Manziel's lawyer accidentally texts his client is seeking plea deal

DALLAS — An attorney handling Johnny Manziel's domestic violence case expressed doubts about the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback's ability to stay clean and said he was given a receipt that shows Manziel may have spent more than $1,000 at

Obama says UK committed to 'orderly transition' out of EU

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama tried to reassure Britons Friday that the special relationship between Washington and London would withstand an impending and likely messy divorce from Europe, as his administration scrambled to assess the fallout from a decision that left people stunned on both sides of the Atlantic.

As stock markets tumbled the day after the unexpected vote, Obama offered words of calm and continuity, saying the the shocking vote would disrupt neither the "enduring" bond between the U.S. and the U.K. nor American support for the European alliance. In a blitz of phone calls, Obama and his senior advisers called British and European officials to express support. Obama spoke with Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel separately to begin discussions on how Britain will extricate itself from the 27-member union, a process expected to take up to 2 years. Obama said he came away from his call with Cameron "confident" that Britain is "committed to an orderly transition."

14 dead in West Virginia floods; focus on search and rescue

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A deluge of 9 inches of rain damaged or destroyed more than 100 homes in West Virginia, knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses and killed 14 people, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Friday.

About 500 people were stranded overnight in a shopping center when a bridge washed out, and dozens of other people had to be plucked off rooftops or rescued from their car as waters quickly rose during the storm.

Obama names Stonewall national monument; 1st for gay rights

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama created the first national monument to gay rights on Friday, designating the site of the Stonewall riots in Manhattan where the modern gay rights movement took root nearly five decades ago.

The Stonewall National Monument will be anchored by Christopher Park, a small park just across from the iconic Stonewall Inn tavern, and covers a 7.7 acre swath of Greenwhich Village where the uprising took place after police raided the gay bar in 1969. Obama said the monument would "tell the story of our struggle for LGBT rights" and of a civil rights movement that became a part of America.

Area children take up the putter

WESTLAKE — Girls and boys ages 5-14 took part in free golf camps June 6-9 and 20-23 at the National Golf Club. The camps, lasting three hours each day, covered swinging, putting, bunkers, playing with coaches, and etiquette.

Each student received a T-shirt, and prizes were given for the best putters, chippers and drivers. Westlake resident Ron Hughes donated about 1,000 golf balls for the kids to play with. The recreation district covered campers’ costs and paid for 30 sets of clubs, said David Kasper, PGA instructor.

Manziel's lawyer accidentally texts his client is seeking plea deal

DALLAS — An attorney handling Johnny Manziel's domestic violence case expressed doubts about the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback's ability to stay clean and said he was given a receipt that shows Manziel may have spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store just 15 hours after he was involved in a hit-and-run crash, according to a lengthy text message

City championship tees off

Some of the area’s most talented golfers will converge at Mallard Cove Golf Course today for the start of the 39th annual city championship.

The 32 competitors will tee off in groups of four beginning at 12:36 p.m. with the last group scheduled to begin at 1:32 p.m.

Among the field of competitors in the championship flight are defending champion Neithan Allen, looking for his third win at the tournament, 2014 winner Matt Nicholas, who went to a playoff with Allen in last year’s edition, and Louisiana State Amateur Tournament runner-up Hank Shaheen, who was the fourth Southwest Louisiana golfer to finish second in the state amateur tournament.

Corbello coming home: Sam Houston High grad transferring to McNeese

A day after laying out his vision for the future of McNeese State softball in his introductory news conference, new Cowgirls coach James Landreneau landed a big piece in potentially getting the program into the nation’s Top 25.

Former Louisiana Miss Softball winner Baylee Corbello is coming home for her senior season, transferring to McNeese after three years at LSU. She will be immediately eligible to play for the Cowgirls.

Four area players - three from Barbe - on All-State team

Barbe High pitcher Tyler Booth helped the Bucs to their third consecutive Class 5A baseball state championship, while Alexandria pitcher Carrie Boswell dominated the postseason in leading the Trojans to the 5A softball championship.

Booth and Boswell received the Outstanding Player awards on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A All-State baseball and softball teams.

Booth, a senior and Southeastern Louisiana signee, finished the season with an 8-0 record and won three playoff games.

Landreneau sees steady staff as selling point

James Landreneau is the quintessential small-town Louisiana guy right down to his stout Cajun drawl. But he is not afraid to dream bigger than the rice fields of his native Mamou or taller than the plant smokestacks that dot the western shores of Lake Charles.

“Someone asked, ‘What’s your vision? What do you see?’” Landreneau said in his introductory news conference as McNeese State’s new softball coach. “Sometimes I hate to share my vision because what’s reality to me, most people think (is) unrealistic.

“My ‘unrealistic’ goal is to see a stadium that’s full every single time we come out. People counting down the days to the start of softball season. A place where season tickets are (in) demand. Not hoping to be sold, but selling out. A place where people are proud of our players and the product that goes out there every single day.