Monday, December 31, 2007
'Bama never gave up their early lead. They won 30-24.
What started out as a 'Bama blowout though turned into a game. Colorado's offense finally showed up in the second half and started a run that kept fans worried and hopeful until 2 minutes remained.
Relive the game and review The Times coverage at the Independence Bowl site (located at shreveporttimes.com).
Notes for attending next year:
1. Use the parking shuttles available at area shopping malls. Save yourself the hassle of parking and traffic. The shuttle remained efficient and easy-to-use.
2. If you have bleacher tickets, be prepared to move from assigned seating. People standing and rabble rousers make it hard to watch the game, and shifting to open seats with an open view really isn't a problem after the first quarter.
3. Review the weather carefully. As the temperature dropped Sunday, gloves, jackets and blankets were a godsend watching sweatshirt-clad fans shiver.
4. Consider the crowd. Children will be exposed to cursing and drinking. This is not a major problem until profanity is directed back at the crowd. Some college-aged folks act untamed, and talking reason to them will yield little good. Move again to keep the experience fun.
1. De-clutter the desktop
2. Organize your Inbox
3. Audit bookmarks, pictures, music files and buddy lists
4. Smoking is bad for computers, too
5. Keep crumbs and critters at bay
6. Reduce the wire count
7. Secure Wi-Fi home network
8. Update virus software regularly
9. Back up files regularly
10. Consolidate address books
We should note that spraying a can of Raid into a computer to debug is not recommended.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
1. Caddo Council on Aging is preparing meals for 1000 homebound seniors and goody bags for seniors at eleven sites.
2. Joy Home for Boys will buy shoes for 22 boys and provide a Christmas event.
3. Johnny Gray Jones Regional Shelter will purchase Christmas gifts for the youth housed at the shelter who ordinarily would not have a Christmas at all.
4. Bossier Council on Aging is delivering Christmas stockings to 500 homebound clients.
5. Biedenharn Center for Women’s Issues will help make Christmas better for 12 women and 16 children.
6. Community Support Programs will provide toys and gifts for abused and neglected children and teenagers.
Other Joy Fund projects include efforts by the Salvation Army; Providence House; Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy; Volunteers of America of North Louisiana; Shreveport-Bossier Community Renewal; MLK Health Center and The Philadelphia Center.
As annual givers understand, we give a major portion of the fund to the Salvation Army every year ($52K in 2006), buying clothes, blankets, food and gifts for the homeless and underprivileged they serve. This year they will provide gifts for 2,000 families. The Providence House and Volunteers of America have received as much as $20K in good years, bringing Christmas toys and gifts to families and children in their care programs (The after-school LightHouse program is one example). The Philadelphia Center will provide a special event/toys for children touched by AIDS.
Reaching our goal ($100K) will serve the holiday projects mentioned. Exceeding the goal allows some additional projects to receive help just like last year.
More requests keep coming. I have a folder of not-yet-funded events and toy projects for underprivileged children served by churches and agencies in our coverage area.
Please continue to give.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
The Times has purchased an offset press and will build a facility on our existing property in downtown Shreveport.
· In color and sharpness, think USA Today.
· Crisp, sophisticated graphics.
· Photographs with depth and detail.
· Refined and easier-to-read text.
· A uniquely modern product.
“We believe print is here to stay, even though the Internet is a bigger part of what we do,” Times Publisher Pete Zanmiller says in today’s announcement story. “This press will allow us to give a modern-day paper to the city.”
When The Times puts its 1960s letterpress to rest in 2010, our European press replacement will position your newspaper for the future. Vivid offset color will be available on every page for news and information and for advertisers. The new format will be the more portable and easier-to-handle Berliner format, an 18.5-by-11-inch page size. (The press was developed and manufactured by WIFAG.)
This press will make us the third North American paper to commit to the Berliner format, following the successful 2006 conversion of another Gannett newspaper, Lafayette, Ind., and the expected 2009 conversion of the Reading (Pa) Eagle.
Producing a higher-quality product on a modern press means we’ll be delivering news to doorsteps for years to come. While more and more people go online, the masses still enjoy their morning newspaper. We are in the hands of more than 130K readers every day (200K on Sundays). Many of those same readers are online too, tracking news updates.
Along with online-only readers, shreveporttimes.com visitors (Over 400K per month) are viewing more than 6M pages of news, photos and videos each month. News consumption isn’t wavering; it’s just changing. And we are changing with it.
