Monday, April 30, 2007
UL journalism professor called to Afghanistan
Buckman says he contacted the Army following 9-11 to volunteer but was told he wouldn't be needed. About three years ago, Buckman says the Army began calling back and he was nearly deployed to Iraq last summer. There's still a slim chance Buckman's dispatch to Afghanistan may fall through but he's been issued a G.O. letter, meaning an Army general has signed off on his deployment and he's already contacted the University with the news. Buckman is now awaiting official orders in the coming weeks and expects to report to Fort Benning in June before heading overseas the following month for a year-long tour of duty. Buckman, who is a Lt. Col., says he's been told he will be serving as a deputy director for strategic planning on the joint staff, though he still doesn't know from which base he will be working.
Buckman is coordinator of the print journalism sequence at UL, where he has been teaching since 1989. He entered the military at the tail end of the Vietnam War and has never seen duty inside a war zone before. From the 70s through the 90s, he's served in a series of individual training tours and intelligence assignments, mostly in central and South America, due to his ability to speak fluent Spanish. His last service came in 1998 as a reserve attaché to Colombia.
"It's kind of ironic that after 30 something years I'm finally going to be going into a war zone," Buckman says. "It's gratifying to know they still think I'm useful at 59. I do things that younger people can't keep up with me.
"There are concerns," he adds, "but I'm not upset that I'm going to Afghanistan for a year. I'm concerned about making sure my great dane is going to be well taken care of. They wouldn't let me take him with me. And I got to get my house rented out and things like that."
Banner weekend at Festival International and Jazz Fest
With FIL now a memory, it's time to gear up for second weekend of The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Acadiana performers getting props from The New York Times for their first-weekend Jazz Fest performances include Steve Riley and Rosie Ledet. Chief Times music critic Jon Pareles said of Ledet, "Pfizer might want to contact the sultry zydeco accordionist and singer Rosie Ledet, who puts across some rocking, cleverly risqué two-steps. Her 'Pick It Up' is a cheerful endorsement of Viagra."
L.A.Times: Cut the red tape
The federal government footed 100% of the bill after Hurricane Hugo in 1989, hurricanes Andrew and Iniki in 1992 and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Federal spending on Sept. 11 repairs amounted to $390 per resident of New York state, a historic amount at the time. But that was dwarfed by the $6,700 per Louisiana resident for Katrina and Rita. …
Rebuilding New Orleans and other Gulf Coast cities will be enormously expensive, but if the country is in for a penny, it should be in for a pound. There's no point in trying to squeeze more money out of Louisiana for repairs — it has enough problems coping with its fractured tax base and ineffective governance. Doubling the regulatory burden not only creates pointless busywork, it runs counter to Bush's political philosophy. The administration should require Louisiana to spend the aid wisely, but that goal isn't served by tying up the money in red tape.
Read also "A post-Katrina doctor drought" about New Orleans' health care crisis.
Bill will protect Lake Peigneur
Blanco jumping back in?
This morning Centanni said she meant Blanco is content with her status as a governor not seeking re-election, a comment that adds even more mystery to the issue. Blanco likely bowed out of the race March 20 to pave the way for former Sen. John Breaux, but some political pundits believe Breaux's disappointing decision not to run may have her rethinking the strategy.
Friday, April 27, 2007
UL formally announces Authement is stepping down
(photo from today's UL Board of Supervisor's meeting by Terri Fensel)
UL Lafayette President Ray Authement resigns
Lafayette Marine killed in Iraq
LSU expects banner day at NFL draft
Frigg-A-Go-Go tonight at Grant Street
Black bear cub back home
ABR Curator Lisa Stewart says in the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies newsletter:
The bear is returning to Louisiana a lot healthier than when he got here. We started him out on a commercial formula and yogurts. Then went to a more normal diet of lettuce, pecans and apples. The last month or so we fed him a lot of food that is found more readily where he will be released such as a lot of greens and corn.
