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THURSDAY, June 28, 2012

Local TV Pioneer Tommie Gibbens Dies



Southern Baptists Elect 1st Black North Boulevard Town Square Wins National President: the Rev. Fred Luter ‘Livability’ Award New Downtown Park recognized by U.S. Conference of Mayors

Thomas Edward Gibbens

BATON ROUGE — The man credited with founding WAFB-TV, Thomas Edward Gibbens, passed away Sunday. “Tommie” Gibbens launched WAFB in 1953 and was the station’s first General Manager. At the time, there was no live network service available and the only programming was either on film or originated from the WAFB studios on Government Street. WAFB was the first station on the air in Baton See gibbens, on page 2

The City Of Baton Rouge Now Utilizing Social Media The City of Baton Rouge Public Information Office is working to connect with citizens on a variety of social networks to start a dialogue and keep people engaged in what the City’s doing every day on matters of interest, both socially and governmental. If you’re a member of the social networking website then, why not become a follower of “The City of Baton Rouge” on Facebook and Twitter. By using this new technology, The Office of Public Information continues to find ways to make the public aware of key City-Parish issues. We proudly share information about how we are putting tax dollars to work. With over 5,000 supporters now following us, we strive to keep the public informed of important decision making meetings as they happen, as well as community events See media, on page 2

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The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. of New Orleans elected first black president of Southern Baptist Convention

Crosby described Luter, 55, as “a man who would probably be nominated for sainthood if he was Catholic” and “a firebreathing, miracleworking pastor.” Luter, he said, is a man “with a great family and an unblemished, untarnished reputation in this community, where he has lived all his life.”

HOUSTON -- The Rev. Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, was elected Tuesday as the first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Luter’s candidacy at the convention’s annual meeting in New Orleans on Tuesday was unchallenged. Before the vote, the Rev. David Crosby of First Baptist Church in New Orleans, who became an ally of Luter after Hurricane Katrina, took the podium. He addressed the packed convention hall and a live online audience in nominating Luter for president. Crosby described Luter, 55, as “a man who would probably

be nominated for sainthood if he was Catholic” and “a fire-breathing, miracle-working pastor.” Luter, he said, is a man “with a great family and an unblemished, untarnished reputation in this community, where he has lived all his life.” “The church was on its last legs,” he said of Luter’s congregation at Franklin Avenue. “Fred Luter led this church of 65 members to become the largest worshiping congregation of Southern Baptists in Louisiana, baptizing thousands.” “Fred Luter ’s the only megachurch pastor I know who did it twice,” he said. Crosby, who is white, recalled how the two men teamed See luter, on page 2

BATON ROUGE, LA The U.S. Conference of Mayors honored Baton Rouge’s new North Boulevard Town Square today with a City Livability Merit Award in its annual City Livability Contest. The national competition recognizes mayors and their city governments for developing programs that enhance the quality of life in urban areas. Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden accepted the prestigious award today at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual meeting in Orlando, Mayor Holden noted that the $7-million North Boulevard Town Square has quickly established itself as the social and cultural heart of Baton Rouge in the two months since it officially opened. “This project has taken our downtown to the next level among American cities,” said Mayor Holden, “and that increases our ability to attract visitors and new businesses to keep our local economy strong. The New Town Square also provides a quality of life and space for programs that we hear over and over are important to the people of East Baton Rouge Parish.” The project was funded using a combination of CityParish funds, state sales tax rebates and money from the

Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden

Federal Transit Authority. The North Boulevard Town Square project created an acre of open green space in the heart of downtown by reconfiguring several streets near the historic Old State Capital and the new 19th JDC Courthouse. The Town Square includes two stages for concerts, a fountain, tables and chairs, a covered bus stop and a media tower with a high-definition screen. The $2-million second phase of the Town Square project is slated to begin later this year to extend the park east along the North Boulevard median from Fourth Street to Fifth Street, and as far west as River Road. Established in 1979, the City Livability Awards are given annually to 10 cities with populations less than 100,000, and to 10 cities of 100,000 or more inhabitants. Every municipality in the United States was eligible to nominate one or more city government programs in any policy area to See award, on page 2

Mu Sigma Chapter Installation Of Officers BATON ROUGE, LA - The Mu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. installed its officers for the 20122014 sorority year on June 10, 2012. The officers are as follows: Deborah Daniels – president, Deirdre Harris Stepter- 1st vice president; Enjoli Reynolds - 2nd vice president and advisor to Beta Alpha chapter at Southern University; Aislinn Herrera 3rd vice president and advisor to Gamma Pi Chapter at Louisiana State University; Charis

Bossier Senior Team Wins 1st Place In Quiz

Carey - 4th vice president and advisor to Pi Iota Chapter at Southeastern University; Nikisha Garrett- recording secretary; See officers, on page 3

From left Enjoli Reynolds, Aislinn Herrera, Deborah Daniels-president, Deirdre Harris Stepter, Nora Alexander, Ashley Whiten. Seated is Charis Carey. Not pictured are Sorors Nikisha Garrett and Elouise Colbert.

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The U.S. Senate has reportedly reached a deal to keep student loan interest rates from doubling. House Republicans are expected to discuss the issue with their members at a closed meeting...See Page 3


CASA Annual Fundraiser The Southern University Ag Center’s annual Family and Youth Exposition successfully concluded on June 16 with awards ceremony. The culminating event for the 2011 youth development program activities statewide brought 350 youth together for a two-day educational, fun-filled experience. ...See Page 2

Capital Area CASA Association is pleased to announce its 18th annual Casas for CASA playhouse fundraiser, a three-week event to generate public awareness, funding and community support for CASA’s efforts..See Page 3

Back-to-School Haircuts for Kids

Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus is again offering complimentary back-to-school haircuts for children this summer. The event is called Cuts for Kids and begins Monday, July 23 and runs for two weeks..See Page 5

Black Clergy Work to End AIDS

A new study reveals that for black clergy members, traditional barriers to talking about HIV prevention are giving way to faith-friendly messages about getting tested for HIV and staying on treatment.. See Page 7

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Bossier Senior Team Wins 1st Place In Quiz Bowl

BATON ROUGE - The Southern University Ag Center’s annual Family and Youth Exposition successfully concluded on June 16 with awards ceremony. The culminating event for the 2011 youth development program activities statewide brought 350 youth together for a two-day educational, fun-filled experience. The youth competitions were outstanding. In the Quiz Bowl competition, Calcasieu Parish took first place among the junior teams, followed by East/West Carroll Parishes and St. Landry Parish in third place. Bossier Parish took first place in the senior category; second place went to East/West Carroll Parishes; and East Baton Rouge took third place. True to this year’s theme, the youth made a strong connection with the agricultural sciences. Illustrated talk and public speaking contests centered on agricultural topics. Among the public speaking contestants was 18-year old Ariel Chapman from Calcasieu Parish who spoke on the topic of “By-products of

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Bossier Parish took first place in the senior category; second place went to East/West Carroll Parishes; and East Baton Rouge took third place.