If you want to be involved in helping mold The Times of the future, send me a line and a little bit about yourself. I’m building a list of dedicated readers who want to help build the next incarnation of The Times. We’ll have a few informal meetings in 2008 as a prelude to the hands-on work we’ll do in 2009.
With all that is happening in our community ( I-49 to Cyber Command to the burgeoning movie industry (movies coming, extras, Denzel Washington), it’s about time for a face-lift. An offset press producing bright color, crisp text and graphics will showcase many of the great moments yet to come.
Friday, December 7, 2007
My month-long bout with mononucleosis started with garden-variety symptoms that turned inexplicable and harsh: 3 days of non-stop hiccups, a "can't swallow" sore throat, 12 days of not being able to keep food down and daily nausea.
A virus beat me into the fetal position.
Emerging from the darkened bedroom, I long for work and a return to my routine. Fantasies of eating fried chicken or a hamburger are doused by a prescription of bland foods for recovery. Water crackers have been a staple. Interestingly, Raisin Bran has eased my upset stomach along with that diet.
I expect to get back to the December grind next week.
This is a particularly challenging month at many newspapers. The Christmas rush coverage coincides with a flurry of vacations. We are closing a few major 2007 projects alongside preparations for 2008. Independence Bowl coverage and LSU's national championship bid loom. We have a few special news projects to fit into the paper before the end of the year.
It is work we love, but it is daunting piled against the tug and pull of the holidays. My desk has mounds of unanswered mail among other things. Take much of that away, and December still seems a bear.
It happens to many of us every year, rushing to get a month's worth of work completed in only a few weeks. Any vacation plans loom like a cloud of pressure against an intense timeline. We try to squeeze a day off here and there for shopping, too.
Before you know it, HOLIDAY STRESS hits hard (nerves frayed, loved ones shortchanged and loss of sleep). That can be a place you don't want to go, yet we somehow end up there too often.
Resolving not to return to the darkness of my ill retreat and resolving not to end up a holiday mess requires the same focus.
We have to pace ourselves.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Your Sunday Times
Our news team is all set for election coverage tonight. Also, I'm looking forward to our report on the state of the YWCA. Of course, it will be a joy to relive the LSU(41) - Ole Miss(24) game in the Sports section. The game in Oxford did not disappoint this couch-bound editor. The blogs on the LSU game and the Louisiana Tech game are a treat you should review.
Looking ahead to your Thanksgiving Day paper
The Nov. 22 edition is produced as a Sunday-size paper. It is one of the biggest newspapers of the year. In addition to all the news stuffed in the turkey edition, it will be jammed with the holiday sales inserts every shopper will devour. We have to start the presses a few hours early on Wednesday to get out the door for early sales at Wal-Mart and other stores.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Nov. 17 is an election day too, so cast your votes in the morning and go enjoy classic local performers like the Bluebirds (at right) or Dorothy Prime and the Bluesjumpers. Hear any of the 11 bands slated to play for free. Get more info about the event on a couple blogs: HAP and shreveport.blogspot.com. Read more in Preview Friday.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Ribbing the Michigan football fan, our publisher Pete Zanmiller, about Appalachian State robbing Michigan of their season in an early upset win is still a career risk. Some here have walked that road.
When Louisiana Tech lines up against penalty-prone LSU in Death Valley this weekend, they can draw inspiration from that game. Goliath can be taken down.
Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley has it right when he says he doesn’t need to talk about how good LSU is and explain that to his team. His kids and my kids know. But every game offers a chance to win and a chance to lose.
Tech can mount a true challenge if they bring inspiration and a belief they can win. They have to push aside the mound of prewritten, preconceived headlines. A “nothing to lose” mentality can work for you when you have everything to win.
If Dooley is looking for headlines to show his team, just remember what the scoreboard in Ann Arbor said on Sept. 1, 2007:
Appalachian State 34
Louisiana Tech may be an under-underdog in comparison to 1-AA defending champ Appalachian State, but we love the message movies like Rudy offer: heart, hard work and perseverance can create miracles.
The Zanmillers know this too well.
Photo: (AP/Duane Burleson) Appalachian State Mountaineers head coach Jerry Moore is carried off the field after defeating Michigan Wolverines 34-32 in September. Michigan was ranked 5th at the time. Moore led one of college football's greatest upsets.
