Continuing a long tradition, the Ponchatoula Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs hosted a Thanksgiving dinner last week for senior citizens in the Ponchatoula area served by the Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging.
On the biggest shopping weekend of the year, Volunteers for House of Serenity Homeless Shelter’s Toy Drive will be in two locations all day Saturday to collect unwrapped gift items for children of all ages.
COVINGTON — After voters Saturday rejected the Florida Parishes Juvenile Center tax renewal, the chairman of the commission that oversees the center is wondering if the tax should be put before voters again in the spring or if the facility should be closed.
With the demolished remnants of a former dormitory and office building in the background, Southeastern Louisiana University officials and other guests broke ground last week to initiate construction of a new computer science and technology building.
St. Thomas Aquinas wrapped up its first three games of the season in style Wednesday morning at the Dominican Thanksgiving Classic. The Falcons went 1-1 over the first two games of one of the New Orleans metro area’s top tournaments and finished 2-1 after an impressive performance against Curtis.
The 2015-16 basketball season is still in its infant stage and the St. Thomas Aquinas girls team underwent a bit of growing pains Tuesday night in the Dominican Thanksgiving Classic. After picking up a 40-29 victory over Dominican to open the tournament Monday night, the Falcons fell 60-44 to Mt. Carmel, a team sure to contend for a Class 5A title as it has the last several seasons.
Young players got experience on their home court Tuesday night at the St. Thomas Aquinas tournament, but a talented Hahnville team controlled the pace of the game all night to hand the Falcons a 92-48 loss.
PARIS (AP) — One bullet tore into Amandine Andretto's right leg, shattering her tibia. Another hit her in the arm. For three interminable hours, her parents didn't know if she was among the dozens massacred at the Bataclan concert hall.
PARIS (AP) — Cold rain extinguished the flickering candles and drenched the packets of flowers outside the Paris attacks sites Friday, but people came anyway — to pay tribute, to mourn, to reflect on their city's losses one week later.
With France under a state of emergency, most demonstrations and large gatherings have been banned in Paris since the Nov. 13 attacks that shattered a joyful night out. A gathering Friday at France's oldest mosque to show inter-community solidarity was canceled because of security fears.
But Parisians spontaneously came together outside the restaurants, cafes and concert hall hit in the attacks — as they have all week — to leave flowers, light candles or hold quiet vigils.
"I'm still reeling, because these are the neighborhoods where we young people go out a lot, places we know well," student Sophie Garcon said as she looked at tributes left outside the Le Carillon bar, where gunmen sprayed automatic weapons fire.
In all, 130 people died and more than 350 were injured when gunmen and suicide bombers attacked cafes and restaurants in Paris and the national soccer stadium. The attacks, claimed by the Islamic State group, were the deadliest violence in decades and have left the city profoundly shaken.
The army has deployed 6,500 soldiers to the Paris region to help protect streets, train stations and landmark tourist sites like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum.
"There's a feeling of insecurity, even though there are police everywhere," Garcon said. "In France, we have a tendency to think that we're not a country at war because there's not a war on our territory. But France is at war elsewhere in the world ... and now it's here, in the city of Paris."
Khaled and Abdallah Saadi, the brothers of two sisters killed at the Belle Equipe bar, were among the mourners paying their respects there Friday. Sisters Halima and Hodda Saadi were celebrating Halima's 36th birthday with friends and family when the gunmen struck, killing 11 people.
The city's mood was subdued Friday, the weather wet and grim. But French artists and cultural figures urged people to respond to the tragedy with an outpouring of "noise and light."
Dozens of artists, writers, musicians and other cultural figures, including singer Charles Aznavour, journalist Anne Sinclair and former French Culture Minister Jack Lang, urged people to turn on their lights, light candles and play music exactly at 9:20 p.m., the time the attacks began on Nov. 13.
In a letter published, they said the killers' attack on "culture and freedom" should unite people of all races, faiths and backgrounds. They hoped the gesture would show "that culture will continue to shine out and to burnish the light of hope and fraternity."