Corn.” Chapman, a first time contestant came from St. Louis Catholic High School. Laken Chambers also from Calcasieu Parish vied for the prize in the middle school category of illustrated talk on the topic of “The Miracle of the Chicken.” Chambers, also a first time contestant came from Lake Charles Charter Academy. “Speaking to the public is ok and I look forward to doing it again next year,” said Chambers. Among the seasoned contestants was Kaisha Olivier from St. Martin Parish who competed in public speaking on the topic of “Economic Success.” The second time contestant said she chose economics “to learn how to be

successful in economics in the future, and how to speak in front of big groups.” Na’kaven Chevalier traveled from St. Martin Parish to attend the Expo for the first time so he could observe and learn how to prepare to join the competition next year. “I came to learn public speaking, illustrated talk, and see the Southern University campus so I can return next year and compete in public speaking,” said Chevalier. During the general assembly on June 15, Wilbert Montgomery, a 2012 Capitol High School graduate, youth presenter, did an excellent job of reciting President Obama’s inauguration speech. Montgomery starts college this

fall in Baton Rouge. Youth arrived on June 14, got acquainted and enjoyed fun activities on the grounds of the Southern University Ag Center despite scattered showers. The next two days, they participated in educational seminars, workshops, illustrated talk, public speaking, and quiz bowl competitions. The event concluded on June 16 with awards and recognitions. Each year, Southern University Ag Center specialists, agents, and researchers deliver a memorable program. This year was no different. “We are receiving a lot of positive feedback about this year’s event,” said Dr. Wanda Burke, youth development specialist and event organizer.

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supported segregation -- and noted that it was time to signal a change. Baptist Press noted, “Some observers felt it was appropriate that Luter’s election took place on the day many celebrate ‘Juneteenth’ and the anniversary of slavery’s end in the United States.” The election comes at a time when minorities make up a grow-

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ing share of convention membership, about 20%. But it also comes on the heels of recent controversies concerning church leaders’ racially motivated rhetoric. “We have the opportunity to make history and tell a watching world the truth about our savior and ourselves,” Crosby said, drawing applause and cheers from the packed hall. But the real cheering started after current convention president Bryant Wright, pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., proposed that members rise in support as the convention’s recording secretary cast the historic vote. Luter stood behind the officials on the podium. As the vote was cast, he appeared to wipe tears from his eyes with a handkerchief. Then it was time for the newly elected president to speak. The normally voluble Luter was brief and clearly moved. “To God be the glory for the things that he has done,” he told the crowd. “God bless you, I love you.” Wright then hugged Luter’s shoulders and offered a closing prayer. “Lord, as we think about our beginnings, as we think about how far we have come, as we think about how you have divinely called Rev. Luter for this position, we thank you and ask you to help him in the days to come.” Luter officially takes over as president Wednesday night when the annual meeting adjourns.

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enthusiasm for books HOUGHT FOR and reading. THE WEEK: If a child 12. Encourage does not read, he canyour child to read not write well, spell, aloud to you an excitcomprehend any ing passage in a book, printed page, etc. an interesting tidbit Reading is Fundain the newspaper, or mental Corporation a joke in a joke book. The following are When children read some ways to turn a Marge aloud, don’t feel they young reader’s rehave to get every word luctance into enthuLawrence right. Even good readsiasm: 1. Scout for things your ers skip or mispronounce words children might like to read. Use now and then. 13. On gift-giving occatheir interests and hobbies as sions, give books and magazines starting points. 2. Leave all sorts of read- based on your child’s current ing materials including books, interests. 14. Set aside a special place magazines, and colorful catalogs in conspicuous places around for children to keep their own books. your home. 15. Introduce the book3. Notice what attracts your children’s attention, even mark. Remind your youngster if they only look at the pictures. that you don’t have to finish a Then build on that interest; read book in one sitting; you can stop a short selection aloud, or simply after a few pages, or a chapter, bring home more information and pick up where you left off at another time. Don’t try to on the same subject. 4. Let your children see persuade your child to finish you reading for pleasure in your a book he or she doesn’t like. Recommend putting the book spare time. 5. Take your children to aside and trying another. 16. Treat your children the library regularly. Explore the children’s section together. to an evening of laughter and Ask a librarian to suggest books entertainment featuring books! and magazines your children Many children (parents, too) regard reading as a serious activmight enjoy. 6. Present reading as an ity. A joke book, a story told activity with a purpose; a way in riddles, or a funny passage to gather useful information for, read aloud can reveal another say, making paper airplanes, side of reading. 17. Extend your child’s identifying a doll or stamp in your child’s collection, or plan- positive reading experiences. For example, if your youngster ning a family trip. 7. Encourage older children enjoyed a book about dinosaurs, to read to their younger broth- follow up with a visit to a natural ers and sisters. Older children history museum. 18. Offer other special enjoy showing off their skills to incentives to encourage your an admiring audience. 8. Play games that are child’s reading. Allow your reading-related. Check your youngster to stay up an extra closet for spelling games played 15 minutes to finish a chapter; with letter tiles or dice, or board promise to take your child to games that require players to see a movie after he or she has read spaces, cards, and direc- finished the book on which it was based; relieve your child of tions. 9. Perhaps over dinner, a regular chore to free up time while you’re running errands, for reading. 19. Limit your children’s or in another informal setting, share your reactions to things TV viewing in an effort to make you read, and encourage your time for other activities, such as reading. But never use TV as a children to do likewise. 10. Set aside a regular time reward for reading, or a punishfor reading in your family, inde- ment for not reading. 20. Not all reading takes pendent of schoolwork, the 20 minutes before lights out, just place between the covers of after dinner, or whatever fits into a book. What about menus, your household schedule. As road signs, food labels, and little as 10 minutes of free read- sheet music? Take advantage ing a day can help improve your of countless spur-of-the-moment opportunities for reading durchild’s skills and habits. 11. Read aloud to your ing the course of your family’s child, especially a child who is busy day. Encourage your child to discouraged by his or her own poor reading skills. The plea- read this summer by giving sure of listening to you read, incentives and rewards. Love, rather than struggling alone, Marge may restore your child’s initial


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up “after the great storm,” leading multicultural ministries for men, women and children. “We continue to do those things today, together,” Crosby said. “If we are faithful in our work, this diversity will continue to grow.” In closing, he alluded to Southern Baptist history -- the convention was founded in defense of slavery and later


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Rouge and the second in all of Louisiana. Former colleagues remember Gibbens as a tireless worker who expected the very best of his employees. “You wanted to do what he wanted you to do and he made you think it was


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your idea,” said WAFB Sales Manager Vicki Kellum. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Gibbens was 95 when he died at his Baton Rouge home Sunday morning.

