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 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
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