That hope is echoed in many of the hand-written signs and notes left outside the attack sites: defiant messages of love, vows that the slaughter will not turn Parisians toward hatred and suspicion.
At Le Carillon, a note posted on the wall by the bar's owners offered "profound condolences" to those who lost loved ones, thanked people for their support, and urged unity.
"Courage to you all. Let's stay united in sorrow, but also in hope for happier — and always fraternal — days," it said.
Associated Press writer Frank Jordans in Paris contributed to this report.
French President Francois Hollande said the attacks in Paris targeted "youth in all its diversity," killing at least 129. Here are some of their stories:
On a night off from running their family's well-known restaurant, Pierro Innocenti and Stéphane Albertini went to the Bataclan to enjoy the rock music they both loved. Innocenti's last Facebook post was a photo of the marquee advertising the Eagles of Death Metal show, with a caption Innocenti added: "Rock!"
The cousin-colleagues would be shot while standing at the bar as the attackers entered, Innocenti's father, Alfio, told The New York Times.
The cousins and Pierro (also called Pierre) Innocenti's brother, Charles, ran Livio, the family's five-decade-old eatery, known for attracting a star-studded clientele to its spot in a Paris suburb. Innocenti's relations also included French comedian and actor Smaïn, who said on his Facebook page he was "alive in body but bruised in my heart" on hearing of his death.
Pierro Innocenti, 40, told Le Parisien last year that he, his brother and Albertini had spent so much time at Livio as children that they were "almost born here."
While the Innocenti brothers went to hospitality schools and joined the family business early, Albertini joined it later, in 2003. A married father of a young son, he became known for giving a warm "good evening" to every patron, France's Le Figaro newspaper said.
Outside work, Innocenti was a skydiver, a skier and a surfer who traveled the world seeking challenging waves, surfing pal Laurent Hubert told The Associated Press.
"He was really crazy about big waves and strong surf," said Hubert, who got to know Innocenti as part of a group of surfers who frequent Biarritz, on France's Basque coast. "He was in love with everything extreme."
When he heard about Innocenti's death, Hubert called around to friend after friend, unable quite to believe the news.
"This guy was super-alive," he said, "and such a nice person."
Among the audience at the Bataclan, Anne and Pierre-Yves Guyomard were particularly steeped in music. He was a well-known sound engineer who taught his craft at a technical institute, and she was a former student.
"He was a kind human, super-competent, extremely funny and fun-loving," singer Leslie Winer told The Associated Press by email. "Peerless" in both the studio and live settings, Pierre-Yves Guyomard, 43, worked with artists including Winer and the French rock band Tanger, said guitarist Christophe Van Huffel, a former Tanger member and a collaborator of Winer's.
Anne Cornet Guyomard, 29, had been one of her husband's students before changing careers to pediatric nursing, Van Huffel said in a bio provided to AP. She worked at a child care center near Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the Paris suburb where they lived and were married in May 2013 by Mayor Emmanuel Lamy, according to the French newspaper Le Parisien. He recalled a couple "full of life and hope."
The two had lived for a time on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion, where Anne Guyomard's relatives told news outlet L'Info they had spent an agonizing day and a half wondering about the couple's fate, calling unanswered phones, and appealing for word of the two via Facebook before being told they had been killed.
Anne was "the daughter I would wish on all parents — one who's attentive, one who's full of life," and she loved children and people in general, brother-in-law Chris Hamer told L'Info.
The last time Winer spoke to Pierre-Yves Guyomard, she said, "he told me they were hoping to have children sometime soon."
--- Elodie Breuil, 23, had gone with several friends to see the concert at the Bataclan the night of the attacks. Her brother, Alexis Breuil, told Time magazine that his family called Elodie's cell phone all night, contacted her friends and searched for his sister at area hospitals, only to learn she was one of the victims.
