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The Daily Advertiser Tuesday, November 30, 2010 tbeadvertiser.coi 75 cents t: "! t f Bonjour, x Acadiana" High: 59 Low: 34 I X morning 'Wi- showers. Se more on Page 14B or go to IIISIDEAGGEIIT NIELSEN REMEMBERED SHIRLEY, HE'LL BE MISSED: Actor Leslie Nielsen dies at 84. Page 13A IIISIDESPORTS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 171, I1 - STM BRACES FOR OVERFLOW CROWD: St Thomas More hosts the Acadiana Wreckin' Rams on Friday in the Class 5A semifinals. Page 4B INSIDETODAY HOPE FOR OAKS: Some of the UL trees that were set to be cut down to make room for new dormitories may be saved. Page 5A Get breaking nsws on your cell pJisns advertiser H xomtextme LjU! LEAKY ROOF? CALL ROOFING LA 235-ROOF (7663) IMSIDETODAY Accent 13A Lottery 2A Celebrity Movies 3A Cipher 14B Nation& Comics 12A World 11A Crossword 12A Obituaries 8A DearAbbyl3A On TV 138 Growth & Opinions 4A Business 10A Sudoku 14B Horoscope 148 Sports IB GetPublished Share your news, photos and events E-mail: Call: 289-NEWS Fax: 289-6443 Mall: 1100 Bertrand Drive Lafayette, LA 70506 0 B,l40901"52901,,"9 A Gannett Newspaper Lafayette, Louisiana Copyright 2010 f Ma plans Moral pay freeze President says action would save $5B in two years The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a two-year freeze of the salaries of about 2 million federal workers, trying to seize the deficit-cutting initiative from Republicans with a sudden, dramatic stroke. Though signaling White House concern over record deficits, the freeze would make only a tiny dent in annual deficits or the nation's $14 trillion debt. "Small businesses and families are tightening their belts," Obama said in brief remarks at the White House. "The government should, too." The administration said the. plan was designed to save more than $5 billion over the first two years. The proposal, which must be approved by Congress, would not apply to the military, but it would affect all others on the Executive Branch payroll. It would not affect members of Congress or their staffs, defense contractors, postal workers or federal . court judges and workers. Obama's move was an attempt to A h ;l ': ' A The Associated Press President Barack Obama delivers a statement Monday in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House campus. Obama has See pay on Page 7A proposed a two-year freeze on federal pay. It will be very hard to find someone that has the character, the integrity, the dedication and the loyalty of coach Bustle. That is the task that we now face." David Walker, UL athletic director ill iitii lire ii ili mm f " Si r" '"""" V P.C. UL Athletic Director David Walker speaks at a weekly sports press conference Monday about the release of football coach Rickey Bustle. Walker said the search is on for Bustle's replacement. Ragfn' Cajuns begin search to replace Bustle as coach C Joshua Parrott In what he called probably his toughest decision in five years as UL's athlet ic director, David Walker officially announced Monday that head football coach Rickey Bustle would not be retained for the 2011 season. Walker stated during the press conference that Bustle, who went 41-65 overall and 31-33 in Sun Belt play in nine seasons, would receive a $100,000 buyout for the final year of his contract. The Ragin' Cajuns completed a 3-9 season with a 23-22 win over ULM Saturday, one day after Walker told Bustle that he was out. "This was a day that quite honestly I wish had never gotten here," Walker said. "We totally understand that a football program is ultimately judged on wins and losses, but as an athletic department and university there are a lot of other criteria that go into evaluating a program. "I want to be honest with you. Bustle This will be a very difficult task in replacing coach Rickey Bustle. It will be very hard to find someone that has the character, the integrity, the dedication and the loyalty of coach Bustle. That is the task that we now face." Walker added that Bustle was aware during the season that a change might be made. They spoke soon after UL's 54-21 homecoming loss to Western Kentucky a second-year FBS program that had lost 26 consecutive games on Oct. 23 at Cajun Field. UL hired the Florida-based