U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry appears so eager to challenge Lafayette Congressman Charles Boustany this fall he might have broken federal law to build name recognition in Lafayette.
By Walter Pierce
Jeff Landry, the freshman GOP congressman from New Iberia, spent last Wednesday wowing supporters with his fiscal fortitude at the back door of the man he hopes to replace next year in the Congress. The Cade Community Center where the town hall meeting was held is at the very western edge of Landry’s 3rd Congressional District, practically in spitting distance of the 7th Congressional District represented by U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette.
Opponents of an anti-bullying bill say it promotes a ‘gay agenda.’ But families of victims demand a change in how Louisiana schools handle bullies. By Alex Woodward
Tieler Garsaud, a sixth-grader at Abita Springs Middle School, testified before Louisiana’s House of Representatives last year. Up for a vote: an anti-bullying bill dubbed the Safe Schools Act, authored by state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans. Garsaud, 12, who came out as gay to his parents at age 10, told lawmakers that all students, not just gay students, deserve to feel safe in school. Badon’s bill failed to pass.
Lafayette remains on a cool trajectory, but will our progress be retarded by agents of regression? Photos by Robin May
OK, OK, we’re drama queens at 551 Jefferson St. The sky isn’t falling. The angry horde of middle-aged, creaky-backed buzzkills who glower and wave the Constitution hasn’t taken over our fair city. Lafayette remains a progressive community — a “Cool Town” that attracts creative people and traffics in their technological innovation and their cultural products. A vibrant, bustling parish awash in festivals, art galleries, music venues and some of the best restaurants anywhere. A hopeful city.
What a few local experts in the area of wine, liquor and beer have to say about having spirits.
by Anna Purdy
Photos by Robin May
Booze. Hooch. Vino, hard liquor, spirits, beer and malted liquor — call it what you want but chances are you might drink it occasionally, and if you do it means you probably graduated from Mad Dog 20/20 to a nice Powers whiskey.
Acadian Ambulance is again under fire for its billing practices, and this time tens of thousands of Louisiana residents could be lining up for reimbursement through a class action lawsuit.
By Walter Pierce and Leslie Turk • Photos by Robin May
For Acadian Ambulance, a several-million-dollar judgment against it in a civil suit would be little more than an irritant; it’s the largest privately held ambulance company in the United States, part of a medical, safety, transportation and education enterprise with annual revenues in excess of $380 million. But moving forward, if a class-action lawsuit against the company is successful, it would likely mean the loss of many millions more in the future by putting an end to a very questionable billing practice at the heart of the lawsuit.
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