The family eulogized the young woman's death on a special Facebook page created in her memory by her cousin Chloé Fontaine, who remembered Elodie's gentleness, her artistic soul, her jokes and the kisses she bestowed on family members.
"Elodie saw only happiness ... she was an exceptional person. If you have to remember one word about her, it's the joy of living," Fontaine told The Associated Press.
Ecole de Condé Paris, an art and design school in Paris, also announced Elodie Breuil's death on its Facebook page. The school said Breuil was a 2nd year student in Product Design.
Alexis Breuil told Time that Elodie and their mother had marched in the rally following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, to peacefully show their support. He said he hoped the response to the current attacks would also be peaceful: "I want to show the other cheek," Alexis Breuil said. "Instead of responding with violent acts, we have to understand what is the cause of the problem and work together to try and prevent it."
--- Quentin Boulenger, who led marketing projects at the French cosmetics company L'Oreal Paris, was killed at the Bataclan theater.
Boulenger, 29, was raised in the French city of Reims and had lived in Paris for the past few years working at L'Oreal. The cosmetics company confirmed his death to The Associated Press.
Boulenger graduated from the Audencia Nantes School of Management in 2010. The school eulogized Boulenger via Twitter.
--- Suzon Garrigues, 21, loved rock music and the socially conscious works of 19th-century French novelist Emile Zola. But she will never hear another band or finish her bachelor's degree in literature at Paris-Sorbonne University.
Garrigues died in the attack at the Bataclan theater, where she was attending a rock concert. She went to the concert with her brother, who was pushed to safety by the stampeding crowd, according to Le Parisien newspaper's website.
In a news release, Paris-Sorbonne President Barthelemy Jobert remembered Garrigues as generous, funny, and a deep admirer of Zola's works. Her father is a dermatologist in the Paris suburb of Maisons-Lafitte, where Deputy Mayor Jacques Myard said Garrigues' "cowardly murder at Bataclan was the work of the dregs of humanity," Le Parisien reported.
--- Marie Lausch and Mathias Dymarski loved music and going to concerts and had gone with another couple Friday night to see Eagles of Death Metal play at the Bataclan music venue.
"Both of them had tremendous energy and an enthusiasm for life," said a statement from a group of their close friends provided by friend Pierre Charton.
The pair, both 23, had been together for five years and had just moved in together in Paris two months ago, the statement says. Lausch was in her final year of business school and was doing an internship in the cosmetics industry in Paris. Dymarski, a civil engineer, had just gotten a job in the Paris region.
Lausch was passionate about fashion and dance, while Dymarski was a high-level BMX bike rider. They also enjoyed traveling, going out with their friends and sneaking off for a romantic weekend just the two of them, their friends said.
— Ciprian Calciu, 32, and Lacramioara Pop, 29, were among the millions of Romanians who have migrated West in recent years in search of better-paid jobs. The dream of a better life took them separately to Paris, where they met, became a couple and had a son, Kevin, now 18 months old.
They died at the Belle Equipe restaurant where they were celebrating a friend's birthday, said Calciu's cousin, Ancuta Iuliana Calciu.
"They weren't even sure what restaurant to go to. There was another one about 250 meters (yards) away they wanted to go to," she added.
Calciu repaired elevators and Pop, who had an 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, worked in a bar.
"I'm so glad they didn't take their son that night," Calciu's cousin said Tuesday.
Flowers and candles appeared at the gate of Pop's family home in the small village of Coas in far northwestern Romania, while in Tulcea, an eastern port at the end of the 2,860-kilometer (1,780-mile) River Danube, there was a memorial service on Monday at the church where Kevin had been baptized.
—Raphael Hilz, a 28-year-old architect originally from the southern German town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, was one of two German victims of the attacks, killed at a restaurant near his office.
Hilz had been working for six months in Paris in the international firm of architect Renzo Piano, his uncle told the Suedtirol News.
The firm told The Associated Press that they were "very sad to confirm that one of our colleagues of German nationality" died in the Friday attacks.