Note: LSU (2) vs. Louisiana Tech , 7 p.m., Nov. 10
Saturday, November 3, 2007
This is the first time the newspaper used this media format to share breaking news. The "LSU beats 'Bama" banner will rotate on four billboards tonight and through Sunday morning.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Caddo Animal Shelter photo and info provided (top right): This mix is still a pup and is neutered. He, and his big ears, wait for a new home. His photo runs Monday in the Living section. letting folks know he is available for adoption.
Many volunteers and animal lovers save animals in danger, hoping to help them avoid fates awaiting them at animal shelters. Consider local fencing champ Andy Shaw of Fairfield Avenue School of Fencing in Shreveport. With his 2-inch-thick scrapbook of animals he saved from the streets, Shaw shares a passion for making a difference one animal at a time. He’ll interrupt his life often to help hurting dogs on the street. A truly abandoned dog is easy to identify, he says. He cleans them up, starts any needed medical treatment and finds them homes.
Thanks to Andy, we have Sadie the newshound in our house (photo in right-hand rail). We didn’t know we would be so ready to have a dog again after our pound-found mutt Max left this world. If you are wondering how to help one animal at a time, there are many in need. Write Andy, or just go visit the shelters to find your next family member.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Disappointing my wife who declared the trip a mostly-electronic-free vacation, I popped open my laptop and logged into e-mail. After a short exchange with the office, my mind was clear.
"Can we turn it off now?" she said. We returned to the license plate alphabet game and High School Musical sing-a-longs.
In the middle of the country, business was enabled, encouraged. Traveling around, you begin to see some advantages for Shreveport to set up public-supported free Internet access. (This is being considered by the City Council).
Just like food and water, Internet connectivity is seen by the next generations as a basic need. As the global economy evolves and breathes online, we can help put our city on the fast track now. The time is nigh for us to wrap our arms around the future by investing in it.
If you want young professionals to remain and thrive, provide the kind of services they seek -- and make it easy.
It isn't necessary to blanket the city with WiFi. We could implement a phased plan. The Texas Avenue corridor, the area around courthouses and government buildings and Red River District are good places to start.
Spotlight our new services with signs announcing, "Entering a public access WiFi zone."
Imagine a passerby on I-20 looking at a billboard that says, "Free Internet access in 5 miles; Connect in Shreveport's downtown."
When conventioneers and tourists visit, they can explore and make business deals at downtown eateries or meet partners to review presentations. They'll feel unencumbered.
Make Internet access free at the local airport as a business calling card. That service will be like a mint on the pillow to high-powered executives traveling to and from Shreveport.
Phoenix offers this. Why shouldn't we? (Check others.)
An introductory step into a city-supported wireless venture would do much:
g Locals may be drawn downtown for lunch or stay downtown to work outside their cubicle.
g Internet access would serve as an incentive for small businesses to locate downtown.
g Build-it-and-they-will-come infrastructure philosophy might attract wired young professionals and some technology companies that will serve Cyber Command.
Imagine overhearing college students: "Hey, let's go over to the District and meet. We can hook up for free while we eat." If you want young professionals going downtown, give them what they seek.
Once we expand WiFi access, imagine real estate agents, city workers and sales people becoming faster and more efficient in a city supporting new ways of working. Ah, this is a quality-of-life feature we can celebrate.
As we build more roads and highways, we should build an on-ramp to the new economic and information superhighway.
While sitting on the bank of the Red River, a young woman opens her laptop to make a business decision that adds another Shreveport business to the global economy.
Monday, October 29, 2007
We talked briefly about Cyber Command and the list of good things going on in Northwest Louisiana. Jindal praised Governor Kathleen Blanco for visiting Northwest Louisiana more often than previous governors and pledged to do likewise. He explains he’ll be up here again soon.
Jindal sees the value in building up high-tech infrastructure -- as an opportunity to get ahead of other states. Jindal offered observations that some countries with rudimentary phone systems years ago leapfrogged us in technology. How did that happen?
The state with the best technology may be set to lead in an emerging global economy.
We appreciate his vision for a brighter and better Louisiana. To that end, The Times will continue to challenge and review the actions of government.
We are sending him links to our ongoing ethics series. We find it hard to accept that politicians who owe ethics fines can still run for office. Jindal agrees.
Lastly, he likens the transition process from Blanco's administration to his as “drinking water from a fire hydrant.” There is so much information and so much to do, so fast.
