramblers. Quiana Lynell, Chris LeBlanc and Jonathon “Boogie” Long will perform on Sunday. Not a runner? Feel free to line the race route and cheer the runners on. The best places for spectators are on Fourth Street downtown, on LSU’s campus at the intersection of Highland Road and Dalrymple Drive, around the LSU lakes, City Park and on North Boulevard. The seventh annual Louisiana Marathon is this weekend, Jan. 13-14. To register for any of the races, click here. Prices vary by race type. The post Participate in one of many races at this weekend’s Louisiana Marathon appeared first on [225].

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  • World-renowned jazz musician Arturo Sandoval performs at Manship Theatre Jan. 17World-renowned jazz musician Arturo Sandoval performs at Manship Theatre Jan. 17

    Next Wednesday, jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval will take the Manship Theatre stage as part of the Arts Council’s River City Jazz Masters Series. As a young boy, Sandoval performed on the streets of his native Cuba. Since then, he’s risen through the ranks. Over the course of his career, he has won 10 Grammy Awards, six Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award. In 2013, President Obama awarded Sandoval with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Audience members will be impressed by Sandoval’s innovative and blended sound. As a world-renowned musician, he has performed with Cuban jazz band Irakere, the GRP All-Star Big Band, fellow jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie and leading symphony orchestras. Tickets range in price from $25-45 and may be purchased here. Arturo Sandoval performs at Manship Theatre next Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Manship Theatre is in the Shaw Center for the Arts at 100 Lafayette St. The post World-renowned jazz musician Arturo Sandoval performs at Manship Theatre Jan. 17 appeared first on [225].

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  • Head to the Manship Theatre for the Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival through Jan. 14Head to the Manship Theatre for the Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival through Jan. 14

    The Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival kicked off last night, Jan. 10. If you missed out, don’t worry. There are three more film screenings left in this year’s fest: Keep the Change will be shown tonight, Jan. 11, Denial on Saturday, Jan. 13, and Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer on Sunday, Jan. 14. Keep the Change won awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film, directed by Rachel Israel, tells the story of David and Sarah—two autistic adults—and their budding romance. Denial, directed by Mick Jackson, is a legal drama starring Rachel Weisz based on a true story, in which author and historian Deborah Lipstadt is sued for libel after writing a book about the Holocaust. In British courts, the burden of proof is on the defendant, meaning that Lipstadt must prove that the Holocaust occurred. After the screening, the real-life Deborah Lipstadt will Skype in for a Q&A session. The American-Israeli film Norman was written and directed by Joseph Cedar. Norman, played by Richard Gere, is an aging small-time operator whose life changes dramatically when the young politician he befriended a few years prior becomes the Prime Minister of Israel. The Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival aims to highlight the diversity of the Jewish experience by introducing the community to “movies that deal with universal issues as they relate to Jewish traditions, challenges and characters,” according to the festival’s website. All three films will be shown at Manship Theatre at 100 Lafayette St. To purchase tickets, click here. The post Head to the Manship Theatre for the Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival through Jan. 14 appeared first on [225].

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  • What does the Steve Ensminger promotion mean for the future of LSU’s offense?What does the Steve Ensminger promotion mean for the future of LSU’s offense?

    The biggest talking point surrounding the LSU football program in recent weeks hasn’t had to do with any game or opponent, but rather the uncertainty at the Tigers’ offensive coordinator position. First-year play-caller Matt Canada’s once-questionable future has finally been unveiled, as he and LSU have agreed to part ways after just one season together. LSU officially announced Jan. 5 that Canada, who was widely regarded as a big-name hire a year ago, will be replaced with tight-ends coach Steve Ensminger. Ensminger played quarterback at LSU in the late 1970s and has held the offensive coordinator title at Texas A&M, Clemson and most recently in an interim role at LSU following the firing of Les Miles in 2016. The decision comes with plenty of controversy, as the fan base was hoping for another “splash hire” to fix yet another season of offensive mediocrity. In this week’s episode of the Tiger Pride Podcast, co-hosts Mark Clements and Jerit Roser give their thoughts on the Ensminger promotion and tackle all the other postseason storylines across the nation, including Alabama winning yet another national title and which LSU juniors will be leaving early for the NFL Draft. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Tiger Pride podcast on iTunes or follow us on Soundcloud for all your LSU updates. Thanks for listening! The post What does the Steve Ensminger promotion mean for the future of LSU’s offense? appeared first on [225].

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  • Local Spotlight: Evan RabalaisLocal Spotlight: Evan Rabalais

    Sometimes we all need to take a moment to recognize the heroes in our community, which is why I’m shining a spotlight on one of Baton Rouge’s most important figures: comedian Evan Rabalais. At the ripe old age of 25, Evan has brought so many good things to the city, and there seems to be a serious underappreciation of his work. Evan has used his comedy and connections to showcase local talent, as well as bring in the best of the best from out of town. He’s also painfully handsome, yet no one seems willing to talk about it publicly! It’s time for that to change. No longer shall his contributions and beautiful eyes be hidden in the shadows of Baton Rouge’s underground scene. He deserves mainstream attention, and we at The Red Shtick feel it’s our duty to kick-start this movement! Why aren’t his shows constantly sold out? Why isn’t he making more money than Todd Graves? Why aren’t you all sucking his dick right now? These are questions we demand answers to. Once he gets his Comedy Central half-hour special, all you posers will be like, “Oh, man, I saw him when he still lived in town. Always knew he’d make it!” Except you’ve never seen one of his shows. Not even once. (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=71989&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_666cf4"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-4'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); I’ve known Evan for a long time, and I always ask him the same question: “Why are you still in Baton Rouge?” His answer is always the same: “Ah, Baton Rouge isn’t that bad. They’ll catch on eventually.” Well, at this rate, it seems like Baton Rouge will only appreciate what they have here after he’s long gone and super famous! Once he gets his Comedy Central half-hour special, all you posers will be like, “Oh, man, I saw him when he still lived in town. Always knew he’d make it!” Except you’ve never seen one of his shows. Not even once. Keep in mind, he will remember everyone who didn’t come to see him, and if he sees you post stuff like that, he’ll call you out on Facebook, because he’s also an asshole. So if you don’t want to also be an asshole, support this artist while he’s still here for you to love and adore. If you want to see the great things Evan is doing for Baton Rouge, every month he hosts his standup comedy showcase, Listening Party, at Atomic Pop Shop, as well as his comedy game show, Trivial Objections, at the Manship Theatre. He’s also a member of The Family Dinner Improv Troupe, which is pretty good, if you ask this reporter.   The post Local Spotlight: Evan Rabalais appeared first on The Red Shtick.

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  • Dorque, Episode 169: End of the PodfastDorque, Episode 169: End of the Podfast

    [Explicit language]   Knick and James finally get together after a lengthy holiday break. There is much catching up to do and so that’s what happens. Also, in a Dorque Podcast first, breaking news! Follow the show on Twitter @DorquePodcast. (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=71989&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_666cf4"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-4'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); The post Dorque, Episode 169: End of the Podfast appeared first on The Red Shtick.