They said two other colleagues, from Mexico and Ireland, were injured but were now doing well.
—Nicolas Classeau, the popular director of the University of Marne-la-Vallee outside Paris, was mourned on the school's Facebook page.
"Full of wisdom and kindness," the page said in announcing his death the day after the attacks. "Invested in his work, dedicated to help students beginning with personalized assistance," the page said, adding how Classeau was always able to help students to solve complicated academic problems and situations.
"Words fail to describe the sadness we currently experiencing ... A thought for all the dead of this barbarism and their families," the site said. The university also offered psychological assistance to anyone in need.
Classeau was 43 years old and the father of three children under the age of 16, according to Le Parisien newspaper.
He was a lover of rock music and played guitar in a band during high school, the newspaper said. He was attending the Bataclan when he was killed. His companion was wounded and is hospitalized in Paris.
— Fanny Minot went straight from her job at a TV newsmagazine show to the Bataclan on Friday night. By Sunday, the show's host, Ali Baddou, would be mourning her death on-air.
Minot, 29, was an editor at the show, "Le Supplement." Artistic and free-spirited, she enjoyed making independent movies — and above all, enjoyed new experiences, her friend Stephen Fox told The Associated Press. He got to know Minot purely by chance, when she and a friend of hers were traveling in the U.S. about four years ago and came to stay with him and his then-roommate, courtesy of a free-stay website for self-declared couch-surfers.
Despite their different backgrounds, the guys from Shelbyville, Kentucky, and their visitors from France became such fast friends that the travelers stayed two extra days, and then the hosts drove six hours to Memphis, Tennessee, to spend another day with them. And a few months later, Fox went to France to visit Minot over New Year's Eve.
"She was such a loving, compassionate person, with such an adventurous view on life," said Fox, 27, who credits her energetic outlook with inspiring him to get his post-college life in gear by going to nursing school. "She was a very motivated, hardworking person, and she just loved life."
Over the years, they stayed in touch, speaking by Skype every few months. But perhaps the memory that most sears his mind is of their goodbye at the airport in Paris.
"We just stood there in silence, realizing it was going to be a long time before we saw each other again, and we said, 'We're not saying goodbye — we're saying: Until the next time,'" he recalled. "Which now kind of hurts, because that's taken away."
— Mohamed Amine Ibnolmobarak, 29, was an architect of Moroccan descent who studied and worked in Paris. He was killed at the Le Carillon restaurant in Paris while dining there with his new wife, according to a Facebook posting by his cousin Akram Benmbarek of San Diego. The wife, Maya Nemeta, was shot three times and was in critical condition at the hospital, the cousin wrote.
Ibnolmobarak was born in Rabat, Morocco, and had come to France to complete his university studies. Jean Attali, his professor at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris Malaquais, where Ibnolmobarak also taught, wrote on Facebook that his young colleague was a "Muslim intellectual" whose thesis diploma focused on the pilgrimage to Mecca.
"Amine had found his place in our school and in the exercise of his profession of architect," Attali wrote. "Many of us... hoped for a great future for him."
The young architect had co-founded a cultural association focused on cities called New South. This month, the group's work — including that of Mr. Ibnolmobarak — was exhibited at the Galerie du CROUS in Paris. On its Facebook page, New South wrote a tribute to Ibnolmobarak: "His research process, based on intelligence, tolerance and love could not have been a better legacy against terror."
— Kheireddine Sahbi, 29, was an Algerian violinist who had come to Paris to perfect his art at the Paris-Sorbonne university. According to an announcement by the school, Sahbi was enrolled in the Masters of Ethnomusicology program and was involved in the university's traditional music ensemble.
The school says Sahbi died while returning home in the 10th arrondissement, where a restaurant was attacked.
