Los Angeles man guilty in 10 'Grim Sleeper' serial killings

LOS ANGELES -- A former trash collector in Los Angeles was convicted Thursday of 10 "Grim Sleeper" serial killings that spanned two decades and targeted vulnerable young black women in the inner city.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. showed no emotion as a clerk read the 10 murder verdicts in Los Angeles County Superior Court after a two-month trial in the potential death penalty case.

FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed

WASHINGTON -- The federal government announced sweeping new rules Thursday for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone largely unregulated.

Before brands are allowed to stay in the market, regulators will check the e-cigarettes' design and the liquid nicotine they contain. The fast-growing devices have found a foothold with teenagers.

Taco Mel lets customers personally customize each taco

I feel like there is an unspoken moral dilemma each customer endures when at a restaurant where part of the dining experience consists of you serving yourself food.

Even on a small scale, there is always pressure to do what’s right, or at least what’s socially acceptable. If you told the cashier you were going to get water from the fountain drink machine, don’t go over there and fill a cup with soda. That’s wrong and borderline criminal.

Students stage SOS appreciation rally

Moss Bluff Middle School students, faculty and Bronco SOS members on Wednesday held a rally to honor civil and public servants and first responders.

Students spoke about service members’ importance, performed in interpretive movement and played inspiring pieces in the band. The students also shook the hands of the service members and gave some hugs.

Fort Polk experiences change of command

FORT POLK — Brig. Gen. Timothy McGuire relinquished command of Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center in a ceremony Wednesday.

McGuire, who took command in March 2015, passed his responsibilities to Brig. Gen. Gary Brito. McGuire will head to Germany to serve as a deputy commanding general.

Cowboys benefit from early leads away from home

A southerly wind is a glorious thing for McNeese State’s offense when it is playing in the friendly confines of Joe Miller Ballpark. It means anything caught in the jet stream has a shot at leaving the park.

It was not the Cowboys’ friend at Nicholls State’s already spacious Ray Didier Field last weekend in Thibodaux, where a ball caught in the wind wound up in a mitt. Nicholls State’s sweep extended McNeese’s season-long losing streak to four prior to this weekend’s Southland Conference series at Stephen F. Austin.

“It’s a tough place to play… (and) it was really difficult conditions,” said McNeese coach Justin Hill. “It’s been a weird year as far as wind blowing in. (The Colonels) were probably a little more comfortable in that environment. But we still played two one-run games in one day.”

Final go for Thompson, Rigmaiden

St. Louis throwers Rhea Thompson and Alexis Rigmaiden will don their blue and orange uniforms for the last time this weekend as they travel to Baton Rouge for their final Louisiana High School Athletic Association state outdoor track and field meet.

The duo, who are responsible for a combined six first-place finishes at the state meet, are expecting to go out with a bang as Rigmaiden vies for her third consecutive win in the javelin while Thompson looks to continue her dominance in the shot put and discus.

“These two girls are something special,” said St. Louis head coach Jon Fagan. “You don’t have two kids like that on the same team that just dominate very often. What they’re doing right now is really special.”

Manziel silent outside court after hearing in domestic case

DALLAS  — Johnny Manziel waded through a crowd of reporters after his first court appearance in a domestic violence case Thursday, ignoring questions and even an autograph request.

With most of the cameras gone in a quiet

Cowgirls win final nonconference game

McNeese State closed its nonconference softball schedule in style, shutting out Houston 4-0 Tuesday night at Cowgirl Diamond.

Emily Vincent tossed a four-hitter, striking out three and did not issue a walk.

McNeese (36-12), which won its third in a row, opened the scoring with three runs in the third, getting lots of help from the Cougars along the way.

Bong show could be new Pandora's box

There’s an important lesson to be learned from the Laremy Tunsil saga/nightmare at the NFL draft, and it is this:

They never learn.

There’s a secondary lesson there, too: