How Do You Advertise a Town Ravaged by Hurricanes?

first_imgComing AttractionsNow, back at the satellite office, Ms. Duncan and her team are working on budgeting for the next fiscal year, trying to come up with a plan to sell Lake Charles again. It’s about rebuilding, but rebuilding better, and taking advantage of the new things that might come out of this dark period of the city’s history.“There may be new restaurants, and new attractions that come from this,” she said. “There’s sort of this unfortunate beauty that might come from this. Maybe the inside of one of our attractions is gutted, and that sucks, but maybe they have an opportunity to reinvent themselves.”Seeing how Lake Charles has come together in the wake of two hurricanes has only made the decision easier. “It’s more fulfilling now, to be sure,” she said. “It validates why I choose to stay here. Yes, everyone’s lives are in chaos right now. But we’re still checking in on each other, making sure we’re OK. We worry about our neighbors, even in the midst of our own struggles.”Something about the fact that there are many obstacles ahead makes Ms. Duncan more dedicated to the place. “If I were to leave, I would be a different environment and all that,” she said. “But by staying, I’m constantly challenging myself. It’s that constant, daily challenge of thinking, what can I do better? How can I make this place better? How can I leave it better for the next generation?” It has Ms. Duncan questioning how she will continue to do the job of promoting the place she loves.“The reality is, what product do we have to pitch?” she said. “What event? What’s open? We know that all of our hotels are going to be filled till the end of the year with utility workers and first responders. And then, sooner or later, with families who have been displaced.” “We were still pitching stories during Covid-19,” she said, “but we couldn’t host anyone, because we really just can’t do that safely.” When Hurricane Laura hit, though, her bosses “mainly cared about our well-being and our health.” It has also shifted her thinking about her own future. (Lake Charles is not located on the coast, but it is still affected by frequent storms, a changing coast line and sea level rise.)“You start thinking, what does your house look like?” Ms. Duncan said. “What does your job look like? What is everything that I do for a living, promote for a living, going to look like?”Hurricanes One and TwoBefore the storms, Ms. Duncan’s job was to pitch stories to out-of-state writers and reporters about Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana, including about the Creole Nature Trail, a scenic byway that lets visitors walk through Louisiana tall grasses and alligator habitats, and Adventure Point, an attraction along the trail where kids can don real-life hunting gear and smell spices used in Louisiana cooking.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As a 24-year-old public relations representative for her city, Kathryn Shea Duncan eats, sleeps and breathes Lake Charles, La.The working-class town, home to about 80,000 people and just inland from the Gulf of Mexico, is the big city she grew up visiting, and where she spent Thanksgiving with family. She rented her first home in Lake Charles. She met her boyfriend, Ryan Beeson, at the Panorama Music House downtown. She can tell you the best place to get a po’ boy, hold a baby alligator or crab off dry land.- Advertisement – It made Ms. Duncan reconsider her frustration. “I was kind of like, OK, maybe I need to chill out, and stay here a little longer,” she said, adding she felt that there was a reason she was here. Then, in October, Hurricane Delta made a turn for Lake Charles. Ms. Duncan boarded up her house once again, storing her television in her laundry room along with framed photographs of her deceased father.center_img On Aug. 25, the night Laura made landfall, Mr. Beeson and Ms. Duncan were at Ms. Duncan’s mother’s house in Crowley, La., a town about a quarter of the size of Lake Charles, and about an hour away by car. A Changing StateMs. Duncan’s family has lived in this region of Louisiana for generations, and have roots going back to the original group of Cajuns who were exiled from Acadia, in Canada, by the British in the 1700s.Physically, the state has changed a lot since then. In 2014, the map was redrawn to account for a shrinking coastline, and storms are more frequent — and more deadly — than ever. But Ms. Duncan is committed to riding it out.