He's being called "The Don of Dogfighting" and even "The Godfather of Dogfighting." Seventy-year-old Floyd Boudreaux, and his 40-year-old son, Guy, were arrested and charged with dogfighting, animal cruelty, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and illegal possession of steroids.
Fifty-six adult American pit bull terriers and four puppies from Boudreaux's Youngsville property were seized by the state police, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States. A Web site that lists Boudreaux's business as "Cajun Knls" [sic] states: "No dogs are intended or sold for any illegal purposes." According to the HSUS, "Boudreaux has a virtual army of followers nationwide who purchase his dogs for fighting," and Boudreaux's bloodline of "Eli" dogs are "considered the top choice for dog fighters." The HSUS also contends that there were "a couple hundred roosters" on the Boudreaux property believed to be used for cockfighting, but the birds were not seized. (Cockfighting is still legal in Louisiana and parts of New Mexico.) Last week, SPCA officials stated that the dogs were valued at $250,000 and that all 56 of the dogs had been euthanized. ' RRF
Not just anybody can arrange flowers ' at least not in Louisiana. The state has a peculiar law that requires potential florists to pass a test to earn a florist's license and the right to work on their own. The Times-Picayune reports that Clark Neily, with the non-profit Washington law firm Institute for Justice, argued that the law was unjust and that the market should bear out who has floral talent. In order to become a licensed florist ' not just a floral clerk ' applicants have to pass a written exam as well as arrange four arrangements in four hours. (About half the applicants fail.) U.S. District Judge Frank Polozola ruled that the licensing requirements don't violate the U.S. Constitution's equal protection and due process rights. Neily intends to appeal to the ruling. ' RRF
Fats Domino has never written a political song in his life, but the title of one of his classics has been co-opted for a monthly social event for Lafayette democrats. "Blue Monday" is the moniker for an informal gathering of local liberals and progressives being held from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at Guamas restaurant on Jefferson Street. It kicked off March 14, and approximately 50 attendees showed up at the inaugural event.
"Lafayette is a very conservative town these days," says one of the organizers, who asked not to be named in order to keep her political beliefs hidden in her workplace. "We love our Republican neighbors, friends and families, but wanted to create an event where liberals can speak freely about whatever is on their minds. This is not a political rally. A purely social gathering, Blue Monday is an opportunity to enjoy the company of Lafayette folks who share some common political perspectives."
UP IN SMOKE
Two former Ragin' Cajun basketball players were recently driving the wrong way on a one way ' in more ways than one. Michael Southall and Cedric Williams were arrested in Lafayette for possessing and smoking pot while driving the wrong way down a one-way street. Williams had been academically ineligible for the team, and Southall had been arrested previously on a parole violation. (In his home state of Wisconsin, Southall also had prior marijuana charges.) If there was hope that the two would return to the team next season, their recent troubles have clouded their future. Ironically, just hours before his arrest, in an interview with KLFY TV10, Southall stated: "The things I've been through, you have no choice but to change. I had a lot of time on my hands just to think, to reflect. I'm just taking responsibility for my actions and grow as a man, an individual, a person â?¦" ' RRF
HOLLY BEACH, P.D.?
Unless the Florida state Legislature increases its tax incentive program for filmmakers, the city of Napoleonville could be the filming location for the feature film Panama City Beach P.D. Florida offers a 15 percent reimbursement to producers who spend at least $850,000 in the state, but reimbursements are capped at $2.45 million. According to Panama City's The News Herald, Gov. Jeb Bush is requesting that the cap be increased to $4.5 million. Louisiana has no cap for reimbursements on tax credits for investors and employment. The city of Orlando was originally intended to be the location for the filming of Because of Winn-Dixie, but production was later moved to Louisiana for its favorable incentives. If filmed in Panama City, the production is expected to pump some $30 million into that local economy. Bay County Film Commissioner Julie Gordon told the paper, "It's called Panama City Beach P.D., it'd be horrible for them to film it in Louisiana." Maybe not. Maybe the title could be changed to Holly Beach P.D. ' RRF
AWARDS A PLENTY
The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum has received six architectural awards for its 33,000 square foot minimalist structure. The museum was awarded the 2005 American Institute of Architects National Honor Award, 2005 AIA Regional Honor Award for the Southeastern United States, 2005 AIA State Honor Award for Louisiana, 2005 AIA Honor Award for the New Orleans Chapter, Louisiana Contractors Association Best of 2004 Award and the National Association of Builders and Contractors Best of 2004 National Award. The museum will also be featured in the May 2005 issue of Architectural Record magazine. The University Art Museum was a collaboration between New Orleans firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Museum Director Herman Mhire and Museum Planner Marcy Goodwin, and opened last spring with 11,000 square feet of exhibition space. ' EZ
LANDRIEU BREAKS RANKS ON ALASKA DRILLING
Sen. Mary Landrieu was one of three Democratic senators to break party ranks last week and vote to open Alaska's Artic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. Landrieu's vote was crucial, as the final tally was 51-49 and finally passed Pres. Bush's energy initiative after four years of Democratic filibusters.
Landrieu said she voted in favor of drilling after a number of Republican senators agreed to support Landrieu's efforts for federal coastal erosion dollars for Louisiana, according to the Times-Picayune. ' SJ
EASY AS XYZ
Looking for local books and buying them from a local bookseller just got a lot easier. The Web site, booksXYZ, now stocks the entire catalog published by UL Lafayette's Center for Louisiana Studies. The book merchant's Web site currently lists more than 1.2 million titles and sales generated online benefit nonprofit organizations the Acadiana Educational Endowment and the American Public School Endowments. Customers can also choose which college or school of their choice to donate 5 percent of their purchase. For more information, visit www.booksxyz.com. ' RRF
2 GOOD 2 BE TRUE
Tickets are on sale now for Hospice of Acadiana's annual raffle. A 50th anniversary edition Thunderbird hardtop convertible and a 2005 Ford F-150 King Ranch Lariat Supercrew Truck from Hub City Ford are top prizes in the "2 Good 2 Be True Giveaway." Tickets went on sale at a kickoff party at Coyote Blues March 15 and are now available from the Hospice office for $50. The grand prize will be drawn June 5 at the culmination of Hospice Tel-Event 2005, a live telethon broadcast live on KATC-TV 3, KQIS 102.1 and B 106.7. Call 237-1332, ext. 1133, for more info. ' EZ
The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.