Gasoline prices increased yesterday as Hurricane Ike turned north, pushing toward the mass of refinery operations and offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. Crude prices, however, continued to sink, a downward trend that reflects slowing global demand and the strengthening dollar -- making oil less attractive as a safe haven for investors.
Gasoline futures jumped 4.6 percent to $2.78 per gallon on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and wholesale price for gasoline produced on the Gulf Coast jumped about 30 percent. The spike will almost certainly lead to higher prices at the pump.
Companies, including Exxon Mobil, Valero Energy, ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil, have halted refinery operations on the Texas coast, most in the Houston area.
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.
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.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.