While alligator boots may be de rigueur for the jean and Stetson crowd in most parts of the country, down here in Cajun country, even our toes need air-conditioning nine months of the year. That’s where alligator skin craftsman Mark Staton stepped in. Seeing an obvious need for the fashion conscious, the carbon footprint cognizant, and the gator gladiator, Stanton created an alligator sandal that will satisfy all three of these disparate desires. Staton buys Louisiana alligator hide, has it tanned, and then turns the luxe skins into deluxe footware. The men’s sandals are macho or swank, depending on your point of view. Women’s are just plain gorgeous. Each pair is entirely hand-made, so no two pairs of shoes are ever exactly alike. Starting at $125-$250. Call Staton, 988-9964, or visit his Web site, www.markstatonco.net. — Mary Tutwiler
THRILL OF THE GRILL
OK, emissions from burning charcoal ain’t exactly environmentally friendly. But grill we must. And when we must grill on the go, disposable barbecue pits can actually be a lot greener than you might image. Products such as the EZ Grill are made from earth-friendly recycled materials, the charcoal is 100-percent natural and the aluminum pit is recyclable, too; virtually nothing is thrown away. The pits light with a single match and burns for about an hour and half — plenty of time to knock out a meal at the beach or while camping. EZ Grills are available online at ezgrill.com and come in two sizes: regular (9.8” x 12.2”) and party size (18.9” x 12.2”). A pack of four regular grills or two party grills is $19.99. They’re also available in brick-and-mortar stores like Winn-Dixie and Wal-Mart. — Walter Pierce
While “smart growth” is the code word for progressive urban planning, most people don’t exactly know what it is. A new manual, by new urbanists Andres Duany and Jeff Speck, authors of the acclaimed Suburban Nation, provides a clear picture. The Smart Growth Manual presents a clear blueprint for developing cities and suburbs in the most user-friendly, cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable manner. The authors explain how to create and enhance mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly communities as an alternative to urban sprawl. For anyone working on a master plan for a community (hint: this book would be a great gift for our City-Parish Council members), The Smart Growth Manual should be required bedside reading. $24.95 at real and virtual bookstores everywhere. — MT
The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Odell Beckham on the catch; chaos in Ferguson; snowstorm set to snarl travel and more national and international news for Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board's lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early on.
"I want to take an opportunity to thank the people of Lafayette for allowing me to serve you for the last three years as your school superintendent."
After Thanksgiving, the small town of Moreauville plans to confiscate and kill all rottweilers and pitbulls, including a service dog.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.