“We can make it better,” she said. “Through economic development and improving our infrastructure, and having a cleaner environment, and better transportation. You can’t do all of those big things if you don’t stay and work at it day by day.”“I’m a very future-oriented person,” Ms. Duncan said, sitting in her den in Lake Charles, under a framed, hand-drawn map of the state of Louisiana. “I’m always planning the next five years.” – Advertisement – It stands to reason that Ms. Duncan might eventually want to move to a different city. But Lake Charles is her home, she said. And leaving never felt as alluring as staying put.“If I were to move somewhere with a million people, it would be almost meaningless to try and make a difference,” she said. “But if I stay here, and am resilient, living in a city of 80,000, where mostly all of them think and act the same, and I’m a millennial who probably does not have the same thoughts and experiences as those around me, I can make a difference.”“If I leave,” she added, “then who is going to stay? Who is going to be that person?”October was a different story. With Hurricane Delta baring down on Lake Charles, she and Mr. Beeson evacuated once again, this time to San Antonio to stay with friends. With traffic, the normally five-hour drive took them 12. “To be completely honest with you, I wanted to move,” Ms. Duncan said. “I was frustrated. I was angry that this kept happening.”But after the storm, Ms. Duncan was overwhelmed with emotion seeing the work her community did together to rebuild. It’s exciting, she said, to be a part of that. There’s a Facebook group for her neighborhood, where people check in on one another, making sure they all have what they need.“Even our mail lady is in the group,” Ms. Duncan said, “and two days after Laura, she posted that she was on her way home, and that she was going to drop off the mail when she got there.” Mr. Beeson woke Ms. Duncan in the middle of the night. “I know you don’t want to see this, but I think you should know what’s going on,” he said, handing Ms. Duncan his phone. It revealed a photograph of the Panorama Music House, completely destroyed.“Literally, it had just fallen,” Ms. Duncan said. “Like a waterfall.”The owners had been in the process of building a small museum on the top floor dedicated to the musical history of Lake Charles, which Ms. Duncan was excited to recommend to visitors. (The country musician Lucinda Williams, for example, was born and raised nearby and named one of her most famous songs after the town.)“I just sat there, sobbing,” Ms. Duncan said. “Grieving for what might be lost.”That hurricane, a category four storm, ended up displacing more than 6,000 Lake Charles residents. Wind damage left small buildings and big box stores, like Best Buy and Hobby Lobby, in pieces, and tens of thousands of people were without electricity for weeks.Ms. Duncan’s home survived with minimal damage, but her office had to be gutted. Her neighbor had it much worse. “She had ceiling damage, so they’re gutting her side out,” she said. “She can’t live there. And she’s a nurse.” But Ms. Duncan’s resolve to stay in the city has been shaken by the series of hurricanes that have devastated the place and much of the surrounding area this year. Thousands of residents remain displaced, and aid — in the form of charitable giving and volunteers — has been hard to come by with the whole country struggling with coronavirus outbreaks and distracted by politics. (The mayor, Nic Hunter, has worked to spread awareness of the state of his city, appearing on CNN, Fox News and NPR, where he told listeners, “I am begging, I am pleading for Americans not to forget about Lake Charles.”)last_img read more

