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
On Tuesday, a three judge panel (voting two to one) of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional Mississippi’s controversial law requiring that physicians who perform abortions maintain admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
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Times Square impersonator crackdown; Israel shells Gaza school; Russia hit with sanctions and more national and international news for Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
"Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don't consider how policy decisions in the United States impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world," says Roger Martella, the former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.
Louisiana agriculture officials say prices for long-grain rice are projected to drop this year.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 19 decreased from the previous week's total.
A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The sponsor of a Louisiana law that requires doctors that perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges doesn't believe the provision is in jeopardy after a federal appeals court struck down a similar Mississippi law.
Louisiana's state school board has jumped into a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal that accuses the governor of illegally meddling in education policy through his efforts to block Common Core education standards.
Here's how one nationally recognized conservative political pundit reacted upon hearing the news Monday that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was leaning toward an endorsement of Louisiana’s lone Democrat senator.
If President Barack Obama’s poll numbers, and those for his health care law, haven’t yet bottomed out in the Bayou State, then Democrats surely don’t want to know what the statistical floor actually looks like.
Midsouth Bank has released its second quarter earnings report, showing a year-over-year increase for shareholders.
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The deadline to purchase tickets for the 2014 ABiz Top 50 Business Luncheon featuring top-selling author, political activist and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig is only two weeks away.
With the qualifying deadline for Lafayette Parish School Board elections quickly approaching, a series of candidate forums have been announced by the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council.
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The investigation and potential prosecution of the man charged in the recent hit-and-run death of a Youngsville cyclist won’t happen overnight, according to local law enforcement officials.
Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.
A bipartisan congressional deal to help improve veterans' health care access includes approval for new veterans clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles.
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It wouldn’t be a first, however, as the Chamber has thrown money behind Landrieu before.
The Democratic incumbent, seeking her fourth term in office, is a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies.
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