Take America’s ballpark dog. Drop it in the deep fryer. What do you get? Astonishingly, a great wiener, with a crisp skin that rips, the way the best boudin casing does, when you bite in — hence the New Jersey nomenclature, “ripper.” Deep frying dogs is what’s happening at the newly opened Jersey’s Burgers & Dogs, on Brook Street in the former Peppa Mello née Bonnie Bell’s. Owner Salah “Joe” Yousef is also the baba ghanoush behind the highly successful gas station cum Athena Greek and Lebanese Express on Kaliste Saloom, and the more orthodox Athena at Ambassador Row. Go for a classic mustard, ketchup, relish combo, or try the chili dog; both are served on crisp and chewy Langlinais Bakery buns. Big dogs will set you back $3.89; the baby dog’s a steal at $1.25. Call 504-5961 for more info. — Mary Tutwiler
Deciding to build a house is the easy part. Choosing an architectural design that fits seamlessly into your 21st century life and your 1960s neighborhood is another story. Fortunately, New Orleans architect George Hopkins has created a picture book, Creating Your Architectural Style, to help hapless home builders out. He begins by breaking down historic American architecture into 25 categories, detailing the differences between Italian Renaissance Revival and Italian Villa or French Normandy and French Provincial. For students of architecture, these detailed pictorial differentiations are reason enough to buy the book. Hopkins, who has designed a multitude of houses based on the plethora of architectural styles in New Orleans, goes on to show, room by room, how to use historical design elements in a way that complements contemporary life. As a last touch, leave the big book on your coffee table in your new living room, $32.97, from virtual and real bookstores everywhere. — MT
THE DIGITAL DOMAIN
You like Finds? How about a FREE find? Yes! Free rocks, so does the new What to Do with the Boss demo by Lafayette’s electro-pop, boogaloo partyboy Kid Midi. He’s the Casio Casanova. He’s the digital Don Juan. And he’s busting kaleidoscope runs into the digital Thunderdome of the Mind. These songs explore the polyphonic trip-cycle of romance, adventure, and cardiopulmonary aerobics to the fullest extent of algorithmic, logarithmic, and digi-rhythmic law. It’s rad, and like I said, it’s free. Download Kidi Midi’s demo here: kidmidimusic.com. — Dege Legg
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Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation — if all the pieces fall into place.
BP says it recently obtained correspondence between Patrick Juneau's Lafayette law firm and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility showing he argued for liberal compensation, flexible documentation requirements and other terms that would help Louisiana claimants at BP's expense.
The circumstances surrounding the death last March while in the backseat of a sheriff’s cruiser of Victor White III, long a source of dispute by White’s family, have earned an investigation by federal officials.
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With six of the LPSB’s nine members poised for Pat Cooper’s termination, a request was filed Tuesday for a fast-tracked hearing on the federal lawsuit calling for the disqualification of two board members from voting on the matter due to bias.
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Louisiana's Republican Party has filed a complaint against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu with the Senate's ethics committee about her use of private chartered planes.
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An attorney signs up to run against LPSB's Mark Cockerham, and within a week a lawsuit is filed by a former LPSS employee in an attempt to disqualify him. Coincidence?
According to Gov. Bobby Jindal, President Barack Obama needs to stop talking about “justice” and start murdering people, even if we have to go alone.
A replacement is expected by January to fill the vacancy left when Greg Roberts resigned after allegedly pointing a fake gun at an engineer during a June meeting.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got off to a superb start Saturday night, and the Human Jukebox made the soaked season opener even sweeter for the third-largest crowd in Cajun Field history.
The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
While bogged down with qualifying candidates last month, Secretary of State Tom Schedler didn’t lose sight of the true endgame coming in November and December.
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A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
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The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
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Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.