The economic toll from the drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico is beginning to mount. On July 28, Baker Hughes, an international oilfield services company based in Houston, announced that it was moving 300 of its employees and 25 percent of its assets out of Houston. Baker Hughes CEO, Chad Deaton, said that if the moratorium lingers, many companies such as his would be moving the research and development operations overseas to where the drilling will be taking place. Deaton said that 20,000 direct jobs and over 200,000 indirect ones could be lost if the moratorium continues.
Last August, a 16-year-old girl was raped in Steubenville, Ohio, by two Steubenville High School football players after a night of partying.
The night of her rape, other teenagers who witnessed her rape took video footage and Instagramed pictures of her being held by her ankles and wrists while she was unconscious. Nearly five months later, the entire world does not just know her story, but they have witnessed it in real time after the video and photos were leaked and went viral in early January.
Both football players were charged with rape and are now awaiting trial.
The truth is, folks, one week ago today we were very lucky.
I know, because I know others who weren’t as fortunate and have witnessed the ordeal they are experiencing firsthand.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes struck Louisiana as a storm system pushed across the state on Oct. 13.
The most severe of the twisters stayed on the ground for nine miles, started at 11:16 a.m.
west of the West Monroe city limits. It moved through that city and into Monroe before lifting off at 11:27 a.m. Peak winds were 125 mph and its path was as wide as 300 yards.