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be considered for this year’s City Livability Awards. Any programs initiated by the city government were eligible, including those developed and implemented in conjunction with private sector or community groups. Davis Rhorer, executive director of the Downtown Development District, said the North Boulevard Town Square has hosted more than 50 free public events in the last eight weeks. “From exercise classes to musical programming events, it has become the premier outdoor urban space for the public to enjoy, Rhorer added. “ We are thrilled with the success of this space and are humbled by the many awards the project

has received.” The American Society of Landscape Architects, Baton Rouge Growth Coalition and the International Downtown Association have already recognized the Town Square project, Rhorer said. Rhorer noted that the Square was originally recommended in the Riverfront Master Plan and has been adopted by Plan Baton Rouge ll and the FutureBR Master Plan for East Baton Rouge Parish. For more information about the North Boulevard Town Square and the upcoming events that are scheduled there, go to or Scott Dyer with the Mayor ’s Office at (225) 389-7957.

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House to Consider Student Loan Rate Cut Extension

The U.S. Senate has reportedly reached a deal to keep student loan interest rates from doubling. House Republicans are expected to discuss the issue with their members at a closed meeting Wednesday morning. Interest rates on federally subsidized student loans are set to increase from about 3 percent to almost 7 percent on July 1. Lawmakers from both parties want to keep the rate from rising, but disagree on how to offset the $6 billion in losses to the Treasury. Officials from the White House said President Obama is please with the deal and hopes Congress sends him a bill soon.

Casas for CASA 2012 to Hold Annual Fundraiser

The Louisiana and the Baton Rouge Councils on Human Relations will have its annual joint meeting in Baton Rouge, LA on Saturday, June 30, 2012, 10:00 a.m., at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, located at 9700 Scenic Highway. Highlighting the meeting will be presentation of the OliverSegur Humanitarian award and a forum on “Bullying: What is the Answer?” Representatives from the state Department of Education, LA Legislature, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, law enforcement, community and religious leaders, students, and parents will serve as panelists. There will be a display of students’ artwork on bullying. The forum is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call Gloria J. Hall, 225-356-3689 or 937-7607, or email to glojoha@

Lead Investigator: Zimmerman Incident ‘Avoidable’

SANFORD, FL (RNN) - The confrontation between neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was “ultimately avoidable,” according to a report by the case’s first lead investigator. “On at least two occasions, George Michael Zimmerman failed to identify himself as a concerned resident or a neighborhood watch member to Trayvon Benjamin Martin,” Sanford investigator Chris Serino wrote in a police report. The report was part of a 29-page packet of evidence released by the prosecutor’s office Tuesday. Serino recommended 28-year-old Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter in the case. The state charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder on April 11, more than a month after the Feb. 26 confrontation. He noted that despite the fact Zimmerman told police dispatchers he was afraid of the teen, he left his car to find out where Martin was going. “His actions are inconsistent with those of a person who has stated he was in fear of another subject,” Serino wrote. He also said Zimmerman’s injuries were “marginally consistent” with the description the neighborhood watch captain gave of the fight. Medical records given to police showed Zimmerman had suffered a wound on his scalp, a fractured nose and other various injuries. “Neither a deadly weapon nor deadly force was deployed by Trayvon Martin,” Serino wrote. A timeline established by investigator Doris Singleton found the time between Zimmerman’s initial call to report a suspicious person in his gated community and Martin’s death was only about six minutes. Police arrived just 20 seconds after Zimmerman shot Martin. Interviews with witnesses gave investigators a mixed picture of what had happened the night Zimmerman killed Martin. One witness told police he saw Martin on top of Zimmerman throwing down punches “MMA (mixed martial arts) style,” while Zimmerman cried out for help. He later told investigators he wasn’t sure who was yelling for help. At least two witnesses said they saw what appeared to be Zimmerman standing over Martin’s body shortly after the single gunshot was fired. Another witness was “adamant that there was no physical fighting at the time when the gunshot rang out.” However, documents show Zimmerman passed a lie detector test where he was asked if he feared for his life when he shot Martin and that he didn’t start the confrontation. Meanwhile, new video released Tuesday showed Zimmerman shortly after the confrontation. The video showed Zimmerman with bruises and bandages over cuts on his nose and head. He was also recorded saying Martin “was just focused on my head.” Zimmerman has maintained that he acted in self-defense. He will return to court June 29 for a bond hearing.


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Graduates leave the program with first-hand knowledge of the issues facing our region and the potential for a positive community experience through volunteerism. The program commences nine months of training with a weekend retreat in August. From September to April, the


Elouise Colbert- financial secretary; Ashley Whiten- treasurer; and Nora Alexander-historian/ reporter. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on November 12, 1922, at Butler

Capital Area CASA Association is pleased to announce its 18th annual Casas for CASA playhouse fundraiser, a three-week event to generate public awareness, funding and community support for CASA’s efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children.

BATON ROUGE, LA - The Capital Area CASA Association is pleased to announce its 18th annual Casas for CASA playhouse fundraiser, a threeweek event to generate public awareness, funding and community support for CASA’s efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children. This year’s title sponsor is Holmes Building Materials. Platinum sponsors include Mall of Louisiana, Faulk and Meek General Contractors, LLC and The Advocate. For three weeks, $5 raffle tickets will be available for a chance to win a children’s playhouse valued at $20,000. The playhouse will be on display from July 21-Aug. 12 at the Mall of Louisiana. Raffle tickets are available at the mall, the CASA office (848 Louisiana Ave.), or online at This year’s playhouse was designed by Lilliput Play Homes and will be assembled by local builder Faulk and Meek General Contractors, LLC. CASA will deliver the playhouse to the winner’s

driveway within 100 miles of the Mall of Louisiana. The event officially kicks off Sunday, July 22, from 7-10 pm at the Mall of Louisiana with the CASA Fiesta, featuring a silent auction, live music and dancing with The Better Than Nobody Band, and Mexican cuisine and margaritas by local restaurants. Fiesta tickets are available for $50 and will be on sale at the event or by calling the CASA office at (225) 379-8598. Guests at the Fiesta can bid on items from auction donors including Lee Michaels, Layne Photography and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi. Dress is summer casual. CASA Kids Day, a children’s safety fair, closes out the event on Sunday, Aug. 12 from 12-5p.m. at the Mall of Louisiana. The star of Kids Day is LSU’s mascot, Mike the Tiger, who will leave his habitat and arrive in his tiger trailer at 4 p.m. Kids Day includes performances and activities for children of all ages throughout the afternoon.

class devotes an entire day each month for lectures, discussions, field trips, and practical exercises pertinent to community issues. To conclude the program, a weekend retreat is held in May, followed by a graduation ceremony in June. The program is led by Mary Beth Chevalier.

