One door closes and another one opens around here. The much-anticipated opening of Bonefish Grill in River Ranch finally came Nov. 6. Also a fundraiser for Acadiana Outreach, the dress was Key West casual in line with Bonefish's seafood and fresh fish offerings. The revolving door brought in enough guests for standing room only, and they were treated to a sampling of dishes and house wines. Party Girl's favorite was the Bang Bang Shrimp, but Ron Gomez recommends the Fontina Chops. That's all I'm going to say, because y'all have to try it for yourselves. Also deciding on their favorite dishes that evening were Bill and Ann Fenstermaker, Bobby and Sandy Giles, Craig and Susan Strait, Crystal and Mark Young, Teemie and Pat Landry and Robert and Lee Ann Daigle.
The November ArtWalk, which was also packed, featured Lafayette's first authentic second-line parade down Jefferson Street. The celebration started at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, with Buddy Palmer and Michael Goldman from Project H.E.A.L. saying a few words, before the Soul Rebels Brass Band took the stage. The New Orleans band began the procession with a jazz funeral before taking things up a notch with their brass funk. The street was packed with participants waving handkerchiefs and paradegoers on the sidelines. The procession took a turn on Garfield Street over to Parc Sans Souci, where the band took the stage for more music and dancing. Lafayette's amateur musicians joined in as well, bringing drums, washboards and saxophones from home. The parade reminded everyone that New Orleans is still alive and should be celebrated, and reminded Party Girl that Mardi Gras is right around the corner.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.