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June 12, 2012

Louisiana State University loses spot in college world series

Louisiana State University loses spot in college world series

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Louisiana State University‘s (LSU’s) baseball team lost against the Stony Brook Seawolves on Sunday in game 3 of the Baton Rouge Super Regional. The final score was 7–2. This loss closed out LSU’s chances to compete in the US College World Series, but will send the Seawolves to compete in that major event.

Game 1 of the series included a 19-hour rain delay, but ultimately, LSU won that game 5–4. The game was a loss for Stony Brook pitcher Frankie Vanderka. Game 3, however, gave Vanderka an opportunity to redeem himself. Game 2 resulted in a loss for LSU, by two runs.

Stony Brook showed its strong hitting capabilities early in game 3 by scoring the first run in the top of the first inning. Even with strong hitter Mason Katz, LSU was unable to stage a notable come back. In the 6th inning of game 3, Stony Brook pitcher Frankie Vanderka quickly dispatched three of the LSU Tigers, helping to maintain Stony Brook’s position. LSU scored its second and final run for the game in the seventh inning.



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November 30, 2009

Five dead, ten critically injured after van carrying children rolls on Louisiana highway

Five dead, ten critically injured after van carrying children rolls on Louisiana highway

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Five people are dead and ten more are in a critical condition after a minivan packed with children rolled over on Louisiana’s Interstate 10 highway yesterday. The vehicle’s driver lost control after a blowout near Baton Rouge.

The vehicle’s driver, who was among the dead, and a front-seat passenger were the only ones wearing seatbelts. There were thirteen children travelling in the back although there were not enough seatbelts and the van likely only had enough rear seats for ten, according to the Louisiana State Police.

The front driver’s side tire on the GMC Safari blew out as the vehicle moved west. The driver lost control of the swerving van, which sideswiped a delivery truck travelling alongside before bouncing across to the center median, where it flipped. It rolled around 200 feet (75 yards) across the median before landing upright in the opposite lanes. Most of the occupants were ejected and four dead children were found lying in the median. No other vehicles were involved and the trucker pulled over uninjured.

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Several of the victims were members of the same family from Harvey, 75 miles from the wreck. A three-year-old was amongst the dead. The survivors have been taken to two Baton Rouge hospitals and all are in a critical condition. A CNN photograph showed debris strewn around the scene. “I just saw the vehicle flip about three or four times and kids flying everywhere. It looked to be about 10 to 11 kids out of the car,” said eyewitness Tammy Hall.

Although drugs and alcohol are not believed to have been involved police have confirmed samples will be taken from the driver to check. The road was closed for two-three hours in both directions. None of the victims have yet been publicly identified.



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January 15, 2008

Bobby Jindal sworn in as governor of Louisiana

Bobby Jindal sworn in as governor of Louisiana

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Bobby Jindal: “We have the opportunity — born of tragedy but embraced still the same — to make right decades of failure in government.”

Piyush “Bobby” Jindal was inaugurated on Monday as governor of the U.S. state of Louisiana. He is the country’s first Indian American elected governor and the first non-white governor of Louisiana since P. B. S. Pinchback in 1872. At 36 years old, he is currently the nation’s youngest governor as well. Jindal succeeds Kathleen Blanco as the state governor.

The inauguration ceremony was held at the state capitol in Baton Rouge. In a speech, Jindal vowed to put an end to political corruption in the state and speed up recovery from the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.

“We must win a war on corruption and incompetence in government,” said Jindal.

Jindal was serving a second term in the House of Representatives when he was elected last October. He previously served as the head of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals, a post to which he was appointed at the age of 24. A year earlier, he had graduated from University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar.

Jindal is the son of Punjabi immigrants who came to Baton Rouge shortly before his birth. As a teenager, he converted from Hinduism to Catholicism. He takes his nickname from the character Bobby on television’s The Brady Bunch.



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December 14, 2007

Two PhD students shot dead in Louisiana

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Two PhD students shot dead in Louisiana

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Two PhD students were found dead in an apartment in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. They had been shot in the head by unidentified assailants in what investigators are calling an apparent home invasion.

The deceased students have been identified as Chandrashekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, both of who hailed from Andhra Pradesh, India. They were doctorate students at the Louisiana State University (LSU). The homicides occurred at the Edwards Gay Apartments on the school’s campus, and police have been searching for three suspects. These appear to be the first killings on the campus since the early 1990s.

The bodies were discovered after Allam’s pregnant wife called emergency 9-1-1 to request urgent medical aid. Both men had been shot once through the head, according to Charles Zewe, a spokesperson for the EWU system. Officers and medical personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene. The University officials gathered the latest information and sent out an emergency text message to the members of the LSU community who had previously registered their phone numbers with the university’s emergency text-messaging system.

