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June 13, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- At least one person died and another is missing and presumed dead after an explosion Thursday at a petrochemical plant in the central Louisiana town of Geismar, authorities said. Another 49 people were removed from the plant by ambulance, according to Jean Kelly, a spokeswoman for the state's department of environmental quality, which responded to the explosion. She said 300 workers were evacuated at the time of the blast. The explosion occurred at about 8:37 a.m. CDT at the Williams Geismar Olefins plant, leading officials to notify local emergency managers, activate emergency shut-down valves and isolate the unit, according to a company statement . After the explosion, a boiler at the plant caught fire, according to a statement on the Iberville Parish Facebook page.
June 9, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach John Savage was as giddy as his typically stoic demeanor would allow after his team defeated Cal State Fullerton, 3-0, Saturday night to advance to the College World Series. "Whenever you get to Fullerton and win two games, beating what I think is the best team in the country, it says a lot about your character," Savage said. Fans of Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Louisiana State might disagree about Fullerton's being the best team, but Savage's excitement was understandable.
March 26, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A 33-year-old woman who escaped from a Louisiana prison while serving time for manslaughter was arrested in downtown Los Angeles on Monday. Keana Barnes is believed to have broken out of the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women by jumping out her first-floor cell window and scaling several fences, including at least one barbed wire fence, on Jan. 1. Her bold escape and violent criminal history earned her a spot on the U.S. Marshals Service's...
December 31, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
On screen and off, Kerry Washington is a strong woman with strong convictions. Not only does she play the tough political crisis manager Olivia Pope on ABC's highly rated show "Scandal," she also commanded the national stage on the final night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. So it's a bit incongruous to see Washington taking on a role like Broomhilda von Shaft - a plantation slave desperately in need of being rescued by her man - in "Django Unchained. " Washington, though, describes herself not just as a feminist but also a womanist - a term coined by Alice Walker to define black feminism.
December 22, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Sarah Childs might be getting a lump of coal for Christmas. But she's also gotten the gift of a temporary restraining order, which means she can continue giving her neighbors an eyeful. U.S. District Judge James Brady of the middle district court of Louisiana has ordered Denham Springs, La., officials to leave Childs alone about her home's Christmas display,  the Associated Press reports. Childs has been fighting with her neighbors, and on Nov. 27 -- as the American Civil Liberties Union put it in a  complaint against the city -- "installed on the roof of her house a string of holiday lights in the shape of a human hand with an extended middle finger.
December 19, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
A federal jury has ordered a Los Angeles recruiting firm and its owner to pay $4.5 million to 350 teachers who said they were lured from the Philippines for teaching jobs in Louisiana but ended up being exploited. The verdict, handed down Monday at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles, followed a two-week trial in which lawyers for the teachers argued that Universal Placement International Inc. and its president, Lourdes "Lulu" Navarro, charged excessive fees that saddled the teachers with debt.
December 19, 2012
USC VS. UC IRVINE When: 8. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Network; Radio: 710. Records: USC 4-6, UC Irvine 5-7. Update: UC Irvine was within three points of Louisiana State with under a minute left after Daman Starring made a three-point basket but the Anteaters ended up losing, 66-60, Tuesday night at the Bren Center. Last month, Irvine lost by a point to UCLA in overtime at Pauley Pavilion. The Anteaters outrebounded Louisiana State, 50-43, led by the seven rebounds of sophomore Will Davis II. USC Coach Kevin O'Neill said he will stick with the starting lineup he used Saturday in a victory over UC Riverside.
December 7, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
“The Bathtub,” the grittily colorful Bayou region in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” may seem like a difficult and impoverished place. After all, director Benh Zeitlin based it on towns outside the Louisiana levee system that have been destroyed and rebuilt dozens of times and lack what might be considered a conventional quality of life. But Zeitlin says that he views the Bathtub -- and the real-life towns that inspired it -- as something very different. “There's this kind of joyous spirit that's still intact and this culture that's still intact,” he told the audience at the Times' Envelope Screening Series earlier this week.
December 3, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Former Laker Karl Malone, who went to school at Louisiana Tech, went on a Twitter rant Sunday after his school missed out on a bowl game. Louisiana Tech had an invitation to the Independence Bowl in its pocket, but was hoping for an invitation to a more lucrative bowl. Independence Bowl official weren't happy with that, and, after Louisiana Tech failed to receive the bowl invite they were waiting for, Independence Bowl official told them their invite was no longer valid. Result: the 9-3 Bulldogs aren't going anywhere.
December 3, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
You might rather know what goes into the sausages at "Barry's Floor Scraps & Other Deli Delights" than know what goes into making college football's postseason. The system is so smarmy and sullied it sometimes defies explanation or description. For example, when the Music (City) stopped Sunday night, Louisiana Tech at 9-3 was left out of a bowl but Georgia Tech at 6-7 got in without much of a fight. Louisiana Tech was in the top 25 of the Associated Press media poll for five weeks and leads the nation in total offense.
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