When released yesterday in the Red River Wildlife Management Area, the cub was a healthy 90 pounds. Sprung from the steel transportation cage by members of Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and the Black Bear Conservation Committee, the cub took off for the woods. Large-carnivore program manager of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Maria Davidson told The Advocate:
He did exactly the thing instinct told him to do. Find the closest tree and climb it. He looks good, very good.
(photo of American black bear from Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies)
Boasso's switch hit
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Gulf Coast aid tied to Iraq withdrawal
AG, outside counsel to aid Iberia investigation
Bayou Bulls tryouts Saturday at Beaver Park
Black & Gold Nation readies for the NFL draft
One thing's for sure: Black & Gold Nation doesn't like the rumblings coming out of Atlanta. Falcons owner Alfred Blank is supposedly ready to make a play for coveted wide receiver Calvin Johnson at the No. 2 pick. Another unattractive option is Johnson going to the Buccaneers at the No. 4 slot.
Jaryd Lane's "really country"
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Racines kick off Festival International tonight
Check out this week's issue of The Independent for complete FIL coverage, including profiles on headliners Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Balkan Beat Box, as well as complete band previews for every FIL performer.
Fiber engineering firm has proven track record
FEMA's regrettable funding formula
"FEMA could have chosen a funding formula that would have granted Louisiana and Mississippi a more equal share. As a consequence of the FEMA decisions, the communities hardest hit by the 2005 hurricanes did not receive the proportionate shares of the $400 million appropriated for the program."
Mississippi received 72.5 percent of the $400 million to develop alternatives to trailers and mobile homes. Louisiana got 20 percent.
Landrieu, who has characterized Republican Mississippi's lion's share as political, called the discrepancy "inexplicable," in light of the far greater damage Louisiana suffered during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Willie pleads guilty
A crowd of about 25 fans gathered outside to see Nelson after his brief court appearance. They waited with cell-phone cameras and scraps of paper scrounged for a signature.
He obliged the audience, taking a few moments to shake hands, sign autographs and pose for pictures.
"Thank y'all," he said, waving as he climbed into a car waiting in a parking spot marked: "Reserved District Attorney Staff."
The small group cheered as Nelson pulled away.
One woman yelled out, "Go Willie!"
Lafayette Chamber pushing ethics reform
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Council faces another development appeal
Mouton adds tonight's decision "ranks up there with one of the issues that I've received the most calls on," mainly from concerned residents. On the other side, Lafayette developer Cecil Trahan, who is serving as the real estate agent on the project, already took out a full page ad decrying the planning commission's opposition to development, and the developers are now offering up a $50,000 donation to the city to help alleviate traffic concerns. "I'm really torn," Mouton says. "This isn't one of those issues where both sides can't win. Somebody's going to leave unhappy tonight."
Levon Helm drums up Civil War hero
Opelousas' all-night party to end
In 2003, a law was passed to allow the Evangeline Downs to serve alcohol throughout the night to its customers. A year later, the law was amended to include local bar owners, who argued that Evangeline Downs was being given preferential treatment. Last night, Opelousas' alderman voted to ban liquor sales from 2 until 6 in the morning. (Evangeline Downs is exempted from the new ordinance, since less than 15 percent of its gross sales are derived from alcohol sales.)
Police Chief Perry Gallow told The Advocate that since the 24-hour liquor law's been in effect, the city has spent some $50,000 a year in overtime pay to police to patrol The Hill. The new law goes into effect at the end of May.
The $5.6 million man in the gov's race
Jindal's camp says he's taken in $5.3 million from in- and out-of-state contributors. Campaign reports filed yesterday show the two Republicans with the most money to spend in the October election. Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who is not seeking re-election, has yet to say what she'll do with her $3 million war chest.
Rare Marc Broussard show tonight at Blue Moon
Broussard could be previewing material from his forthcoming sophomore CD, S.O.S.: Save Our Soul, a collection of classic soul covers like Al Green's "Love and Happiness" and Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues." For an advance taste of the atmosphere at Blue Moon tonight, check out Broussard's video for his 2004 single, "Home."