French Catholic Church counts over 3,000 child victims of sex abuse

first_imgTopics : At least 3,000 children have fallen victim to sex abuse in the French Catholic Church since 1950, a commission set up to examine claims estimated Wednesday, adding that the real number may be much higher.The commission’s president Jean-Marc Sauve said preliminary figures suggested some 1,500 clergy and other Church officials carried out the abuse.The commission was set up last June at the request of French bishops after a series of pedophilia cases that rocked the Church in France and abroad. A hotline urging victims to come forward has received 5,300 calls over the past year, Sauve told journalists in a video conference.The number of estimated victims represents more than 40 cases per year on average over the past seven decades.”I am deeply convinced that there are many more victims,” Sauve said.”What we do not know is how to consolidate these two sources” of potential cases — the hotline and the commission’s own inquiries, he said.  The call for witnesses has been extended to October 31 and reviews of Church archives have resumed after being suspended during France’s coronavirus lockdown.Pope Francis has vowed to confront criminal offences in the Church’s ranks, including several cases in which top officials knew of sexual assault but failed to inform the authorities.Last year, Francis passed a measure obliging those with knowledge of child sexual abuse to report it to their superiors, a move that was expected to bring numerous new cases to light.The commission headed by Sauve, a high-ranking civil servant, includes legal experts, doctors, historians, sociologists and theologians.It is expected to produce a final report next year with recommendations on how to prevent abuse. Payouts planned Victims’ associations have applauded the French Church’s pledge of transparency, having long accused its senior officials of covering up pedophilia cases to protect priests from prosecution.In the most recent high-profile case, a defrocked Catholic priest was given a five-year jail term in March for sexually abusing boy scouts in his care several decades ago.Bernard Preynat, 75, had confessed at his trial in the southeastern city of Lyon to “caresses” he knew were forbidden after victims testified of the abuses they suffered at his hands.He faulted the Church hierarchy, saying “They should have helped me… They let me become a priest.”The scandal became the subject of an acclaimed film last year titled “Grace a Dieu” [By the Grace of God] by director Francois Ozon, who worked with some of the victims.But in January, an appeals court overturned the conviction of Preynat’s superior, Lyon’s former archbishop Philippe Barbarin, for not reporting the abuse despite knowing about it for years.The court said that while Barbarin should have informed the authorities, he was not criminally liable for his lack of action.French bishops agreed last November to provide financial compensation to victims of sex abuse by priests.The potential sums were set to be discussed in April, with priority for victims from several years ago whose cases are beyond the statute of limitations for prosecution.But the coronavirus lockdown halted such meetings until further notice.last_img read more

Five reasons why wholesale online needs your attention

first_imgWhen thinking about reaching your potential in the wholesale channel, how much consideration are you giving to B2B eCommerce?Wholesaler websites have played a key role in ensuring c-store retailers have been able to meet the increased demand and footfall created by the coronavirus pandemic. With retailers becoming more time poor, online ordering has come into its own.Featuring detailed insights from the recently launched Lumina Intelligence Wholesale Online (Retail) Report 2020, this whitepaper highlights five reasons why the wholesale online channel needs your attention, including:Retailer usage of wholesale online platforms.How retailer behaviour towards wholesale online has changed since coronavirus lockdown began.How suppliers can be more tactful to ensure their media spend is effective as possible.Complete the form below to download the free whitepaper now.The Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to dataprivacy@wrbm.com. More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice. By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Noticelast_img read more

NRL supercoach Craig Bellamy agrees to Brisbane home contract

first_imgGreat space to cook up a meal plan. Property owned by Craig Bellamy at The Gap went under the hammer early this month. The home whose charms include cathedral ceilings, polished wooden floors, multiple living zones, indoor-outdoor entertaining, and a rumpus room with built-in bar, was just 11km from the Brisbane CBD in an area surrounded by parks and walking tracks.Bellamy hasn’t completely cut ties with Queensland either, maintaining two other stunning properties in Coolangatta. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Would you get frisky in front of your furbaby? Axe murderer’s home sold for millions The property was bought during his early coaching stint with the Broncos understudying Wayne Bennett.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe four bedroom home on a large 607sq m block in The Gap went under the hammer in Brisbane three weeks ago as “the ultimate lifestyle property for the growing family”.The twin premiership-winning, four-time Daly M coach of the year had bought the property the year after he got his first taste of coaching success as assistant coach of the Brisbane Broncos in 1998 — when the team won the NRL Grand Final.center_img Melbourne Storm head coach Craig Bellamy at a training session just days after his Brisbane home went under the hammer. Picture: Michael Dodge/Getty Images.RUGBY league supercoach Craig Bellamy may be sandwiched in a bidding war between the Broncos and the Storm — but there’s one contract he has given the nod to in Brisbane. He and wife Wendy have agreed to a contract on their Brisbane home, according to a listing on realestate.com.au. Though no price was revealed, it certainly wouldn’t have topped what Melbourne just counteroffered the supercoach — with Storm CEO Dave Donaghy last night confirming an offer of a three-year extension worth $1.25m a year. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:04Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:04 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMay 1: Real Estate Market Wrap08:04last_img read more

