Travel and adventure are all part of summertime fun, and Party Girl's glad her readers are keeping her informed about their summer vacations. But the trip Lafayette native Lesley Beckers embarked on recently was much more than a vacation. Lesley was one of three lucky winners of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers' 10th anniversary trip around the country. The all-expense-paid tour follows the route Raising Cane's founder, Todd Graves, took to raise the cash to open his first location in Baton Rouge. Lesley and the rest of the group, including winners from Oklahoma and Dallas, stopped in Los Angeles where Graves worked as a boilermaker and Alaska where he was a salmon fisherman. The group was also treated to dinner at Spago in Los Angeles and dog sledding in the Alaskan snow. Music to Party Girl's ears, a cameraman was there to document it all. Congratulations Lesley. You're a true Caniac!
The Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation took part in a bowling adventure recently at its annual Bowling Tournament to benefit the Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers. Local firms and attorneys came out for the event, donning their bowling shoes and trying to avoid gutterballs. Props go to first-place winner the Lafayette City Marshall's office, and coming in second was Domengeaux, Wright, Roy and Edwards. Laborde & Neuner took third. But the big strike of the day was the proceeds going to help those in the community who need pro bono legal services.
Of course the Van Eaton & Romero gang is still going strong, despite the summer heat. Its most-recent endeavor was participating in the Realtors Association of Acadiana's Anything Cajun Cook-off at Acadian Village. Barbara Rogers kept the boudin cakes flowing, while Sonia Vice proved a summer shower can't dampen the spirits of this group.
Party On! - PG
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NOV 25 Here's a link to the petition that has been created to save Zeus, a family dog who is targeted for death by the learned fathers of the Avoyelles Parish village of Moreauville. They passed an ordinance based on nothing that outlaws pit bulls and Rotweillers. As of Tuesday morning, the petition had more than 230,000 signatures - a number that's a wee bit higher than the village population of 929.
NOV 25 Blogger Tom Aswell is writing about the latest in a federal lawsuit against Du Pont that claims the chemical company's Ascension Parish plant has been leaking toxic fumes on a regular basis for years without reporting it. The company is asking the court to prevent the plaintiff from talking about a fatal toxic leak that happened in Texas, Tom writes.
NOV 25 Louisiana Democrats are limping, but don't count them out, Jeremy Alford writes in this post on LaPolitics. They've come back before; but the one thing the D's can't do is just twiddle their thumbs while waiting for the pendulum to swing left, Alford opines. They need to rebuild and rebrand, he says.
NOV 25 Blogger Mike Deshotels offers this primer on predatory charter schools and how they operate, specifically in Louisiana. They're not just profiting from our tax dollars, they're using children and shortchanging them to do so, Deshotels says.
NOV 25 Blogger Rod Dreher is writing about the increasing number of retail establishments who are open on Thanksgiving in this post. He's got a list of stores that will be open and a list of stores that won't.
NOV 25 Edwin Edwards took off the gloves on Monday, this post on WAFB tells us. At a Press Club appearance, he wondered how his 6th Congressional District opponent, Garret Graves, could be an expert in all the areas in which he claims to be - when he has no college degree in anything. (Five years - FIVE YEARS - in college, but no degree. Huh?)
NOV 25 This story in the LSU Reveille assures students that the Jindal administration's removal of millions from the TOPS fund won't affect students. Oh, ah. K. Is that like the raid on the OGB wasn't going to affect state employees? Who is the adviser for this paper?
NOV 25 Apparently the Jindal administration can't handle old folks, either. This post on The Advocate outlines a legislative auditor's report critical of the administration's handling (or not handling) of the state agency that oversees services for the elderly.
NOV 24 Blogger Bob Mann is blogging about race and the Senate campaign in this post. Sure, everybody knows that Mary Landrieu doesn't do too well with white folks, but how come the GOP can't get arrested in the black community? Bob is asking.
NOV 24 The GOP has a boogie-man for anybody thinking about voting for Mary Landrieu: President Obama. But the Dems have one for Bill Cassidy, too, Melinda Deslatte writes in this AP post on The Reading Eagle -- and his name is Governor Jindal.
NOV 24 Columnist Stephanie Grace is writing about Bobby Jindal's continuing refusal to accept federal funding for the expansion of Medicaid. It's purely an attempt to benefit him politically, meaning the decision is "cruel, short-sighted and remarkably self-centered." Well, yeah. Have you met him?
NOV 24 Because of a town ordinance, the police will come to a disabled girl's home this week to take away her service dog and kill him. Sound like a bad Lifetime movie? Nope - it's real life in Moreauville, blogger Lamar White Jr. tells us in this post. The dog's crime? Being born a pit bull. What's the reason for this ordinance? Well, the town fathers are a little vague on that one. Maybe Obama?
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