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October 03, 2018 - 12:00 am


Professor cooks up class inspired by Anthony Bourdain

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A professor in Louisiana is cooking up a class inspired by the late globe-trotting food chronicler Anthony Bourdain.

News outlets report the three-credit course titled "Anthony Bourdain and His Influencers" will be offered at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, starting in spring 2019. Students will compare some of Bourdain's most famous work with the writings and films that influenced him.

The class was the brainchild of Todd Kennedy, who heads the university's film department. Kennedy says he admired how Bourdain helped audiences understand the countries he visited by quoting literature and making references to films he had seen about those places. Kennedy thought it would be worth teaching to others.

The 61-year-old Bourdain killed himself in June in France, where he was working on an episode of his CNN series, "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown."


Man free after arrest on false shooting accusation

(Information from: The Advocate,

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man who spent nearly two months in jail after being accused of shooting at a Louisiana police officer has been freed, as evidence indicated that only the officer fired a gun.

Twenty-one-year-old Raheem Howard was released early Tuesday. He had faced a charge of attempted murder of a Baton Rouge police officer. But a prosecutor later said there was insufficient evidence for the charge. The Advocate reported that audio from the police car's rear camera and a neighbor's surveillance video supported Howard's claim that only one gunshot was fired after the Aug. 7 traffic stop.

Howard remained in jail until Tuesday because his probation was revoked for earlier convictions.

The officer, Yuseff Hamadeh, was initially placed on paid administrative leave, but later returned to desk duty,



Prosecutor mulls Louisiana trial after Mississippi hung jury

(Information from: The News-Star,

MONROE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prosecutor says his office will confer with Mississippi counterparts before trying a man accused of murder in both states.

Assistant District Attorney Geary Aycock tells The News-Star of Monroe that no decision has been made on trying Quinton Tellis there after a Mississippi jury couldn't reach a verdict on separate murder charges.

Tellis is charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 death of Ming-Chen Hsiao. The Taiwanese woman had been a university student.

A mistrial was again declared Monday in Tellis' trial on capital murder charges in the 2014 burning death of Jessica Chambers. In 2017, another jury in Batesville, Mississippi, told a judge they were deadlocked and couldn't reach a verdict.

Tellis has already pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of Hsiao's debit card. He also faces a drug charge in Monroe.



Teens accused of killing Virginia airman based in Louisiana

BENTON, La. (AP) — A 17-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy are accused of killing an airman who was from Virginia and stationed in Louisiana.

News outlets report that both were arrested on charges of second-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Tech Sgt. Joshua Kidd.

Louisiana law considers the 17-year-old an adult. Bossier (BOZH-er) Parish District Attorney Schuyler Marvin tells KTBS-TV he'll ask the court to try the 15-year-old as an adult.

Crosby says both also face 10 counts of vehicle burglary and one of firearm theft.

Kidd was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base. He was shot near his home in Bossier City. The Shreveport Times reports that he grew up in Moneta (moh-NEE-tuh), Virginia, and his body was being returned to Virginia.


Machete-wielding man subdued outside New Orleans City Hall

(Information from: WWL-TV,

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police used a stun device to subdue a man who brandished a machete in a park across from New Orleans City Hall.

Video from WWL-TV shows the unidentified, shirtless man confronting several men as they move close to him in Duncan Plaza, across the street from the front of City Hall. When the man pulls the machete from its sheath, the video shows a uniformed state trooper approaching, aiming at the man with the stun device. The man falls to the ground.

State police told the station that the man was being treated at a hospital and would then be held by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office.



AP: Firms sell school 'hardening' as mass shooting solution

Security companies are succeeding in their quiet campaign to elevate the fortification of schools over other approaches to prevent mass shootings of students.

Industry pushed the "hardening" of U.S. schools for years, but cost and other concerns slowed sales for products such as bullet-resistant doors and smoke cannons that spew haze to confuse a shooter.

An Associated Press investigation shows how the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, changed that.

Industry representatives saw an opportunity and used an ongoing influence campaign to persuade lawmakers to spend big on upgrades. Since February, Congress has greenlighted $350 million for equipment and other school security. States have approved another $450 million.

Educators and experts say mass school shootings remain uncommon and that mental-health counseling reduces violence more effectively.


Sheriff: Someone attempted to burn body of woman found dead

(Information from: American Press,

CAMERON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff says someone used gasoline to burn the body of a woman found dead alongside a Cameron Parish road.

Sheriff Ron Johnson tells the American Press someone likely tried to set 32-year-old Mitzie B. Galimidi's body on fire to destroy evidence. He says the state fire marshal's office says rain likely prevented the fire from burning the woman's corpse.

A school bus driver spotted Galimidi's body Wednesday morning. Johnson says Galimidi was already dead when she was brought to the scene and her body seems to have been there for less than 24 hours. He says her cause of death is pending toxicology and autopsy results, and it's unclear if her death was a homicide.

He says the illegal dumping of a body is a crime.



Man accused of setting gas pump on fire with stolen lighter

(Information from: The New Orleans Advocate,

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man is accused of setting a New Orleans gas pump on fire with a lighter stolen from the gas station's convenience store.

Citing a Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal release, The New Orleans Advocate reports 32-year-old Marlon Coleman was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated arson. The release says Coleman put the lit lighter near where the pump's nozzle connected to the fuel tank of his truck.

The pump caught fire and another man put out the blaze. It says Coleman then asked the man to be a witness in a lawsuit Coleman planned to file. It says the man declined and Coleman left the scene. It says Coleman was identified through store surveillance video.

It's unclear if Coleman has a lawyer who can comment.


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