On Monday, New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis said it hadn’t hit him yet that he was about to turn 21.
That monumental birthday obviously pales in comparison to his accomplishments of the past two years. After leading Kentucky to the 2012 national championship as a freshman, he became the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, won a gold medal with the USA Olympic basketball team, had a promising rookie year, then was selected to his first All-Star team this past February.
1. He has a twin sister, Antoinette, who is often by his side at games and appearances. Their mother, Rainer, said the two have always been very close.
2. He said in the weeks leading up to the All-Star Game, “I plan to be in New Orleans for a while.”
3. He’s on pace to be the first player since Shaquille O’Neal in 1999-2000 to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots for a season.
It had been three days since Darren Sproles was the subject of reports stating he would be cut or traded, but on Monday the NFL didn’t process any transactions involving the Saints running back.
The 30-year-old himself indicated via Twitter that he’s on his way off the team, on Friday posting, “Thank you New Orleans for your support over the past 3 years! I will always be forever grateful. #Who Dat.”
But nothing official happened as the beginning of the NFL’s free agency signing period at 3 p.m.
AMITE — There’s a serious litter and vandalism problem in Tangipahoa Parish, with reports of tires thrown on roadsides, highway signs repeatedly stolen, and garbage dumped in private yards.
On Monday, the Tangipahoa Parish Council agreed to join with Parish President Gordon Burgess’s office and parish law enforcement agencies to try to find a solution, including using cameras to identify the culprits.
But even those who are caught, however, aren’t always punished.
Justices of the peace and their constables are responsible for apprehending and punishing those who are caught littering.
After nearly four months of searching, the City-Parish Planning Commission has offered the parish’s top planning job to Charles Graves, a Cincinnati planning director.
No timeline has been set, but Graves is expected to become the new city-parish planning director, pending a background and reference check and his formal acceptance of the job offer.
Planning Commission Chairwoman Tara Wicker said the process is expected to take about a week.
Currently serving as director of city planning and buildings in Cincinnati, Graves previously worked as a city planner in Baltimore, Atlanta and Washington D.C.
The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs could be evicted from the local office space that East Baton Rouge Parish leases for it, after raising complaints about the conditions of the privately owned building on North Boulevard.
Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Robin Keller said the office landlord, Arthur Tolar, told Veterans Affairs employees Monday that he was planning to serve a 30-day eviction notice by the end of the day.
It wasn’t clear Monday afternoon whether the city-parish had formally received the eviction letter.
The three major insurance companies in the state offering coverage through the federal insurance exchange have agreed to continue to accept premium payments through Nov. 15 from a federal program that helps HIV/AIDS patients cover their health care costs.
The agreement was struck amid a federal court hearing Monday during which U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson considered a long-term injunction that would have prevented the insurers from refusing to accept payments from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, a federally funded program assisting low- and moderate-income residents with HIV/AIDS.
A plan the state proposed last month to lower the summer heat inside death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary by adding air conditioning and other measures earned high marks Monday from attorneys for three condemned Louisiana men.
Attorneys representing death-row inmates Elzie Ball, Nathaniel Code and James Magee — who sued the state in June — urged Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson to order implementation of the plan.
But a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections said the state is appealing Jackson’s December order that the state draft a plan to cool down death row at Angola.
LAFAYETTE — A local nonprofit group has submitted a charter school application to the Lafayette Parish School Board to open a career and technical high school in 2015.
Kingdom Builder Community Development Corp. has proposed a high school for grades 9-12 in Lafayette Parish that provides students the opportunity to earn industry-based certification in high-demand, high-wage fields.
The concept of the school — Kingdom Collegiate Academy of Excellence — appears to be in line with the Louisiana Department of Education’s emphasis on “Jump Start,” a statewide revamp of career and technical education in high schools.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell acted within his legal authority when he approved a resolution that allowed the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority — East to move forward with hiring outside attorneys for a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry, a state judge ruled Monday.
At issue was the levee board’s hiring of outside attorneys on a contingency fee basis last year in its lawsuit against nearly 100 oil and gas companies, alleging damage to coastal wetlands.