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The Baton Rouge Councils on Human Relations will Host Their Annual Meeting

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Free services like children’s identification cards and library cards, along with safety demonstrations will also be available. All events lead up to the playhouse giveaway at 5 p.m. Aug. 12. All proceeds from Casas for CASA will go to Capital Area CASA Association, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supports community volunteers, who advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in need of safe and permanent homes. This fundraiser will enable Capital Area CASA Association to continue its efforts to provide a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one in East Baton Rouge Parish. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. Capital Area CASA Association’s mission is to advocate for timely placement of children in permanent, safe and stable homes. Please contact Emily Hebert at (225) 379-8598 or by e-mail at for more information.

State Rep. Barrow, Glen Oaks Security Dads took Glen Oak High School Students to Washington, DC WASHINGTON, DC - State Rep. Regina Barrow and the Glen Oaks High School Security Dads took a group of high school students from Glen Oaks Senior High School on a field trip to visit our Nation’s Capitol. Contributors for the trip include: Courson Nickel, LLC; B. Ronnell Nolan, HIA of The Nolan Group; Haynie & Associates; Jan’s Brokerage, LLC; Larry Murray of The Capitol Group, LLC.; Harris Deville & Associates; Rodney Braxton of Southern Strategy Group; Kevin Cunningham; Randal Johnson; Budget Cleaning & Maintenance, Inc.; Louisiana Supported Living Network; Curtis & Arden Soderberg; Henry E. Braden IV; EBR School board member Dr. Kenyetta Q. Nelson-Smith; Roadrunner Towing & Recovery, Inc.; Dawn, Inc.; Louisiana Academy of Medical Psychologist; Hammond & Sills Attorneys at Law; Murphy Law Firm, LLC.; Cathy Gautreaux; and Demoine Rutledge.

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       Economic and Property Damages Settlement Providing Money to Individuals and Businesses If you have economic loss or property damage because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you could get money from a class action settlement with BP Exploration & Production Inc. and BP America Production Company (“BP�). Go to for more information, including information on how to file a claim.

WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY DAMAGES SETTLEMENT? The Economic and Property Damages (“E&PD�) Settlement Class includes people, businesses, and other entities in the states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, and certain counties in Texas and Florida, that were harmed by the oil spill. The website has detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a geographic location may be included in the E&PD Settlement. Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail questions@ to find out if a geographic location is included.

WHAT DOES THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY DAMAGES SETTLEMENT PROVIDE? The E&PD Settlement makes payments for the following types of claims: (1) Seafood Compensation, (2) Economic Damage, (3) Loss of Subsistence, (4) Vessel Physical Damage, (5) Vessels of Opportunity Charter Payment, (6) Coastal Real Property Damage, (7) Wetlands Real Property Damage, and (8) Real Property Sales Damage. There is no limit on the total dollar amount of the E&PD Settlement; all qualified claims will be paid.




You need to submit a Claim Form to request a payment. You can get a copy of the various Claim Forms by visiting the website or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Claims can be submitted online or by mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim, you should call the toll-free number for assistance.

The deadline to submit most E&PD claims will be April 22, 2014 or six months after the E&PD Settlement becomes effective (that is, after the Court grants “final approval� and any appeals are resolved), whichever is later. There will be an earlier deadline to submit E&PD Seafood Compensation claims. The earlier deadline to submit Seafood Compensation claims will be 30 days after final approval of the Settlement by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (regardless of appeals). Actual claim filing deadlines will be posted on the website as they become available. Valid claims will be paid as they are approved, beginning shortly after the Court-Supervised Settlement Program commences. It is highly recommended that E&PD Settlement Class Members complete and submit their claim forms promptly. Please read the Medical Benefits Settlement notice because you may also be eligible for benefits from that settlement.

YOUR OTHER OPTIONS If you do not want to be legally bound by the E&PD Settlement, you must Opt Out or exclude yourself by October 1, 2012 or you won’t be able to sue BP over certain economic and property damage claims. If you stay in the E&PD Settlement, you may object to it by August 31, 2012. The Detailed Notice explains how to exclude yourself or object. The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to consider whether to approve the E&PD Settlement. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost. The Court will also consider Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses including an interim payment of $75 million and additional awards equal to 6% of class claims and benefits paid. Class Counsel fees, costs and expenses under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement and the Medical Benefits Settlement Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million. Class members’ payments will not be reduced if the Court approves the payment of Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately pay these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.

Medical Benefits Settlement Providing Benefits to Clean-Up Workers and Certain Gulf Coast Residents If you have a medical claim related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you could get benefits from a class action settlement with BP Exploration & Production Inc. and BP America Production Company (“BP�). Go to for more information, including information on how to file a claim. WHO


The Medical Class includes (1) clean-up workers and (2) certain people who resided in specific geographic areas in coastal and wetlands areas along the Gulf Coast during specific periods in 2010. The website DeepwaterHorizonSettlements. com has detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a geographic location may be included in one of these zones. Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail info@ to find out if a geographic location is included. WHAT


The benefits of the Medical Benefits Settlement include: (1) payments to qualifying people for certain acute (short-term) and chronic (ongoing) medical conditions occurring after exposure to oil or chemical dispersants; (2) provision of periodic medical examinations to qualifying people; and (3) creation of a Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, consisting of projects to strengthen the healthcare system. Benefits (1) and (2) will be provided only after the Court grants final approval and any appeals are resolved. HOW TO GET BENEFITS FROM THE MEDICAL BENEFITS SETTLEMENT You need to submit a Claim Form to request benefits. You can get a copy of the Claim Form by visiting the website or by calling

