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With Da Bog, that won't be an issue anymore. When we want to share something with you, we can do it immediately.
It's going to be a total free-for-all when it comes to subject matter. We'll be covering politics, hard news, local business, food, music, art, books and more ' whatever compels us to post on the blog at that moment. The beauty of the blog is that there are no space limitations; our posts can be breaking news, mini-essays, or simply one sentence. And we can post pictures accompanying our blog posts too, so if we discover an out-of-the-way boudin joint that knocks our socks off, we'll have pictures and the full details of that afternoon's lunch specials.
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And we intend to have some fun with Da Bog. There's no shortage of absurd news that happens in Acadiana, and now we'll have a place where it will always be highlighted. It'll also be a great place to keep up with all the eye-popping ridiculous mistakes in The Daily Advertiser and The Times of Acadiana. You can read about it first on Da Bog when The Advertiser refers to a Catholic Church as a synagogue in a front-page story headline, says Axl Rose is coming to 307 Downtown, proclaims Gregg Allman is dead, or publishes the "LSU watering schedule." We'll keep you informed when a Times of Acadiana cover story says that missing an episode of American Idol is worse than the destruction from Hurricane Katrina, or its Managing Editor Gene Williams woefully tries to cover his back when we catch him publishing fake letters to the editor. You won't have to wait for the next day's Advertiser for corrections like their latest doozy from Saturday, Sept. 2, which said: "A headline on a story on Page 1C Friday about Lafayette Parish Animal Control's method of euthanizing animals did not reflect the context or content of the story." Seriously. We can't make this stuff up. (And we won't mind praising 'em when they do get it right, like with their great sports special section last weekend on the historic upset 10 years ago when UL Lafayette beat Texas A&M.)
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And the blog doesn't change our core mission at The Independent Weekly. Our traditions of hard news, narrative journalism, extended Q&As, insightful arts, culture and entertainment coverage and an eye for the stories ignored by other local media will always remain our hallmarks. The blog is an extension of those philosophies in a different format and a chance for you to get to know The Independent's writers and editors a little better.
We look forward to meeting you and talking with you in Da Bog. C'mon in. The water's fine.
Business organizations opposed the proposal, saying it would lead to job losses and higher prices for goods and services.
An attempt to repeal a six-year-old law that permits public school science teachers to use material outside a classroom's adopted textbook has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee.
New York Times poll shows Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in the state.
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
FDA to regulate e-cigarettes, Jodie Foster gets married, Vermont to require labels on genetically-modified food, and more news for today, April 24, 2014.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.