UL is headed to the New Orleans Bowl and our local United Blood Services chapter knows how to help you celebrate: shed some blood and get a t-shirt.
Until Dec. 18 if you donate blood at any Lafayette mobile blood drive or at the Lafayette donor center you receive this awesome shirt that says "Paint the Quarter Red." The t-shirts are around as long as supplies last so hurry in to give and get yours in time for the bowl.
The local blood bank is at 1503 Bertrand Drive and open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wednesdays 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The mobile blood donation center is active all over Acadiana. Today they are at GE Oil and Gas Pressure Control in Broussard from 1:30-3:45 p.m. Tomorrow it is at Women's and Children's Hospital from 12:30-3:15 p.m. and Campus Crossings at 1:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 it is at Delta Rigging and Tools from 1-4 p.m.
Call United Blood Services at 235-5433 for more information or to reserve the mobile blood donation center at your workplace or school. 'Tis the season to give and remember, blood goes with anything and always fits the receiver.
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DEC 19 The same day a BP engineer was convicted of obstruction of justice in the first criminal trial related to the spill, here's a report from NOLA Defender about oil from the spill being found in a tar mat. So far, crews have removed 750 tons of the gunk from Fourchon Beach, the post tells us. Seems that whether it is in court or in the Gulf, this story is far from over.
DEC 19 Tyler Bridges writes in the Lens about higher education and a behind the scenes fight that is going on. It's no surprise that Louisiana's higher ed institutions should be fighting over dollars -- because they've all sustained such devastating cuts over the years of Bobby Jindal's administration. But now it turns out UL, LSU and SU are teamed up to fight a Regents' funding plan, he writes. It's very interesting -- but also embarrassing -- that universities have to do this in Louisiana.
DEC 19 Here's a post on the Education Week blog about the auditor's critical report on our voucher program. The lede is buried, as it was in most of the Louisiana media's stories: In 97 percent of the schools reviewed, the auditor could not tell how voucher funds were spent. In other words, there is no way to find out how these private entities spent our tax money. This is OK?
DEC 19 Shortly after a state audit found myriad problems in spending and oversight of the state's voucher program comes this story in the Picayune about an expansion of it. The Walton Foundation (founded by the owners of Wal-Mart to fund the progression of their idea of what America should be) made a grant to the Alliance for School Choice, and some of those millions will be coming to Louisiana, the story says.
DEC 19 Columnist James Gill writes about the (allegedly) unintended byproduct of a law passed last year, ostensibly to protect the gun-toting rights of upstanding citizens. What is also happening is, it is allowing felons to get guns as well, Gill writes. See, that's the problem with laws: They apply to everybody, not just people you like.
DEC 19 Columnist John Maginnis writes about John Kennedy, our state treasurer, and how he loves the headlines. Kennedy's treasurer gig has allowed him to set himself up as the watch dog of our state dollar, Maginnis writes, but it is clear Kennedy wants a bigger job: Governor.
DEC 19 Jim Brown blogs about the recent tax amnesty program in this week's post. If you're a Louisiana taxpayer, you'd be nuts to pay those taxes on time, he says. If you don't do that, eventually you'll be able to pay them at a deeply discounted rate, and without penalties or fees, he says. But, he points out, we're not really talking about peons like us. Roughly 80 percent of the back taxes were collected from businesses. Interesting.
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