A number of the shops we featured in our cover story last week ("Spice of Life") on ethnic food markets in Acadiana aren't listed in the phone book, and many readers called and e-mailed us requesting the markets' addresses and phone numbers. By popular request, here's the info on all four markets in our story:
Italian Food Market
4807 Johnston St., in the strip mall behind Baskin-Robbins
S & P Oriental Market
Som Vang Sonemangkhala
4807 Johnston St., same small strip mall as Italian Food Market
3011 Cameron St. (near Bertrand)
1215 Jefferson St.
THE TICKING GROWS LOUDER
Presidents of the eight institutions of the University of Louisiana System signed a compact in 2004 to raise graduation rates to a level where they met or exceeded nationwide standards. It's supposed to be accomplished by 2012, but Randy Moffett, president of Southeastern Louisiana University and coordinator of the initiative, says there is still a long way to go.
Graduation rates for the system presently hover around 36 percent, and first-time freshmen retention is about 75 percent ' figures that are well below national averages. "We have worked hard to instill a lot of good things on our campuses such as selective admissions, new degree programs and up-to-date classroom buildings and residential facilities," he says. "But we can't fail to acknowledge that this is a critical issue about which we need to be proactive. We have a lot of work ahead of us ' no one silver bullet exists to provide a cure." Student preparation in critical content areas, such as English and mathematics, heads the official "to-do" list, as does improving the mix of traditional and non-traditional students and quality of advising. ' Jeremy Alford
LAFAYETTE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
Lafayette earned a glowing write-up in the The New York Times travel section last Friday. Using the Times' "36 Hours" format, writer Alicia Ault spent a weekend roaming the area and had only good things to report. Places and businesses that got props include The Acadiana Cultural Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Prejean's, Blue Moon Saloon, CafÃ© Des Amis, Lake Martin, KRVS 88.7 FM and the Rendez-Vous Des Cajuns broadcast from the Liberty Theater in Eunice, Catahoula's, Nitetown, Grant Street Dancehall, 307 Downtown, Randol's, McGee's Landing, Whiskey River Landing and Bois Des ChÃªnes Bed & Breakfast. ' Scott Jordan
THE COMMEMORATION WHIRLWIND
Not to be outdone by those catchy slogans broadcast news outlets come up with for their coverage of war and disasters, a variety of politicians attempted to label the Katrina anniversary last week with varied zeal. The governor titled her laundry list of activities as "A Week of Recovery, Progress and Promise." U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu took the anniversary tour junket to new levels, leading the "Hope and Recovery Tour." She made regular entries into a travel diary on the news site BayouBuzz.Com along with high-profile guests like ABC talking head George Stephanopoulos. She also took questions about the recovery over Yahoo! through the "Generation Next: Talk to Power" program. At press time, there were more than 800 messages posted for Landrieu. ' JA
WILDLIFE CHIEF MOVES ON
Dwight Landreneau officially vacated the top job at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries last week to become the associate vice chancellor of the Louisiana State University AgCenter. Landreneau, who makes his home in Washington, La., served as secretary during a historic time for the department. Not only did he turn an entire agency ' from boats to biologists ' into a full-scale search-and-rescue operation in the wake of Katrina, but he saw his main constituency and internal resources devastated by the storms.
Last Friday, Blanco promoted Wildlife and Fisheries undersecretary Janice Lansing, the department's accounting and budget manager, to interim secretary. The governor says she expects to name a permanent replacement to Landreneau in October. ' JA
Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
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The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could top 10 percent.
Louisiana fell one spot in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access.
A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license.
Saints again bring playoff aspirations into 2014 campaign.
New details in the case against the man arrested for last week’s bomb threat and bank robbery has surfaced, including a MidSouth Bank surveillance video showing the alleged suspect attempt an early-morning bank robbery.
Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards sued Gov. Bobby Jindal Tuesday over his actions against the multi-state standards, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.
An arrest was announced this morning in connection with last week’s bomb scare at UL Lafayette.
Attorneys, judges and others interviewed by LaPolitics expect 15 to 20 district judge races this year.
"I feel like I'm under siege," an attorney said recently over drinks at Galatoire's Bistro in Baton Rouge. "We all do. Every time I turn around somebody wants a check. District attorney races. The judges. They're killing us."
As a requirement for running for Congress in the 6th District, former Gov. Edwin Edwards has filed his financial disclosure statement with the U.S. House showing his income in 2013 totaling $242,787.
Unlike those swindled by Bernie Madoff, the victims of Texas businessman Robert Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme won’t be getting any relief from the Securities Investor Protection Corp.’s emergency fund after a recent appellate court ruling.
The legal challenge is part of a continuing struggle over Common Core, which has become controversial since the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the standards in 2010.
The lone Democrat to announce he's running for governor, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, criticized Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting tactics as "running the state like a big Ponzi scheme."