Monday, April 23, 2007
Katie Holmes "spooked" in Shreveport
After getting spooked by a pair of photographers en route to the store, the actress, 28, had her handlers call the local police, who came to the rescue, escorting Holmes inside and trailing her as she browsed for clothes for herself and daughter, Suri.
Who wouldn't be frightened by two Louisiana paparazzi while on the way to shop at Target? But don't worry about Katie. She'll be safe while in Shreveport.
Says Holmes' rep, "The production office gave Katie the name of the chief of police and told her to call if she felt she needed it."
Holmes didn't talk about the horrifying details of her Target nightmare when she spoke to the Shreveport Times:
"I met some really great people, and it was nice," said Holmes, gesturing with a hand sporting a large diamond ring.
"They did recognize me, and it was a pleasure meeting them. We had nice chats about kids, and it was lovely."
Dueling Bobby Jindal Web sites
LHC Group's buying spree continues
In 2006 alone, LHC Group made 27 acquisitions. The company now has 4,000 employees.
Langlinais' lawyer takes aim at Iberia DA
Hebert sent a letter to Haney stating:
It is clear that your office has been directly or indirectly involved in the factual and background events surrounding many of the issues addressed by the Legislative Auditor in his recent report. I believe that our Professional Conduct Rules make it clear that in such a situation you and your office should not be involved in this process.
In addition, since the Iberia Parish Distinct Attorney is the legal advisor to the Parish Government, it is also apparent, due to the nature of several of the claims in these proceedings, that actions or non-actions of your office may be or could be viewed as negligent or gross negligent performance of the stated purpose of your office.
Hebert concludes that for Haney to continue his investigation would be a serious conflict of interest and strongly recommends that any further investigation be handled by an independent counsel or the Attorney General. Hebert is slated address the council Wednesday, April 25.
Louisiana Lightning could be in for long year
Friday, April 20, 2007
NCAA strips titles, scholarships from UL basketball
WRDA passes House; White House voices opposition
The $15 billion act passed yesterday includes over $2 billion earmarked for South Louisiana, including funds for coastal restoration projects, closure of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and a channel deepening at the Port of Iberia. The House bill also includes more than $850 million for construction of the 72-mile Morganza to the Gulf levee, a provision that the White House attempted to strip out of WRDA last week.
President Bush is still opposing the bill, wanting states to share in more of the costs of the projects, and limit the total federal price tag to $10 billion. Among Bush's specific objections is a provision the Louisiana delegation fought hard for to lower the state's cost-share in deepening and maintaining coastal harbors and channels. In response, Congressman Charles Boustany has issued a statement noting, "I'm frustrated that the Bush administration is opposed to this provision, but I'm confident that it will not impede this important bill from being signed into law."
A week of music and dance
On Sunday, Roots Family Day gets underway at noon with a Catholic Mass in French. The music starts at 3:30 p.m. with Don Fontenot et les Amis de la Louisiane, the Lucky Playboys; and Jeffery Broussard and Creole Cowboys. Admission is $5 and free to Friends of Louisiana Folk Roots and children 12 and under.
For more information visit Louisiana Folk Roots Web site or call Chicot State Park at (337) 363-2403 or (888) 677-2442.
Czech it out
A Whole Lotta Lil' Band o' Gold
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Ridin' for La.'s coast
… People's lives, homes and jobs are dependent on maintaining the wetlands. Not just for the inhabitants of Louisiana and those states with tidal wetlands, but everyone in the entire country. You experience the importance of the wetlands each time you fill up at your gasoline station, pay a utility bill, or dine on fresh seafood from the gulf.
Forrette is partnering with America's Wetland Campaign to Save Coastal Louisiana. For more information on Forrette's mission, to read about his journey as he travels, to make a donation, or to learn how you can help save Louisiana's coast, visit www.ridingtherim.com.
With Breaux out, is Chris John in?
Boasso going Democratic in governor's race?
Too early to predict which way Boasso will go, but he has to be giving the move some serious consideration. On a related side note, this could be a notable instance of the national Republican Party's recent struggles subtly filtering into Louisiana; when was the last time you remember a Louisiana Republican switching to the Democratic Party?