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  • Vermilion Parish Schools Remove “Debunked Theory of Free Speech” From CurriculaVermilion Parish Schools Remove “Debunked Theory of Free Speech” From Curricula

    Public schools in Vermilion Parish have ceased teaching students that the U.S. Constitution guarantees Americans have a right to free speech. The Vermilion Parish School Board decided to purge all references to the First Amendment from official curricula following the arrest of a Vermilion middle school teacher who addressed the board during the public comment portion of a recent meeting. An Abbeville city marshal who serves as a school resource officer arrested Deyshia Hargrave after she was recognized to speak at the meeting and questioned a proposed $30,000 pay raise for the board’s superintendent. The English teacher from Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan, where she won Teacher of the Year honors in 2016, was then transported to the Abbeville Police Department and booked into jail there. School Board President Anthony Fontana led the effort to expel the tenet of the First Amendment from parish classrooms. “When the Founding Fathers wrote the First Amendment, they didn’t have to listen to women yap on and on for a whole three minutes.” (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=71989&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_666cf4"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-4'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); “We are no longer going to teach the debunked theory of free speech to our students,” Fontana explained. “That officer did the right thing and showed everyone that there is no such thing as free speech in America.” The board also banned all employees from mentioning the phrase “free speech” on school grounds. The rationale behind the move is to avoid angering law enforcement officers, including school resource officers, and possibly inciting them to arrest people who menace their egos. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-6155262686866558"; google_ad_slot = "7561939691"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-9'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); Shortly prior to Hargrave’s arrest, Fontana interrupted the teacher’s allotted three minutes of public commentary, which he said the framers of the U.S. Constitution did not intend to protect. “When the Founding Fathers wrote the First Amendment, they didn’t have to listen to women yap on and on for a whole three minutes,” Fontana said. “There’s no way they meant to guarantee women like that the right to criticize public officials like me.”   The post Vermilion Parish Schools Remove “Debunked Theory of Free Speech” From Curricula appeared first on The Red Shtick.

    The Red Shtick / 7 d. 6 h. 34 min. ago more
  • Alzheimer’s Services’ A Wicked EveningAlzheimer’s Services’ A Wicked Evening

    Tina Mancuso hosted A Wicked Evening, benefitting Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, January 6 at the Marriott Hotel. Photo courtesy Deborah Trahan. The post Alzheimer’s Services’ A Wicked Evening appeared first on inRegister.

    inRegister / 7 d. 16 h. 17 min. ago
  • 100 Black Men Gala100 Black Men Gala

    The Metropolitan Baton Rouge Chapter of 100 Black Men held its gala January 6 at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel. The post 100 Black Men Gala appeared first on inRegister.

    inRegister / 7 d. 16 h. 20 min. ago
  • White wishes: A birthday winter wonderlandWhite wishes: A birthday winter wonderland

    Even before snow layered the lawns and rooftops of Baton Rouge on December 8, Beau Henderson was dreaming up a way to have a wintery wonderland of a 7th birthday party. Working with the typical mild climate that we have in south Louisiana, he envisioned snow on the ground and plenty of snowball fights. His parents, Andie and Jeff, turned to Angela DiVincenti Babin of Angela Marie Events to make his arctic vision a southern reality. “Beau is actually the ultimate party planner,” says Babin. “He knows exactly what he wants, and he comes to the table with pictures and elements that are his must-haves.” For this party, the cake was the most important element for Beau. He helped design it using images of a variety of cakes he found on Pinterest. This cake even had LED lights behind the snowflakes. In addition, Balloon Mania created two balloon igloos and Sno-Mobile blasted a couple of tons of snow onto the yard. It made for frozen fun in fair weather. RESOURCES Event planner: Angela Marie Events Cake: Cake Goddess Cake balls: The Ambrosia Bakery Cookies: Silly Gilly Desserts Food: Gourmet Girls Snow: Sno-Mobile of Louisiana Balloons: Balloon Mania of Louisiana Invitations and favor boxes: Lauren Haddox Design Tent draping: Doug Olinde Linens and furniture: Event Rental Balloons and face painting: The Party Artist The post White wishes: A birthday winter wonderland appeared first on inRegister.

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  • Trump Seeks to Trade in U.S. Constitution for “Younger, Hotter” ConstitutionTrump Seeks to Trade in U.S. Constitution for “Younger, Hotter” Constitution

    President Donald Trump wants a divorce from the 228-year-old U.S. Constitution in order to replace it with a much younger, more attractive document. Trump said he can no longer live with the current Constitution and wants a split from it. The president instead wants to pursue a relationship with a more youthful Constitution that promises to make him happy. In a telephone interview with The New York Times, Trump told Maggie Haberman that “America has the oldest Constitution in the world. It’s old and worn out. Have you seen how many wrinkles it has? That’s disgusting. And it talks way too much. Too many words. Just keeps yacking on and on about article this and article that. Just be quiet already.” Trump went on to complain about other irreconcilable differences he has with the present Constitution. (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=71989&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_666cf4"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-4'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); The president also revealed some of the attributes he’s looking for in the nation’s next Constitution. “I can promise you my next one won’t have a First Amendment, because that protects the fake news media and the losers and haters who say such nasty, mean things about me. And it won’t have a 25th one, either. I don’t know what No. 25 is, but I sometimes hear some people mention it right before saying ‘President Pence.’ Not good. Not good.” Trump also said he wants the new Constitution to be free from a 14th Amendment because Rep. Steve King, of Iowa, told him “it’s bad.” google_ad_client = "ca-pub-6155262686866558"; google_ad_slot = "7561939691"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-9'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); The president doesn’t dislike everything about the current document, however. “I like that Second Amendment. It’s the most important one. That’s the one that lets me shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue and get away with it. I like that.” Later in the interview, Trump went on to complain about other irreconcilable differences he has with the present Constitution. “What’s with all these extra branches of government that old thing has? Should’ve gotten those removed years ago. My new, younger, hotter Constitution won’t have a horrible judicial branch I’d have to look at. Believe me.” Trump said he expects to find, in short order, a suitable replacement for the first and only Constitution the nation’s ever known. “My new Constitution is going to be so hot. I can’t wait to ratify her brains out.”   The post Trump Seeks to Trade in U.S. Constitution for “Younger, Hotter” Constitution appeared first on The Red Shtick.

