A mixed bag of Louisiana representatives including Gov. Bobby Jindal, blues musician Tab Benoit, wetlands photographer C.C. Lockwood and LRA chief Paul Rainwater are joining the Bayou State congressional delegation in Washington D.C. to push for hurricane recovery funds. Approximately $8 billion for levees, housing for the homeless, hospitals and anti-crime initiatives are included in an emergency war spending bill which has been passed by the Senate, but is in jeopardy in the House. President Bush says he will veto the bill if domestic spending items aren’t cut. Benoit and Lockwood addressed a panel of congressional aides yesterday; Jindal and Rainwater continue lobbying today.
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.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.