Jindal is expected to take the oath of office to become Governor of Louisiana on Jan. 12, 2008.
Up tomorrow: Blanco visits our community and stops by our offices.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Odom (top right) maxed out getting the number of votes he could against the Republican field in the Oct. 20th race with 41 percent.
When pressed about why he was “retiring” from the office, Odom acknowledged "the runoff definitely was a part of it."
Odom’s tenure has a history of corruption accusations and harsh criticism of his push to build a couple of mills in South Louisiana.
Odom did us a favor by keeping his engine off the track in a sure-to-happen campaign train wreck.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
These mealside creations are turned into a one-of-a-kind gallery by proprietors Jean and Paul Cush. They just keep adding the sketches from his visits, numbering at least 30 on the walls. Ten or more are stacked next to the bakery case ready to go up.
Joyce is the mind behind Robots, Rolie Polie Olie, Meet the Robinsons and George Shrinks.
Think about it. Some meal-induced ideas simmer inside Cush's as part of a creative process. Beloved characters for children and adults come from the same hand.
This is an exclusive gallery, and you won't see this part of Joyce's work anywhere. They aren't for sale.
"Just name your price," a visiting movie producer once pushed to no avail.
The Cush family honors a longstanding request to keep this artist's journal between friends.
And genius meets genius here. There is more than just art to enjoy.
What started out as a "grocery with a restaurant" turned into a "restaurant with a grocery," says owner's son Chris Cush. He and his brother Paul Jr. round out the family affair.
Their mom fills the shelves with gourmet items. Locals know you can find some of the finest certified Angus beef in their display case. Chef Charlie Bush whips up some fantastic meals. (Joyce orders his bread pudding.) And their cupcakes will leave you star struck. Hollywood actress Katie Holmes' taste buds put their goods on the map following her 2007 movie-making visit (Mad Money).
They've served many actors since the movie industry set up shop in Northwest Louisiana, but they fondly refer to Joyce as the first star they served.
This quaint, back-in-time respite located at 9535 Ellerbe Road is truly a Shreveport gem.
Next, I looked at the victory photograph of newly elected Caddo Coroner Dr. Todd Thoma, asking where is the exuberance. Multimedia editor Mike Silva explained Thoma cheered when LSU scored, but that was it. So, even that hot local race between Thoma and incumbent Dr. Mairus McFarland didn’t excite in the final moments.
Leave it to LSU on election night to give us a 30-24 victory that left a memory. They came through in the clutch as news pages needed to start clearing the floor at 11:30-11:45 p.m.
For those keeping score on election results, early editions were incomplete due to slow-reporting Bossier results. As numbers trickled in from slow-refreshing computer screens connected to the Secretary of State’s Web site and at the courthouses, we hit some snags trying to finish pages.
Some results were not available until after the press run. And The Times first edition has incumbent Attorney General Charles Foti doing much better than he actually did. We got the news that he would not make the runoff after starting the first press run. Read complete election results for more.
Some editions of The Times will be delayed this morning because we held for the latest news. That said, most editions will provide a rather complete read. Return to the Monday Times for gubernatorial race precinct-by-precinct charts and for a few select races. It is always fun to look at how your voting location did.
For now, congratulations to the winners and to those making runoffs.
Read complete election coverage.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This voter is searching the Internet, reading archived headlines, poring over newspapers and listening to audio of candidates. Getting this voter to the polls is the next step.
And The Times is trying to help.
Readers can review candidate bios and links on our election Web site. This shreveporttimes.com section will contain the Election Guide material appearing in The Times special section published Thursday. A sample ballot can be downloaded now and will be published Friday and Saturday
While the mantra of change echoes with "don't put the same ol’ faces back in office," Northwest Louisiana might benefit from returning a few. If leaders like Billy Montgomery (running for District 37 Senate after being term-limited in the house), District 8 State Representative Jane Smith and District 38 Senator Sherri Cheek are elected, they offer a senior coalition for Northwest Louisiana capable of helping newbie legislators navigate in Baton Rouge. They have a record of helping with Cyber Command and championing their constituents’ interests.
Locally, the Caddo coroner race is the most heated -- and the most interesting. It has been more than 20 years since there has been head-on competition for this job.