Ricky Lee Sturgeon

first_imgRicky Lee Sturgeon, 67, of Lawrenceburg, IN, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Dillsboro, IN.He was born Sunday, September 26, 1948 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, son of the late Lloyd Sturgeon and the late Geneva Powell Sturgeon.He served his Country as a Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force.He was an owner and operator for Dearborn Heating & Cooling for over 20 years.Rick was a member of the Church of Christ Greendale, the Lawrenceburg Lions Club and in his younger years he proudly served as president of the Little League. He enjoyed singing, fishing, horseback riding and hunting. His favorite thing was his time with his family and he will be greatly missed.Surviving are sons, Doug (Mary) Sturgeon,Brian (Regan) Sturgeon and Jason (Rania) Sturgeon; beloved, Sharon Sturgeon; siblings, Jim (Vivian) Sturgeon, Dana (Phil) Schimmel, Debbie (Gary) Hensley, and Margie (Ken) Evans; grandchildren, Austin, Samuel, Violet, Griffin, Lena and Liam Sturgeon and Rachel and Jess Lambert.He was preceded in death by his parents.Memorial visitation will be Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 2:00 -5:00 pm at the Church of Christ, 421 Ridge Ave., Greendale, Indiana.Services will be held at 5:00 pm with Pastor Tim Russell officiating.Graveside service will be Monday, March 14th at 11:00 am in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, IN 47025.  Military services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Greendale Church of Christ. If you are unable to attend services you may call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Zlatan quits LA Galaxy

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not return to the LA Galaxy for the 2020 MLS season, the team said in a statement on Wednesday.The 38-year-old Swedish striker tallied 52 goals and 17 assists in 53 starts for the Galaxy, the team he joined in March 2018 from Manchester United.The charismatic Ibrahimovic, who has also played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Barcelona, Juventus, Paris St Germain, Inter Milan and AC Milan, said he was leaving Los Angeles on a high note.“I came, I saw, I conquered,” Ibrahimovic wrote on Twitter.“Thank you @lagalaxy for making me feel alive again. To the Galaxy fans — you wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan,” he said.“You are welcome. The story continues … Now go back to watching baseball.”Despite Ibrahimovic being the highest-paid player in the league, pocketing $7.2 million for the 2019 campaign, the Galaxy won just one playoff game in his two seasons.The team fell to crosstown rivals LAFC 5-3 in the MLS Cup conference semi-finals last month.He was the team’s top goal scorer both seasons and was twice named in the MLS Best XI list.Few had expected him to return for a third season with his contract expiring at the end of the year and it is unclear what is next for Ibrahimovic, who has been linked in media reports with returns to AC Milan and Manchester United.“We would like to thank Zlatan for his contributions to the LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer,” LA Galaxy President Chris Klein said in a statement, which described the decision as mutual.“Since his arrival in 2018, Zlatan has positively influenced the sport of soccer in Los Angeles. We are grateful for his work ethic and passion. We thank Zlatan for his professionalism and immeasurable impact on the Los Angeles community and the soccer community in North America as a whole.”Tags: LA GalaxyManchester UnitedZlatan Ibrahimoviclast_img read more

