1. RED FEET NO MORE
OK, really, why didn’t we think of this sooner? Red Foot Shoes has launched a line of flats with bendable soles — that’s right, they fit in handbags — and even clutches. They’re the "original after party shoe," which means when your heels start to kill your feet you just switch ’em out for these lightweight slip-ons. Imagine all the aches and foot conditions Sarah Jessica Parker could have avoided while still looking stylish! The shoes originated in Europe and have just made their way to Lafayette’s Shoefits, which notes that some night clubs are even offering Red Foot Shoes in vending machines. The shoes, which resemble ballerina flats and come in a variety of styles, some with jeweled accents, retail for about $45. They’re also durable enough to wear all day. Call Shoefits, located in the Shops at Martial, at 216-0200. — Leslie Turk
2. THREE LITTLE EGRETS
Once upon a time there were three little egrets, begins a fairy tale by Lafayette artist Roslyn Fouin. This new fable, about how Louisiana’s beautiful waders evade a hunter seeking the bird’s plumage, is filled with watercolors depicting the swamp, the marsh and the prairie, the three watery worlds we all inhabit. Fouin credits her love of nature and French Acadian culture to her parents, who raised her in Vermilion Parish. To order a copy, $30.50, go to lulu.com and search for Three Little Egrets. — Mary Tutwiler
3. MAEDGEN CAJUN
Lafayette native Clint Maedgen has to be one of the hardest working men in show business. Leader of the multi-media cabaret game-show lounge act The New Orleans Bingo Show!, Maedgen also moonlights with the band Liquidrone and frequently turns up as guest vocalist with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Yes, Maedgen is now a full-blooded New Orleanian, having been adopted by the Crescent City pre-emininent jazz outfit. Late last year, Maedgen and PHJB put out an iTunes-only album under the name Preservation Hall Hot Four, that has generated buzz for Maedgen, who adapts to faithful renditions of standards ("I’ll Fly Away") as well as bringing the Preservation Hall in new directions (a cover of the Kinks’ "It’s Complicated" and a DJ Britt-remixed version of "St. James Infirmary" with an accompanying Fleisher Brothers-inspired cartoon video). The Preservation Hall Hot Four’s St. Peter Street Serenade contains five songs and three videos and sells for $3.99, only on iTunes — Nathan Stubbs
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.
Three bedroom Sunset Victorian or three bedroom Opelousas Acadian home
Louisiana designer commissioned for NYC Awards gift
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
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The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
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Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could top 10 percent.
Three bedroom traditional Lafayette home or three bedroom Breaux Bridge home
Style market slated for old Artesia
The city prosecutor has released the case file for Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion’s simple battery complaint against Superintendent Pat Cooper, and the seven witness statements given to police illustrate two very different scenarios.
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Louisiana fell one spot in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access.
A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license.
Saints again bring playoff aspirations into 2014 campaign.
New details in the case against the man arrested for last week’s bomb threat and bank robbery has surfaced, including a MidSouth Bank surveillance video showing the alleged suspect attempt an early-morning bank robbery.
Citing conflicting witness accounts, the city prosecutor will not pursue Tehmi Chassion’s allegation of simple battery against Superintendent Pat Cooper.
Smoked meat, fresh sides and the best boudin around
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opens on Johnston.
Cirque du Soleil effortlessly combines circus art with beloved Michael Jackson hits.
Kelly Guidry Open House
Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards sued Gov. Bobby Jindal Tuesday over his actions against the multi-state standards, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.
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An arrest was announced this morning in connection with last week’s bomb scare at UL Lafayette.
Attorneys, judges and others interviewed by LaPolitics expect 15 to 20 district judge races this year.