Dr. Todd Thoma is facing off with incumbent Dr. Mairus McFarland. Thoma, with assists by local attorney John Settle, is taking McFarland to task on administrative and operational decisions. Thoma has raised important issues about fiscal responsibility and use of specialized nurses, but you are the final judge of whether those points merit replacing McFarland. McFarland is credited with digging the coroner's office out of a major mess left by the late Dr. George McCormick. To McFarland's credit, he acknowledges the need to explore local autopsy options and makes good points about why some out-of-state autopsies are needed.
There is more to this debate.
Try to catch up on election issues by reading a few aging election forum headlines (1, 2 and 3).
Do your homework and review tomorrow's election guide published in lieu of the Conversations section. This guide will set you up to use the sample ballots being published in The Times Friday and Saturday.
As gubernatorial negative ads dissolve into desperation, don't be deterred by the process. Instead listen to audio of gubernatorial candidate stances and points:
- Walter Boasso: Download the interview
- Foster Campbell: Download the interview
- John Georges: Download the interview
- Bobby Jindal: Download the interview
Newspapers do endorsements to offer a considered opinion and provoke thought. We take a stance everyday on the issues that face our community. Why would we sit out on the biggest decisions facing the future of our state, the 2007 election? You shouldn't sit out either.
The most effective and most American duty we have is to vote. See you at the polls Saturday. Follow results online and in The Sunday Times.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Just because the board can create a policy like this doesn't mean they should. The Caddo School Board and administration should deny this Draconian proposal.
Instead, encourage teachers and personnel to feel free to be more vocal internally without reprisal to improve education. This is the answer.
Don't dampen a freedom that ultimately serves the public good as a check on government overseeing our children.
The First Amendment is FIRST for a reason. All governoring bodies should be unafraid of criticism and a redress of grievances.
n Governor's race endorsement runs Sunday.
n Caddo Coroner's race offered much debate and discussion for our editorial boards. Who do you think we'll endorse?
n Another story on school system policy planned for the Sunday Times.
n Election guide being published in The Times Thursday Oct. 18. (Sample ballots will run Oct. 19 and 20.)
n C.E. Byrd High School homecoming football game (vs. Captain Shreve High School) is an opportunity to explore how sports impact our lives (story Friday). Or the more important question: Will a Gator eat a Yellow Jacket?
n Red River Moms Web site is seeking new and additional discussion leaders.
n Election night planning is under way.
n Ethics fines and the lack of teeth in ethics laws concerns continue. Will Shreveport Councilman Calvin Lester and others pay their fines?
n We wished Gannett reporter John Hill well in his retirement at a Governor's Mansion reception. Governor Kathleen Blanco attended the gathering in Baton Rouge (at right).
The Times Publisher Pete Zanmiller (parent of a Captain Shreve student) found his door decorated by an employee who shall go nameless (a parent of a recent Byrd graduate).
In other news, Times staffer Terrie Roberts (parent of a Byrd grad) discovered a gator screen saver taunting her as she arrived to work.
Come back to shreveporttimes.com for a photo gallery and full coverage of a special matchup between Byrd's Yellow Jackets and Shreve's Gators.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Warrior Editor Stephanie Bemrose worked for The Bombardier. Now, she brings new ideas for content to better serve our fighting and flying warriors on the new nameplate.
Friday, September 28, 2007
The events and tour of the Freedom Forum's interactive museum of news and news history help open the 2007 Associated Press Managing Editors Conference (schedule). The sessions are packed with recent print and online innovations and provide direct interaction with major newsmakers.
Last year’s conference in New Orleans (last year’s schedule) stoked national dialogue on Hurricane Katrina.
· Read more about the Newseum’s creation and mission.
· Explore the events planned for this year’s conference.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Foster Campbell (D) was easy to follow today, stumping on tax reform in a session with The Times' editorial and community boards. His platform to eliminate state income tax comes with a revenue replacement plan taxing foreigners getting rich off Louisiana oil in a Robin Hood-esque “scheme.”
Campbell contends the 40K miles of oil transmission pipelines statewide are an infrastructure stronghold. He plans to leverage them against oil companies for “fair share” contributions to state issues such as coastal erosion. He argues those pipelines are gold that will keep oil companies here despite new taxes being excised. (Listen to streaming audio.)
Campbell also wants to eliminate severance taxes on state-based oil production replaced by the new flat tax approach to oil processing. A local company would see a 50% reduction in taxes with Campbell's math. By his calculations, a $2B surplus would result.