EatLafayette campaign signing up local eateries
Gloria Fiero show opens in Arnaudville
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Zachary Richard's new album
And the Culinary Classic winners are ...
A familiar face on the New Orleans Levee Board
Read The Independent's February 2006 interview with Barry.
Inspector General releases horse farm audit
Farmer's Market to reopen in Oil Center
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Lourdes closes on $14 million Boustany property
Mitch Landrieu: Thanks, but no thanks
Doctors Without Borders VP to give talk
UL satellite in orbit
The satellites were launched through a converted intercontinental ballistic missile from a former Soviet facility in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The CAPE team will now be attempting to contact the satellite from their ground station at 146 Madison Hall on the UL campus. The public is invited to attend the first two contact attempts at 10 and 11:45 this morning. Visit the CAPE Web site for further updates.
NY Times on Bush's "broken promises"
President Bush has reneged on his promises to Katrina's victims. Shamefully, the president has chosen the interests of bureaucracy over those of American towns on the brink of failure.
The editorial states there are still 64,000 people in Louisiana living in trailers and 20,000 projects in limbo due to financing problems.
These are unacceptable failures. At least part of the problem is a law that requires states to contribute 10 percent of the cost of most federally financed reconstruction projects. Mr. Bush waived that requirement after the Sept. 11 attacks (as his father did after Hurricanes Andrew and Iniki) but he refuses to do so for the Gulf Coast.
Monday, April 16, 2007
The Independent wins Freedom of Information Award
On Saturday, at the LPA's 127th annual convention in New Orleans, The Independent Weekly garnered 20 first place honors – in categories as diverse as best investigative reporting (for Nathan Stubb's coverage of former Lafayette Police Chief Randy Hundley), community service, best advertising idea, and best Web site. At the end of the day, The Independent took home 47 awards. Read this week's edition on Wednesday, April 18, for the complete story.
Inspector general releasing horse farm audit
Michot ramps up fundraising
Louisiana ranks last in volunteer hours
Third in Daspit's architecture series published
Friday, April 13, 2007
Foti punts to courts
Read Foti's opinion (in a Word document).
Waiting on Foti
Report: Corps should acknowledge global warming
School board election set for Oct. 20
The school board has already named Mark Cockerham, a 30-year-old UL alum who works with his family's oil field supply business, as an interim replacement. Cockerham was recommended by Thiboduax's family for the post. He is yet to decide whether he will run in the upcoming election, the winner of which will fill out the remaining three years of Thibodaux's term. Qualifying for the race is Sept. 4 - 6.
Birds and bears on festival calendars
After a hiatus following Hurricane Katrina, the Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration is back on track April 13-14. The Celebration offers guided bird watching tours, island history tours, boat tours to Queen Bess Isle, live birds of prey, bird-related arts and crafts, and is fun for families with children. Many Grand Isle families will welcome birders into their yards for leisurely bird watching all weekend.
In Lafayette, The Acadian Cultural Center, in cooperation with Vermilionville, will offer 2 special eco-tours of Bayou Vermilion. Join a National Park Service ranger and an ornithologist aboard the Cocodrie as they identify birds by sight and sound on the 1 ½ hour boat tour. "Birds Along the Bayou" cruises at 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. from the Vermilionville Dock. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 337-233-4077 for reservations and information. A walking tour, activities for children and a discussion about tracking birds with radio telemetry will take place on April 14, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Acadiana Park Nature Station. Call 291-8448 for info.
The Louisiana Black Bear is making a comeback and Franklin is the place where the wild things are. The Bayou Teche Bear Festival will be held Saturday, April 21 in Franklin's historic downtown.
Hurricanes still hurting schools
The study finds that enrollment has not yet recovered to pre-Katrina levels in most of the districts. St. Bernard Parish is suffering the most, with a decline of 57.4 percent in student enrollment; followed by Orleans Parish, down 54.3 percent; Bay St. Louis/Waveland, down 31.9 percent; Biloxi, down 25.3 percent; and Jefferson Parish, down 21.3 percent.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, enrollment has increased 8.3 percent in the East Baton Rouge Parish school districts, leading to schools that are filled to capacity and exacerbating pre-existing shortages in teachers, substitute teachers, and school bus drivers.
