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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AUG 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels takes the gloves off in this post as he writes about education "reform" in Louisiana. It's not reform because it is not improving education - not even a little, he says. He's also taking the mainstream media to task here; they're not doing their job in reporting on these issues, he says.
AUG 1 Death Valley, Deaf Valley, Tiger Stadium, whatever you call it, it's been named the "most intimidating" college football arena in the country. This post on the College Spun blog looked at the top 15 and named LSU number one. It references the 1988 Tommy Hodson play -- when the crowd's reaction registered as an earthquake on the university's seismograph.
AUG 1 Fortune Magazine takes a look at a study by researchers in Indiana and Hong Kong (well THAT'S an interesting pairing) who looked at corruption in American states. Of course, we're in the top five, coming in second behind Mississippi. Hey, we'll do better next year!
AUG 1 Columnist Jeremy Alford is writing about secrecy in this post on LaPolitics, in particular "the dark side" of the legislative process, also known as conference committee. The loosey-goosey (and generally not open) process is rich with possibilities for problems, as was proven with the so-called Edmonson amendment, Alford writes.
AUG 1 Blogger Tom Aswell reports here on the emails he received in response to a public records request to State Police in his continuing investigation of the so-called Edmonson Amendment. In particular he's reporting the "talking points" created by one top State Police official about the bill, as well as some snide comments about one of Aswell's reporters.
AUG 1 Louisiana voters don't seem to be overjoyed by any of their choices in the Senate race, Jim Brown writes in this week's blog post. The polls don't show robust support for any of the candidates, Brown says, and he's thinking back to the time he floated legislation that would have allowed people to vote for "None of the Above."
AUG 1 Blogger CB Forgotston is keeping up with the reaction to the Edmonson Amendment, but the real problem isn't going to be fixed with more laws, he says. A major problem is a lack of integrity among legislators, he opines; without it, no amount of legislation is going to solve this problem.
AUG 1 Since the Washington Post story start circulating this week - you know, the one where the writer says that Congressional Candidate Lenar Whitney is the most frightening hopeful he's ever met - the lady has become notorious, this post on the NOLA Defender blog tells us. You can even watch her documentary (?) entitled "Global Warming is a Hoax." Ahem. Can we run away now?
JUL 31 Blogger Rod Dreher is offering excerpts, as he often does, from a blog he's found interesting. This time, the subject of his interest is the ubiquitous Facebook, but it's a creepy view of the social media format, and how predators can use it.
JUL 31 Here's a fun post on the Movoto blog about Louisiana stereotypes. These 10 are accurate, the blog posits, and it's really not wrong. Most of them are pretty positive - as opposed to other stereotypes about us, which also aren't all wrong.
JUL 31 State Treasurer John Kennedy, who also sits on the board that oversees State Police retirement, continues his push to have the so-called Edmonson amendment investigated, blogger Tom Aswell reports here. The director of that retirement system says an investigation is coming, but he's waiting on lawyers to tell him what to do.
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