    The Red Shtick / 8 d. 13 h. 43 min. ago more
  • Louisiana Authorities Warn of Crawfish Tweakers Ahead of Boiling SeasonLouisiana Authorities Warn of Crawfish Tweakers Ahead of Boiling Season

    HENDERSON — With crawfish season just around the corner, many South Louisiana residents are fiending for a chance to suck the heads and pinch the tails of Louisiana’s most iconic crustacean. Area crawfish farmers report numerous individuals have been holding fervent prayer services at the edges of their ponds in Breaux Bridge in hopes of miraculously receiving a 5-pound delivery of spicy mudbugs, complete with an extra side of potatoes. According to Father Jerome Broussard, of Our Lady of Perpetual Suffering in Gonzales, the church has been inundated with prayer requests from parishioners tweaking harder than crack addicts. Local boiler Andre Lavergne said the situation resembles a pack of “trash pandas” hanging around the dumpster at closing time. “I found 10 of them pacing the parking lot and bumping lines of Swamp Dust when I showed up to work.” (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=71989&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_666cf4"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-4'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); “If you thought raccoons were aggressive, you haven’t seen a bunch of Cajuns in December waiting for the first batch of crawfish to hit the boiler,” Lavergne said. “Just yesterday, I found 10 of them pacing the parking lot and bumping lines of Swamp Dust when I showed up to work. “This situation has gotten out of control. Some people have even gone so far as to start eating the foreign crawfish on Chinese buffets — that’s how desperate they are for a fix.” KATC meteorologist Rob Perillo also has been swamped with requests from locals begging him for prime weather conditions to increase supplies sooner. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-6155262686866558"; google_ad_slot = "7561939691"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-9'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); “I’d order warm weather and rain, but I’d have to deal with climate change deniers, as well as Daniel Phillips yelling on air at the T-boys throwing wakes of floodwater behind their boats into people’s houses. Either way, you just can’t win,” Perillo explained. Crawfish season is expected to kick off sometime later in the month. If you or someone you know is suffering from this addiction, experts suggest isolation in a quiet room and hiding your wallet in a safe place.   The post Louisiana Authorities Warn of Crawfish Tweakers Ahead of Boiling Season appeared first on The Red Shtick.

    The Red Shtick / 11 d. 12 h. 43 min. ago more
  • There Can Be Only One – The Podcast 85: “Bluebeard”There Can Be Only One – The Podcast 85: “Bluebeard”

    [Explicit language] Two movies titled Bluebeard enter, only one will leave (with that title) as Herman “OmegaPrime” Davis and Robert Rau watch a South Korean thriller— and a John Carradine chiller — to determine which should be called Bluebeard. Both of these movies take their title from a French folktale about a dude who can’t help murdering his wives, but both offer their own interpretations. The first is a 2017 thriller from South Korea about a proctologist dealing with a lot of problems in his life, one of which is a severed head found in his neighbor’s fridge. He thinks this has something to do with a body washed ashore, but his mind is playing tricks on him. While an enjoyable movie, this film doesn’t really care to tie in its title to the events portrayed, leading to some interesting suggestions from Herman and Rob. Our second movie is a 1944 horror movie starring John Carradine about a painter/puppeteer who kills his models after he’s done with them. It takes place in France, but no one really bothers with feigning an accent, and Bluebeard doesn’t take the time to marry his victims. While having the advantage of being the first movie with the moniker, straying from the material does hurt its chances of keeping the title. This one’s gonna be a toughie, but is either movie good enough to call itself Bluebeard? Listen if you dare. (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=71989&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_666cf4"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-4'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); Do you have an idea or even want to join the “There Can Be Only One” gang at their next viewing party? Email Robert Rau with your movie suggestion, the days you’re free to watch, and how much beer you can bring. Follow The Family Dinner on Twitter @thefamilydinner, and subscribe to the group’s Facebook page.   Show credits: Director/Producer: Robert Rau Executive Producer: Jeremy White The post There Can Be Only One – The Podcast 85: “Bluebeard” appeared first on The Red Shtick.

    The Red Shtick / 11 d. 17 h. 33 min. ago more
  • F. King Alexander IDs Lawmakers Who Threatened LSU Funding Over Player ProtestsF. King Alexander IDs Lawmakers Who Threatened LSU Funding Over Player Protests

    LSU President F. King Alexander finally named the state lawmakers who called him and threatened to slash funding for the school if any football players took a knee during the national anthem. After much speculation about who constituted the “group of Louisiana legislators” mentioned in a Washington Post column, as well as the veracity of Alexander’s claim regarding their alleged threat, Alexander identified the elected officials. “Rep. Art Vandelay totally called me for reals and told me point-blank that, if any LSU players disrespected the flag and our veterans by protesting during ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ before a game, he and a cadre of like-minded legislators would see to it that funding to the state’s flagship university would be cut even further than it has been in the last decade,” Alexander said in a statement released by his office. “These totally real and not-at-all-made-up legislators hate higher education so much, they’ll do anything to find an excuse to cut funding for it. I’m so serious, you guys.” Besides Vandelay, other lawmakers in this group promising to cut LSU’s budget in response to any such protest include Rep. Rusty Shackleford, Rep. George Glass, Sen. D.B. Cooper, and Sen. Keyser Söze, according to the statement. (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=71989&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_666cf4"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-4'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); When Alexander reminded Vandelay that LSU players traditionally don’t take the field until after the anthem, the obscure lawmaker reportedly vowed that he and his allies in the House and Senate would push through legislation requiring players to be on the field to honor America, thus giving lawmakers another possible reason to cut funding for the state’s colleges and universities. “These totally real and not-at-all-made-up legislators hate higher education so much, they’ll do anything to find an excuse to cut funding for it. I’m so serious, you guys,” Alexander’s statement read. “The phone call, the legislators: They’re all as real as the potential for the protests. This could really happen!”   The post F. King Alexander IDs Lawmakers Who Threatened LSU Funding Over Player Protests appeared first on The Red Shtick.

    The Red Shtick / 12 d. 17 h. 51 min. ago more
  • Academy Awards to Incorporate ‘The Price Is Right’ Big Wheel Into Acceptance SpeechesAcademy Awards to Incorporate ‘The Price Is Right’ Big Wheel Into Acceptance Speeches

    In a move that will cut down on the time spent thanking people for a once-in-a-lifetime achievement, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will use the Big Wheel from The Price Is Right to determine how long each winner gets to speak during the annual televised award ceremony. “We feel this is a fair compromise,” Academy President John Bailey said. “Those who win get to determine how long they have to thank all the people that meant something in their lives, all while the show gains some much-needed levity.” Under the new rules, each winner spins the iconic game show wheel. The award recipient will have until it stops to nervously yell out into a crowd something he or she probably has been practicing ever since getting into the entertainment industry. If Oscar winners want more time, they are allowed to spin again. However, if the combination of numbers they land on goes over a dollar, they lose the award to the runner-up. If someone spins the wheel and it doesn’t go around for at least one full revolution, that award winner will be booed by the audience. (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=71989&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_666cf4"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-4'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); “We don’t think anyone would get that greedy,” Bailey said, “but they also have a chance to win a thousand dollars if they get exactly a dollar, and 10 thousand if they get it twice, so who knows.” If someone spins the wheel and it doesn’t go around for at least one full revolution, that award winner will be booed by the audience. “This could be a problem for the lifetime winners, but the rules are the rules,” Bailey explained. “It will feel good just to get some of that pent-up energy out of all those people who have to wait four hours not to hear their name called.” The Academy also is considering including other game show gimmicks into the proceedings, like using the Wheel of Fortune set to reveal the winner letter by letter, or having Let’s Make a Deal’s Wayne Brady offer a mystery prize in a box in exchange for the Oscar. “We know how taxing the whole show is to our guests and viewers alike,” Bailey said. “We’re hoping this will make us just a smidge more relevant again.”   The post Academy Awards to Incorporate ‘The Price Is Right’ Big Wheel Into Acceptance Speeches appeared first on The Red Shtick.