Campbell blew off Bobby Jindal’s flag waving on ethics reform as ineffective and ironic. He believes allowing lobbyists on the Senate and House floors are a bigger problem than some issues touted. Lobbyists' access to legislators during sessions is “too much influence, too close.” To force priority setting and reduce time on “trivial” local matters, Campbell would limit the number of bills legislators introduce. (Listen to streaming audio of the session.)
- Forewarned losses of gaming revenue if Texas gets gaming within 6 years.
- Voiced unwavering support for “charity” hospital in New Orleans.
- Said PhD programs at LSU-S are a must.
- Picked on Entergy’s energy rates, saying they are dampening economic development in eastern parts of the state
Monday, September 24, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Right before Eddington’s lens, Texan Rick Ashby tried to hold onto a balloon rope after a hard landing playing the game, going up and up. From one view, it was a heroic effort to weigh down or to climb in a runaway balloon that could cause havoc hitting a highway. A passenger was not seriously injured in the accident. Ashby was rushed to LSU Hospital after letting go of the rope after rising over 20 feet.
Eddington called photo editor Mike Silva immediately.
“He told me that there had been an accident at the Balloon Rally and he thought he had some good shots,” explains Silva. “Because we did not know the extent of the injuries I decided not to post the close up shots of the man falling.” They worked together to post the accident images quickly that morning, adding more images after feeling sure Ashby would recover.
Silva worked to inform editors and to request a reporter follow up with a story. Heidi Hausmann, deputy news editor, juggled the planned 1A line-up to display Eddington’s dramatic photograph. KTBS will be airing more about the accident and Eddington's work on the evening news at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m today.
Eddington is an accomplished photographer and contributor to The Times. Usually, you can find his byline next to Evangel football (new Evangel Gallery being added today) and some pro football events.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
On the mountain bike trail at Lake Bistineau State Park, my thick tires cracked fallen limbs and skidded through pine straw on a solitary Sunday morning. The challenges of twisting a bike around trees and riding through culverts required complete focus.
While wiping away cobwebs collecting on my face, a deer sprang from the brush. The surprise jolted my chest and stopped me long enough to really soak in a moment found miles into the woods.
Lake Bistineau is a beautiful, serene place to take a break from cell phones and the pace of everyday life. A bit of paradise is around many corners in Louisiana, if you slow down a little to take a look.
Friday, September 14, 2007
From U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu to Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker, confidence about the pending announcement abounds. The idea that Cyber Command is a “done deal” may not be too premature for people in the know. All of us see the incremental news leading us to the same conclusions they profess. The Air Force secretary’s comments Wednesday about hatching the next phase leave less to the imagination.
But the words “provisional” and “interim”, once again, are a necessary component in the process. They depict the stage as accurately as possible knowing that Defense Department and congressional reviews are to come. These entities hold some say over what will happen.
Yes, revel in news moments that secure less doubt about the ultimate home of Cyber Command (read Air Force Times article). We all await the "official" words that seal the "deal" on a new cyber-based future. Washington D.C events on the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Sept. 18 may bring more news.
It does seem time to buy bottles of champagne and to put them on ice. But don’t pop the cork too soon. And don't count your chickens before they've hatched.
Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr.
Tech. Sgt. John Webb and Staff Sgt. Clinton Tips update anti-virus software for Air Force units to assist in the prevention of cyberspace hackers July 12 at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The Air Force is setting up the Air Force Cyber Command soon and these Airmen will be the operators on the ground floor.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Air Force brass explained that the words “interim” and “provisional” are necessary because the Defense Department has yet to review many details before all the pieces can be put in place. From doing requisite things akin to soil samples to reviewing the full investment of personnel, the “interim” designation sets the command to materialize at Barksdale.
People leaving the party, including businessman Tem McElroy and Bossier Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Johnson, all were talking about how excited they were to hear the surprise announcement from Secretary Wynne. While the word “interim” might have taken an edge off, it was U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu who gave it back.
It seems Landrieu knew something was up as the mention of the designation came together.
"It took a combination of extraordinary coordination and effort on the part of many local officials and the congressional delegation," she told Times reporter Margaret Martin. Landrieu praised Lt. Gen. Robert J. Elder’s vision and shared, "All the stars were aligned."Gen. Elder clearly was a hero for many Wednesday night, heralded for his leadership in putting Barksdale in the catbird seat for this military mission. When all is said and done, Cyber Command's birthplace is tasked with being the incubator for the formative years.
