December 31, 2012 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
“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 |
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 |
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.
November 27, 2012 |
ANGOLA, La. - In the middle of the rodeo arena, the four men could smell manure from the animal pens and cracklins and caramel corn from the stands as they steadied themselves in their plastic lawn chairs, spread their hands on the red card table in front of them and planted their feet in the mud. They were bracing for the bull. Once it was turned loose, the last one sitting in this game called Convict Poker would win. They looked almost identical in their black helmets, protective vests and striped uniforms.
November 24, 2012
A welder injured in an explosion on an oil platform off the Louisiana coast two weeks ago has died -- only hours after his family had arrived at his bedside, the Philippines Embassy announced. "We were very saddened to learn Avelino Tajonera , one of the workers injured in the Nov. 16 incident, passed away last night, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family," Black Elk Energy said in a statement Saturday. "We continue to work in close cooperation with government officials to understand exactly what happened in this incident.
November 17, 2012
Utah State 48, at No. 19 Louisiana Tech 41 (OT): Kerwynn Williams scored on a four-yard touchdown run to give Aggies a lead in overtime and Utah State stopped the Bulldogs on four plays to clinch at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship. Chuckie Keeton threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns for the Aggies (9-2, 5-0), who let a 24-point, third-quarter lead slip away against the Bulldogs (9-2, 4-1). A pass by Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron was intercepted late in the second quarter, snapping his NCAA-record streak of 445 attempts without an interception.