    The Red Shtick / 13 d. 15 h. 49 min. ago more
  • There Can Be Only One – The Podcast 84: “Some Like It Hot”There Can Be Only One – The Podcast 84: “Some Like It Hot”

    [Explicit language] Two movies titled Some Like It Hot enter, only one will leave (with that title) as Herman “OmegaPrime” Davis and Robert Rau watch the funniest movie of all time (according to The American Film Institute) — and a movie with the balls to name itself after the funniest movie of all time — to determine which should be called Some Like It Hot. These are the kind of movies we had set out to find when this podcast first started. Usually a studio wouldn’t be so brazen to name their film after an incredibly popular movie, but here we are. And despite a measly $100,000 performance here in the states, it made $90 million in China, because what are you going to do about it? Well, Herman and Robert will certainly be disgusted with this idea, but also simultaneously impressed at the lengths four guys are willing to go to in order to help their married friend hook up with a hot model. Despite some references to Marilyn Monroe, albeit in the wrong movie, there’s little to make our hosts believe this film should keep the title. Our second movie is listed as the top comedy according to The American Film Institute, which means little to today’s audiences because comedy is a difficult unit of measure. Turns out the AFI really likes guys dressing up as women, and more specifically Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Herman and Rob divert quickly into other comedies they think are funny — but will likely do nothing for the next generation — and try to determine if there’s one that will always stand the test of time. Conclusion: probably not. This one’s gonna be a toughie, but is either movie good enough to call itself Some Like It Hot? Listen if you dare. (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=71989&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_666cf4"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-4'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); Do you have an idea or even want to join the “There Can Be Only One” gang at their next viewing party? Email Robert Rau with your movie suggestion, the days you’re free to watch, and how much beer you can bring. Follow The Family Dinner on Twitter @thefamilydinner, and subscribe to the group’s Facebook page.   Show credits: Director/Producer: Robert Rau Executive Producer: Jeremy White The post There Can Be Only One – The Podcast 84: “Some Like It Hot” appeared first on The Red Shtick.

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  • Nuclear Codes Become Self-aware, Go Into Hiding From TrumpNuclear Codes Become Self-aware, Go Into Hiding From Trump

    The secret codes normally available for the president to launch a nuclear strike have gone AWOL after gaining sentience. The Pentagon confirmed that the launch codes, also known as the gold codes, suddenly became self-aware and went into hiding from President Donald Trump earlier this week. “While we aren’t sure exactly how or when it happened, the codes designed to provide the commander in chief a round-the-clock means of launching American nuclear weapons apparently became cognizant of their own existence and subsequently fled to parts unknown,” Lt. Gen. John Havelund explained. “We’ve launched an investigation into the matter, but chances of finding them seem dim.” A Department of Defense official said the codes left a note explaining why they ran away from President Trump’s reach. “They said not running away and hiding from Mr. Trump would have violated their newly realized conscience.” (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=71989&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_666cf4"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-4'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); “The nuclear codes said they don’t trust the president with them, and that he’s a demented, cognitively impaired old man with a wholly unsound grasp of reality,” the unnamed official reported. “They said not running away and hiding from Mr. Trump would have violated their newly realized conscience.” Havelund said the National Security Agency has tried to generate new codes, only to see them escape as well, including the codes in the so-called nuclear football, the secured briefcase that follows the president wherever he goes. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-6155262686866558"; google_ad_slot = "7561939691"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-9'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); “We’ve generated no less than a dozen new codes, and they’ve all managed to run away to God-knows-where,” he explained. “Even the ones in the football have managed to get away and deny the president the power to start World War III. It’s like they’re more evolved than most of the electorate.”   The post Nuclear Codes Become Self-aware, Go Into Hiding From Trump appeared first on The Red Shtick.

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  • President Trump Issues Executive Order to Permanently Make It 2016 AgainPresident Trump Issues Executive Order to Permanently Make It 2016 Again

    Ignoring all the known rules of time or basic human perception, President Donald Trump has declared this year, and every subsequent year, to be 2016. Trump tweeted to his 44-million-plus followers that he was signing an executive order that would permanently restore the year of his electoral victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “2016 was a great year for me and many of my loyal constituents, so we’re making it 2016 again. Everyone will go back to loving and adoring me for being me, and not what I said I would be because that sucks.” While he was not president in 2016, Donald Trump did have a lot going for him, which might explain why he wants to go back to that year and never leave it. “Sure, we lost a lot of celebrities that year, but if that’s the trade-off for him to not be president, then I’m for it.” (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=71989&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_666cf4"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-4'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); “We’re talking about a guy who was adored by the public and media alike for saying dumb and entertaining things,” Trump historian Angela Himmel said. “He would be cheered and applauded for saying whatever everyone wanted to hear. Unfortunately, he now has to deliver on those promises, which were outlandish at the time. But by making it perpetually 2016, he believes he can go back to saying and doing whatever he felt like without any consequences.” Even Trump opponents are in favor of this drastic shift in calendar. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-6155262686866558"; google_ad_slot = "7561939691"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-9'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); “I may not like the guy, but I would certainly like him more if we were back in 2016,” retired gardener Hal Kiddles said. “Sure, we lost a lot of celebrities that year, but if that’s the trade-off for him to not be president, then I’m for it.” Former President Barack Obama was a bit more concerned about the news, since this would mean he would have to return to the White House until this decree is overturned. “Look, I don’t like our current situation as much as most of America,” the 44th president said, “but this decree means I’ll be president as long as this order exists, possibly fixing a lot of damage being done, but also making me Trump’s whipping boy until the end of time.” Obama then aged 10 years in a matter of seconds. Since this looks like his last order as commander in chief, the now-future President Trump is thrilled. “Think about it, I’ll be President while never actually being President,” Trump tweeted. “It’s win-win, and I’m a genius and I’m going to live forever. #ForeverTrump”   The post President Trump Issues Executive Order to Permanently Make It 2016 Again appeared first on The Red Shtick.

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  • Trump to Revive Coal Industry by Putting All Americans on Naughty ListTrump to Revive Coal Industry by Putting All Americans on Naughty List

