Today’s New York Times includes a short feature on LSU basketball coach Trent Johnson. The first African American to hold the job, in his first season, Johnson has taken LSU from the bottom to the top of the S.E.C. Playing with a discipline they have lacked in recent years, the Tigers are now ranked 20th in the nation, with a 13-3 conference record (25-6 over all). Johnson is a finalist for S.E.C. Coach of the Year honors, and is also in the mix for NCAA Coach of the Year. Despite losing their last two games, LSU is one of the favorites heading into into this week’s S.E.C. tournament in Tampa, Fla. The Tigers play Friday against the winner of Kentucky and Mississippi.
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.