search firm Carr Sports Associates to help find a new coach. Walker did not mention a timetable to hire' a replacement but hopes to complete the process by mid-December. "About four weeks ago, I met with coach Bustle and told him that this possibility existed," Walker said. "And that because that possibility existed, we were How do UL fens react to news about Bustle? More coverage in Sports. Page IB going to move forward, hire a search firm and begin the process to identity potential candidates if the final decision was made that we would make a change." Bustle became the 24th head coach in UL history Dec. 13, 2001, after spending the previous seven years as Virginia Tech's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks, coach. The Cajuns had won nine games from 1997-2001 before his arrival in Lafayette. After going a combined 11-24 in his first three seasons, Bustle went 6-5 in 2005 the program's first winning record in 10 years and won a share of the Sun Belt title. He won six games again in 2006, '08 and '09, but never earned a bowl invitation. Bustle received a one-year extension following a 6-6 season SeeUlonPafeSA Storms steered clear of U.S. None of the 12 hurricanes made landfall USA Today ' For the first time in recorded history, 12 hurricanes formed this year in the Atlantic basin without a single one making landfall in the United States, according to experts at Colorado State University. "The U.S. was extremely lucky," Colorado State meteorologist William Gray says, The six-month hurricane season officially ends Tuesday. "There was only a 2 percent or 3 percent chance of getting this many hurricanes and not having one hit the U.S.," says Gray, who has been making annual forecasts since 1984. , Basically, half of them went to the "right," curving out into the Atlantic, he says, and half went to the "left," into the Caribbean. "During the peak of the 2010 season, it turned out that the atmospheric steering pattern was as uncon-ducive to U.S. landfalls as it can possibly be, but other places were hit hard," says Weather Channel meteorologist Stu Ostro. Tropical storms and hurricanes killed more than 250 people in the Caribbean and Central America this season, the Associated Press reported. The deadliest storms were Tropical Storm Matthew, Hurricane Tomas. and Hurricane Alex. "The pattern of low-pressure troughs and high-pressure ridges deflected most of the storms to the east of the U.S. toward Bermuda or the Canadian Maritimes or out to sea," Ostro says, "and south of See STORMS on Page 9A Reward offered in man's death Greg Fleniken found dead in hotel Sept. 16 Amanda McEIfresh Susie Fleniken knew something was wrong when her husband, Greg, didn't answer his phone the morning of Sept. 16. The couple talked several 'times a day, with Susie living and working in Lafayette and Greg spending most weekdays in Beaumont, Texas, on business as vice president of OGM inn fiiii'i i i Anyone with information on the death of Greg Fleniken is asked to call Beaumont Crime Stoppers at 409433-TIPSorgotO All callers remain anonymous. Land Co. Every Monday, he left for Beaumont, then returned on Thursdays to spend the weekend in Lafayette with his family. But several calls to Greg went unanswered Sept. 16. "He always picked up, even to say he was in a meeting and couldn't talk," Susie Fleniken said. "I kept calling and calling that morning until around 9:30 or 10, then I called his office and they said Greg wasn't at the office yet." A co-worker went to Greg's third-floor room at the Elegante Hotel, the place that had served as his home-away -from-home for the better part of a decade. Greg was found lying on the floor of his hotel room, dead at age 55. Initially, police couldn't determine an exact cause of death. But a recent autopsy report showed .that Fleniken suffered blunt force trauma injuries that could only have been caused by another person. See REWARD en Patfa 7A i r-v awH. i ,, 1 ; -X r' y: f -- ' ,;- : llir l ill i Hmm,l Submitted photo Beaumont, Texas, police and family members are searching for answers in the death of Greg Fleniken of Lafayette. rill 1 xytrti nr. y ggr w i a t m rr? i ft it c art thoid i s ;r Shopping, etatiiriifl f- V

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