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
Mike Harson's coffers show the advantage of incumbency.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote on an ordinance for final adoption Tuesday that, if approved, would give the city the green light to take over a stretch of Verot School Road from the state Department of Transportation and Development.
The Louisiana Association of Educators filed a lawsuit challenging the $60 million in spending through Louisiana's public school financing formula.
He's been out of office for nearly a decade, but former U.S. Sen. John Breaux is back on the campaign trail, urging voters to support his one-time colleague, Democrat Mary Landrieu.
The unresolved fate of the ashes left behind after Ebola waste was destroyed in Texas highlights the problem U.S. hospitals and communities could face in disposing of their own waste.
While much of the talk was about whether New Orleans could win a big game — or any game, for that matter — on the road, the conversation in the Saints' locker room was about something completely different.
State health officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a tropical diseases meeting this weekend in New Orleans to stay away if they have been to certain African countries or have had contact with an Ebola patient in the last 21 days.
Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu to apologize after she suggested Thursday that President Barack Obama's deep unpopularity in the South is partly tied to race.
Compared to the rest of the country, Lafayette has it pretty good when it comes to the cost and speed of our Internet.
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Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
The Lafayette City-Parish Council will consider on Tuesday a revised plan to the transform a block in Downtown Lafayette into a mixed-use residential-retail-commercial development that doesn’t include giving title to the property to the Lafayette Public Trust Finance Authority, an arrangement the council rejected earlier this month.
Trying to combat the national undertones of Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu is traveling the state this week on a sort of pork celebration tour, telling voters about the projects and aid she's delivered to Louisiana.
Ever thought that big, pink Gulf coast shrimp you ordered at the restaurant or bought from the store didn't taste juicy or salty enough? Maybe it wasn't from the Gulf.
The state treasurer won't sign financial documents needed for $200 million in borrowing or for a refinancing of existing debt until he believes they accurately explain the surplus disagreement.
Bill Cassidy voted for 97 percent of the bills signed by Barack Obama.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is joining South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on her campaign bus tour.
A New Iberia man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a 4-year-old girl and scalding her 3-year-old brother.
A district judge decided Wednesday against sanctioning attorney/school board candidate Dawn Morris for her behind-the-scenes role in a lawsuit against Mark Cockerham.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration may have improperly destroyed records in the state employee health insurance program, in the middle of a heavily-criticized rewrite of benefit plans.
Paper cites the former ADA's "experience as a prosecutor, his demonstrated integrity, and his ideas for reshaping the [DA's] office" in urging voters to support Keith Stutes Nov. 4.
Louisiana officials have sent a letter to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene un-inviting members of the group who have recently been to ebola-affected West African countries from attending the group’s annual conference in New Orleans next week.
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have to find a way to win on the road if they plan to take over first place in the NFC South.
"It is obvious that Louisiana economic performance has not outperformed the South or the United States as a whole and, in fact, has substantially underperformed..."
A state district judge said he will rule Friday on a preliminary injunction to keep some charter schools from receiving $60 million through Louisiana's public school financing formula.