1-866-992-6174. Claims can be submitted by mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim, you should call the toll-free number for assistance. The deadline for filing a Claim Form is one year after the Medical Benefits Settlement becomes effective (that is, after the Court grants “final approval� and any appeals are resolved). The exact date of the claim filing deadline will be posted on the website. It is highly recommended that Medical Class Members complete and submit their claim forms promptly. Please read the Economic and Property Damages Settlement notice because you may also be eligible for a payment from that settlement. YOUR OTHER OPTIONS If you do not want to be legally bound by the Medical Benefits Settlement, you must Opt Out or exclude yourself by October 1, 2012 or you won’t be able to sue BP over certain medical claims. If you stay in the Medical Benefits Settlement, you may object to it by August 31, 2012. The Detailed Notice explains how to exclude yourself or object. The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to consider whether to approve the Medical Benefits Settlement. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost. Class Counsel will ask the Court to consider an award of fees, costs, and expenses of 6% of the value of the benefits actually provided under the Medical Benefits Settlement Agreement. Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses under the Medical Benefits Settlement Agreement and the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million. Class members’ payments will not be reduced if the Court approves the payment of Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately pay these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.


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“At-Risk” Youth Convert business a Lotus Esprit from Gas to Electric and Go on 2,400 Complimentary Back-to-School Haircuts for Kids Mile Cross Country Tour Available from Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus Cuts for Kids event provides two weeks of complimentary back-to-school haircuts starting July 23

This team of at-risk youth from Kansas City, MO has converted a 1977 Lotus Esprit into an electric (EV) vehicle.

BATON ROUGE — The Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition (GBRCCC) would like to welcome the MINDDRIVE team to Baton Rouge. This team of at-risk youth from Kansas City, MO have converted a 1977 Lotus Esprit into an electric (EV) vehicle. As part of their 2,400 mile cross country tour, they stopped at the Sonic Drive In on Highland Road Monday, June 18th at for a press conference and to show off their car. The MINDDRIVE experiential learning approach pairs students with adult mentors. The one-on-one approach helps students translate complex concepts of math, science, innovation and creativity into hands-on action. Doing amazing things makes learning fun as well. Lauren Stuart, Executive Director of the Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition says, “MINDDRIVE’s stop in Baton Rouge of their cross-

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BATON ROUGE - - Kids will be headed back to school before you know it, and Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus is again offering complimentary back-to-school haircuts for children this summer. The event is called Cuts for Kids and begins Monday, July 23 and runs for two weeks. Remington College has provided more than 8,000 complimentary haircuts across the country through since the start of the Cuts for Kids program. Parents can bring in children ages 17 and under for a complimentary haircut provided by instructors and students in the Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus cosmetology program. “Cuts for Kids allows us to help parents save some money on back-to-school expenses and helps children look and feel their best when they go back to school.” said Mike Smith, Remington College-Baton Rouge

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The Homegoing of Elsie Cyrus


Greater First Church Baptist Observed Men’s Health Awareness Weekend

Elsie Johnson Cyrus was born on May 22, 1927, to the late Alien and Lillie Johnson, the seventh of nine children. Because of Elsie’s loving and caring spirit, the family affectionately called her “Sit.” Elsie was a native of Calhoun, Louisiana. She met and married William David Cyrus and from this union came three daughters: Kasundra, Kathye, and Franetta. Sister Elsie confessed her life to Christ at an early age and united with Mineral Springs C.M.E. Church. Later she moved to Bastrop, Louisi- Elsie Cyrus ana, and joined the St. Mary C.M.E. Church, whereby she Interdominational Theologiserved on various committees. cal Center, respespectively. After moving to Baton Rouge, Mrs. Cyrus was a member of Sister Cyrus became a member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., of Camphor Memorial United Epslion Sigma Phi, Phi Delta Methodist Church and later Kappa-SU Chapter and was acjoined the Jordon United Methtive with the Southern Heights odist Church family. Homeowners Association. She was a graduate of In 1950, the Louisiana Southern University, and reCooperative Extension Service ceived Masters of Science and hired her as a 4-H Agent, Area Theology from the Louisiana See cyrus, on page 7 Polytechnic Institute and The terfaith Gos- 650 Blount Road. Workshop parThe workshop is free and ticipates will sing in the choir open to all college students and And Study thethe BiBle will include Come during the concert. public. With uS! Members of the Greater First Church-Baptist observed Men’s Health Awareness Weekend. Mass Choir, The concert will also feaThe “Finale Concert” will be d Mass Choir, ture performances by the Voices held at 4 p.m., Nov. 21, at New Church, Bea- of Joy from Bogalusa; Psalm 150 Gideon Baptist Church, 2542by: Dr. Huel D. Perkins cancer. He admonished the men with the area of health awareRouge, New Gospel Choir from Beaumont, Balis Drive. The concert will of the church to be diligent in ness being at the top of the list. rch, Rose Hill Texas; Living Testimony Gospel feature the melodious voices of BAKER, LA - The weekend this regard. Using national and Louisiana reater Mount Choir from Texas Southern Uni- former SU Interdenominationalbegan with the annual Deacon Deacon LeMar Proctor, statistics, he documented areas rch and Glo- versity; UnMeasurable Praise Gospel Choir members fromWilliam Turner, Jr. Memorial Vice- Chairman of the Deacon where African American men urch. from the University of New Or- 1987-2010 and musicians GregMen’s Fellowship Breakfast Ministry, was the coordinator must take control of their lives. en at 6 p.m. leans; Higher Level Gospel Choir Jones, Cecil Houston, Michaelon Saturday, June 16, 2012. for the Men’s Fellowship Break- He clearly delineated the difay Finale and from McNeese StateBaton University; Alfonso Waters, GeorgeThe featured speaker was Dr. fast. Rouge, Temple, Louisiana Extension ference between a “man” and e held from 9 the University ofFully Louisiana at Chesterfield, Willie Richard, Reu-George W. Howard, Gastroenter The Sunday morning a “boy.” Accredited by SACS and AATS ov. 20, in the Monroe Interdenominational ben Griffin, Shantran Hawkinsologist, who is associated with service continued the theme The entire weekend was Classesand once weekly at: . Stewart Hall Ensemble; New Beginnings Draper. the Ochsner Medical Center in on “Health and Wholeness” collaboration between churches CLASSESWesley mEETSRicky onCE wEEkLy United Jackson, SU Dis. The event Multicultural Gospel Choir Lawrence Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He with Pastor Anthony Kelley all over the nation with PHEN Methodist Church For more information contactwill also make ray of music from Texas A&M University; rector of Bands, 544 Government Street spoke on the need for frequent preaching from the subject: “A (Prostate Health Awareness NetDr. Alonzo Campbell Baton La. 70802 tribute duringhealth screenings among Af- Man with A Withered Hand” work}, which contends that black ir rehearsals Strong Tower Gospel Chorale aRouge, special musical Dr. Joe(225) Connelly, Senior Pastor the “College from Grambling State Univerthe938-5746 concert. rican American men, which (Mark 3:1-6). He outlined the men are at the highest risk for Dr. Alonzo Campbell, Director/Instructor rt,” at 7 p.m., sity and Southeastern Louisiana All events are free and opencan lead to early detection of areas in which African (225) 938-5746 tist Church, University’s Gospel Choir. to the public. See men’s health, on page 7 possible colon and/or prostate can men are most vulnerable


