Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, March 21, 2014:
Swim at your own risk Fisherman or potential swimmers may want to avoid the Boston Canal near Henry as the Environmental Protection Agency has discovered a high level fecal bacteria in the waterway, according to this report from Vermilion Today. The canal, which feeds into Vermilion Bay, is a popular spot for campsites and fishing, the local paper reports, and the contamination is believed to have come largely from livestock and humans. One of the main problems according to the report, is over-filled septic tanks, which are flowing into the waterway.
Photo courtesy of KATC TV3
This horse, seen through the weeds in rural St. Landry Parish, was found dead recently, which according to eye-witness accounts, was the result of being dragged behind its owners Chevy pickup truck.
Dragged to death Here’s a disturbing story from KATC TV3 about a St. Landry Parish man who for unknown reasons attached a horse to the back of his Chevy pickup truck and dragged it to its death. In the midst of the incident, the man, whose name has yet been released by authorities, decided to animal control and asked for someone to come out and “shoot his horses.” Animal responded by sending out officers to investigate the situation, and in addition to finding one dead horse, they also discovered three more horses suffering from abuse and neglect. Aside from the suspect’s actions, which defy explanation, another strange aspect to this story is the decision to withhold the man’s name.
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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
SEP 30 Here's another story that makes Louisiana look backward; blogger Manny Schewitz writes about a church that won't allow AA to use its facilities because those boozers might track in some gay. Every time he sees one of these, as he calls them "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" type of stories, he always starts wishing: "Please don't let it be Louisiana... Please don't let it be Louisiana..."
SEP 30 This post on PoliticusUSA, an extremely liberal blog, takes aim at Bobby Jindal's disingenuous attempts to play both sides against the middle on the evolution/creationism issue. Jindal is "dutifully serving his Koch masters" on the climate change issue as well, blogger Rmuse writes.
SEP 30 Ever wonder what goes on in a football locker room following a game like Sunday's embarrassment? Here's a post on ESPN about the "reality check" the Saints had. Among the comments: "Right now we're not a very good football team."
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