The Monroe News-Star reports that Jena 6 defendant Mychal Bell shot himself in the chest with a .22, but that the injury wasn't life-threatening. Monroe Police Sgt. Cassandra Wooten told the paper, "[Bell] said he couldn't take it anymore; he was back in the media again."
The 18-year-old who had been living in Monroe was back in the news when he was arrested on Christmas Eve on charges of shoplifting, resisting arrest, and simple battery in an incident at the Pecanland Mall.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.