10 Things TUE, DEC 25 9:57AM
by The Associated Press
10 things to know today
1. ‘IT DOES APPEAR IT WAS A TRAP’
An ex-con guns down two firefighters after luring them to his upstate New York neighborhood by setting a car and a house ablaze.
2. WHAT THE POPE SAID ABOUT GOD ON CHRISTMAS
Benedict XVI asked that people make room for religion in their hectic, technology-driven lives.
3. GIFTS FOR GRIEVING NEWTOWN
People have donated toys, books and money to the Connecticut town since the Dec. 14 school shooting.
4. CHARACTER ACTOR CHARLES DURNING DIES AT 89
Durning, a World War II hero, starred in “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” and “Tootsie” and was nominated twice for Oscars.
5. OBAMACARE TAX HIKES ON THE WAY
The increases mainly affect the wealthy and the health care industry and kick in on Jan. 1.
6. A ‘LOST TRIBE’ MOVES TO ISRAEL
Dozens of Jews who claim to be the descendants of a biblical tribe emigrated from their northeastern Indian village.
7. DOUBTS FOR A TRUCE IN SYRIA
An international envoy indicates no progress had been made toward ending the civil war after meeting with Assad.
8. HOW THE PRESIDENT SPENDS CHRISTMAS VACATION
Obama worked out at the Marine Corps base gym, golfed and met up with his family at a Hawaii beach.
9. A SURVIVOR OF SANDY DIES IN PUERTO RICO
Dylan Smith, a 23-year-old lifeguard who used his surfboard to ferry people to safety in New York’s Rockaways , dies in a surfing accident.
10. WHAT THE AP SAID ABOUT ‘LES MISERABLES’
Movie Critic Christy Lemire says the big-screen version of the musical is “enormous and sprawling and not the slightest bit subtle.”
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.