The young violinist was born on the outskirts of Algiers, the capital of Algeria, and was widely known as Didine. Mr. Sahbi's friend from Algeria Fayçal Oulebsir posted on his Facebook page: "Didine, my friend... You left us too young, dying in Paris so far away from us, taking with you your joy of living and so many hopes."
— Sebastien Proisy, 38, had launched a promising career in international business consulting that would never be fully realized. He died at a restaurant along Bichat street in Paris during the attacks when he was shot in the back, according to the Liberation newspaper website.
He was at a business dinner and accompanied someone at the table who wanted to take a smoke outside, according to his great uncle Daniel Senecaut, who was quoted by the La Voix du Nord news website.
Proisy had studied political science and later went to Florida with his Bulgarian wife and son. On their return, they settled in Noisy-Le-Grand on the outskirts of Paris, as the family told it. Proisy also served in staff positions at the European parliament in Bruxelles.
In the past year, he had gone into business in consulting for the Airbus Group. He had also worked as an executive for a company promoting French agribusiness abroad and another business doing market research in Iran and Central Asia, according to his LinkedIn profile. "He was very brilliant," La Voix du Nord quoted his grand aunt Jeanne Broutin as saying. She and Senecaut described their grandnephew as kind and charming, but also a workaholic.
— Lola Salines of Paris, a young editor at Editions First-Gründ, died at the Bataclan concert hall. Her father Georges Salines and brother Clément Salines took to social media after the attacks to launch a desperate search for Lola, who did not respond to their calls. The family later posted on Twitter and Facebook that authorities had confirmed Salines, 28, was one of the victims.
The young woman also was a member of a Parisian roller derby league called 'La Boucherie de Paris.' Her team name was Josie Ozzbourne, #109, according to the group's Facebook page.
— Francois-Xavier Prevost, 29, was head of advertising at the French advertising agency LocalMedia and also worked recently for another communications company, Havas Media Group. He died at the attack on the Bataclan theater, according to Yannick Bolloré, the Havas Group CEO who mourned the young worker and several others via Twitter.
Prevost had also spent some time in the United States. The University of North Texas said Prévost had been an exchange student at UNT in the fall of 2007. And the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, a pro soccer team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said Prevost interned with the team in the summer of 2009.
— Marie Mosser's love of music brought her to the Bataclan concert hall where she died. The 24-year-old from the French city of Nancy worked for the label Universal Music, according to the "20 minutes" news website.
Mosser's Twitter profile said she worked in communication and digital marketing. Pascal Negre, president of Universal Music France, tweeted over her death and that of two other victims: "The Universal Music family is in mourning." Mosser's father is a manager in Nancy city government, "20 minutes" reported.
— Bertrand Navarret, 37, lived in the southern French community of Capbreton near the Spanish border and was just spending a few days in Paris with friends. They decided to take in a rock concert — where Navarret was killed at Bataclan hall. Starting on a family career path in law, Navarret had given it up for a new life in Canada, where he learned to work with wood. He eventually returned to France with new skills and remade himself as a carpenter and avid snowboarder, according to the Liberation news website.
— Nick Alexander, 36, of Colchester, England, was working at the Bataclan concert hall selling merchandise for the performing band, Eagles of Death Metal. "Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone's best friend — generous, funny and fiercely loyal," his family said in a statement. "Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world."
— Hannover-born art critic Fabian Stech was among the victims killed at the Bataclan club. The 51-year-old, who had been living in France since 1994, taught in Dijon at a private art school and worked for the German art magazine Kunstforum International, the magazine said in a condolence notice on its website.
He leaves behind a wife and two children, the magazine said.
"That Fabian had to die such a horrible and unnecessary death makes our pain and grief unbearable," his family in Germany said in a statement published in the Hannoverische Allgemeine newspaper. "Together with his children and his wife, we miss Fabian. He was a great person."
