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Autopsy Review Finds Car Crash Didn't Kill Ronald Greene

Black man was beaten, restrained by officers in Louisiana after minor crash

(Newser) - Update: Body camera video released earlier this year shows Louisiana State Police troopers beating, stunning, and dragging Ronald Greene before his death—and an autopsy review ordered by the FBI could make homicide charges more likely. Sources tell the AP that the forensic review has removed the relatively minor car...

Killer Put Away for Life Dead in Apparent Suicide

Judge said Kenneth Gleason, murderer of 2 Black men in Louisiana, couldn't be rehabilitated

(Newser) - A white man convicted of the random killing of two Black men in Baton Rouge, La., in 2017 reportedly died by suicide just as he was starting a life sentence. Authorities say Kenneth Gleason, 27, was discovered dead early Wednesday in his cell at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola,...

Python Escapes From Home, Bites Neighbor on Toilet
He Sat on the
Toilet at Dawn.
Suddenly, a 'Nip'
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He Sat on the Toilet at Dawn. Suddenly, a 'Nip'

Python escapes from Austria apartment, ends up in neighbor's bathroom

(Newser) - An elderly Austrian man had an unpleasant surprise waiting for him while answering nature's call early Monday: a python, in his toilet. The man, identified by the BBC as 65-year-old Walter Erhart, tells the broadcaster that he "went to the toilet as usual" in his Graz apartment around...

Body of LSU Freshman Found in Mississippi River
Body of Missing LSU
Student Is Found

Body of Missing LSU Student Is Found

Freshman Kori Gauthier found in Mississippi River; no foul play suspected

(Newser) - The body of a missing Louisiana State University student has been found in the Mississippi River, ending a dayslong search involving hundreds of people. "We have concluded that there was no criminal activity or foul play involved" in the death of Kori Gauthier, an 18-year-old freshman, LSU Police Chief...

Frat Brothers Give Their Old Cook a Generous Surprise

LSU's Phi Gamma Delta brothers donate to pay off Jessie Hamilton's mortgage

(Newser) - Jessie Hamilton says she's worked at least two jobs, and sometimes four, ever since she was 14. She's now 74 and finally ready to retire, thanks to a generous act from some of the people she's served throughout her career. Fourteen of those years, from 1982 to...

'Morally Compromised' J&J Vaccine Shunned by NOLA Archdiocese
'Moral Concerns' Hover
Over J&J Vaccine
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'Moral Concerns' Hover Over J&J Vaccine

Archdiocese of New Orleans, Diocese of Baton Rouge slam it for using cell lines from abortions

(Newser) - As health experts continue to plead with the public to accept any vaccine currently offered—be it one from Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson —a new wrinkle has emerged for the latter shot in Louisiana. That's because on Friday, the Archdiocese of New Orleans implored Catholics to,...

US Cities That Need the Most Vaccine Doses to Start

Detroit, Cleveland top the list

(Newser) - With Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine possibly just days away from being shipped, the next order of business will be starting to divvy it up for distribution across the country. WalletHub looked at more than 90 cities across America to figure out which may need the most initial vaccinations. The site...

LSU Player: I Was 'Violated Numerous Times' in Police Stop

3 Baton Rouge officers placed on leave

(Newser) - Police in Baton Rouge say three officers have been placed on administrative leave following a Saturday night incident in which LSU Tigers player Koy Moore said he was "violated." "Last night, I was approached by a policeman. They pulled guns on me assuming I had a gun...

Hostess Attacked for Following Virus Rules Won't Return to Job

Police make 3 arrests in assault of 17-year-old who enforced social distancing

(Newser) - When a group of 13 arrived at a Louisiana Chili's last weekend to dine, the hostess explained that the restaurant's social distancing rules limit each table to six people. The group became agressive then, Kelsy Wallace said. She was trying to figure out where to put everyone when...

Activist Confronts School Board Member, Goes Viral

Gary Chambers wasn't having it when Connie Bernard defended school named for Robert E. Lee

(Newser) - An activist who showed up at a Louisiana school board meeting has gone viral after he confronted one board member who defended keeping the name of a school named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and seemed to be shopping online during the Thursday meeting, per ABC News . "I...