“From what we’re being told, Komma was bound with a computer cable and shot,” Zewe said. “The other man was found near the door.” There were no indications of a forced entry.

“Police actually think it was a straight home invasion and not a concern to the rest of the campus,” said Kristine Calongne, a university spokesperson. The university was not in a state of lockdown at any time.



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May 22, 2006

Five dead in Louisiana church shooting

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A lone gunman has shot and killed four in-laws at the Ministry of Jesus Christ church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The suspect, identified as Anthony Bell (25), was arrested Sunday in a nearby apartment block close to the church. The suspect’s wife, Erica Bell (24), was also shot and killed.

Bell abducted his wife and her three children during a Sunday morning church service. The children, one was an infant, were found unharmed. His relatives described Bell as having “domestic problems”.

It is unclear where the fatal shooting of Mr. Bell’s wife occurred. The church pastor and mother to Erica Bell, Claudia Brown, was wounded during the rampage and was hospitalized in serious condition.

Bell has been charged with five counts of murder, attempted murder, and kidnapping.

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September 10, 2005

Celebrities contribute to Katrina relief

Celebrities contribute to Katrina relief

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Published:Wednesday, September 7, 2005Updated:Saturday, September 10, 2005 (Travolta, Preston, Moore, Stones, Three Doors Down, Johnson, Smith)

After Hurricane Katrina passed across the United States, various artists and media stars have leapt at a call to action.

John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston flew his private plane to deliver a load of supplies and tetanus vaccine to Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Part of a Scientology project which has been using their non-massage “assists”, in an interview Preston mentioned that “auditing” had also been performed on victims.

Kevin Smith is holding an online auction on his Web site.

Sean Penn actually went to Louisiana. After loading down a small boat with his entourage, it was discovered one of them had neglected to seal a hole in the bottom. Penn was wearing a white vest rather than a life vest while bailing. After the motor wouldn’t start, the crew paddled down a flooded New Orleans street. Bystanders jeered at whether any victims could fit aboard the crowded craft. No report on rescue stunts. Local authorities had previously been criticized for not allowing volunteer boaters in to help.

Morgan Freeman, whose home fared well, is organizing an online auction of celebrity items at charityfolks.com, to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Curt Schilling opened his home to a family of nine driven out of their New Orleans home. The Schilling family will provide housing for the Fields for a year while their home in New Orleans is rebuilt and repaired.

Some celebrities “graced” disaster zones with their presence in the days following Katrina.

Singer Macy Gray and television personality Phil McGraw visited Houston’s Astrodome.

Celebrities visiting New Orleans include Michael Moore (opposite side of lake), singer Harry Connick, Jr., CNN’s Anderson Cooper, actor Jamie Foxx, singer Faith Hill, actor Matthew McConaughey, singer Lisa Marie Presley, comedian Chris Rock, and The Oprah Winfrey Show contributor Lisa Ling and interior decorator Nate Berkus.

Oprah Winfrey visited New Orleans, Houston, and Mississippi.

Donations with press releases

Personality Contributions Beneficiary
Jerry Lewis Half of Monday telethon Salvation Army
Shelter From the Storm (US TV networks) Friday telethon  
BET Relief Telethon Friday BET telethon National Urban League and the American Red Cross
MTV ReAct Now Saturday MTV telethon several
Dave Matthews Band Sept 12 concert
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
 
Grand Ole Opry Country Reaches Out Sept 27 telethon  
Serena Williams $100 for every ace she hits on the tennis court  
Jay Leno celebrity motorcycle auction  
Barry Manilow matching contributions
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Red Cross
David Banner Sept. 17 benefit concert in Atlanta  
 
Lance Armstrong $500,000 Affected cancer survivors.
Nicolas Cage $1 million Red Cross
George Clooney $1 million United Way
Ellen DeGeneres $500,000 + donations  
Celine Dion $1 million Red Cross
Hilary Duff $250,000 Red Cross & USA Harvest
Michael Jackson charity single  
Jay-Z and Diddy $1 million Red Cross
Magic Johnson jobs  
Ludacris $100,000  
The Rolling Stones $1 million Red Cross
Steven Spielberg $1.5 million American Red Cross and Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund
Three Doors Down $300,000 Better Life Foundation

Celebrities in the storm

Singer Fats Domino was missing during the New Orleans flood but has since reached safety.