Associated Press writers who also contributed to this report: Cara Anna in New York; Pamela Sampson in Atlanta; Jeff Donn in Plymouth, Mass.; Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey; Colleen Barry in Milan; Maria Verza in Mexico City; Kate Brumback in Atlanta; David Rising in Berlin; and Steven R. Hurst in Washington.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google coddles its employees with free food, massages and other lavish perks, yet some of its best engineers still grouse about their jobs and bosses as they struggle to get assignments done.
The Internet company tackled the puzzling problem with a study that concluded how teams work together is more important than who is on a team.
That's not exactly rocket science, but it's an example of how companies are spending more time trying to understand how to build the most productive and cohesive teams. It's a high priority because the best products and ideas increasingly are springing from people working together.
"It's becoming difficult to think of companies that aren't depending on teams," says Amy Randel, a professor of management at San Diego State University. "And usually nothing is more important than having a goal that inspires and organizes people's efforts."
Google's study, based on data analysis, found that teams work best when their members feel like they can take risks, can count on each other, have clear goals and believe their work matters.
Some of those findings were reinforced by a recent study published in the Academy of Management Journal by Jasmine Hu, an assistant professor of management at Notre Dame University and Robert Liden, a management professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. That analysis of 67 different teams working at six different companies found employees excel when they feel their work will help the colleagues, customers and community.
"The social aspect of teams is very important because many times people are just not motivated to work for money alone," Hu says. "They want to have the opportunity to achieve a positive impact on the lives of others."
All of Google's 60,000 employees work on at least one team, and some are on two or more.
Google itself was born from one of technology's most famous partnerships between former Stanford University graduate students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They followed in the footsteps of other legendary duos such as Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen and Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
Today, Google's teams range in size from three to 70 people and are usually project oriented. For two years the company has studied more than 200 teams, identifying what motivates the most effective groups while looking for the ideal mix of traits and skills.
Although most industries are embracing teamwork, Silicon Valley is at the forefront of the trend. Technology firms are typically more collaborative, in part because people writing different parts of software code or building machines need to do one part of a larger project.
Google's first workplace study, which it released in 2014, showed effective managers are good coaches who empower rather than micromanage. That research, called Project Oxygen, is now taught in MBA programs and has been adopted by companies hoping to emulate the innovative culture of Silicon Valley.
The research released Tuesday has already reshaped Google's workforce through training, reviews and new standards.
The transformation is helping to enrich Google, already one of the world's most profitable companies. The revenue produced by sales teams, who market advertising, apps and partnerships, varied by nearly 50 percent based on their own reported feelings of psychological safety, according to Abeer Dubey, a Google director.
"So is this a Google truth or a universal truth?" asked Dubey. "We personally feel this is fungible."
In a region where innovation is driving a booming economy, retaining and motivating the workforce is critical to business, and because engineers almost always work in teams, understanding how to boost their performance is crucial.
"Team work matters, and if you want to have the best team of employees possible, you will manage them intelligently," said Lindy Greer, who teaches at Stanford University's business school. "If you just put people together they're going to crash and burn unless they have conflict resolution training, a manager who can coordinate roles and opportunities to learn with one another."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on Thursday for trading in child pornography and having sex with underage prostitutes, with the judge describing his "perversion and lawlessness" as "extreme."
Judge Tanya Walton Pratt disregarded prosecutors' recommendation that Fogle get 12½ years behind bars, opting for a stiffer term of 15 years and eight months in prison. She could have sentenced him to up to 50 years.
In explaining her sentence, the federal judge noted how fortunate Fogle was to land his lucrative deal to be the face of Subway after he lost more than 200 pounds in college, partly by eating the chain's sandwiches.
"What a gift, to have such a professional windfall fall in your lap," she said. But Pratt said Fogle blew the chance he'd been given by living a double life and pointed out that the crimes he committed weren't victimless.
"The level of perversion and lawlessness exhibited by Mr. Fogle is extreme," Pratt said, who also ordered Fogle to submit to a lifetime of post-prison supervision and pay a $175,000 fine. She recommended that Fogle receive sex offender treatment in prison and said she'll recommend he serve his time at a federal lockup in Littleton, Colorado, that specializes in such treatment.
