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Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and music producer Al Berard was pronounced dead at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital Wednesday after suffering an aneurysm.

A couple of teasers: “For every five new subscribers we get in New Orleans, we get one in Acadiana. We’re not as aggressive over there. ... We did add a social columnist [in Acadiana]. We did a model that we think readers want — more local community news.” “I don’t think Ray [Nagin] led a life of crime and ambition for power.”

A newly formed group is working toward opening a “makerspace,” or a community workshop where members could have access to tools and the freedom to share creative ideas and work together to increase innovation, collaboration and community in Lafayette.

UL Lafayette collected 12 awards in the Southeast Journalism Conference’s 2013 Best of the South competition, presented during the SEJC’s 28th annual convention held at the Lafayette Hilton over the weekend.

Widening Verot School Road is on the list.

Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014:

LPSB back scratch carousel“Everything this majority on the board is doing is a joke ... a bad one, but still a joke.”

A committee organized by City-Parish Council Chairman Kevin Naquin will soon begin taking a look under the hood of Lafayette Consolidated Government’s very complex structure with an eye toward making recommendations on how to most effectively fund local government.

The Lafayette Housing Authority, despite repeated assurances it would fight the back-pay lawsuit from former City-Parish Councilman Chris Williams over a lack of evidence proving the work was performed, appears headed toward a settlement.

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Not so fast says the NFL franchise, which is challenging an area merchant’s use of gold fleurs-de-lis on black coffins with the phrase “Who Dat!” emblazoned across the front.

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“It has to do with what Rep. Champagne intends, where she feels her home is, and if she says her domicile is in District 49, then that’s where it is until someone proves it isn’t.”

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