Former Speaker Boehner calls Cruz 'Lucifer in the flesh'

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Former House Speaker John Boehner unloaded on Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz during a talk to college students, calling the Texas senator "Lucifer in the flesh."

Speaking at a town hall-style event at Stanford University Wednesday, Boehner called front-runner Donald Trump his "texting buddy," but offered a more graphic response when asked about Cruz.

Portraits by Louisiana artist on display at Central School

Art Associates of Lake Charles will present Louisiana native Morgan Allain’s “Muses: A Study in Female Portraiture” through May 27 in Suite 208 at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, 809 Kirby St.

The free exhibit is a collection of 48 paintings that took Allain 20 months to complete. All of the portraits are of real people.

Jennings park to host Pistons and Flake show

JENNINGS — Low riders, rat rods, muscle cars, antique classics and more will be on display Saturday, April 30, during the fifth annual Pistons and Flake Car, Truck and Bike Show.

The event, which is free both to the public and show cars, will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park, Exit 64 off Interstate 10.

Murphy's Kozy Corner turns barbershop into popular lunch spot

One thing is common among all barbers, hair dressers, salon stylists or whatever else you may call the person who makes you look more attractive every few weeks, these people know you better than some of your closest friends.

For at least an hour multiple times a month, they bury their hands into your hair and set off to meticulously fixing anything that looks out of place.

Residents cautioned to use flood recovery money as intended

Residents recovering from last month’s Sabine River floods are continuing to receive disaster assistance funds. Officials with the federal agencies distributing the money are cautioning residents to use the funding for its intended purposes.

Louisiana flood victims have received roughly $5 million in individual aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Maria Padron, external affairs officer with FEMA, said the agency wants people to “resist the urge to splurge.”

Saints need defense

Nine times last spring the Saints were on the clock.

Nine times they sent their card in to the NFL with the name of their choice on it.

Nine times they had a chance to make an impact on their franchise.

Mustangs go for sixth straight title

There will be a familiar look among the smaller classes at this year’s Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament, with Hackberry hoping to win its sixth consecutive state championship and tournament regulars Kinder and Rosepine looking to win the Class 2A title.

The Mustangs (17-5) return eight starters from last year’s team, including championship game MVP Gracie Devall, a catcher, and LSU-Eunice signee Abby Trahan, an outfielder. Hackberry (17-5) enters as the top seed and is 8-0 against Class C opponents, outscoring those opponents 100-5.

“Our defense is probably the strongest part of our team this year,” said Mustangs head coach Angela Little. “That is something we work on every day, rain or shine, in the field or in the gym. Everybody can play defense, it is about getting those skills and doing what you have to do.”

LSU has work to do for postseason

After two crucial mistakes were decisive in a pair of losses to Mississippi State last weekend, LSU coach Paul Mainieri talked about the “small margin for error” in a baseball game.

The same might be said for LSU’s season as it heads into the home stretch.

The Tigers (27-14, 10-8 Southeastern Conference) enter a key series on the road at Ole Miss locked in a three-way tie for second in the SEC West with the Rebels and Mississippi State. That trio is two games behind division leader Texas A&M.

Government sets 9-day red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico

MOBILE, Ala. -- The federal government says private recreational anglers will have only nine days to fish for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico this summer.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this year's season Tuesday based on scientific studies of the Gulf and past catches of red snapper, a highly prized fish across the region.

The season begins June 1. For-hire charter boats will have a longer time to fish, 46 days.

Jones takes old-school road to NFL

Les Miles always tried to make the best of the annual exodus of LSU juniors heading to the NFL draft.

He played the proud papa role, grinning and wishing them and their bank accounts well … and mostly making sure any interested recruits would notice what an NFL pipeline the joint had become.

Maybe he should parade out Deion Jones as the Alternative Tiger — on several counts.