Pastor Rallies Hundreds, Claims COVID-19 Is 'Political'

The Rev. Tony Spell of Louisiana intends to continue services until forced to stop

(Newser) - Louisiana had already banned gatherings of more than 50 people before Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a statewide order against groups of more than 10 on Sunday. But the first order didn't stop a pastor from herding a claimed 1,000 people into his church week after week, and...

Rape Victim to Judge's $150K Restitution Idea: Uh, No

Bruce Bennett offered to reduce 12-year sentence for Sedrick Hills if he financially compensated victim

(Newser) - A rape victim's response to what a Louisiana judge likely thought was a generous offer: No thanks. The AP reports District Court Judge Bruce Bennett made the surprising overture Thursday right after he'd sentenced 44-year-old Sedrick Hills to 12 years behind bars for raping the woman, now 31,...

Most, Least 'Green' Cities in America
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'Greenest' City

This Is America's 'Greenest' City

San Francisco tops WalletHub's California-dominant list

(Newser) - The Golden State might be more appropriately called green, according to WalletHub . The site looked at 28 "green" indicators—including water and air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, annual excess fuel consumption, and the share of electricity from renewable sources—in America's 100 largest cities to find those that...

Police: Beloved Activist Found Dead in Trunk Killed by Tenant

Ronn Jermaine Bell, 38, was said to be behind on the rent owed to Sadie Roberts-Smith

(Newser) - Police in Baton Rouge, La., called it a "heinous act," and on Tuesday they announced they had made an arrest. Chief Murphy J. Paul Jr. says Ronn Jermaine Bell, 38, has been arrested on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of black activist Sadie Roberts-Smith—who...

Black Activist Found 'Murdered' in Car Trunk

Sadie Roberts-Smith 'was amazing and loved her history'

(Newser) - Louisiana police made a shocking find Friday: A black activist who helped establish an African American museum lay dead in a car trunk, ABC News reports. Sadie Roberts-Smith, 75, was discovered in a residential part of downtown Baton Rouge. "Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or...

Officer Who Killed Alton Sterling Fired

2nd Baton Rouge police officer suspended without pay

(Newser) - The Louisiana police officer who shot and killed Alton Sterling in July 2016 was fired from the Baton Rouge police force Friday, the New York Times reports. Blane Salamoni shot Sterling six times outside a convenience store where the 37-year-old was selling CDs. A second officer, Howie Lake, was suspended...

Cops Won't Face Charges in Baton Rouge Shooting

State attorney general announces decision in Alton Sterling case

(Newser) - Louisiana's attorney general has ruled out criminal charges against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man whose death fueled widespread protests. Attorney General Jeff Landry's announcement Tuesday comes nearly 11 months after the Justice Department ruled out federal criminal charges in...

White Man Arrested in Potentially Race-Based Murders

Police say Kenneth Gleason killed 2 black men, fired into home of black family

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 23-year-old white man who allegedly killed two black men and fired shots into the home of a black family over the past two weeks in Louisiana, the AP reports. Kenneth Gleason, who was arrested Tuesday in Baton Rouge on suspicion of first-degree murder, was tied to...

Suspect Held After 'Racially Motivated' Louisiana Murders

2 black men were shot dead in separate incidents

(Newser) - Police in Louisiana suspect that a man taken into custody Saturday is the attacker who killed two black men in apparently random, possibly racially motivated murders. Police say Kenneth Gleason, 23, has been charged only with drug offenses for now because they don't have enough evidence for a murder...

Baton Rouge Cop Sues Black Lives Matter, Leaders

Complaint by officer injured in gunman's ambush says BLM incited violence

(Newser) - Last July, a police officer in Baton Rouge, La., was seriously injured after a gunman ambushed him and five other members of law enforcement, killing three—and now that officer is suing various arms of the Black Lives Matter movement and some of its leaders, CNN reports. The complaint filed...

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