Thursday, June 5, 2008

Thursday afternoon news wrap

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 9:08 PM

HIRED! NEW LSU CHANCELLOR: It's Michael V. Martin, president of New Mexico State University. The Baton Rouge Advocate has all the juicy financials...

FIRED! SENIOR AIR FORCE OFFICIALS: According to CNN, "The top military and civilian leaders of the U.S. Air Force were forced out Thursday over the handling of nuclear weapons, the Defense Department secretary said." The network calls it a "nuclear gaffe," two words that just don't belong together under any circumstance...

NEW STATE LAWS: Don’t smoke in the car while the kids are there. It used to be common sense, now it’s likely to become law. Also: mandatory minimum car insurance might be going up statewide...

COULDN'T HAPPEN TO A NICER FELLA: The Rev. Grant Storms, scourge of the annual Southern Decadence festival and general nuisance, was slapped down today by, of all groups, the Wisconsin Supreme Court:

An activist's lawsuit claiming a Wisconsin gay rights group defamed him by accusing him of advocating the murder of gays is frivolous, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Anti-gay activist Rev. Grant Storms of New Orleans sued gay rights group Action Wisconsin after it took excerpts from a 2003 speech Storms made in Milwaukee and claimed he was advocating the murder of gays.

Storms' lawsuit was dismissed in 2005, and he was ordered to pay court costs and attorneys' fees. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld that decision, which had been reversed by an appeals court.

The high court's 4-3 decision means Storms' attorney James Donohoo will have to pay more than $87,000 in court costs and fees because the court said he should have known the lawsuit was frivolous.

Reached for comment, French Quarter residents burst out laughing and started their weekends early...

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