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Jim Beam column:Writer says ‘woke’ not so bad – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Beam – 2023-08-30 06:39:07

SUMMARY: The term “woke” has evolved over time and is now used to refer to progressiveness and social justice. It originated in the 1940s among African Americans to signify becoming aware of issues of justice. However, the term has been weaponized by alt-right and politically conservative groups to insult those on the left. The word became politicized in 2014 after the Black Lives Matter movement emerged. Recently, a letter in argued that being “woke” is in line with Christian values of empathy and understanding. The author stressed the importance of loving one's neighbor as Jesus taught.

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UPDATE: 65-year-old woman killed in Saturday’s drive-by shooting – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Crystal Stevenson – 2024-03-03 18:17:51

SUMMARY: On the evening of Saturday, March 3, 2024, a 65-year-old woman named Annette D. Touvell was fatally wounded during a drive-by shooting incident on West Tank Farm Road. She was inside her residence when multiple gunshots were fired and a stray bullet struck her. Touvell was taken to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Another nearby home was hit, but no one else was injured. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the case, with Det. Lauren Manuel leading the inquiry. They are looking for a specific car, canvassing for more footage, and appealing to the public for any information that may help their investigation.

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Cowboys look to celebrate with victory – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Jim Gazzolo – 2024-03-03 11:34:21

SUMMARY: The McNeese State Cowboys will celebrate their Southland Conference regular season championship regardless of the outcome of their game against Houston Christian. The game on Monday night marks an opportunity for the Cowboys, who have the top seed in the Southland Conference Tournament, to practice ahead of the tournament where they hope to claim the tourney title. With an impressive record of 26-3, the team has significantly improved over last season. Coach Will Wade emphasizes readiness despite their earlier 51-point victory over HCU. The Cowboys will conclude their regular season on Wednesday against New Orleans. Players like Christian Shumate and Shahada Wells are highlighted for their contributions to the team's success.

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SW La. school lunch menus March 4-8 – American Press

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www.americanpress.com – Crystal Stevenson – 2024-03-03 09:03:36

SUMMARY: The article lists the school lunch and breakfast menus for SW Louisiana schools from March 4 to 8, 2024. Various meals including chicken, tacos, gumbo, and spaghetti are spread across the weekdays for lunch with corresponding breakfast options like pancakes, oatmeal, or cereal. Each day provides a mix of protein, carbs, fruits, and vegetables. Menus are noted to be changeable and have been provided by supervisors of food services in the area. Additionally, there are mentions of area-specific menus, such as those for Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, and Vernon schools. The article was published on March 3, 2024.

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