Read GulfGov Reports: Education.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Joe Broussard inducted into Chef's Hall of Fame
Melancon optimistic on Morganza levee
Earlier this week, the White House sent shock waves through the Louisiana Congressional delegation when it released a new draft of the WRDA bill that cut the $886 million slated for the Morganza levee. Sen. David Vitter wrote the administration pleading them to reconsider, noting that their opposition "will display a fundamental lack of understanding and commitment to crucial hurricane and flood protection in key parts of southeast Louisiana."
Iberia DA to convene grand jury
The council voted to begin their own investigation. Langlinais responded in a passionate three-minute speech, calling the audit a "witch hunt." He then asked Haney if the investigation was a "two-edged sword," because "there are some possible improprieties by some council members. I can tell you there are some more (issues) that involve some council members that I feel I should have the opportunity to address."
Haney responded that Langlinais should take his allegations to the criminal investigation unit of the state police.
(photo of Will Langlinais by Terri Fensel)
Congress cracks down on cockfighting
Dupuis replaces Chris Williams as LTC regional director
In addition to the Lafayette campus, LTC's Region Four includes the Crowley, Ville Platte, St. Martinville, Abbeville, Opelousas and New Iberia campuses.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Vitter shocked by Bush stance on coastal restoration
"It will display a fundamental lack of understanding and commitment to crucial hurricane and flood protection in key parts of southeast Louisiana." ...
Vitter called the funding limitation "a raw deal for Louisiana and a real mistake that will cause the loss of an environmental treasure to this nation."
Sidney Coffee, executive assistant to the governor for coastal affairs called the Bush stance "ludicrous."
"It just tells me that the only thing that matters is counting the beans," Coffee said.
Read The Times-Picuyane's account.
Durel touts state transportation bills
Lafayette state Rep. Joel Robidaux and state Sen. Mike Michot are filing a bill that would redirect motor vehicle sales taxes to local governments to use toward road and drainage improvements. Lafayette state Rep. Don Trahan is pushing an effort to build a state mobility fund for major infrastructure projects that would be bankrolled by drunk driving fines and vehicle registration and inspection fees. All told, Robidaux says the proposed transportation bills could mean an additional $600 million a year being dedicated to meet the state's infrastructure needs.
District Attorney to address Iberia audit
Lafayette's land bank
Read more about the project in this week's issue of The Independent Weekly.
Rickey Hardy running for state rep.
Hardy, in his fifth term on the school board, joins a crowded field of candidates which already includes City-Parish Councilman Chris Williams, city Planning Commissioner Fred Prejean, former Superintendent of State Police Terry Landry and attorney Derriel McCorvey. In a sign that the jostling has already begun, Hardy's press release takes a not-so-subtle jab at Williams, who has been involved in bitter public disputes with his fellow councilmen, often over racial issues.
"Among my goals as a State Representative is to end divisiveness in matters with regard to the public," Hardy states. "Divisiveness that seems to be present, at this time, in our Lafayette Parish Council. This kind of divisiveness cannot be carried over to a state elected office. I pledge to bring a mature level of representation to the people of District 44."
iMonelli's Brian Blanchard takes over a la carte
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Cravins and Durand seek UMC answers
Last month, LSU closed down an orthopedic clinic at UMC that was seeing up to 150 patients a week. LSU needed to move the program back to New Orleans from Lafayette - where it had moved following Hurricane Katrina – for accreditation. LSU has agreed to send orthopedic residents into Lafayette once a week to continue to see patients, but that won't begin until June. "How do we not see these things coming?" Cravins asks. "The medical school and the medical center should be working hand in hand so that we don't have these shortage problems again."