Fogle didn't show any visible reaction when he heard his sentence, but some family members who were in the courtroom began crying and hugging each other after judge ordered Fogle taken into custody.
Before he was sentenced, the 38-year-old father of two addressed the court, apologizing to his victims and his family and vowing to be a better person.
"I so regret that I let so many of you down," he told the court.
"I want to redeem my life. I want to become a good, decent person. I want to rebuild my life," he said.
Fogle pleaded guilty to one count each of travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and distribution and receipt of child pornography, as per a deal he struck with prosecutors in August, a month after his suburban Indianapolis home was raided.
Fogle's lawyers called John Bradford, a professor of forensic psychiatry at the University of Ottawa in Canada, to testify at Thursday's hearing.
Speaking by phone, Bradford said he analyzed Fogle on Aug. 17 and concluded that Fogle suffers from hypersexuality, mild pedophilia, and alcohol abuse and dependency.
He said he took Fogle's sexual history, including his sexual interests and tested him to determine what images caused Fogle to be sexually aroused. He said Fogle also told him that he had "a fairly extensive history" of using prostitutes for sex. Under cross-examination, Bradford said Fogle admitted to paying a minimum of about $12,000 a year for sex.
Bradford said Fogle told him he had engaged in sex with minors of 16 and 17 years of age, referring to two teenage prostitutes Fogle had admitted paying for sex, and said that he had a sexual interest in teenagers.
"He started viewing pornography in college and had a fairly extensive collection of pornography in college," Bradford said.
Bradford said Fogle apparently had a compulsive eating disorder before he lost all of the weight that led to him becoming the face of Subway, and that his hypersexuality seemed to develop shortly after he shed the extra pounds.
He also said Fogle, whose wife filed for divorce on the day he agreed to plead guilty, admitted that he occasionally fantasized about children. "His main interest was in young females and some interest in adolescent males."
Bradford said he concluded that Fogle suffered from "mild pedophilia."
"I did believe that he did suffer from pedophilia, but it was pedophilia that did not involve acting out that with a child."
Bradford said that Fogle told him he had fantasies about prepubescent females and had masturbated to those fantasies.
"There's no evidence I have that he actually engaged in sex" with such children.
In his plea deal, Fogle admitted that had sex at New York City hotels with two girls under age 18 — one of whom was 16 at the time — and paid them for that sex. He also acknowledged receiving child pornography produced by Russell Taylor, the former executive director of The Jared Foundation, a nonprofit Fogle started to raise awareness and money to fight childhood obesity.
Authorities said Taylor secretly filmed 12 minors as they were nude, changing clothes, or engaged in other activities using hidden cameras in his Indianapolis-area residences to produce child pornography. Taylor has agreed to plead guilty to child exploitation and child pornography charges.
Prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum filed last week that Fogle received photos or videos from Taylor of eight of those 12 youths, and that some of those images were of girls as young as 12. Fogle could have stopped Taylor from victimizing some of minors, prosecutors have said, but he instead encouraged Taylor to produce additional child pornography.
Fogle agreed to pay a total of $1.4 million to his 14 victims, with each getting $100,000. Before Fogle entered his guilty pleas Thursday, one of his attorneys told the judge that Fogle had paid 12 of the 14 victims and turned over the checks for the last two victims before the proceedings began.
Movies are forever trying to capture the essence of the human spirit, and by that measure, it's hard to imagine there was ever a story more tailor-made for the movies than the incredible 2010 Chilean mine rescue. If the details are hazy in your mind, just go to YouTube right now and watch the first miner reach the surface in that tiny capsule they built. We dare you not to cry.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Growing up in Detroit, in the years when she had a television, Jenean Hampton would use pancakes to bribe her friends to watch NASA astronauts leave this fuzzy black-and-white earth behind.