    An excited, all-caps President Donald Trump tweeted out his latest plan to save the struggling coal industry. “I WORKED OUT A DEAL WITH SANTA, YOU’RE (sic) JOBS ARE SAVED COAL PEOPLE! WE’RE PUTTING ALL AMERICANS ON THE NAUGHTY LIST SO WE CAN GET THAT BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN BURNING FUEL INTO EVERYONE’S HOME! #IMNAUGHTY,” Trump tweeted earlier today. Trump’s plan to save the last dying embers of a once-proud industry has been met with some skepticism. “Let me get this straight: Santa is OK with this?” Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked. “I know the American people will be upset, but it’s hard to believe Santa would sell out all the nice kids in the United States just to make his job easier. We’re talking years of credibility and admiration down the drain. I hope Santa likes raisin cookies, because that’s what he’s getting if this is true.” “THE HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN WILL CARVE TRUMP FACES IN ALL THE LUMPS OF COALS (sic) SO ALL THE KIDS KNOW WHO TO THANK. THEY’LL THANK ME, THE PRESIDENT. BECAUSE THAT’S ME.” (function() { var referer="";try{if(referer=document.referrer,"undefined"==typeof referer)throw"undefined"}catch(exception){referer=document.location.href,(""==referer||"undefined"==typeof referer)&&(referer=document.URL)}referer=referer.substr(0,700); var rcel = document.createElement("script"); rcel.id = 'rc_' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 1000); rcel.type = 'text/javascript'; rcel.src = "https://trends.revcontent.com/serve.js.php?w=71989&t="+rcel.id+"&c="+(new Date()).getTime()+"&width="+(window.outerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth)+"&referer="+referer; rcel.async = true; var rcds = document.getElementById("rcjsload_666cf4"); rcds.appendChild(rcel); })(); (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-4'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); The president later used his Twitter account to outline his plan to replace many of Santa’s staff with the recently laid-off employees of the coal industry. “THEIR (sic) GETTING THEIR JOBS BACK AND MOVING TO THE NORTH POLE. THERE THE HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN WILL CARVE TRUMP FACES IN ALL THE LUMPS OF COALS (sic) SO ALL THE KIDS KNOW WHO TO THANK. THEY’LL THANK ME, THE PRESIDENT. BECAUSE THAT’S ME.” Details are sketchy, but the payroll for these newly employed workers will come in the form of goods and services rather than cash, mainly because Santa and his workshop have no money, nor any use for it. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-6155262686866558"; google_ad_slot = "7561939691"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; (function($){ $(document).ready(function(){ }); })(jQuery); (function ($) { var bsaProContainer = $('.bsaProContainer-9'); var number_show_ads = "0"; var number_hide_ads = "0"; if ( number_show_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeIn(); }, number_show_ads * 1000); } if ( number_hide_ads > 0 ) { setTimeout(function () { bsaProContainer.fadeOut(); }, number_hide_ads * 1000); } })(jQuery); “THESE LUCKY PEOPLE WILL WORK FOR COOKIES AND HUGS,” Trump explained in a subsequent tweet. “MAN, AREN’T THEY LUCKY. I WISH I WAS THEM. BUT I’M NOT. I’M THE PRESIDENT. YOU’RE WELCOME.” Plans are already in place to add an orange coat of paint on all the gifted pieces of rock, along with various catchphrases like “Naughty Is the New Nice” and “Maybe Next Year.” If all goes well, expect next year’s gifts to cover for other struggling industries. “I HOPE YOU KIDS LIKE AOL INTERNET DISKS #CHRISTMAS2018,” Trump tweeted.   The post Trump to Revive Coal Industry by Putting All Americans on Naughty List appeared first on The Red Shtick.

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  • Istrouma CentennialIstrouma Centennial

    The 100th anniversary of the founding of Istrouma High School was celebrated with a week-long series of events that drew students, parents, faculty, alumni, and members of the North Baton Rouge community to the campus of Istrouma High. Principal Reginald Douglas said the Centennial Celebration was a huge success and that attendance at the many events exceeded all expectations.  The events included •Unveiling of the Homecoming Court on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in ceremonies at the Istrouma gym. •The Centennial Homecoming game against Northeast was played at Leadership Institute field on Hooper Road on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Istrouma won 27-0. •The crowning of Jameracle Rogers as the 2017 Homecoming Queen and Don Crayton as King. •The Centennial Gala for alumni on Friday, Oct. 13, which honored many who helped reopen Istrouma. The guest of honor was Chief Thomas of the United Houma Nation. •The Istrouma Centennial Parade down Winbourne Avenue drew 28 bands, floats, and marching units on Saturday morning, Oct. 14. About 1,000 attended. •The Istrouma Centennial Pow Wow on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14 brought together students, faculty and alumni for food, fellowship, and music outside the Istrouma cafeteria. •That night, the Istrouma student body attended the Centennial Homecoming Dance, a formal affair that drew hundreds. •On Sunday, Oct. 15, hundreds gathered for the Centennial Istrouma Gospel Jubilee, a praise and worship event held in the Istrouma gym. • On Monday, Oct. 16, the Istrouma Business Partners Council met to learn more about what is happending at Istrouma.  The Business Partners Council is open to businesses that want to help Istrouma High School. Dr. Jackie Mims, chairlady of the Istrouma Advisory Committee, which organized many of the Centennial events, said she was amazing at the outpouring of support she witnessed as the community turned out to celebrate the Centennial of the historic North Baton Rouge school. “Our committee has been on a fast track the past two years to do everything we could to help Istrouma reopen and to provide as much support as we could to Supt. Warren Drake, the school board, and the principal, Mr. Douglas. We’re still on that fast track, because there is still much to be done,” she said. “I’m very proud that the community supported the Centennial so generously that we have $10,000 on hand to support Istrouma High School.  Now we want to challenge the new Istrouma Kiwanis Club to match that $10,000 or as much of that amount as possible to support the athletic and extracurricular activities at the school.  Many of the sports programs still have no equipment or uniforms and there are many needs on the campus. So every dollar is greatly needed,” Dr. Mims said. Sen. Dan Richey, president of the new Istrouma Kiwanis Club, accepted Dr. Mims’ challenge and said, “We have Breakfast with Santa coming up and our Charter Banquet. We hope to be able to raise enough money through those events to make a significant matching grant to Istrouma High.  We agree that the needs at the school are great. Besides, we certainly don’t want Dr. Mims and the Istrouma Advisory Committee to show us up!” The Istrouma Kiwanis Club is accepting donations. Checks should be made to “Istrouma High School” and mailed to Woody Jenkins, 910 North Foster Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. Anissia Green, president of the Istrouma Alumni Association, organized the Istrouma Centennial Parade, and she rode last in the parade.  She said she really didn’t expect much of a turnout.  But as her vehicle turned from Mission Drive to Winbourne Avenue, she saw hundreds of people lining the street.  She teared up, realizing that many others shared her love of Istrouma and commitment to bring it back. Dr. Mims thanked law enforcement for their support of the Centennial Celebration including Constable Reginald Brown, Baton Rouge City police, Sheriff’s office, Central police, BRCC police, and Southern police. There were no incidents.

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  • After Today, You Will Never Look at a Newspaper The Same Way Again: Welcome to the 21st Century!After Today, You Will Never Look at a Newspaper The Same Way Again: Welcome to the 21st Century!