NY Times on NO's recovery chief
It is too early to say whether Dr. Blakely will succeed where others have failed, and he recently said he might leave his post in a year. But what is clear is that, perhaps for the first time, a ranking New Orleans official is looking out over the ruins and their complicated context with a clinical, outsider's eye.
That awareness of entrenched realities here, racial and economic, is reflected in Dr. Blakely's relatively modest plan: it is not an effort to make over the city all at once. Instead, it revolves around localized attention to promising zones that, if they take off, could have a transforming effect on the whole. "If I could pump life back in these places, you might pump life back into the entire city," he said.
Voters undecided in governor's race
The check's in the mail, Mississippi
Landrieu and other Louisiana politicians have decried the grant program since before the December announcement, arguing that FEMA ignored congressional intent by fashioning a competitive process that did not consider the respective housing needs in hurricane-affected states. More than 200,000 Louisiana homes were heavily damaged or destroyed in the 2005 storms and related flooding, while Mississippi lost about 60,000 residences.
And FEMA's top brass have said repeatedly that Mississippi's proposals were better. Scoring summaries obtained by The Times-Picayune show that Mississippi's winning programs scored a 184 and 182, while Louisiana's proposal notched a 176. All three were significantly higher than the remaining proposals.
Lafayette architect Steve Oubre, who worked with new urbanist planner Andres Duany to design Katrina cottages during planning charettes in Erath and St. Bernard parish says that "in terms of design, in Mississippi and Louisiana, the cottages are the same plans. They were all done as part of that exercise, the plans are no different."
Louisiana's plan calls for as many as 600 Katrina Cottages on sites in New Orleans, Abbeville and Lake Charles--once the money arrives.
Road Home lump sums
But the new plan could make it easier for lenders to seize the grants of up to $150,000 to satisfy unpaid mortgages and expose people to contractor fraud because it lacks protections established by the state-designed Road Home program, LRA officials said.
"H.U.D. basically said, 'You've got to do lump sum payments.' So if we end up with increased blight, it's because of HUD's policy," Recovery Authority housing task force chair Walter Leger said.
Read also coverage from The Times-Picayune and The Advocate.
Monday, April 09, 2007
KADN's 9 p.m. news debuts tonight
Washington Post says waive the 10 precent
... Mr. Bush did this for New York after the horrific Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks (damage: $390 per capita).
Not so for Louisiana. Not after it was hit by the worst natural disaster in U.S. history; not after it sustained the worst damages in U.S. history ($6,700 per capita). Not after 1.3 million people were displaced from their homes. Not after its economy collapsed. And not after residents of a great American city, New Orleans, experienced what Mr. Bush called "the kind of desperation no citizen of this great and generous nation should ever have to know." ...
Speaking from Jackson Square in New Orleans on Sept. 15, 2005, Mr. Bush said, "When communities are rebuilt, they must be even better and stronger than before the storm . . . . We'll not just rebuild, we'll build higher and better." Such progress is being tripped up by thick rolls of red tape. Mr. Bush can clear those obstacles and help turn his far-reaching vision into reality with a stroke of a pen by waiving the 10 percent FEMA match requirement. He should do it now.
Breaux's duck stamp: the new smoking gun?
Cisco testing new products in Lafayette
Iberia may bet on video poker
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Save the Horse Farm not giving up on barn
Because local government does not have the money to buy the 100-acre property but is interested in its potential as a community park, Save the Horse Farm is meeting this morning and plans to launch a major fund-raising campaign to purchase the property. McDonald says the barn, which the city's mounted patrol unit wants to use to board its horses, is an important component of the plan. But first McDonald and his group of community activists have to convince Authement to allow them to fence off the barn and address the liability issues. To date, Authement has shown no interest in preserving the barn, which some believe was constructed in the early 1900s, and neither he nor the state believes it is a local landmark with historic value.
Port Fourchon lobbies for $63 million road upgrade
School Board rejects Trahan
Following the vote to eliminate Trahan's contract, which expires June 9, some board members moved to buy out Trahan's contract immediately and to have Chief Academic Officer Bernell Lemoine take over Title funding. Hefner warned the board could be overstepping its bounds and potentially violating state law if it were to appoint someone without a recommendation from the Superintendent. The motion failed to get the required two-thirds vote to be added to the agenda. "With some of the board members the ends justifies the means," Hefner says. "And that's dangerous for an elected body to take that attitude."