Our community has plans to build on that dream.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Education: B.S. in journalism and mass communication from North Carolina A&T in 2004.
Previous assignments: News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) sports and general assignment reporter and The Roanoke Times government reporter (Virginia).
Local connection: Brother stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
As the enormity of the news registered in 2001, I was talking with former Times editor Judy Christie. She was scheduled for a morning flight. I vaguely remember saying, "You aren't going to Washington D.C. today."
Shreveporttimes.com went into overdrive as we confirmed President Bush would address the nation from Barksdale Air Force Base (photo right) . 6 years ago...
Take time to remember:
- Remembrances around the nation.
- A photographer reflects.
- An archive to review.
September 11, 2001 photo: President George W. Bush walks with Lt. Gen Tom Keck, Commander of the 8th Air Force, at Barksdale AFB . Bush later departed Barksdale AFB for an undisclosed location after making a statement on the recent terrorist acts. Photo by Win McNamee/REUTERS
Friday, September 7, 2007
This piqued my interest because I am the father of a child with a peanut allergy. Going back to school raises fears because one missed peanut is a sure trip to the hospital. Our doctor explains that minutes matter, don't delay. It is a life-changing experience to witness a child going through a peanut reaction and shock.
Several schools in our community have set up areas where children with allergies can sit away from the general population. Others closely monitor lunches and desk pairings to mitigate risks. Most public schools simply don't offer the products.
This move by St. Joseph Catholic School is getting some impassioned response from both sides at the school.
Some may see it as an annoying inconvenience (and absurd) to create a policy protecting the few, but consider the leadership and lessons demonstrated. Should we sacrifice a convenience (or pleasure) for the good of a few? Should a majority ever be asked to sacrifice for a minority?
Thursday, September 6, 2007
We wish Coach Green’s LHSAA violations list and former Southwood High School teacher and assistant football coach Joseph Barbee's admission to molesting female students are the last harsh sports headlines for the rest of the season. Sadly, there is at least one other coach case on the docket.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Rotary Club of Shreveport speaker
Colonel Michael R. Shoults, director of staff of Air Combat Command’s 8th Air Force, offered an overview of Cyber Command at today’s lunch: What it is, what it means and how partnerships with the community might work. He explained how the re-created mission – mentioned above –helps demonstrate cyber ops already undertaken by the 8th Air Force. He relayed a sense of hope that the major command might land here, and explained how that looming decision probably won’t impact the already-engaged cyber ops work at the base.
Friday, August 31, 2007
The must-visit Website of local high school football headlines, statistics and multimedia has added pregame and post-game videos to production this year (opener and pregame shows 1, 2, 3). Admittedly raw, these efforts are meant to offer new doorways into shreveporttimes.com’s constant coverage. Our learning curve is beginning on this new method of coverage. The most-visited parts of our site last year were the photo galleries from games. You’ll notice an increase in the number of photographs and the number of games handled there this year.
We are a football field of dreams
Go to some games this year even if you don’t have kids. You might see some of the BEST players at the beginning of their young careers. Some of the nation’s most-watched players in college and the pros come from Louisiana. Read more about former Evangel Christian Academy’s John David Booty, #1 ranked USC’s star quarterback. Football greats like Joe Ferguson (Buffalo Bills) and Arnaz Battle (a must-visit site about this 49er) have come from our area. Woodlawn’s Terry Bradshaw (1966) went on to achieve NFL fame with the Pittsburgh Steelers, helping draw attention to our football-player-making Mecca.
Photographs (top to bottom): Calvary’s James Michael Miller in Thursday’s game against Southwood at Independence Stadium (Photo by Greg Pearson/The Times/2007); USC QB John David Booty hopes to lead the Trojans to another successful season (Photo by Larry Armstrong); And Arnaz Battle for C.E. Byrd HS (Photo by Jim Hudelson/The Times/1997) and is now a player for San Francisco 49ers.
Friday night lights
With the start of Friday Night Football, we adjust our deadlines and headline priorities to help target early editions circulated in outlying parishes. The “city” editions will roll off the press later, remade as more game headlines are compiled. Our sports crew works through the night filling prepsbeat.com (some of last year's data is still being cleaned out). Throughout the week we produce Prep Sports pages to review and preview standings and players.
Come back to prepsbeat.com often to read the blog and find videos in production. We’ll be having fun right along with you.