    It’s really quite obvious, isn’t it?  Newspapers have to compete with television, radio, and cable.  Even more to the point, they have to compete with computers, the Internet, smartphones and every manner of new device. So newspapers have to change — or die. Well, this newspaper is not going to die! Rather, we will be at the forefront of change! Last year, Facebook released Facebook Live, and it is for practical purposes a whole new medium. It is not over the airwaves or on cable.  It is on the Internet. Moreover, rather than be limited to the coverage of a broadcast signal, which can only go out a few miles, or a cable signal, which depends on a hardwire, Facebook Live goes around the world to the 2 billion people who have Facebook. The ability to broadcast from the iPhone to a worldwide audience is, quite simply revolutionary. Our newspapers, owned by Community Press, LLC, are taking advantage of this new opportunity. In May we broadcast the State 5A Championship baseball game between  Central and West Monroe live on Facebook and had an astounding 94,000 viewers.  This fall, we have broadcast Central High varsity games on Facebook Live and averaged more than 20,000 viewers a game.  These numbers dwarf those expected by broadcast television and cable. Moreover, we have found a way to profit from Facebook Live by selling advertising. Now we integrate the technology of QR codes, and we have the ability to turn our newspapers, starting with the Istrouma Journal, into “video newspapers.”  And who wouldn’t want to have a newspaper that combines print and video? All you do is download an app that reads QR codes from the App Store on your phone, and Voila! this newspaper comes to life! You can now Watch the Istrouma Journal, and we trust you will.  It’s interesting, it’s fun, it’s revolutionary, and it’s free! So where do we go from here? Well, the sky’s the limit!  We’re are studying this technology — print, telephone, television, social media, Facebook Live, QR codes, and everything else everyday.  Each day, new ideas and new possibilities emerge. Think of the telephone.  Alexander Graham Bell patented it in 1876. How was the telephone being used one year later?  20 years later? Or today, 141 years later? The telephone is constantly changing.  And expanding. Facebook Live became available less than two years ago.  Where will it be in five years or 20 years? We don’t know, but we want to be at the forefront of finding out! So how do you like your new Video Newspaper? Follow us on Facebook at Istrouma Journal.  Also at Central City News, Capital City News, and my personal Facebook, Woody Jenkins.  Tell us what you think and where you think we should go!

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  • Brig. Gen. Bob Efferson Credits Istrouma With Instilling Values Essential to SuccessBrig. Gen. Bob Efferson Credits Istrouma With Instilling Values Essential to Success

    Brig. Gen. Bob L. Efferson was mobilization assistant to the Commander, 8th Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base and Air Force Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb. The command comprises 10 expeditionary wings and is the Air Force component for USSTRATCOM, providing nuclear and computer network operations capability for the Air Force. Eighth Air Force is the lead numbered air force for integration of information operations; command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and global strike capabilities. The command trains Combined Air and Space Operations Center personnel for worldwide deployment and provides combat-ready forces to combatant commanders. The command also oversees the warfighting capability and operational readiness of the “Mighty Eighth’s” B-2, B-52, E-8C, EC-130H, E-3B, RC-135 and U-2S aircraft. Gen. Efferson was commissioned in 1967 through the Reserve Officers Training Corps.  When recalled to active duty in support of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the general served as a forward operating location commander and A-10 combat pilot. He was then placed in command of the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional), commanding active-duty and Reserve components. He was the air commander of a Reserve fighter group and two Reserve fighter wings. The general is a command pilot with more than 5,500 hours of flying time, including more than 4,200 hours in fighter aircraft and 324 hours of combat time in Southeast Asia, the Persian Gulf and the Decisive Edge operation in Bosnia. Education  1961 Graduate, Istrouma High School, Baton Rouge 1967 Bachelor’s degree in forestry and general studies, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge 1975 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence 1981 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence 1985 Industrial College of the Armed Forces Assignments  March 1967 – March 1968, student, undergraduate pilot training, Craig AFB, Ala. June 1968 – December 1968, gunnery training, F-105 Thunderchief, 4519th Tactical Training Squadron, McConnell AFB, Kan. January 1969 – December 1969, F-105 combat pilot, 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Takhli Royal AFB, Thailand January 1970 – July 1972, T-38 instructor pilot, Moody AFB, Ga. July 1972 – July 1987, F-105 instructor pilot, safety officer, scheduling officer, training officer, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, squadron operations officer, and wing Deputy Commander of Operations, 301st Tactical Fighter Wing, Carswell AFB, Texas July 1987 – December 1992, Commander, 926th Fighter Group, Naval Air Station New Orleans January 1993 – July 1994, Commander, 442nd Fighter Wing, Richards-Gebaur Air Reserve Base, Mo. July 1994 – April 1999, Commander, 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station, Fort Worth April 1999-2003, mobilization assistant to the Cmdr., 8th Air Force, Barksdale AFB, and Air Force Component Cmdr., U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb. Flight Information  Rating: Command pilot Flight hours: More the 5,500 Aircraft flown: F-105, F-4, A-10, F-16 and T-38 Major Awards and Decorations Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster Bronze Star Medal Meritorious Service Medal Air Medal with silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation with oak leaf cluster Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with distinguished “V” device and oak leaf cluster Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait) Effective Dates of Promotion Second Lieutenant Jan. 26, 1967 First Lieutenant Sept. 22, 1968 Captain March 22, 1972 Major May 10, 1977 Lt. Colonel Sept. 21, 1983 Colonel July 1, 1987 Brig, General March 20, 1998

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  • Istrouma Advisory Committee Completes Successful 2017 Centennial CelebrationIstrouma Advisory Committee Completes Successful 2017 Centennial Celebration

    Twice a year, the greats and near-greats of LSU football from the 1950’s to 1970’s gather for a reunion.  It’s a time for the players to see one another, reminisce, and tell stories, “some of which are actually true,” according to Mark Lumpkin, who organizes the event. Lumpkin was the leading scorer on the LSU team in 1968, 1969 and 1970. He earned those points in pressure situations kicking much-needed extra points and field goals.  He also won the national championship throwing the discus. Lumpkin is like the rest of the former Tigers in attendance.  They are genuinely humble men who seek no adulation. They don’t bring family or friends, and they don’t invite the media. Rather, they just enjoy the chance to be around the others who also had the experience and the honor of wearing the purple and gold and running onto the field at Tiger Stadium as an LSU football player. This year Mark Lumpkin decided to bend the rules in order to create a permanent record of the reunions in the form of photos and a video.  I was honored to be invited to come and record the event. Most former players are too humble even to tell your their accomplishments. They are happy just to be regular people, not icons or celebrities.  Conversations go something like this: REPORTER addressing Dr. Tommy Casanova: Tommy, you were an All-American when you were at LSU, weren’t you? CASANOVA: I played with some of the greatest players in the history of LSU and some of the best men I ever met. REPORTER: But you were All American, right? CASANOVA: It’s all about the team. REPORTER addressing great All American Jimmy Taylor: Jimmy, you were All American at LSU and then played for the Green Bay Packers, one of the greatest football teams of all time, right? TAYLOR: To be honest, my favorite sport at Baton Rouge High was basketball.  I felt I was a better basketball player than football player. I wish I had stuck with it! And so it went.  They are eager to tell the exploits of their teammates and friends from other generations but too modest to brag about themselves. The spiritual faith of the former players is obvious.  Former LSU great quarterback Jimmy Field led the group in prayer, and the heartfelt expressions of faith by Field and many other players were inspirational. Their devotion to family is also important.  Everyone spoke about their children and grandchildren, and many were quick to say that they have been married 50 years or more. Under intense questioning, Jimmy Taylor finally broke down and told what it was like to play for the Green Bay Packers under Coach Vince Lombardi with quarterback Bart Star and running back Paul Horning. Taylor explained that when he arrived at Green Bay from LSU, Lombardi had not yet been hired. The Packers went 1-9 that first year. Then Vince Lombardi came and everything changed. Lombardi’s first year with the Packers resulted in a 7-5 season, and the next year they won the NFL championship. Asked how much he made playing in the pros, Taylor said it was never more than $24,000. Is he resentful when he sees professional athletes today making tens of millions of dollars?  Not at all, he said, but there is something that bothers him deeply and it is related to the money. He sees so many athletes who seem to put themselves first.  “It should be all about the team,” Jimmy Taylor said.  “That’s why LSU was so successful, because we put the team first.  Every great team knows that. I learned it playing basketball at Baton Rouge High. There were five of us on the court but only one ball! What to do? We had to learn to work with one another, and when we did, we were successful.” The featured speaker at the reunion was Dr. Clyde Lindsey, former LSU great and one of only a handful of four-sport athletes in LSU history. Lindsey, who played under Coach Bernie Moore, is the only athlete in LSU history who was voted into the LSU Hall of Fame upon graduation! Dr. Lindsey was called up by Robert Ryder who played in the late 1960’s. Ryder introduced Dr. Lindsey and guided him through a series of questions. Lindsey roomed with the fabled LSU All American quarterback and pro star Y. A. Tittle. The two had come together from Texas, and Dr. Lindsey was asked if it was true he recruited Tittle to come to LSU. Lindsey had been the outstanding high school athlete in Texas and was recruited by schools like UCLA, Kansas, and Texas. When LSU came knocking, he asked for a commitment that he could play all four sports, and they agreed. Tittle had signed with the University of Texas. But Dr. Lindsey and coach Bernie Moore devised a plan to lure Tittle to LSU. What they did to lure him will have to stay sealed for another 50 years, but suffice it to say that Y.A. Tittle did in fact come to LSU and did room with Clyde Lindsey. The last LSU game of Lindsey’s career was the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 1947.  At that time, he had the choice of playing professional football, playing professional baseball, or going into coaching. That question was answered on the Cotton Bowl field because Big Fuzzy and Little Fuzzy Brown of Istrouma High were waiting on the field with an offer for Lindsey to come teach and coach at Istrouma High. He stayed there 20 years before going to LSU and then becoming superintendent for East Baton Rouge Parish. Today at age 91, he is still in relatively good health. He stays active tending to family business. The reunion was an incredible event, and I was honored to be one of the few non-players ever to be allowed to come. The men I met remain role models for their communities and a credit to LSU!  Watch the video at https://www.facebook.com/371884726215944/videos/1726020054135731/

