Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011
Written by The Independent Staff
If you’ve been looking for a laundry cleaner with a list of ingredients you can actually pronounce, then check out this vegan-friendly laundry soap by Lafayette transplant Layne Smith. Frustrated with not finding any hypo allergenic or chemical-free soaps on local grocery store shelves, Smith decided to create her own recipe using local ingredients like washing soda, baking soda, borax and Dragonfly Gardens Eucalyptus Spearmint Bar Soap — a handmade treasure of her hometown of Brazil, Ind. — which itself is a mixture of olive oil, distilled water, coconut oil, palm oil, shea butter and grapefruit seed extract. The first order comes in a handy glass jar with repeat orders eventually coming in eco-friendly bags. Each jar yields 15-30 loads with full loads requiring only one tablespoon, two for those bottom-of-the-hamper loads. You can find them for $5 each at etsy.com/listing/80849952/homemade-laundry-soap?ref=pr_shop. — Wynce Nolley
A caprese sandwich or salad is one of the most filling yet light, innovative and classic dishes out there. The Saint Street Inn uses yeasty ciabatta bread as the sturdy support for the layers of made-in-house pesto, buxom tomatoes and beefy slices of mozzarella. This way, it’s vegetarian. We took advantage of the Inn’s offer to slip some tender and salty prosciutto into the sandwich party, and we were not going to bounce the Italian stallion of pork out unceremoniously. The result is a sandwich that is cool enough for the 90-plus degree lunch days and hearty enough to fill your workday without sitting in your stomach like an edible truncheon. A cucumber and cherry tomato salad comes on the side, all for $8.50. Add one of SSI’s brownies for an extra $2 for that mid-afternoon sugar shot and you are host to quite a shindig in your mouth. — Anna Purdy
WEAR RED, I SAID
Do you bleed red? Or do you simply not want to be ostracized by your coworkers on Fridays? In either case, on Mondays-Thursdays from 7:40 a.m.-4:50 p.m. and Fridays from 7:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m., stop by the University Bookstore centrally located in UL Lafayette’s Student Union to rack up on everything vermilion and white. The Wear Red campaign, which encourages UL supporters to wear the signature color every Friday, spiced up last year and is gaining even more of a cult following with the installation of new head football coach Mark Hudspeth. At the university’s recent Fan Day, Hudspeth preached to more than 4,000 attendees to, “Smother any other colors than vermilion and white.” Whether it is a Ragin’ Cajun vintage sweatshirt at $29.99 or a red T-shirt that has “True Love” accompanied by a fleur de lis at $17.99, you don’t want to bear the wrath of Hudspeth or any other UL faithfuls. After all, this is Ragin’ Cajun Country. — Emily Henagan
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
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An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
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A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
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It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Tender meat and crispy bread create a white-linen-worthy sandwich
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
INNOV8 Lafayette launches its weeklong festival dedicated to cultivating innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Smaller Microsoft Store installations sell a wide array of Microsoft products (Windows phones, Surface tablets and Xbox consoles) but don’t include everything.
Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson will perform together during an intimate gig at Parish Ink, 310 Jefferson St., from 9-11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
See cutting-edge technologies Thursday in brief presentations/demonstrations from 3rd Dimension Media, C&C Technologies, Cimation and UL Lafayette School of Engineering.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.