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Linear holds leadership seminar
■ At Linear Leadership Academy faculty and students are practicing what they preach. Students and parents came to participate in a free leadership training workshop on Saturday. PAGE 3A
42 incidents were reported in Caddo schools in ’09
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THREATENED AND ABUSED
Congress takes up oil spill proposals
By Deborah Barfield Berry
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Heat advisory issued for La.
■ Northwest Louisiana is entering the month of August in the red, temperature-wise, with today’s high expected to possibly reach 106 degrees. And there’s little relief in sight until later in the week. PAGE 3A
Battle Wings lose last game
■ The BossierShreveport Battle Wings blew a 14-point halftime lead and lost to the Dallas Vigilantes, 62-56 in the team’s final game of the 2010 season. PAGE 1C
Regena Hughes-Fair (left), a teacher’s aide at M.J. Moore Math/Science Middle School in Shreveport, had a student set her hair on fire as she walked by. Third- and fourth-grade special education teacher Donna Judd (right) asked one of her students to be removed from her classroom in 2008 after he threatened to shoot her and her students. Last year, 42 battery and abuse incidents were reported in the Caddo school system.
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A look at illegal immigrants
■ Last week’s court wrangling over the implementation of Arizona’s new immigration law has put the spotlight again on those who enter and stay illegally in the United States. PAGE 1B Share your opinion by commenting on this column online at shreveporttimes.com.
Ride to El Dorado for weekend
■ Want to get out of town? Well, slide over the Louisiana border a few miles into Arkansas to historic downtown El Dorado. Just park your car and wander around. Use one of the red — and real — Englishstyle telephone booths. PAGE 1D
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As Regena Hughes-Fair walked by, one of her students set her hair on fire. “With something like that, you go momentarily insane,” she said. The teacher’s aide and three students were on the way to the library to check out books at M.J. Moore Math/ Science Middle School in Shreveport. There were only two ways to get there — walk around an enclosed room filled with lockers or walk through the room. Hughes-Fair decided they would walk through them, so she asked one of the students to fetch the key. The area is a no-student zone and is kept closed. She went to open the door, that’s when one of the students flicked a lighter and ignited HughesFair’s hair. “In the process that we got the door open ... you know the smell of burned hair?” she said. “Then I turned to my right, and I could see little smoke. And I said ‘I know you didn’t set my hair on fire. I’m taking all three of you to the office.’” The incident was one of 42 teacher battery or abuse incidents that happened last year in the Caddo school system. The abuse ranges from being shoved or pushed in the hallway to the Hughes-Fair incident that resulted in the student being reassigned to
These four schools had the most student attacks on teachers that resulted in police battery reports.
By the numbers 13 incidents 7 incidents 6 incidents 6 incidents
How schools get dangerous label, 9A
versity of Pennsylvania. But despite the abuse from their students, some teachers are not leaving the classroom. They come to work each day, praying in their cars and classrooms before each school day. They come to school, some say, because they trust no one else to teach their students. They come to school despite being damaged but they are changed. “You don’t trust anyone,” HughesFair said.
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Hughes-Fair started working in the school system more than 30 years ago. She became a teacher’s aide 15 years ago and loves working with children. The morning of the incident, she got ready for work at M.J. Moore but decided against spraying oil sheen in her hair. The product makes hair shine. She usually sprays it as she finishes fixing her hair, but that morning she skipped it. “I couldn’t sleep that night thinking what would have happened if I put on the oil sheen on my hair,” she said.
M.J. Moore Math/Science Middle
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another school. For teachers, stories come with battle wounds inflicted by students. Those who study teacher retention fear these wounds are becoming an unwritten part of some teachers’ job descriptions. “There is a sense that is part of the job,” said Richard Ingersoll, professor of education and sociology at the Uni-
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WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to vote this week on legislation that would make companies liable for unlimited damages if they’re responsible for an oil spill, and would overhaul the federal agency that oversees the offshore drilling industry. Democratic Senate leaders plan to introduce the measures this week, as part of a scaled-back energy bill. “Something is going to pass ... that tightens up the procedures,” Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, of Alabama, said. Democratic and Republican lawmakers have introduced dozens of oil-spill related bills since the Deepwater Horizon rig operated by BP exploded April 20 and sank, killing 11 workers and gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Lawmakers feel pressured to pass at least some of those bills before the August recess. “It affects too many people’s lives,” said Marilyn Heiman, director of the offshore energy reform project at the Pew Environment Group. “The longer we wait, the more this memory fades in people’s minds, and we need to pass laws to make sure nothing like this happens again.” Two weeks ago, the House passed a bill that would expand research and development for offshore drilling technology. Another House-approved measure would set up a federal committee to research better ways to respond to oil spills. The Senate package, estimated at $15 billion, would: ■ eliminate the $75 million federal liability cap on economic damages from oil spills. ■ award grants for more research into spill responses. ■ let the Interior secretary restructure the agency that oversees offshore drilling. ■ change federal law to let families of victims killed in maritime disasters seek more damages. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said Republicans are working on an alternative package. Republicans want to lift the administration’s temporary moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Wicker said it’s unlikely Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will schedule a vote on any proposal “that goes contrary to the Obama
Pakistan death toll passes 800
■ The death toll in the massive flooding in Pakistan surged past 800 as floodwaters receded Saturday in the hard-hit northwest, an official said. The damage to roads and communications networks hindered rescuers. PAGE 11A
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ABOARD THE SAVE OUR COAST — All along the now barricaded Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and Bayou La Loutre, one of the numerous waterways that empty into the Gulf of Mexico, are signs of oil spill cleanup activity. But in a four-hour venture Thursday in boats speeding through the marshes and several miles out into the Gulf off St. Bernard Parish, only one active skimming operation was sighted. Other spillfighting equipment sat idle, anchored along the banks. Two barges loaded with smelly soiled boom from the Chandeleur Islands pulled into a huge staging operation to be unloaded at Hopedale,
along Bayou La Loutre (Otter Bayou). Fishermen in their “vessels of opportunity” loaded with plastic bags stuffed full of absorbent boom motor up the bayou to the site for unloading. The governor’s office has declared that sand berms constructed off the St. Bernard Parish coast at the Chandeleur Islands a success because of the amount of oil being captured there, instead of coming toward the shore. Another sign of slowdown is that a staging area for handling boom at Shell Beach was dismantled when Tropical Storm Bonnie threatened the coast and has not been restored. On a trip with reporters and camera crews, spokesmen for environmental groups expressed concerns about
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Vacuum trucks and storage tanks on jack-up barges await deployment to an area where significant amounts of oil have accumulated.
the long-term effects of the millions of gallons of oil a day that spewed for more than three months 50 miles off Louisiana’s coast. But like others, they worry about what happened to the British Petroleum oil that never surfaced. “We still don’t know the fate of that oil,” said John Lopez, Coastal Sustainability Program director for the Lake
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Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, which includes the entire eastern coastal area. Lopez, who has a doctorate with experience in geology, engineering and biological sciences, said his group supported BP’s use of surfactants to break down the oil above and below the Gulf’s surface. “Even though it’s unknown, we thought it was the right thing to do,” he said. “We would have seen vastly more oil coming into the marsh if dispersants had not been used.” Some other groups say it
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