Anything can happen while the governor’s gone to the races
I haven’t read the book yet, but Times-Picayune reporter Jonathan Tilove cherry-picked this story from U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy’s posthumously published memoir, True Compass. It’s so Louisiana, you know it’s got to be true.
Sen. Edward Kennedy recounts a Louisiana story from the 1956 Democratic National Convention and his brother John Kennedy’s decision to seek the Democratic vice presidential nomination. Kennedy’s father opposed the move because he was sure that the ticket, led by Adlai Stevenson, would lose to President Dwight Eisenhower.
But, Kennedy writes, his brother was “persuaded to run, despite my father’s objections, by a Louisiana delegate who pleaded with him to stay in the race after their delegation had stuck their neck out for him. In an amazing twist of history and fate, the Louisiana delegate was my future father-in-law, Edmund Reggie, then a thirty-year-old judge, who had managed to swing the Louisiana delegation behind my brother when Governor Earl K. Long had gone to the horse races.”
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.