ELDORADO, Texas — The secluded Texas ranch where followers of imprisoned polygamist Warren Jeffs lived in near isolation was seized by state agents on Thursday, nearly six years after FBI agents raided the property and removed hundreds of children amid child sex abuse allegations.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said its agents took possession of the Yearning For Zion Ranch near Eldorado. In a statement, DPS said only eight adults were still living on the West Texas property and agreed to leave after meeting with agents.
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford officially kicked off his campaign Thursday, asking voters to stand by him in his re-election bid.
"I owe the people of Toronto a great, great deal of gratitude. You are the salt of the earth," he said at the Toronto Congress Centre, the same venue where he celebrated his election victory in 2010. "I love our city and I love being your mayor.”
Framed by supporters toting signs and wearing T-shirts that read "Ford More Years" and "Ford For Mayor," the mayor addressed the infamous controversies he's recently been embroiled in — including the admission he had smoked crack cocaine in a drunken stupor.
A day after he was arrested but absolved of violating a protective order filed by a former female client, embattled Baton Rouge lawyer Joel Porter labeled the woman “emotionally disturbed” Thursday and lashed out at a police detective who he claims orchestrated his arrest.
Porter, 56, also took issue with the longtime state judge who signed the arrest warrant.
Porter’s accuser, Ashley Smith, denied outside Baton Rouge City Court that she is emotionally unstable and repeated her claim that she and Porter had a sexual relationship while he represented her.
Metro Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Chandler Loupe is recommending that interim planning director Ryan Holcomb be appointed to the permanent position after a series of setbacks in the ongoing hiring search.
“I think Ryan would do a great job and have enjoyed working with him in the past and I certainly believe he is qualified for the position,” Loupe wrote in an email to council members this week, requesting that the search be brought to a close
LAFAYETTE — New education standards that have come under fire this legislative session took center stage Thursday during the first in a series of parent-organized talks being held by Lafayette School Superintendent Pat Cooper.
The Common Core State Standards have been the subject of debate among some legislators who recently called on the governor to opt out of testing tied to the new standards.
Other legislation also calls for the state to abandon its implementation of the standards.
The people who make up the Southern University community will never forget the institution’s history. It’s a point of pride from the recruiters who visit high schools, to the students counting down the days until graduation and to the alumni who stay in touch decades after they last took a class.
To them, Southern is the school that welcomes everybody regardless of race and socioeconomic background. More importantly, they know Southern as the institution that took students who didn’t have a lot of college options and turned them into quality graduates despite a history of being treated as lesser by the state.
Threats made on Instagram about a possible shooting on campus led to the arrests Thursday of two eighth-graders at Westdale Middle School.
The two calls, one of which was received Wednesday evening, are not believed to have been related, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office news release.
The Wednesday call was made in reference to an Instagram post made by a 15-year-old student, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. That student, who was not identified, has said the post was a joke.