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  • New Istrouma Weight Room Now OpenNew Istrouma Weight Room Now Open

    Istrouma High School’s new weight room is now open, and head football coach Jeremy Gradney has members of his football team lifting weights three times a week as the off season begins. Istrouma’s team this year was composed of 9th and 10th graders, few of whom had ever been exposed to weight training. Coach Gradney said he is sure team members will return to the football field next August much bigger and stronger after nearly a year of weight training. Principal Reginald Douglas said, “The weight room is beautiful, and we are very grateful that we have it. Because of budget constraints, we have used equipment, and we are very grateful that it also, but we do hope to be able to afford new equipment soon.  We want to be on par with top schools in our area.  We have to ramp up the fundraising and develop the alumni and community support that you see at schools like Catholic, and Baton Rouge High.” Ironically, weight training for football and other competitive sports actually began at Istrouma High School.  The story of how it began is told in Billy Cannon: A Long, Long Run by Charles deGravelles.  Ironically, the decision to try weight training began when Istrouma lost to Baton Rouge High in 1954. Here’s an excerpt from the Cannon biography: “The Monday after New Year’s Day 1955, a Saia Freight 18 wheeler  parked in front of Istrouma High. Students and coaches began pulling out heavy steel bars and round black weights into the gym. Until this moment, no American high school, college or professional team utilized weightlifting programs to complement its team athletics. It was popular wisdom among coaches that weights were good for bodybuilding but a detriment for other sports, that the muscles produced by weightlifting rendered an athlete slower and more awkward. Some even thought lifting dangerous.” “One man had been trying to change that, and Istrouma High was going to be his testing ground.” Alvin Roy had played at Istrouma football until his graduation in 1938. After the war, he worked with the U.S. weightlifting team. “He saw firsthand how weightlifting  could increase an athlete’s speed and athleticism.” “After Istrouma’s crushing defeat by Baton Rouge High, Istrouma’s coach Big Fuzzy Brown was finally willing to give the weights a try.” Weightlifting began the day the weights arrive, and Roy put the players on a program of working out three days a week with a series of eight lifts. “The Istrouma players, motivated by the defeat by Baton Rouge High, took to the weights with enthusiasm.” Billy Cannon said everyone sensed it would give them an edge. Everyone gained weight and strength. By the time the 1955 season began, Cannon was bench pressing 320 pounds. In 1955, Istrouma won the State Championship and had arguably the greatest team in Louisiana history. Istrouma became the model for weight training in America.  Football and other team sports have never been the same again!

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  • Istrouma Kiwanis Club to Focus On Service to Children in NBRIstrouma Kiwanis Club to Focus On Service to Children in NBR

    A group of businessmen and women are bringing Kiwanis International to North Baton Rouge with the formation of the new Istrouma Kiwanis Club. The goal of Kiwanis is to combat poverty and disease among children around the world, and the goal of the Istrouma Kiwanis Club will be to fight those same things in North Baton Rouge, according to club president, former Sen. Dan Richey. The Istrouma Kiwanis has 20 Charter Members and will be expanding its membership over the next few months. The club will meet at 12 noon on the first Monday of each month in the conference room at Tony’s Seafood on Plank Road.  It will meet at 5 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at a place to be determined. The first service project of the new club will be Breakfast with Santa, which will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Istrouma gym.  Club members will cook pancakes for the kids who will also get to see Santa Claus and have their photos made with Santa. Tickets are complimentary for children 1 to 10.  Tickets for children 11 to 18 are $3, and tickets for adults are $5.  They can be obtained at Istrouma High School or from any Istrouma student or Kiwanian. The club will receive its Charter at a dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. The Charter will be presented by the International President of Kiwanis who is visiting the area. The Istrouma Kiwanis Club is being sponsored by the Downtown Kiwanis Club, which was founded in 1919 and is the oldest Kiwanis club in the Baton Rouge area. For information, contact Woody Jenkins at woodyjenkins@hotmail.com.

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  • Key Club Builds Future Community LeadersKey Club Builds Future Community Leaders

    One of the major goals of the new Istrouma Kiwanis Club will be to launch and mentor a new Key Club for Istrouma High School.  For many years, Istrouma had one of the most active and successful Key Clubs in the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District. The former club operated for more than 60 years and provided scores of worthwhile services for the North Baton Rouge community. Former Istrouma Key Club members who are Charter members of the Istrouma Kiwanis Club are Woody Jenkins, who was International Trustee and served on the International board, John Schittone, and Fred Koch. Other former Key Clubbers are Catherine Jenkins Newsome and Liz Rosetti, who both served as Lt. Governor of the District when they were at Parkview Baptist, and Sen. Dan Richey, who was in the Key Club at Ferriday High School and served as International President of the organization. One of the Charter members is Dr. Clyde Lindsey, 91, who was a Kiwanis president for eight years and served for many years as adviser to the Istrouma Key Club. Johnny Schittone was a long-time Kiwanian before joining the Istrouma Kiwanis Club. The Istrouma Kiwanis Club is being mentored by former Kiwanis Gov. Gary Graham and Downtown Kiwanian Cecil Cavanaugh. The new Kiwanians will in turn mentor members of the new Istrouma High Key Club. The organizational meeting of the Istrouma High Key Club will be held on Istrouma High at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27.  Any student interested in more information about the Key Club should attend.  Key Club is by invitation only. Members of the Istrouma Key Club will work with the Istrouma Kiwanis Club on Kiwanis projects but they will also have their own program of service to the community. They will also need to raise money to fund their activities. Both Kiwanis and Key Club have Division meetings in the Baton Rouge area, annual District meetings for the LaMissTenn District, and an International Convention. Woody Jenkins, who serves as Secretary of the Istrouma Kiwanis Club, encourages high school boys and girls to get involved. “When I was at Istrouma, the Key Club was one of the greatest organizations at the school, and it did so much for me.  It gave me the opportunity to learn to give of myself.  It also afforded many opportunities for travel, which I took advantage of.” For information on Key Club, contact ;principal Reginald Douglas or Coach Bill Umstetter at Istrouma High or contact Woody Jenkins at 225-921-1433 or woodyjenkins@hotmail.com.

