Back in Lafayette, Party Girl looks forward to the International Business Achievement Award luncheon each year, in part because it's one of the few things to go to during Festival International week wearing stilettos. The crowd is so, well, international. It's coordinated by Le Centre International, and executive director Philippe Gustin is such a gracious emcee. I just love that Belgian accent! This year's honoree was Dailey Berard, and his friend and former governor, Mike Foster, was on hand at the City Club to offer his congratulations, in addition to Matt Stuller, Cathy Webre and Si Brown. Congratulations Dailey!
The international flair continued with The Friends of Music at UL Lafayette's "Out of Africa" party, which was a sight to see. Held at the home of Chuck and Sue Lein, attendees had the chance to view the couple's 200-plus stuffed animal collection in addition to an African drumming performance by the UL Percussion Ensemble. Guests Gerald and Beth Guilbeaux, Lea Tanner, Donia Garlington and many other local music supporters dressed in safari attire for the evening and felt like they'd experienced a taste of Africa by the time they left.
The American Heart Association's Jewels of the Heart gala took attendees to the tropics for "An Enchanted Evening in Paradise." The black-tie event at River Oaks was emceed by the lovely Blue Rolfes and Chuck Huebner, with artist "King Rob" Harris serving as auctioneer. Special honoree was Richard Zuschlag of Acadian Ambulance, and his wife Elaine was there to cheer him on, as was Jerry and Nancy Romero, Barbara Lirtzman, Karen Wyble and Stephen Jones. A highlight of the night was the auctioning of the "Jewel of the Heart," a pendant/brooch with 123 diamonds valued at $9,000. William S. Nacol donated the diamond-studded beauty specifically for the event. Mary Neiheisel was the lucky girl who took the jewel home. Now, she's got some heart!
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Google vs. Amazon in drone race; more deaths in Syria; Russia escalates Ukraine conflict and more national and international news for Friday, August 29, 2014.
High-profile criminal defense attorney Daniel Stanford awaits his fate in the Curious Goods conspiracy trial.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is set to put the kibosh on the legal ownership of monkeys trained to help the disabled, and the agency wants to know what you think.
A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
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It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
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An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to block enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its lawsuit to overturn the law makes its way through court.
Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.
The attention surrounding Victor White III has spiked with the release of last week’s autopsy report, which has raised a number of serious questions about the night of his death and has put the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office under an increased wave of scrutiny as more national media outlets are jumping on the story, most recently seenh on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
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Authorities are investigating a report that a student there warned the principal of impending violence similar to that depicted in the movie "The Purge."
Saints cornerback Champ Bailey has played for more than a handful of playoff teams during a career that has seen him selected to 12 Pro Bowls.
Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.
Police say a 56-year-old Lafayette man walking behind a dump truck died when the truck hit him as it was backing up.
Newly established honor recognizes outstanding local attorneys; Neuner and McGoffin win President's Award; and Blanchard named Outstanding Young Lawyer.
Daily paper constructing new digs near production plant on Rieger Road at Siegen Lane, near I-10.
Investigation finds Arnaud’s Furniture, Carroll Building Specialties and Crazy Charlie’s Shoes running misleading going-out-of-business sales.
Critics say workers and retirees are being held responsible for the Jindal administration's mismanagement of their program.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is a proud papa of new baby girl.
The books on Louisiana's last budget year have been closed, but it took a bit of borrowing from this year to make the numbers work.
"This is yet another example of the failed leadership and lack of focus that Hunter Beasley has exhibited. He’s shown zero regard for kids, teachers or even passing a budget for the school year that’s already started."
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