The Hub City ranks 20th on a list — “30 Cities to Restart Your Career” — compiled by Kerry Hannon, author of What’s Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job. The list appears Thursday on the politics/culture website The Daily Beast.
Cities are ranked based on seven criteria: small business growth rate, number of small businesses, personal income, unemployment rate, cost of living, charitable giving and how student-friendly the city is. Lafayette ranked 20th on the list, which was led in descending order by Houston, Omaha, Neb., Dallas, Midland, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Huntsville, Ala., rides the caboose. As the author points out, what most of the cities on the list share, and Lafayette is no exception, are universities and thriving medical centers.
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.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.