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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APR 18 So Gov. Jindal's new press secretary already has blocked blogger CB Forgotston from her Twitter account, CB tells us in this post. Sure, CB hasn't exactly been sugar sweet to the lady, but if his blogs are all it takes for her to get in a huff she better find some intestinal fortitude somewhere, because that's just the tip of the iceberg.
APR 18 Pooyie! Robert Kennedy Jr. isn't pulling any punches in this column on Huffington Post about the flood board's lawsuit against Big Oil and Bobby Jindal's involvement in efforts to kill it. Kennedy, who is president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, describes Jindal as 'genuflecting to Big Oil's pressure' and 'the industry's chief indentured servant.' Dang!
APR 18 Here's a video of UL Coach Mark Hudspeth showing he can pump some serious iron. It sure impressed the Dr. Saturday blog, which calls his press of 370 pounds a "ridiculous" number for a coach -- and opines that no other college coach could beat ours.
APR 18 Columnist John Maginnis offers some advice to Vance McAllister on this post: Don't quit. Republicans have demanded he resign, but offer no "sensible answer" to the question of why David Vitter shouldn't leave, too, he says. McAllister needs to do his duty and serve out his (abbreviated) term, Maginnis says.
APR 18 Blogger Lamar White Jr. comments upon the plan to make a Bible Louisiana's "official book" in this post. He argues his point by telling us the story of an immigrant couple who moved to Louisiana: Amar and Raj, whose oldest child is now our Governor. This action would have a much larger impact, he opines.
APR 18 There's only one major bill left defending public education, blogger Mike Deshotels writes in this post. He's also got a few choice words for state Superintendent John White, who implies that Louisiana teachers would be thrown into chaos and disarray if they didn't have a test to teach. (Maybe kids would actually get an education then? Nah!)
APR 18 An effort to set up speed cameras on the Interstate has been shut down before it even got started, columnist Stephanie Grace tells us in this post. A bill to block the practice is sailing through the legislature -- where apparently no one wants visitors to our fair state to arrive home to a ticket. (These guys must never drive on I-10 with people from Texas).
APR 18 Blogger Tom Aswell reassures everyone worried about the staffers for Rodney Alexander -- the ones who didn't go to work for McAllister or Candid Camera, anyway -- with this post. Apparently one staffer for the retired Congressman (who also worked for a preacher accused of sexual assault) already has been hired by Alexander in the state department he now runs, Aswell says.
APR 17 At the start of the Tuesday board meeting that ended with his removal from the President's post, Joe Aguillard told the governing board of Louisiana College that SACS, the accreditation agency, requires the board to adopt a confidentiality agreement regarding board actions. Later that day, SACS told the Town Talk that confidentiality agreements would never be required. Calvinist or not, isn't lying wrong?
APR 17 Here we are, looking like backwater dummies again in the national media. This story on Huffington Post tells the nation that our legislators are so scared of the Louisiana Family Forum that they won't vote to repeal a law that was ruled illegal years ago. (Guess these particular Christians don't cotton to that "love one another" thing.)
APR 17 Here's an interesting column from Paul Stanley, political opinion editor of the Christian Post. He breaks down the differences between David Vitter and Vance McAllister, in terms of political realities. What he found surprising was the fact that many GOP leaders are swinging a self-righteous sword at McAllister which had remained sheathed when Vitter's "sin" was revealed. He does have an interesting theory -- that Jindal's people want the Vitter issue to be revived.
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