Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011
Written by The Independent Staff
If you’ve been looking for something stylish to wear to your next PETA protest, then look no further than these alligator deck shoes available from Mark Station Co. You can grab a pair made to order or purchase directly from the store. Each pair is available in any size or width in either loafer or lace-up styles. They come with a vibram sole and deerskin lining and are available in more than 30 colors from locally caught alligator skin. Two-tone coloring is also available. All deck shoes sell at $850. Drop by the store at 111 Bourque Road or call 988-9964 to place your order. — Wynce Nolley
LOUISIANA BY WAY OF VERMONT
Look Away, Dixieland: A Carpetbagger’s Great-Grandson Travels Highway 84 in Search of the Shack-up-on-Cinder-Blocks, Confederate Flag-Waving, Squirrel-Hunting, Boiled Peanuts, Deep Drawl, Don’t-Stop-the-Car-Here South is a shorter book than its name implies and worth a read. Published by Louisiana State University Press, it’s about Vermont native James B. Twitchell, a retired professor who dug into his family’s tree to its roots. His great-grandfather went from New England to Louisiana and married a local girl. Then a fateful encounter in 1874 drove the family back up north. Twitchell puts aside his Deep South stereotypes and drives on through, tracing his travels as well as his family’s history. “Louisiana,” writes Twitchell, “is a very happy place. You can feel it. The gumbo is just really hot.” Proof that while appreciation for our state may run through the blood, tough taste buds do not. Available for $23.50 in hardcopy and also available for your Kindle or Nook. — Anna Purdy
IT’S CLICHÉ TO CALL IT A GUMBO
There’s something magical happening again in New Orleans’ music scene — a give and take between its traditional sources and outside influences, a happy confluence of spit valves and samplers in which funk, jazz and R’n’B are melded in a hip-hop crucible into something foreign and fantastic yet quaintly familiar. Tennessee guitarist/vocalist/rapper Elijah Peavler traded Music City for the Crescent City a few years ago, pulled together his closest musical associates from both meccas, now known collectively as The Relief Effort, and produced what 10 years ago would have been called trip-hop. Hip-Hop Soul Funk (3Piece Productions) is just what its name implies — a musical chef’s blend of urban styles that pays homage to everyone from Curtis Mayfield and the Isley Brothers to Ice Cube and The Roots. The 10 tracks on Hip-Hop Soul Funk can be downloaded as MP3s for $9.99 at CDBaby.com. The CD can be purchased through LouisianaMusicFactory.com for $15.99. — Walter Pierce
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 latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
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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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.
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Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opens on Johnston.
Cirque du Soleil effortlessly combines circus art with beloved Michael Jackson hits.
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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.
"I feel like I'm under siege," an attorney said recently over drinks at Galatoire's Bistro in Baton Rouge. "We all do. Every time I turn around somebody wants a check. District attorney races. The judges. They're killing us."