Celebrities out of the storm

New Orleans residents who were out of town during the Hurricane included:

  • Juvenile, who left New Orleans before the storm.
  • Dave Pirner, who was visiting his Minneapolis hometown.
  • Master P, whose family members are missing.
  • The Neville Brothers have relocated to Round Rock, Texas.

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FEMA head relieved of duties

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FEMA head relieved of duties

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The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, announced from Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Friday that Coast Guard Vice Admiral Thad W. Allen will replace the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Michael D. Brown as the Principal Federal Official (PFO) for the recovery effort; however, Mr. Brown will continue as the Director of FEMA.

Admiral Allen was given the assignment of special deputy to Mr. Brown earlier this week. Secretary Chertoff now describes Allen as, “the Principal Federal Official overseeing the Hurricane Katrina response and recovery effort in the field.”

Mr. Brown, who came under intense pressure for government failures to provide timely assistance to disaster victims of Hurricane Katrina, was ordered back to Washington and relieved of his duties in the Gulf States. His immediate FEMA role now will be for its national administration. The personnel change results in FEMA’s local effort now being headed-up by military leadership, instead of civilian. However, Admiral Allen’s Deputy (the number two federal offiicial in the field) is a civilian.

The Coast Guard came under the homeland’s security umbrella in 2003. Allen, a career Coast Guard officer, was in charge of its Atlantic forces fleet during the terrorist 9/11 attack in New York City in 2001.

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Mr. Brown, who was hailed last week by President Bush, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job,” was nominated by Bush himself to head FEMA in 2003. Recent allegations that credentials Brown listed on his resume prior to employment at FEMA, which began in 2001, that said he worked in emergency services for the city of Edmond, OK from 1975 to 1978, along with being awarded “Outstanding Political Science Professor” at the Central State University in Oklahoma, both have come under fire in a report by TIME magazine two days ago. Critics question how thorough the White House was in its vetting Brown for the FEMA assignment.

When commenting about Mr. Brown last Friday, Senator Mary L. Landrieu, who spent more than a week in the hurricane struck area, said “I have been telling him from the moment he arrived about the urgency of the situation” and “I just have to tell you that he had a difficult time understanding the enormity of the task before us.”

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April 11, 2005

Visiting students detained in Louisiana, USA, while photographing ExxonMobil chemical plant

Visiting students detained in Louisiana, USA, while photographing ExxonMobil chemical plant

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Monday, April 11, 2005 A group of 13 students from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire, USA, were detained by security officers as they photographed an ExxonMobil chemical plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The students were accompanied by two professors and an officer from the Louisiana Attorney General’s office. The officer, Willie Fontenot, was subsequently asked to resign from his position at the Attorney General’s office.

Mr. Fontenot has issued a response, provided to Wikinews reporter Pingswept by Steve Case, a professor present at the incident. Fontenot writes,

“Last week, I was asked by Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr. to either retire or run the risk of being fired. No specifics were given to me explaining this decision by the AG. I have always understood that, as an unclassified civil servant, I served at the pleasure of the AG and that I could be dismissed at any time and for no reason. Because of my age, health issues, and investment of twenty-seven years in the state system, I decided early retirement was the best option for me.”

The full text of Fontenot’s statement is reproduced here.

According to a press release from Antioch, the group was initially detained by two off-duty police officers who were under the employ of ExxonMobil but dressed in their police uniforms. The officers were shortly joined by two other security officers who were employed by ExxonMobil. When asked what reports the officers intended to file, “the off-duty sheriff’s department officer refused to answer, and instead responded aggressively that he was going to call in ‘homeland security’ people who would detain the group into the night,” said the press release. In the end, the group was detained for “more than an hour.”

One of the professors, Abigail Abrash Walton told the Keene Sentinel that one of the officers, “aggressively told us that he’d be calling in the Homeland Security people, whatever that meant, and to expect to be with them all night.”

The Keene Sentinel reports that the students were visiting the area because, “Exxon was said to be buying up houses and paying to relocate their owners for various reasons, including that people were allegedly getting sick because of pollution.” The other course instructor, Steve Chase, was quoted in the Sentinel as saying that, “Our objection was not that police officers or even corporate security guards would stop and ask us what we were doing. That seemed totally fair. But lies were told, threats were made and the idea was to intimidate.”

The Sentinel noted that an ExxonMobil spokesperson, Stephanie Cargile, stated that, “We believe our ExxonMobil Security personnel and the off-duty East Baton Rouge Sheriff police officers acted professionally and cordially to Mr. Fontenot and the Antioch students.” The venue in which the statement was made was not mentioned by the Sentinel; thus far, the report has not been corroborated by Wikinews.

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