WINGS CLIPPED: No. 6 Syracuse beats No. 1 Louisville 70-68 on road behind Carter-Williams’ clutch 2nd-half play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Related Stories Freshman Grant continues stellar play, finishes with 10 points in win over LouisvilleTriche holds off Louisville early, earns praise from Pitino in upset of No. 1 LouisvilleDefensive struggle, late heroics mirror 2012 Syracuse win at LouisvillePoll: After upsetting No. 1 Louisville, where should Syracuse be ranked?center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Syracuse needed someone to make a play. Precious seconds ticked away with the Orange trailing Louisville by one.Each second gone was another moment closer to defeat. Then Syracuse got the play it so desperately needed with 24 seconds left.Michael Carter-Williams played the hero, atoning for a brutal turnover-filled first-half performance, coming away with a steal and racing down the court for an emphatic two-handed slam over Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng.“He’s a big-time player and he’s got a lot of heart,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’ll make plays and I knew when he got the steal, I knew he had to dunk it on Dieng and he did.”Carter-Williams’ clutch play in the game’s final moments was the defining play in No. 6 Syracuse’s 70-68 win over No. 1 Louisville on Saturday. It left the 22,814 once-raucous KFC Yum! Center fans in stunned silence, sealing a comeback victory for the Orange (17-1, 5-0 Big East), which trailed for the first 14-plus minutes of the second half. Carter-Williams’ play coupled with SU’s stingy defensive performance in the second half – limiting the Cardinals (16-2, 4-1) to 29-percent shooting – was the difference in a thrilling battle between the Big East’s elite.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They made some really terrific defensive plays down the stretch and that was the game,” Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said. “Give them credit, they made the plays; they made the shots when it counted and we didn’t.”The tough loss was even tougher to swallow for Pitino, who watched the Cardinals come up short despite controlling the game for the majority of the first and second halves.Syracuse came out strong, taking a 14-7 lead early behind eight quick points from senior guard Brandon Triche. The Orange held the advantage for the opening nine-plus minutes until Louisville ratcheted up the pressure.The Cardinals’ backcourt trio of Peyton Siva, Russ Smith and Kevin Ware hounded Carter-Williams throughout the half, greeting him with every inbounds pass and hassling him the length of the court. The pressure frustrated Carter-Williams, the nation’s leader in assists, into six first-half turnovers and threw a wrench into SU’s half-court offense.With Carter-Williams neutralized against the unrelenting defense, the Orange couldn’t find a rhythm and the Cardinals held a lead of nine twice.“They forced me to turn the ball over obviously and I just knew that I was better than that, better than I was playing in terms of turning the ball over,” Carter-Williams said. “It was tough but I didn’t lose faith in myself and I kept attacking.”Carter-Williams found some confidence at the end of the half, hitting a 3-pointer for his only field goal to that point to send his team into the break tied 38-38. Triche – who kept SU in it with 18 points in the first 20 minutes on 7-of-7 shooting – ran down the court with a display of emotion toward the bench as the final seconds ran out.Syracuse was right in it despite a rough performance from its star point guard.But the second half wasn’t any easier. Louisville quickly ran out to a 48-40 lead, while limiting SU to two free throws in the first four-plus minutes. Like in the first half, though, Syracuse never let the hole get too big.The Orange remained within at least six throughout the half before cutting it to one thanks to a couple defensive stops and a drive by Carter-Williams.It set the stage for his go-ahead 3-pointer from the left wing, giving Syracuse its first lead of the half at 64-62 with 5:28 to play. Running down the court, fists clenched, Carter-Williams and Syracuse could feel the tide turning.The next time down the court, the SU point guard saved a broken play, greeting a sloppy pass by Triche and firing it down low for an easy layup by Jerami Grant.“It’s not how you start all the time, it’s how you finish,” said Triche of Carter-Williams, who finished with 16 points and seven assists. “And I think he finished a game that he should, he finished in a way that pretty much won us the game.”He won it with his final clutch play on the steal and dunk with 24 seconds to go. Louisville owned the lead and controlled the game in the final two minutes until Carter-Williams streaked down the floor for the dunk and added a free throw.With one more play to be made, Carter-Williams came through again, tying up Dieng for the game’s final stop.“It was just all off adrenaline,” Carter-Williams said. “I just owed it to my teammates and to my coaches and to finish that play and to win the game.” Commentslast_img read more

Robert Washington, 4-star recruit, verbally commits to Syracuse for Class of 2016