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Seeking God First Ultimately Produces Successful Relationships By Donald Lee For anyone trying to discern whether the person you’re getting to know is “the one,” judge the character in that person by the Word of God. Let the scriptures guide you. But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides, reads Matthew 6:33 (Amplified). Many relationships, marriages in particular, fail because couples have put the cart before the horse. In other words, people want great relationships. But instead of first having an intimate relationship with God, which would begin a character cleansing within one’s self (a grooming, if you will), people choose mates first. The problem with that is the wisdom of God is factored out of the equation. Consequently, mates are chosen based on one’s carnal, or natural, perceptions. Put another way, people go for what they want and then hope for the best. Their choices are based on worldly things such as: physical attraction (including sex appeal), financial security, social status, and things of that nature. Now, while there’s nothing wrong with wanting someone who appeals to your “natural” eyes or someone who is financially stable and is in prestigious circles, the Word teaches us that each of these attributes could conSee relationship, on page 7

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cardiovascular risk, they may also strengthen their cognitive health. “What’s good for your heart is good for your brain,” says Jennifer Thursday, June 28, 2012 • The Weekly Press • Page 7 Manly, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association spokesperson. “every healthy heartbeat pumps about one-fifth of hildRen from page 4 your blood to your brain to carry on the daily processes of thinking, probering all children. the citizens of the nation must lem solving and remembering.” the CDF Action Council, build- demand that our leaders free our “By the year 2030, the number of ing on the best practices in states children from the false ideological African Americans age 65 or older is and lessons learned about children and political tugs of war among expected to more than double to 6.9 falling through the bureaucratic those who put excess profits ahead million,” said emil Matarese, M.D., cracks of Medicaid and SChiP, of children’s lives. American heart Association spokesstrongly urged Congress to enact how well did Congress protect person. “Although Alzheimer’s is the All healthy Children Act, children in 2007? Not well enough: not part of normal aging, age is the S. 1564/h.r. 1688, introduced 276 Members of Congress had greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s by representative Bobby Scott good CDF Action Council Condisease. So it is important that Af(D-VA) in the house and Senator gressional Scorecard scores of 80 rican Americans take steps now to Bernie Sanders (i-Vt) in the Sen- percent or higher, and 198 of those decrease their risk of heart disease, ate. the measure would provide had stellar scores of 100 percent. which research has shown could comprehensive benefits including But 231 members scored 60 percent also decrease the risk of cognitive Research shows a link between heart and brain heal heart function could lead to impaired brain functio dental and mental health, simpli- or lower—a failing grade from our decline.” fied bureaucracy, and a national school days. dation of Chicago and the intereligibility plan for families up to Whether Members of Congress faith coalition, Faith Responds to 300 percent of the federal poverty are liberal, conservative or modAIDS, are holding forums on the level. We thank the 62 house co- erate; Democrat, republican or epidemic as well as performing sponsors for their support. how- independent, children need all of HIV testing in dozens of predomiever, we regret that neither a single them to vote, lobby, speak for and nantly black churches throughout house republican nor any other protect them. Adults need to listen (NAPSi)-here’s an alert worth the nesscity. of diabetes, particularly when increased p Senator joined them to push for carefully to what candidates say The Dallas County Health paying attention to: According to it is left undiagnosed and untreated. delay or pr coverage for all children. they will do for children and famiand Human Services Department, the American Diabetes Association the day is held on the fourth tuesday diabetes. the CDF Action Council strongly lies and, once they are in office, The Dallas Examiner, and several (ADA), learning your risk for type 2 of every March. Among supports long overdue health cov- we need to hold them accountable. of the cities black churches are diabetes could save your life. on that day, people are encourfor type 2 erage for everyone in America as Please thank your Members of Conengaged in a citywide effort to Diabetes is a serious disease that aged to take the Diabetes risk test, weight, sed soon as possible—because children gress with scores of 80 percent or call attention to the disease. strikes nearly 21 million children either with paper and pencil or online. 45 and hav cannot wait. As SChiP comes up above and let those with scores of Meanwhile, the organizaand adults in the U.S. it is named tion the risk requires users tohas answer again for reauthorization in early 60 percent or below know you are Thetest Balm In Gilead set diabetes. Af the “silent killer” because one-third seven simple questions about age, 2009, we hope every Member of dissatisfied with their performance. a goal of engaging 1000 houses Native Ame of those with the disease--more than 6 of weight, lifestyle and family history-Congress will insist on covering And please convey that same mesworship to participate in HIV islanders a million--do not know they have it. all potential risk factors for diabetes. every child and pregnant mother sage to each presidential candidate. testing events during the month are women For many, diagnosis may come People 10 points or moreHIV are more than of June.scoring June 27th is National now by enacting and adequately We must demand that our leaders seven to 10 years after the onset of Testing at a high Day. risk for type 2 diabetes and the Dia funding the provisions of the All commit to children as a condition type 2 diabetes. early diagnosis is are encouraged to talk with a health With Secretary of State Hilhealthy Children Act. of our vote. critical for successful treatment and lary care Clinton, professional. the NIH’s Tony Fauci, Specious claims thatmarch we could Turning the Tide: Pastors in Philadelphia to help stop the spread of HIV and End AIDS. Pastors say they can reinforce can delay or prevent some of the along An estimated million Ameriwith other54HIV experts denot find the money—$70 billion Marian Wright Edelman is Presipublic health messages about testing and social justice that are faith-friendly. Photo: Carol Batessuch as heart diseases, cans have pre-diabetes. those with complications claring that an end of AIDS may over five years—to cover all dent of the Children’s Defense Fund blindness, kidney disease, stroke and be pre-diabetes levin sight,have the blood “test glucose and treat” children is belied by that amount and its Action Council whose Leave amputation. els higher when than normal but not high Bspent y J. Cinarlton Zeigler professor of medicine at Brown ies 27 male and 11 female clergy message, delivered by local eleven months for tax cuts No Child Behind® mission is to that’s reason thewould ADA holds enough provides to be diagnosed withboost type for Newsof richest ensure University. “There is a common said theyone could, and dis- clergy, a needed forHealthy the top Living one percent every child a Healthy Start, the American Diabetes Alert® Day, 2 diabetes. miss-perception that African cuss and promote HIV testing and to decades of marginally effective Americans and in seven months a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe a one-day wake-up call to inform the HIV early intervention via lifestyle A new study that Start American churches are treatment. prevention efforts. for the iraq War. Wereveals do not have and a Moral Start in lifeunwilland American public about the seriouschanges such as weight loss and for black clergy members, tradiing to address the AIDS epidemic. This seems fitting consid Without the full support a money problem in America: We successful passage to adulthood tional barriers to talking about The paper highlights some of the ering that according to CDC, and efforts of community religious have a priorities and political will with the help of caring families HIV prevention giving historical barriers in effectively African Americans are 14% of leaders and their places of wordeficit. it is time are for all adultsway to and communities. No toprotect faith-friendly about engaging African American clergy the US population but are 44% ship, it is feared that the extraorthe healthmessages of our children. getting tested for HIV and stay- in HIV prevention and provides of new HIV infections. One in dinary scientific breakthroughs If you ing on treatment. 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measures and the rebuilding of government and certain private nonprofit organizations’ buildings, as well as roads, bridges and water and sewer plants. In order for the process to be successful, federal, state and local partners coordinate to draw up project plans, fund these projects and oversee their completion. FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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ceal major character flaws in that person. One’s “spiritual” eyes — that “gut feeling” or God-given word of wisdom — would catch what one’s “natural” eyes overlook. Examples: She’s as fine as wine, but she uses her figure as a tool of manipulation. He has a six-figure salary, and (initially) will buy you anything you want, but he’s power-driven and morbidly jealous. He or she is loved in social arenas, but when the curtains come down, this person is incredibly insecure — an issue you can’t fix. Sadly, people are getting into unhealthy relationships (including marriages) based on how they “feel” or surface perception, later discovering

