If paying nearly $6 a pack doesn't get you to quit smoking cigarettes, Louisiana lawmakers just might. One of the last bastions of smokedom — the bar — is now under fire.
Rep. Gary Smith of Norco wants to ban smoking in bars, too, according to The Times-Picayune. It's been illegal to smoke in a Louisiana restaurant for the last three years, but Smith's House Bill 844 targets bars as well. (Don't worry about the casino though. Smith has left them out of the mix. He doesn't want to put our gambling dens at a competitive disadvantage with Mississippi's.)
State Sen. Rob Marionneaux has filed a similar Senate bill that would ban smoking in any establishment where food is served.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.