On Sept. 18, Party Girl stopped in at Nitetown for The CW Network launch party. KLWB joined The CW Television Network on Sept. 20, the official launch date of the new station. Party Girl was given the VIP treatment indeed, especially with iMonelli catering the event! Among the guests were Barbara Savoie from Awardmaster, Scott Lauck from Sandra's Health Food Store and his wife Gaye Lauck from Acadiana Travel & Cruise. Guests trickled in after work, but the crowd multiplied as the Top Cats hit the stage. They eased into the night with songs from Barry White and Van Morrison, but Party Girl almost dropped her cocktail when the band covered "Salt Shaker" by Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz! No lack of enthusiasm from the CW crew either; I heard the party lasted until the morning!
The Eta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority welcomed 10 new members into their organization at brunch on Sunday, Sept. 10, at Lafayette's a la carte. Eta Chi Omega is Lafayette's only alumnae or graduate member chapter; this organization today thrives as a sisterhood of women who have consciously chosen the affiliation as a means of self-fulfillment through volunteer service. The Chapter is under the leadership of President Stephanie Finley and Membership Chair Tanya Sias. (The Independent recently honored Stephanie Finley as one of the 2006 Women Who Mean Business on Sept. 20.) "We're excited to have 10 new members who will continue the sorority's tradition of service," said Finley.
When Party Girl heard of the outdoor film series "Movies in the Parc," she grabbed her afghan and her lawn chair. Parc International in downtown Lafayette was the perfect setting for the opening feature, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Good choice, however Party Girl is looking forward to the next outdoor film on Oct. 14, the pre-crazy Tom Cruise classic Top Gun! If the temperature is cool enough, Party Girl will dig out her bomber jacket and leave the afghan at home. Event organizer Michele Ezell from Tsunami was among the crowd catching the flick. "Wow! What an impressive event," she said. "At 6:40 p.m. there were approximately 100 people waiting for the gates to open. An estimated 1,200 folks quietly found their spot for viewing our Movie Night series in the Parc!"
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OCT 21 Two St. John Parish employees were indicted in connection with the ameoba found in the parish water supply, WVUE reports in this post. They are accused of lying about testing the water for proper chlorine levels, the story says, claims that were contradicted by their government vehicles' GPS records.
OCT 21 Here's an interesting story from the National Journal about New Orleans almost 10 years post-Katrina. There are demographic information and charts, as well as some commentary about the corresponding changes in the way the city looks and works.
OCT 21 Gambit offers its endorsements for the upcoming election in this post, including an endorsement of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The best way to protect Louisiana's clout is to re-elect the senior senator, the paper opines. Sending a Republican in her place won't accomplish anything, the paper adds.
OCT 21 The McClatchy DC blog posts this fascinating view of Louisiana's political landscape. It's a little heavy on the cliches, and also a little heavy on the quaint Cajun/Creole shtick, but it's still good reading -- if only for the outside view of our insides.
OCT 21 An audit finds very little federal oversight of coastal restoration grants, the Advocate reports here. Two federal agencies charged with overseeing how the money was spent didn't oversee the grants properly, didn't know enough about how the grants were supposed to be spent, and provided conflicting records about the money, the audit found.
OCT 21 The first Senate debate featuring all three candidates was a big ho-hum, columnist Jim Beam writes in this post. Nobody said anything new or interesting, and nobody emerged the clear winner, he says.
OCT 21 Bobby Jindal can't seem to leave Daniel Malloy alone, this post on NOLA Defender says. On a recent trip to stump for another GOP'er (Ever wonder: does any of his stumping really help these guys? Or is he just trying to get his name in other newspapers?) Jindal again ran afoul of Connecticut's Governor, who has no problem calling Bobby on his claims, the post tells us.
OCT 21 Jeremy Alford writes about David Vitter's playbook in this post, and frankly, there are some things we don't want to know. We've all heard about what's in that book, haven't we? That kind of stuff is not our idea of a good -- oh, wait. Jeremy's writing about Vitter's political playbook. Never mind.
OCT 20 Remember those great posts from blogger Jason Brad Berry that featured emails and letters related to the BP claims process? Well, apparently Patrick Juneau (who was featured, but not in a positive way, in those documents) ordered a background check on Berry because of it, this story in Louisiana Record says. Huh?
OCT 20 The Globe and Mail, a Canadian paper, has posted its story on Louisiana's coastal loss here. In it, author Omar El Akkad clarifies it neatly: it's "a battle between prosperity and the planet's well-being." Are jobs and money worth the trade we're making? As Jonathan Foret says in the story, Mother Nature may come and answer that question for us.
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