You don’t quite know what to think of them initially. They’re just so unexpected. At a time when everything bordering ugly is cool we have the Minnetonka moccasin boot. So unchic that they’re chic. For the true individual, these boots transcend passing fads. They also happen to provide incredible comfort and warmth. In case you are still questioning the validity of this (un)fashionable statement, consider this: Kate Moss has worn them for years. Well that sheds a new light on the situation, doesn’t it? Available in brown or black suede at The Leather Pouch for $82.50. Call 235-0745. — Angelle-Leigh Breaux
The history of the Atchafalaya basin is not just a story of Cajuns hunting and trapping in the deep swamp. The basin, over the course of the last hundred years has been big business. The first resource that could be profitably harvested on a large scale was the 1000 year old stand of cypress trees, valued for their lumber that resisted rot. Once the cathedral of cypress was clear cut, oil and gas was discovered, and the mineral rights beneath the land and water of the basin became worth millions. One of the largest land owners of the great swamp is the St. Martin Land Company. A new book, Passing a Century in the Atchafalaya Basin: St. Martin Land Company, 1905-2005, by UL PhD. graduate and folklorist Lana Henry traces the history of St. Martin Land Company over the course of a century. The book is part business history, part social and cultural history, part geography and part biography — and a window into the workings of one of the great land companies of Louisiana. Passing a Century in the Atchafalaya Basin, $49.95, is available at Barnes and Noble. Call 989-4142 for more information. — Mary Tutwiler
FISHING FOR COMPLEMENTS
Some of us are so enamored of fishing, even when we can’t hit Vermilion Bay, that we still want to be reminded of life on the water. Catch Natalie Nichols’ fish scale jewelry at Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery. Nichols hand crafts each diamond-shaped scale out of silver, then solders the pieces into a concave linked pattern so that it reflects light. The earrings, bracelets and necklaces are delicate and fluid, like sea creatures. If silver doesn’t lure you, Nichols also has a gold vermeil line. Pieces range from $65 for the single tier earrings to $540 for a three tier necklace. Check out www.natalienichols.net , or go see the pieces in person at Sans Souci. Call 266-7999 for more information. — Mary Tutwiler
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
WaPo Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies; Clintons stump for Dems; Liberians stranded and more national and international news for Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
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Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
UL grad named web developer at BBR Creative
Lafayette-based emergency department staffing and management company raises $120 million in senior credit facilities through GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.
High-rise apartment building, parking garage, hotel and retail part of new development.
A common thread runs through many of those we oppose: Enshrining in the Constitution protections on programs and their funding sources has had a disastrous effect on Louisiana’s most important economic development engine.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
The number of Louisianans with jobs continued to set records in September, but the state's unemployment rate kept rising.
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Louisiana is drowning, quickly.
Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.