Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:18:45 GMT
Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
By Katherine Terrell | LSU Student
Kicking butts and taking names.
That's the idea behind SmokingWords, which is "a movement for tobacco-free living." The group, which aims to educate students and faculty about smoking, made its presence known at LSU's 29th Annual Health & Wellness Fair for the ninth straight year.
SmokingWords was one of many tables at the fair, which was held in the Student Union from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. Other booths offered free health screenings, HIV/Aids testing, BMI calculation and vision and hearing testing.
The fair coincided with "Kick Butts Day"—a national day of activism against tobacco companies nationwide.
SmokingWords took a different approach: displaying everything from cigarette butts to a Darth Vader helmet to draw students' attention.
"The force didn't make me sound like this…smoking did!" a sign below the helmet read.
The idea for the items came from PlanIt Public Relations—a student public relations campaign group. LSU senior public relations students Ali Manion and Grace Weber said they partnered with Judith Sylvester, an associate professor at the LSU Manship School, to promote SmokingWords.
"We're just trying to create a following," Manion said.
Sylvester said this year is the first time it has had such an involved group of students. In addition to hosting a table, PlanIt Public Relations also used Facebook and Twitter to get its message out.
Sylvester created SmokingWords in 2000 and has been actively campaigning for a smoke-free campus. She said she has conducted a number of research projects and surveys over the years, estimating that more than 7,000 people smoke daily on LSU's campus.
Cigarette litter and dangers of secondhand smoke are two of her biggest concerns.
"I understand there are major difficulties," she said of the initiative. "But … it's a health and safety issue."
Sylvester said she isn't trying to take away anyone's smoking rights, but has a problem with the amount of cigarette butts left on the ground. She pointed to a Ziploc bag full of cigarette butts, noting that they had been gathered from the area around the Manship School alone.
Sylvester said she has submitted a report to the Faculty Senate about the plan for a smoke-free campus and hopes for change—whether the campus goes completely smoke free or confines smoking to designated areas.