Spike Lee plans sequel in Mississippi
"Next month, we're going back to HBO and discuss how we can continue this," Lee said after presenting three New Orleans residents who told their stories at the closing luncheon of the American Society of Newspaper Editors convention in Washington.
"The Gulf Coast will be a much bigger part. We didn't forget about you," he said in responding to a question from Stan Tiner, editor of the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun-Herald, whose paper has crusaded to remind the nation that the Mississippi coast was also devastated by the 2005 hurricane.Lee was also won the Long Island University George K. Polk award for journalistic integrity in the category of documentary television. The awards will be presented Thursday, April 12.
No INDsider on Good Friday
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
We hope you're wrong again, Dr. Gray
Hurricane season begins June 1. Let's hope Dr. Gray's wrong again this year.
Beyond funnel cake
Daily Advertiser's top sales exec joins Citadel
Ruona joined The Daily Advertiser in the early 1990s, left for a brief stint with the Moody family's newspapers and accepted a sales position with The Times of Acadiana in 1994 (when it was owned by Independent Weekly publishers Steve May and Cherry Fisher May). During her tenure with the group of publications now owned by Gannett Co., Ruona at various times served as sales manager for The Advertiser, Times and Daily World but in recent years asked to return to sales, where she says her passion lies. She was handling local major accounts and territory accounts.
Tabasco's $5 million, 17-foot levee
Instead, the family plans to spend $5 million on something far more urgent: a 17-foot levee on Avery Island and a back-up generator. Construction should begin by April and be ready in time for the 2008 hurricane season.
Folk Roots events announced
The week-long Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week is just over two weeks away, April 20-26. Nightly musical acts for Heritage Week will include Balfa Toujours, Ray Abshire, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, the Pine Leaf Boys and others. Instructors for the week-long event at Chicot State Park include members of those bands, as well as Castille, Al Berard, Jeffery Broussard, Kristi Guillory, Corey "Lil Pop" Ledet and Ann Savoy.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
French class for toddlers begins
Schedule a musical spring
FIL's new interactive, Web-based Festival Schedule Builder lets you plot out your musical week by time, stage and artist. After adding items to your itinerary, you can save out your schedule and print it for portability during the festival, April 25-29.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has also revealed its lineup and the stages where each act will perform. The Cubes are accessible by clicking on each day or in this PDF form.
New Orleans' Hemline coming to River Ranch
Lafayette's $55 million man outduels Curt Schilling
"If [Meche] ever wants to get to that next level and be great, the stuff is there," Schilling told mlb.com. "He'll be worth every penny of that contract and more if he wants to be one of the best guys in the game."
Cockerham likely to replace Thibodaux
Monday, April 02, 2007
New details in Westlake mayor's death
Now a new state police report reveals that Washington had gambling problems and extramarital affairs. The American Press in Lake Charles published a summary of the report, recently released by the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's office. The report contends that Washington may have gambled away anywhere from $200,000 to $300,000 of his retirement savings and that he had extramarital affairs with three different women, one of whom threatened to take the affair public.
The family disputes the report.
60 Minutes takes on Billy Tauzin
Church Point, Nova Scotia company rebuilds houses
Belliveau Building Supplies president Julien Comeau, of Church Point, Nova Scotia, is planning to send more than 300 1,500-square foot houses to Louisiana in the coming year. The houses, produced by a Cape Breton company are built in panels; each wall, which is finished inside and out comes already wired, ready for plumbing and with windows already built in.
"In two weeks six men can have the kitchen, the bathroom, the finishing, the painting, everything done," says Comeau in the Yarmouth County Vanguard.
Comeau is in talks with Habitat for Humanity to supply them with a 1,000 square-foot model as well.
State weighs in on horse barn demolition
Finally, a New Orleans rebuilding plan
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