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 21 Two St. John Parish employees were indicted in connection with the amoeba found in the parish water supply, WVUE reports in this post. They are accused of lying about testing the water for proper chlorine levels, the story says, claims that were contradicted by their government vehicles' GPS records.
OCT 21 Here's an interesting story from the National Journal about New Orleans almost 10 years post-Katrina. There are demographic information and charts, as well as some commentary about the corresponding changes in the way the city looks and works.
OCT 21 Gambit offers its endorsements for the upcoming election in this post, including an endorsement of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The best way to protect Louisiana's clout is to re-elect the senior senator, the paper opines. Sending a Republican in her place won't accomplish anything, the paper adds.
OCT 21 The McClatchy DC blog posts this fascinating view of Louisiana's political landscape. It's a little heavy on the cliches, and also a little heavy on the quaint Cajun/Creole shtick, but it's still good reading -- if only for the outside view of our insides.
OCT 21 An audit finds very little federal oversight of coastal restoration grants, the Advocate reports here. Two federal agencies charged with overseeing how the money was spent didn't oversee the grants properly, didn't know enough about how the grants were supposed to be spent, and provided conflicting records about the money, the audit found.
OCT 21 The first Senate debate featuring all three candidates was a big ho-hum, columnist Jim Beam writes in this post. Nobody said anything new or interesting, and nobody emerged the clear winner, he says.
OCT 21 Bobby Jindal can't seem to leave Daniel Malloy alone, this post on NOLA Defender says. On a recent trip to stump for another GOP'er (Ever wonder: does any of his stumping really help these guys? Or is he just trying to get his name in other newspapers?) Jindal again ran afoul of Connecticut's Governor, who has no problem calling Bobby on his claims, the post tells us.
OCT 21 Jeremy Alford writes about David Vitter's playbook in this post, and frankly, there are some things we don't want to know. We've all heard about what's in that book, haven't we? That kind of stuff is not our idea of a good -- oh, wait. Jeremy's writing about Vitter's political playbook. Never mind.
OCT 20 Remember those great posts from blogger Jason Brad Berry that featured emails and letters related to the BP claims process? Well, apparently Patrick Juneau (who was featured, but not in a positive way, in those documents) ordered a background check on Berry because of it, this story in Louisiana Record says. Huh?
OCT 20 The Globe and Mail, a Canadian paper, has posted its story on Louisiana's coastal loss here. In it, author Omar El Akkad clarifies it neatly: it's "a battle between prosperity and the planet's well-being." Are jobs and money worth the trade we're making? As Jonathan Foret says in the story, Mother Nature may come and answer that question for us.
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