that they’d bitten off more than they could chew. “We need to be married to someone who has an ear to hear the instructions of God,” says Dr. Aimee Colbert, a faith-based counselor I’m partnering with to produce a July 7 relationships conference in Haltom City, a Fort Worth suburb. “If someone doesn’t value a relationship with God, they will not pursue a relationship with God,” Dr. Colbert says. And if you’re dating someone like that, that may be fine for you — now. But what about later, when you feel God tugging at your heart, requiring more of you, and you wanting more of Him? An unnecessary struggle with your mate is most likely to ensue.

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prostate cancer. Prostate cancer can be a curable disease when detected early and properly treated. As a part of the PHEN Father ’s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer, certificates were issued to all of the men of the church who took part in the activities. The boys who were present were also recognized. With the theme “Joining Hands in Prayer and Action to Save Lives,” the certificate read: “The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) acknowledges your participation in prayer and action to educate, support and empower fellow church mem-

bers, prostate cancer survivors and their loved ones.” Reverend Anthony, pastor of Greater First Church-Baptist and Thomas A. Farrington, President and Founder of PHEN, signed the certificate. The weekend events were sponsored under the auspices of the church’s Health and Wellness Ministry, which is chaired by Elaine Withers. For more information, pleased contact the Greater First Church Baptist, Media and Publicity Committee Reverend Anthony Kelley, Senior Pastor at this e-mail or by calling 225 778-4788.


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2012 Inductee Profiles from the 2012 La. Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class

WARRICK DUNN -- A standout at every level he played at, the Baton Rouge native distinguished himself as one of the NFL’s top running backs in 12 total seasons with the Tampa Bay Bucs (1997-2001, 2008) and Atlanta Falcons (2002-07). The 5-foot-9, 187-pound Dunn was named the Pro Football Writers Association and AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1997. A three-time Pro Bowl pick in 1997, 2000 and 2005, the speedy Dunn was a five-time 1,000-yard rusher who averaged 4.1 yards per carry for his career. His most productive season was in 2005 with Atlanta when he rushed for 1,416 yards (5.1 average) and caught 29 passes for 220 yards for a total of 1,636 yards from scrimmage. A first-round pick of the Bucs in 1997 (12th overall), he went on to rush for 10,967 career yards -- which was 19th on the NFL’s all-time list going into the 2011 season -- with 49 TDs and a long run of 90 yards. Also a fine receiver out of the backfield at 5 feet, 9 inches and 187 pounds, he had 510 career receptions for 4,339 yards and 15 TDs with a long of 86. At Florida State, he had career totals of 3,959 rushing yards and 37 TDs and 1,314 receiving yards and 12 scores. He helped the Seminoles win the 1993 national title and was a second-team All-American as a senior in 1996. Dunn also competed on the FSU track team as a sprinter and was an All-American on the 4x100-meter relay team. Dunn starred as Catholic High School where he played quarterback, cornerback and running back. He is also well known for his philanthropic endeavors, which were inspired by the death of his mother, Baton Rouge police officer Betty Smothers, a single mother killed in the

Ballroom ceremony to honor this year’s outstanding athletes

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Dunn starred as Catholic High School where he played quarterback, cornerback and running back.

line of duty in 1993. Through his Warrick Dunn Family Foundation and his Homes for the Holidays program, Dunn has helped single mothers purchase homes in Baton Rouge, Tampa,

Atlanta and Tallahassee. For his efforts off the field, Dunn has been honored as the 2004 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, the 2007 Whizzer White NFL Man of the Year and the 2008 Bart Starr

Man of the Year. Born 1-5-1975 in Baton Rouge. For more information, please contact Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame at (318) 223-4255 or by fax at (318) 238-4258.