NEW YORK (AP) — Obesity is still rising among American adults, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get people to watch their weight, and women have now overtaken men in the obese category, new government research shows.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a cockpit voice recorder on a small jet that crashed into an Ohio building and killed nine people on board captured the pilot and co-pilot discussing weather and landing conditions and the sound of impact.
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the daily fantasy sports website FanDuel told his New York customers Wednesday that they should keep on entering the company's contests, despite a warning from the state's attorney general that they amount to illegal gambling.
FanDuel's Nigel Eccles said its lawyers will try to persuade Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over the next five days that their business is lawful and that its 500,000 customers in the state should be able to keep playing.
It remains unclear what will happen when that time passes.
In cease-and-desist letters sent by Schneiderman's office Tuesday to New York-based-FanDuel and rival DraftKings, the state's top lawman said the companies were violating state gambling laws and offered games of chance, not skill.
He likened the companies' business models to the lottery, saying his office's one-month investigation revealed that the top 1 percent of players reaped the majority of winnings.
The letter cited criminal code but FanDuel's attorney, Marc Zwillinger, said the company believed Schneiderman's letter was a "prelude to a civil action." Zwillinger said company officials had received no "assurance or threats one way or the other" that criminal action would be taken.
The company has technology that would allow it to stop users in certain geographic areas from registering in contests, should they have to, Zwillinger said.
Echoing his letter, Schneiderman said Wednesday that his office could pursue litigation if the companies don't stop accepting play from New York.
"The legal process will move forward, and if they want to do it the hard way, they can do it the hard way," he said in an interview. "But we think the law is very clear."
Martha Coakley, a legal adviser to Boston-based DraftKings and a former Massachusetts attorney general, said Schneiderman's legal reasoning was wrong and the company is pursuing its options.
"We believe the legal analysis involved in this is flawed and that it was reached too hastily, without really looking at all the evidence," she said.
Daily fantasy sports has exploded in popularity in recent years, with games growing more quickly than more-established season-long fantasy sports leagues. Though other companies such as Yahoo and CBS offer daily fantasy sports games, DraftKings and FanDuel have become highly visible, thanks to an aggressive ad campaign ahead of the 2015 NFL football season.
In the games, participants pay entry fees and pick players to fill rosters in order to win money competing in contests against other sports buffs.
Both companies have said they support certain regulations and consumer protections but argue that legislatures should be the driving force.
MADRID (AP) — Legendary New Orleans musician and composer Allen Toussaint, who penned such classics as "Working in a Coal Mine" and "Lady Marmalade," has died after suffering a heart attack following a concert he performed in Spain. He was 77.
Rescue workers were called to Toussaint's hotel early Tuesday morning and managed to revive him after he suffered a heart attack, Madrid emergency services spokesman Javier Ayuso said.
But Toussaint stopped breathing during the ambulance ride to a hospital and efforts to revive him again were unsuccessful, Ayuso said.
Toussaint performed Sunday night at Madrid's Lara Theater.
Toussaint was born in New Orleans' Gert Town, a working class neighborhood of the city, where he lived in a "shotgun" house — so-called because you could stand at the front door and fire a shotgun through to the other side of the house. He went on to become one of the city's most legendary and celebrated performers. He was often one of the headliners at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Toussaint has hundreds of hits to his name and received the Recording Academy Trustees Award during the 2009 Grammy Awards. He penned the 1966 Lee Dorsey classic "Working in a Coal Mine" and produced Dr. John's 1973 hit "Right Place, Wrong Time" and 1975's "Lady Marmalade" by the vocal trio Labelle. In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He worked with some of the greatest names in music including Irma Thomas, the Meters, Joe Cocker and the late Ernie K-Doe. Approaching 80, he was still active touring and performing. He was expected to perform a benefit concert along with longtime friend Paul Simon in New Orleans on Dec. 8.
St. Thomas Aquinas wrapped up its first three games of the season in style Wednesday morning at the Dominican Thanksgiving Classic. The Falcons went 1-1 over the first two games of one of the …