1. WHY CONNECTICUT COULD BE THE TIPPING POINT IN GUN DEBATE A Republican senator calls for a gun violence study and some Democrats push tighter restrictions.
2. CLOSING IN ON ‘FISCAL CLIFF’ DEAL Obama softened his demand for higher upper-income taxes; Boehner said he would accept higher taxes on investment income. 3. BACK TO SOME ROUTINES AFTER DEADLY RAMPAGE Most students are going back to school in Newtown, Conn.
4. WHERE NEWTOWN KIDS RAN WHEN THEY ESCAPED Six children ran to neighbor Gene Rosen’s driveway after their teacher was shot. He took them in and called their parents. 5. NBC CORRESPONDENT RELEASED UNHARMED AFTER KIDNAPPING IN SYRIA The network says Richard Engel and his production team were held for five days by an “unknown group.”
6. 50-YEAR SENATE VETERAN FROM HAWAII DIES Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye, the WWII hero who played key roles in the Watergate and Iran-Contra investigations, was 88. 7. HOW NORTH KOREA’S SATELLITE IS DOING Astronomers say it is tumbling in space, but could remain in orbit for several years.
8. IRAQI PRESIDENT SUFFERS A STROKE Doctors at a Baghdad hospital are trying to stabilize Jalal Talaban’s condition. 9. WHAT EASY-BAKE’S GENDER-NEUTRAL OVEN WILL LOOK LIKE It’s black, silver and blue, instead of purple and pink. A 13-year-old girl asked Hasbro to make a toy that appeals to all children.
10. WHY ‘THE SOPRANOS’ ENDED THE WAY IT DID It’s not about whether Tony lived or died, director David Chase tells the AP’s Jake Coyle. It’s “the idea of how short life is and how precious it is.”
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.