Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011
Written by The Independent Staff
THE WILD LIFE
Louisiana may be Sportsman’s Paradise, but the sportsmen don’t always play by the rules. So don’t let the title fool you: Louisiana Wildlife Agents In Their Own Words (LSU Press, $29.95 hardcover) is an engrossing read, rife with harrowing brushes with wild animals and, more dangerous than all, trigger-fingered poachers prowling dark woods. The book has its share of light-hearted moments, but it’s the danger that will have you turning the pages. Edited by Louisiana outdoor writer Jerald Horst, Louisiana Wildlife Agents comprises short tales of adventure and heroism told by the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries agents who lived them. No doubt in the works for quite a while, the timing of the book is eerie: It comes just weeks after DWF Sgt. Paul Stuckey was found shot dead from a shotgun blast to the chest while apparently conducting an investigation into illegal nighttime hunting near St. Francisville. — Walter Pierce
SAME SEX SCENTS
New York-based perfume house Bond No. 9 is celebrating the city’s legalization of gay marriage in a sweet, aromatic way. This summer lawmakers in the state approved same-sex marriage, making the very state where the movement was born the largest to grant equal rights to gay and lesbian couples. The first three editions of the line, I Love New York for Her (pink bottle), I Love New York for Him (blue) and I Love New York for All (black), just hit the market. I Love New York for Her has notes of mandarin, nutmeg, blueberry muffin, rose, pink peony and patchouli. I Love New York for Him smells of grapefruit, juniper berries, ginger and lavender. The unisex I Love New York for All (my favorite) has top notes of bergamot, muguet and pepper with middle notes of cocoa, coffee beans and chestnut and base notes of patchouli, vanilla, leatherwood and sandalwood. Available at Kiki in River Ranch in two bottle sizes, each is priced at $105 and $175 (buy all three and save 10 percent). — Leslie Turk
ME AND YOU FOR DREW!
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees may be on target to surpass Dan Marino’s NFL record for passing yardage in a season, but he probably couldn’t get any more popular in Louisiana than he already is. Famously apolitical, Brees could no doubt run for governor and win in a landslide. Parish Ink thinks so. The purveyor of clever, Louisiana-themed T-shirts has added to its stellar line of cool apparel by imagining the QB as a candidate. In bold red, white and blue on a white, cotton American Apparel T, the “Drew Brees: He’s a Mighty Good Leader!” T-shirt is a winner at $22. This and other Parish Ink T-shirts can be ordered online through the company’s website, ParishInk.com. But save yourself the postage and handling and drop by its new shop at 310 Jefferson St. downtown in the space formerly occupied by The Fun Shop. — WP
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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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.
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.
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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.