Former Louisiana Youth Football Student-Athlete, Kellton Hollins, Selected To Participate On The U.S. National Football Team, During USA Football’s International Development Week BATON ROUGE, LA - Former Louisiana Youth Football Student-Athlete, Kellton Hollins, has officially been selected to the U.S. Under-15 National Team program. Kellton’s selection was based on his outstanding football skill, leadership and character. He will join a select group of young athletes from around the country in representing our country and participating in the most elite and comprehensive football development program in the world. Consisting of the nation’s top football players, and featuring some of the best high school coaches in the country, the 2012 U.S. Under-15 National Team will participate in USA Football’s Under-15 International

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Hosts Closing Ceremony for 2012 Greater Baton Rouge Senior Olympics/District Games Held at BREC’s

Development Week in Austin, TX. The event will run from Friday, June 29th – Thursday, July 5th with the University of Texas serving as host. Four teams make up the U.S. Under-15 National Team program with each team having 50 athletes and 10 coaches. During USA Football Under-15 International Development Week, athletes will pick one position to focus on for the week of skill development. Kellton Hollins is a 6’2”, 240lbs, incoming freshman at Zachary High, and will be focusing on his position as an Offensive Lineman. Kellton has the ability to play at any position on the Offensive Line but enjoys the challenge of the Offensive

Tackle position. USA Football is entrusted to build and run America’s only National Team program. Each U.S. Under-15 National Team is built with the “top right” players and represents the United States during USA Football Under15 International Development Week featuring national teams from around the world. USA Football’s goal in building the U.S. Under-15 National Team program is to identify players who excel both on and off the field as well as maintain the leadership, team mentality and character befitting of a national team athlete in America’s favorite sport. Louisiana Youth Sports Network is a non-profit 501(c)

(3) tax-exempt community service organization, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, created to provide quality athletics programs for youth, boys and girls. Louisiana Youth Sports Network is focused on the developmental enrichment of all its members and programs. Louisiana Youth Sports Network utilizes organized and structured athletics as a tool to enlighten and cultivate the development of well rounded youth through establishing a foundation of the following life skills: Responsibility; Goal Setting; Sportsmanship; Self Control; Smart Decisions; Teamwork; Leadership; Perseverance. Louisiana Youth Sports Network is 100% volunteer powered.

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - On Friday, June 29, 2012, the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) will hold the closing ceremony for the 2012 Greater Baton Rouge Senior Olympics/District Games at the BREC Ballroom (6201 Florida Blvd.) beginning at 10:30am. Female and male “Athlete of the Year” will be honored in addition to recognizing volunteers who played a vital role in ensuring the effectiveness of this year’s games. The EBRCOA again facilitated the Greater Baton Rouge Senior Olympics/District Games, offering more than 40 competitive events to the active aging community of the area. The Greater Baton Rouge District -- consisting of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes -- serves as a regional qualifier for the annual Louisiana Senior Olympic Games (LSOG) held annually in the fall. After qualifying in LSOG’s events in the fall, competitors are invited to compete in the 2013 National Senior Games (hosted in Cleveland, Ohio; July 21 to August 5, 2013). This year ’s events included archery, arts & crafts, badminton, billiards, bowling, golf, horseshoes, party bridge, pickleball, power lifting, shuffleboard, skeet & trap shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis (singles, doubles, mixed doubles), throws (distance, accuracy), track & field, volleyball, walk-a-thon and weightlifting as well as fun events such as the toilet paper toss and a somewhat vicious spades tournament. “Attending this year’s games for the first time and witnessing the commitment to physical fitness that these

seniors possess was simply inspiring and similarly incredible,” says Tasha Clark-Amar, EBRCOA CEO/executive director who joined the agency back in July 2011. “Beholding the ‘can-do’ and ‘will-do’ attitudes of these athletes reinforces the validity of this agency’s mission to support independence while simultaneously serving seniors.” “As advocates for the health and vitality of senior citizens, we are very pleased to support the Greater Baton Rouge Senior Olympics,” says Carol Solomon, chief executive officer for Peoples Health, a locally owned Medicare Advantage company that serves 50,000 beneficiaries. “It’s so important for seniors to keep their minds and bodies active, and what better way to do that than with some friendly competition in a favorite sport.” The EBRCOA is most grateful to the 2012 Greater Baton Rouge Senior Olympics/ District Games’ returning Presenting Sponsor Peoples Health as well as the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge General, Baton Rouge Coca Cola, Cox Communications, Subway, WellCare, St. James Place, Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Hospital, BREC, Acadian Ambulance, Cortana Mall, Hunter’s Run Gun Club, Spectrum Fitness Club, Coach Gayle Hatch, All Star Lanes, First United Methodist Church and Crawfish Aquatics. For more information about this newsworthy event, contact Jeremy Theriot and/or Shanda Grimes at 225-923- 8000. For more information about the programs offered by the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, please visit East Baton Rouge Council on Aging: Supporting Independence – Serving Seniors.

Arizona Wins National Title With 4-1 Win Over SC OMAHA, Neb. — Arizona coach Andy Lopez thought he had the makings of a national championship team four years ago. Better late than never. Arizona ended South Carolina’s two-year run of dominance at the College World Series with a 4-1 victory on Monday night, delivering the long-awaited national title to the coach who took over Arizona’s downtrodden program 11 years ago. Brandon Dixon’s tie-breaking double started a three-run ninth inning for Arizona, and the Wildcats (48-17) won their first title since 1986. Lopez figured it would come in 2008, when a team that started the season ranked No. 1 lost in the super regionals at Miami. Lopez still talks of the disappointment of that season. The hurt only got worse

when his 2009 squad failed to make the national tournament. The last two years ended in regionals. “Coach Lopez means the world to us, and we’re so happy we brought joy back to his life in coaching,” CWS Most Outstanding Player Robert Refsnyder said. “This goes to out to coach Lopez and everyone involved in the program, and without (athletic director) Greg Byrne this wouldn’t be possible.” James Farris and Mathew Troupe combined to limit the Gamecocks (49-20) to three hits as the Wildcats won their fourth title overall. The others came in 1976 and 1980. Dixon, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning, sent a grounder down the third-base line past LB Dantzler’s outstretched glove for his first hit of the CWS.

“When I saw him hit that ball, I knew it was fair,” Refsnyder said. Tyler Webb relieved Matt Price (5-5), and Trent Gilbert drove in his second and third runs of the game with a two-out single that broke open the game. “I was just trying to get a hit, because I knew they would be big insurance runs,” Gilbert said. South Carolina had been trying to become the first team since the Southern California dynasty of the early 1970s to win three national titles in a row. “We battled as hard as we could, but they did a little bit better than we did,” Gamecocks Ray Tanner said. “Though we’re disappointed tonight, I’m not disappointed in my players. We battled awful hard. We made a run, got to the postseason and got back out here. We got in the losers’ bracket and got back to the finals.”

South Carolina shortstop Joey Pankake throws to first but cannot complete a double play after forcing out Arizona’s Seth Mejias-Brean in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 25, 2012. Arizona’s Bobby Brown reached first base on a fielder’s choice.

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