10 Things THU, DEC 13 10:25AM
by The Associated Press
10 things to know today
1. WHY NORTH KOREA’S ROCKET MAY NOT BE A THREAT YET
Experts say North Korea is still years away from developing nuclear missiles that could hit targets.
2. SYRIA’S CLOSEST ALLY SAYS ASSAD IS LOSING CONTROL
Russia’s deputy foreign minister says the opposition may win the civil war.
3. WHAT OREGON MALL SHOOTING SUSPECT SAID ON FACEBOOK
“I may be young but I have lived one crazy life so far,” Jacob Tyler Roberts wrote.
4. HOW THE PRINCESS’S NURSE DIED
A coroner says Jacintha Saldanha, who answered a hoax call about the Duchess of Cambridge, was found hanging in her room.
5. CONCERT FOR NEW YORK CITY 2.0
Legends from Paul McCartney to The Who sang to benefit Sandy victims, repeating performances from a 9/11 concert in 2001.
6. INTERN IN U.S. SENATOR’S OFFICE ARRESTED
Federal officials say the 18-year-old Peruvian is in the country illegally — and is a registered sex offender.
7. AN AILING PRESIDENT
Venezuela’s government says President Hugo Chavez may not recover from cancer surgery in time for his inauguration in January.
8. CHANGING DIRECTION ON IPHONE
Apple returned Google Maps’ app to the iPhone after Apple’s own mapping software caused widespread complaints.
9. THE MOST QUAKE-PRONE TOWN
More than 170 tremors were felt in five weeks in Navidad on the Chilean coast.
10. HOW A FAN BUILT A HOUSE FOR BILBO BAGGINS
Inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Hobbit” books, a lifelong fan’s Pennsylvania cottage uses 18th-century stone and a Spanish cedar, iron-hinged door.
David Calhoun, ‘EB’ Brooks join Lafayette Central Park
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.
Alex Lege: 'The Cop Watcher'
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.
Update: PXP creating 600 jobs averaging 100k
At Thursday's State of the Economy luncheon, LEDA President and CEO Gregg Gothreaux said PXP has already quietly hired 180 people for its Broussard expansion.
Zachary Barker takes helm of the Opportunity Machine
Zachary Barker continues making waves in Lafayette’s business scene, mostly recently being named director of the Opportunity Machine.
Shakin' at the Shack
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.
in case you missed it
COOL TOWN 2013
This year’s Cool Town issue is all about people who are not native to South Louisiana but made a conscious decision to be here, to be among us, to participate in our culture and contribute to it.
A curious compact
A shelved ordinance transferring $200,000 from a northside drainage project to a south Lafayette development may not break any laws, but it stinks to high heaven.
It's good, it's bad and it's just plain crazy.
Saving Saturday Night
An effort to restore a shuttered dancehall and document other vacant or razed honky-tonks could serve as a model for saving an endangered species of entertainment.
Posthaste vs. HART FORTENBERY
Lafayette’s gene pool has been host to a long line of eccentric characters who have blurred the lines between crazy, genius, disturbed and curiously entertaining.