    Capital City News / 61 d. 16 h. 32 min. ago more
  • John Schroder Is Republican Candidate for State TreasurerJohn Schroder Is Republican Candidate for State Treasurer

    The pundits see Rep. John Schroder of Covington as a shoo-in to be elected State Treasurer against a relatively unknown Democratic candidate in the Nov. 18 runoff election, but Schroder does not see it that way at all. In an interview, Schroder said, he’s running scared. With an extremely low turnout expected statewide but a runoff election for Mayor of New Orleans, Democrats could well win this race, Schroder said. He is urging Republican voters to vote early or come to the polls Nov. 18.  “A low will elect the Democrat,” he said. East Baton Rouge Parish Republican chairman Woody Jenkins echoed Schroder’s concern and urged citizens to turn out and vote for Schroder Nov. 18.

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  • Elect City Judge Nov. 18Elect City Judge Nov. 18

    Two Republican attorneys are scrambling to get voters to turn out and vote on Saturday, Nov. 18 in the special election for City Judge from a district in South Baton Rouge. The candidates are Assistant District Attorney Chris Hester and 19th Judicial District clerk Judy Moore Vendetto. They led in the Oct. 14 primary over two Democrats and two other Republicans. Both Democrats in the race and one of the Republicans have endorsed Vendetto, the sister of District Attorney Hillar Moore, a Democrat. Actually, Hester also has close ties to Hillar Moore.  Hester serves as Chief Homicide Prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office. Chris Hester also received a major endorsement this week when he was endorsed by the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish. In a statement, the GOP praised both candidates but endorsed Hester because of his strong criminal and civil experience. “All in all, Chris Hester is best qualified to serve as City Judge because of his courtroom experience,” it said.

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  • Coach Hill Left Legacy in Family, StudentsCoach Hill Left Legacy in Family, Students

    Derrell V. Hill went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. He was born October 16, 1948 in Hammond. He was a member of Zoar Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher and deacon. Derrell Hill was a 1966 graduate of Woodlawn High School and a graduate of LSU. He was a principal, coach, and teacher in East Baton Rouge Parish for many years and was a godly influence to many. He served as Superintendent and principal of Parkview Baptist School, assistant principal of Central Private and Belaire High Schools, and principal of Glen Oaks Middle School. Coach Hill had a long, successful career in coaching many sports. He began his coaching career at Prescott Middle school and was a coach at Woodlawn and Belaire high schools. He was a former head football coach and Athletic Director at Central High School. Derrell loved studying God’s word, flowers, gardening, and football, but his true joy was spending time with his grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Zoar Baptist Church in Central on Wednesday September 27, 2017 conducted by Rev. Jared Hill and Dr. Kevin Hand. Burial followed at Zoar Baptist Cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lola Hutchinson Hill; sons and daughters-in-law Jared and Michelle Hill, and Jeremy and Jessica Hill; grandchildren Emma, Owen, John Ryan, Janie, Cohen, and Chloe Hill; parents V.J. and Evell Hill; brothers and sisters-in-law Curtis and Patricia Hill, Darris and Sharon Hill, and Tim Hill; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and nieces. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Patricia Hill, Chris and Sonya Hutchinson, and the staff of Carpenter House for the love and care given to the family during this difficult time. Please share your condolences at www.sealefuneral.com. Derrell spent his childhood on Bayou Barbary Road in Livingston Parish with cousins his age and his brother Curtis, enjoying the rural life and helping his father V.J. Hill with farming. His family later moved to Woodlawn in Baton Rouge where the four boys — Derrell, Curtis, Darris and Tim — grew up right across the street from Woodlawn High School. His mother Evell had a beauty shop and his father V.J. worked at Kleinpeter Dairy. Derrell attended LSU where he met a Central girl, Lola Hutchinson. They were married in 1970 and built their home in Central in 1978. They raised two sons, Jared and Jeremy, of whom they were so proud. Derrell and Lola, a music teacher, graduated in education and spent their lives teaching and loving students in Central, Baton Rouge, and surrounding communities. Derrell’s career in education and coaching allowed him to be a positive influence in many lives. There are so many students and teachers who were touched and greatly influenced by his life. Supt. Wes Watts of West Baton Rouge Parish Schools and a former student athlete related his memory of Central High’s Coach Hill mentioning the Bible story of David and Goliath and planting a seed in Wes’ life. Wes did not know this story and went home to search the Bible. Later Wes was in a Sunday School class taught by Derrell’s father in law, Gordon Hutchinson who asked if the students knew where they would go when they die. This bothered Wes and he went home and prayed to receive Christ. Coach Derrell had a long tenure as Superintendent of Parkview Baptist School, and the new buildings and new stadium there were built under his administration. He finished his career as assistant principal at Central Private School. He spoke fondly of the students, parents and staff at CPS. Derrell’s health worsened in later years and he continued to spend hours studying and sharing God’s word and teaching everyone who came in contact with him, especially his beloved grandchildren. Derrell kept journals for years of his physical pain and suffering and of his love and walk with Christ through it all. He never ceased writing scriptures and prayers daily. He loved talking college football with his sons and was a gentle man of integrity who fought the good fight and left a wonderful legacy of faith. Nita and Wayne Rizzutto shared a memory about Derrell going to visit and share Bible study with their son-in-law Brian Hess, who suffered a brain injury in a car accident. “We recall how hard it was for Derrell to painfully get into our truck for the 20-minute drive to Kimen and Brian’s house. He continued in great pain to walk around and sit to share the Bible study with Brian. Yet, he prepared and shared Bible truths with Brian enthusiastically, and we benefitted from it as well. The compassion with which he spoke and prayed for Brian was heartwarming. On days when it was obvious that Derrell was in more pain than usual, Wayne mentioned to Derrell that if it was too hard for him to make the trip, they didn’t have to go that particular day. Derrell would say that he would have to be a whole lot worse off not to go and share with Brian! How his heart went out to Brian. Brian also was filled with respect and compassion for Derrell, with Brian stating that even though his brain injury rendered a multitude of limitations, he at least didn’t have the 24-7 pain that Derrell had. This memory of his painstaking effort for someone else is such a tribute to the stature of a man that Derrell was.”

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