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 25, 2015 at 2:52 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Correction: In the previous version of this article, the college where Robert Washington verbally committed to was incorrect. Washington has verbally committed to Syracuse. The Daily Orange regrets this error.It was reported by Bleacher Report that Washington was committed to the University of Florida, which was backed up by his statement in a video posted with the story. But that was recorded on Thursday, according to The Post-Standard, before Washington told multiple reporters that he flipped his decision to Syracuse after recording it and before his Saturday announcement.Four-star running back Robert Washington has verbally committed to Syracuse, he announced on Saturday.The Orange landed one of its top priorities of the Class of 2016 and third member of the class in one of the most highly anticipated recruitments in recent memory. Washington was recruited by Syracuse since his freshman year and received an offer from SU shortly thereafter, according to multiple reports.Washington is ranked as the 21st-best junior running back in the country and received over 40 scholarship offers, according to Scout. He chose Syracuse over Alabama, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Texas Christian, Washington.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOver the past several weeks, Washington revealed his final six options one by one on Twitter. When Syracuse was included, buzz from fans about his potential commitment escalated. Some SU fans on Twitter have associated him with the “Restore 44” movement to unretire the number worn by legendary running backs Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little.No. 44 has been retired since 2005 after Daryl Gross took over as director of athletics. In March, Gross stepped down and Pete Sala took over in the interim. Though no changes have been made to the status of the iconic number, SU Athletics director of communications Sue Edson told Syracuse.com that the number is “discussed often and will continue to be.”The 5-foot-10, 215 pound running back joins former Indianapolis Colt Delone Carter (Class of 2006), Doug Hogue (Class of 2007) and Averin Collier (Class of 2008) as the only four-star running backs to choose SU in the past 10 years, per Scout. Seniors Ron Thompson and Ashton Broyld are the only four-star recruits on the current roster and safey Marquise Blair is the only one in the Class of 2015.In his junior year at SouthLake Christian (North Carolina) Academy, Washington ran for 2,233 yards and 27 touchdowns on 239 carries, according to MaxPreps.com. As a sophomore, he ran for 2,512 yards and 28 touchdowns on 219 carriers, per Max Preps. Washington will transfer to East Gaston (North Carolina) High School for the next school year, according to The Charlotte ObserverWhen Washington arrives at Syracuse, he could make a case for early playing time. Senior Devante McFarlane, senior George Morris II and sophomore Ervin Philips are the only running backs currently on SU’s rosters, but coaches plan on making Philips a hybrid, in which he will play multiple roles. All three running backs in the Class of 2015 are three-star recruits.Here’s a list of Syracuse’s four-star commits in the past 10 classes, per Scout:2015 — Marquise Blair — safety2014 — K.J. Williams — wide receiver2012 — Ron Thompson — defensive end2012 — Ashton Broyld — wide receiver2008 — Averin Collier — running back2008 — Marcus Sales — wide receiver2008 — Romale Tucker — defensive end2007 — Doug Hogue — running back2007 — Jermaine Pierce — linebacker2006 — Delone Carter — running back2006 — Andrey Baskin — wide receiver Commentslast_img read more

Missing USC student reportedly sighted in San Diego County

first_imgDerek Adam Seehausen, a 26-year-old fourth-year medical student at USC who has been missing since Aug. 5, was allegedly seen on Sept. 10, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.A tip to LAPD on Sept. 10 described a man matching Seehausen’s description shuffling on the Pacific Coast Highway near Solana Beach, California. Seehausen has plantar fasciitis, a painful disorder affecting the heel and underside of the foot, which private investigator Thomas Martin, who was hired by Seehausen’s family, attributes to his gait.Seehausen was also reportedly sighted on Sept. 5, when an LAPD officer, while searching for a sexual assailant, reported he saw a man on foot with similar characteristics to Seehausen.At a press conference on Sept. 12 at USC’s Health Sciences campus, Jean Godra, Seehausen’s mother, made her first public appearance since her son’s disappearance. Godra said Seehausen posted a video of himself scuba diving through kelp on Facebook a week before he went missing. Her son also called her around the same time to tell her the dates of Keck School of Medicine’s spring graduation and ask about Christmas plans.“This is an unimaginable nightmare for our family. We don’t understand it. If you took a thousand people, Derek would be the last person that you would think would do this,” Godra said.After Seehausen had not attended class in two days, fellow students started to suspect that something was wrong. With the help of Martin, Seehausen’s family has photos of possible sightings and believes that he is still alive. Martin said that he hasn’t talked to any law enforcement officers who think that Seehausen is deceased.At 10:34 p.m. on Aug. 5, Seehausen was caught on tape at a Vons ATM withdrawing $200. Later that night at 11:54 p.m., Seehausen made a $2,999 payment to a friend via his iPhone. He was last seen at 12:02 a.m. Aug. 6 on foot northbound on Alvarado Street.Martin said that no foul play is suspected. He does not believe there is any connection between the payment and Seehausen’s disappearance.A family member told NBC San Diego that Seehausen has ties in San Diego County, where Solana Beach is located, and is a frequent visitor to the area. Seehausen supposedly was planning to visit his best friend in San Diego during the time of his disappearance. He has also been known to surf at nearby Mission Beach.Shuhan He, a close friend and USC student who spoke at the press conference, described Seehausen as intelligent, athletic and resourceful. He said Seehausen was top of his class and very motivated. He said he last spoke to Seehausen three days before his disappearance about plans for the weekend.Seehausen’s family and friends run a website, helpfindderek.com, hoping to expand their search by reaching out to the public for help.Seehausen is about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. According to the Los Angeles Times, he was last seen wearing a black sweater, maroon T-shirt, plaid shorts and colorful shoes. He has a distinct 5 cm flesh-colored scar on his right arm. Those with any information are asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department Adult Missing Person Unit at 213-996-1800.last_img read more

