And we're pleased and honored to report that The Independent Weekly won a number of prestigious awards.
â?¢ Managing Editor R. Reese Fuller and Contributing Writer Mary Tutwiler both earned honorable mentions in the Best Feature Story or Series category. Fuller was recognized for his piece on the closing of Hamilton's Club, while Tutwiler garnered praise for her story on her father's death after his evacuation from Hurricane Katrina.
â?¢ Contributing Photographer Robin May won honorable mention for Best Photo Essay for her photographs of New Orleans evacuees stranded on Causeway Boulevard.
â?¢ Staff Writer Nathan Stubbs earned an honorable mention in the Best Education/Literacy Story for his cover story on the challenges facing N.P. Moss Middle School.
â?¢ Senior Editor Leslie Turk won third place for Best Investigative or In-depth Story or Series for her continuing writing and reporting on the UL Lafayette horse farm land-swap deal.
â?¢ In the Community Service Award category, our annual Lecture Series ' which presents distinguished speakers from the educational, business, environmental communities and more ' earned second place honors.
We also won a number of first-place honors, in diverse categories:
â?¢ Contributing writer and Independent Weekly film critic Shala Carlson earned two first place awards: her profile of Abdalla's closing won Best Business Story, and her review of Good Night, and Good Luck won for Best Review.
â?¢ Stubbs took first place honors for Best Environmental Story, for his cover story on the battle for south Louisiana's cypress forests.
â?¢ Contributor Lili LeGardeur's cover story on CAFTA and the state of the Louisiana sugarcane industry won first place for Best Agricultural Story.
â?¢ And in recognition of the work of the entire Independent Weekly editorial and production staff, our Sept. 7 issue covering the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina won first place for Best Special Issue/Section Dedicated to Editorial.
Kudos also to The Independent's advertising and production staff, which took home seven awards, three of which were first place honors, for advertising design and sales promotions.
The NNA awards continue a banner year for our newspaper. In May, we won top honors in 21 categories and earned a total of 50 awards from the Louisiana Press Association. In June, we were admitted for membership in the national Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.
And most importantly, we've been working behind the scenes the past few months on some major new editorial projects. You'll be able to read the first fruits of our efforts in the coming weeks, and we think you'll like what you see. Stay tuned.
Scott Jordan won first place in the NNA's editorial category for "We Need Faith ' and Answers," his first post-Katrina editorial.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson’s nose isn’t just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has cancer.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, December 10, 2013:
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
Last week, the Saints gave up 429 yards to Seattle, second most in a game this season.
Since Anthony Jennings and Brooks Haack were not expected to contribute until next year at the earliest, it seemed like a sneak peek at hidden Christmas gifts.
Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera sees one potential flaw with his team's stellar defensive play so far this season. "Apparently we like to bite on the double moves," Rivera said.
Computer hackers may have gained access to the personal information of thousands of Louisiana residents who use debit cards issued by JPMorgan Chase for three state agencies, authorities said Wednesday.
Jim Purcell, who has been in the job since February 2011, notified the Board of Regents about his decision at its monthly meeting.
Hushed plans for a commercial development along the Louisiana Avenue portion of the Holy Rosary campus put the future of longtime tenant EarthShare Gardens in jeopardy.
If a recent advertisement in The Daily Advertiser is any indication, speculation the local daily will be implementing the “Butterfly Project” could be more of a reality than the Gannett-owned paper’s top execs are willing to admit.
Mettenberger injured his left knee while unloading a 32-yard completion in the fourth quarter of No. 14 LSU's 31-27 victory over Arkansas last Friday, and LSU coach Les Miles confirmed the severity of the injury on Wednesday.
An ordinance to phase out a 2 percent rebate to Lafayette merchants for collecting and remitting on time sales taxes cleared the City-Parish Council by a 6-3 vote.
Louisianans are the fourth most likely to use profanity yet also the fourth most likely to be courteous. So, please, just kiss my a** ... if it’s not too much trouble.
The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority voted Tuesday to authorize two lawsuits against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
A long night on the field in Seattle got even worse off of it, and now the Saints are operating on a compressed time-frame as they brace for surging Carolina with first place in the NFC South at stake.
Public school letter grades, teacher evaluations and student promotion won't be affected by Louisiana's shift to more rigorous educational standards for two years, the state's top school board decided Tuesday.
Vitter told The Associated Press that he is sending an email to supporters Wednesday and is in discussions with his family about the possibility.