Choice cuts from Acadiana’s news media for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013:
UL QB Terrance Broadway
Bikers make merry Forget the gruff exterior, these leather-clad riders from the Lafayette Biker Coalition showed their softer sides and the spirit of the season in this report from the Acadiana Advocate about eight fifth graders surprised by the group this week with new bicycles.
Broadway fit for battle? With the Cajuns gearing up for their third consecutive run for a NOLA Bowl title on Saturday, this story from The Daily Advertiser tackles one big question still lingering on the minds of the team and fans: Will UL’s starting quarterback Terrance Broadway be ready for action so soon after undergoing surgery on his throwing arm?
Into the fire Here’s a story of holiday heroics from Vermilion Today about Nelson Rideaux, an Abbeville electrician who didn’t think twice before dashing into a flame-engulfed mobile home to save the owner’s dog.
Vroom Here’s an interesting story from The Daily Iberian about an RC speedway under construction at New Iberia’s City Park. Once complete, the dirt track — which has caught the attention of Lafayette’s Big Boy Toys & Hobbies and Hobby Town USA — will include jump ramps and spectator seating and be able to handle car speeds of up to 90 mph.
From Gangster to Crusader After spending 27 years in the Louisiana Penitentiary at Angola, Ashanti Witherspoon knows what bad decisions can come from smoking crack cocaine and living the life of a gangster, and as reported here by the Opelousas Daily World, he’s on a mission to share his story, stopping Thursday for a visit with students from the Opelousas Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts.
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OCT 24 You gotta love it when they start eating their young, right? In this post in Politico, BP mouthpiece Geoff Morrell denies that his company's oil spill "ruined the Gulf." Instead, he says, it was Bobby Jindal's decision to divert fresh water into the salt water environment that caused massive losses to shrimp and oyster industries. The evidence doesn't back up any claims that the spill caused that harm, he says. Nothing to see here, move along.
OCT 24 The former mayor of Sorrento was arrested on dozens of child pornography charges, a post on The Creole reports here. Wilson Longanecker Jr. was arrested in his Ascension Parish mansion, the blog reports.
OCT 24 As Bobby Jindal's tenure as governor winds down, blogger Tom Aswell tells us to expect to see more and more of his appointees jumping ship. Some might get shown the door (or the federal indictment, as the case may be) and others are just going to want to avoid standing in "the inevitable unemployment line," he says.
OCT 24 Jim Brown is blogging about elections in this post. There's no one more recognizable when it comes to elections than he is, and yet he still had to show his ID, you know. He gives some easy-to-remember advice on the Amendments: vote against them all. This stuff needs to be handled by legislators, not added to the Constitution, he says.
OCT 24 Bobby Jindal's recent "magical" budget touch - you know, the one that turned a $140 million deficit into a $170 million surplus - is just imaginary, columnist James Gill tells us in this post. It's about as real as that story he tells about the "gold standard" of ethics, Gill says.
OCT 24 George Carter III, a teenage member of the group Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, died this week, the Picayune reports here. Educators who knew him called him a "visionary." He certainly had some highly-developed ideas for his age, but despite his ability to provide positive ideas for helping kids in the city, in the end he wasn't able to escape NOLA's problems, either.
OCT 24 John Dickerson posts this slice-of-campaign-life look at Mary Landrieu on the trail in Louisiana. Republicans are playing to a runoff, he opines, meaning our state will become "a zoo" if it turns out this race will decide control of the Senate.
OCT 24 Bike lanes have been quite the topic of convo over in NOLA recently, what with streetspace, already at a premium downtown, being sacrified for them. In this post on the Uptown Messenger blog, Owen Courreges opines that the lanes are not really being constructed for people who ride bikes, but instead because developers seeking to make money downtown feel they are needed. He's also predicting that they will increase already nightmarish levels of traffic to new heights. Nah -- that couldn't happen!
OCT 23 Blogger Tom Aswell posts the photo that started making the rounds of the Facebook this week; it shows our governor and his lovely bride, all bright and smiley and holding big guns. The Jindals look a little posed, down to their carefully and properly placed index fingers. They're both grinning wide, displaying how comfortable they are with weaponry. Whee!
OCT 23 This fascinating post on The Lens opens the discussion of New Orleans as subject. C. W. Cannon talks about the concept of dual consciousness and how New Orleanians, especially, have experienced this condition post-Katrina. Cannon attended a recent conference about the issue at Tulane, where the discussion focused on how the romanticization of the city by outsiders masks real social problems.
OCT 23 Bayou Buzz is taking Gov. Bobby Jindal and the GOP to task here for the Ebola shrieking. The so-called "travel ban" makes no sense, and these politicians should have done their homework before coming up with this stunt, Stephen Sabludowsky writes.
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