Annenberg signs open letter to Sinclair

first_imgThe Sinclair Broadcast Group required news anchors at its broadcasting stations to read a company statement on-air accusing other news outlets of publishing “fake news.” Photo from Sinclair Broadcast GroupThirteen university deans and department chairs from journalism schools across the country, including USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, signed an open letter to the Sinclair Broadcast Group Friday protesting Sinclair requiring news anchors at nearly 200 broadcasting stations to read a statement written by the company on-air. The statement accused other news outlets of publishing “fake news.” “The educators say requiring the anchors to read the company’s statement violates a tenant of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics which is to ‘Act Independently,’” a Poynter article reported on April 6. “Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think,” the statement Sinclair wrote said, which was read on-air by dozens of news anchors last month. Gordon Stables, the USC Annenberg School of Journalism interim director, said that the University of Maryland shared a draft of the letter that they were planning to send to Sinclair and asked USC if they would like to co-sign it. “Sinclair’s use of news personnel to deliver commentary — not identified as such — may further erode what has traditionally been one of the strongest allegiances in the news landscape, the trust that viewers put in their local television stations,” the letter, addressed to Sinclair Executive Chairman David Smith, read. Along with USC, heads of journalism schools at the University of Maryland, Syracuse University, Louisiana State University, University of Georgia, University of Mississippi, Temple University, Ohio University, University of Arizona, UC Berkeley, University of Illinois, The George Washington University and Morgan State University signed the letter. “We reached out to our faculty by email on Friday afternoon and evening and had a substantial and overwhelming response of the faculty strongly supporting us adding our signature to the letter,” Stables said.Sinclair Broadcast Group operates or owns 193 broadcasting stations across the country, and is the nation’s largest broadcaster. According to The New York Times, the company regularly sends out “must-runs” to the local news stations that they operate, which are video segments with content such as terrorism news updates, commentary and more. Stables said Sinclair is crossing a line when it comes to ethical reporting.“As a school that focuses on teaching journalism as a career and profession, there are some important professional norms,” Stables said. “One of them that you should not breach is the difference between reporting and commentary or opinion pieces and news coverage. And I think the Sinclair broadcasting decision to blur that line is really disturbing.”Scott Livingston, Sinclair’s vice president for news, issued a response to Poynter regarding the letter addressed by journalism educators. “We stand for accurate reporting first and foremost,” he said in a statement. “We understand that the promo prompted an emotional response, and we’ll learn from that in the future.” Sinclair has received criticism for the company’s most recent live must-read, mostly due to its eerily similar rhetoric to President Donald Trump’s censure of the American press, and the Trump administration’s refusal to condemn Sinclair. “So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased,” Trump tweeted in defense of Sinclair on April 2.last_img read more