At 92, actor Ernest Borgnine
is most proud of Navy time
Pejorative racial term during
team lecture drew complaint
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2009
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2 contacted about studio
Lawyers say clients
cooperating with feds
By Richard Rainey
East Jefferson bureau
In the clearest sign yet that a
criminal investigation is under
way into a bankrupt film studio
By Victoria St. Martin
and Littice Bacon-Blood
company, two attorneys said
this week that their clients are
helping federal authorities unravel the questionable finances
and business dealings of its chief
executive, Wayne Read.
Attorney Vinny Mosca said
he gave investigators all documents detailing Read’s association with his client, George
Ackel, on Thursday. Ackel owns
the Elmwood property that until
July housed Read’s company,
Louisiana Film Studios.
“George Ackel is fully and
completely cooperating because
he is a victim,” Mosca said.
Attorney Jimmy Castex said
his client, Kevin Houser, a former New Orleans Saints player
who invested in the project,
also is aiding the inquiry.
“We are aware of a criminal
investigation, and we are cooperating fully,” Castex said.
Until now, the only indication
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of a federal criminal investigation came from Archie Manning, the former Saints quarterback who also invested with
Read. He said two months ago
that the FBI had called him
with questions about the deal.
He couldn’t be reached Friday.
But Mosca and Castex indicated that the federal interest
in the case has risen beyond a
FIELD OF STREAMS
Larry Dauterive, East St.
John High School’s head football coach and the school’s athletic director, was not allowed to
go to Baton Rouge with his
team Friday night after being
suspended by St. John the Baptist Parish schools Superintendent Courtney Millet for using a
racial slur during a locker room
talk with his team, a School
Days of rain made for a muddy mess
Friday night as Hahnville slogged through
the muck to defeat Sarah T. Reed, 56-0
See COACH, A-6
President Barack Obama attempted in his congressional address this week to quash the debate
over where noncitizens fit in to a health insurance
overhaul, saying it is flatly untrue that his plan is
designed to cover anyone who is in the United
Yet when Rep. Joe Wilson filled the House
chamber with a shout of “You lie,” the South Carolina Republican ensured that the debate will not
go away. And some Louisiana Republicans say
that it shouldn’t.
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See HEALTH CARE, A-4
Sarah T. Reed’s Keywan Bullock, No. 1, pitches the ball as Hahnville High School’s Justin Hill, No. 17,
defends Friday in Boutte.
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I Democrats to consider punishing congressman for
The injured, malnourished 14year-old boy found in a rural St.
Bernard Parish trailer park this
week was living with his father
and six dogs in a cramped, foulsmelling motor home that had no
running water, no food and limited
electricity, according to a police report detailing
from the boy
and his father,
the St. Bernard
on Friday conDaniel Ballard
tinued to piece
Told cops that
together the son didn’t want
bizarre discov- to go to school
ery of the teen or hospital
Tony Guerra, who stumbled upon
him Wednesday while serving an
eviction notice at the eastern St.
Bernard trailer park. Deputies
said the boy, who is in the custody
of the state Department of Social
Services, was still at a hospital receiving treatment for a foot infection but is recovering quickly.
As District Attorney, I have a legal obligation to evaluate
statements regarding possible criminal activity in this
jurisdiction. I am making that kind of evaluation, but
that does not constitute an investigation by this office.
By Laura Maggi
Orleans Parish District
Attorney Leon Cannizzaro
said Friday that his re-evaluation of the deaths at Memorial Medical Center in the days
after Katrina will be limited
to interviewing Frank Minyard, the city’s coroner, and
maybe other pathologists on
his staff — and does not constitute an “investigation.”
After talking to Minyard
about his assessments of the
recovering in hospital
See MALNOURISHED, A-8
STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF ORLEANS PARISH DISTRICT ATTORNEY LEON CANNIZZARO
St. Bernard bureau
By Bill Barrow
By Chris Kirkham
GOP, Democrats square off over
bills’ language on immigrants
Head of film
studio is in
move to front
of health debate
See READ, A-6
deaths at the hospital, Cannizzaro said, he will decide
whether a more in-depth
probe is necessary.
Cannizzaro also took issue with a Times-Picayune
story published Friday that
characterized his actions as
a reopening of an investigation into the Memorial
deaths. Cannizzaro said an
investigation would involve
him convening a grand jury
and bringing in witnesses to
testify under oath, which he
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President Barack Obama attends a ceremony Friday at the Pentagon honoring those who died
in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Memorials in New York, at the Pentagon and at the crash
site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania all took place under gray skies. See story, A-5
See HOSPITAL, A-6