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Thailand’s military stages yet another coup d’état

The country’s second military coup since 2006 has resulted in the detention of ousted officials and martial law. General Prayuth Chan-ocha declared Thursday that Thailand’s military has taken control to preserve peace after a political stalemate forced the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The U.S. is currently reviewing its military relationship with Thailand, which is it’s oldest allie in Southeast Asia.

Former Egyptian president sentenced to three years in prison 

Hosni Mubarak, the long-time president who was deposed during the Arab Spring, has been sentenced to three years in prison on charges of corruption. Mubarak’s net worth is estimated to be between $40 – $70 billion.

Pope Francis enters Israel, Palestine peace process

The Pontiff extended invitations to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to join him at the Vatican for a peace initiative on Sunday. Pope Francis announced this initiative during an outdoor mass in the Manger Square of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accepted the invitation, while Israeli president Shimon Peres has “appreciated the invitation.”

NATIONAL

Microbeads threaten Atlantic ocean, Great Lakes; ban gains momentum

Yes, the expensive exfoliating scrub you buy to keep your persistent acne and blackheads under control are harming the environment. The little granules that are oh so good at clearing up dead skin and oils from your skin are actually tiny little plastic pellets that soak up chemicals and toxins like sponges. they also happen to look like fish food.
Researchers are finding huge amounts of these beads in the great lakes and Atlantic coastal areas. Several states in these areas, as well as many cosmetic companies are moving to mandate substitutes for plastic, such as sand or apricot seeds, in exfoliating  scrubs.

Batman v. Superman movie gets title

Fanboys rejoice, the Man of Steel sequel featuring the controversial “Batfleck” will be known as Batman V. Superman: the Dawm of Justice. That is all.

LOUISIANA

NOLA native wins ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Hailing from the West Bank is America’s latest Drag Superstar, Bianca Del Rio. Created and performed by Roy Haylock, Del Rio was already a superstar in New Orleans for her performances as well as her award-winning costume designs. One of Bianca’s favored venues, OZ, hosted a viewing party that drew hundreds of  supporters.
Along with her crown and title, Del Rio is now the proud owner of $100,000.

Wildlife and Fisheries to open free fishing weekend 

Want to go fishing on June 7-8, but have no fishing license? No problem. In celebration of the Family Fish Fest the same weekend, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has temporarily waived the need for a fishing license to take fish from public waters.

BATON ROUGE

Legislature supports push to build new Mississippi River Bridge

The Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously voted last week to ok a feasibility study of building another bridge over the Mississippi River. Before the study can begin, however, it must be okayed by the Senate, but the same outcome is expected. To date, the state has a backlog of $12 million in bridge and infrastructure needs.

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