Bradley & Moreau Law Firm felt right at home in their new location at River Ranch, and they felt right at home to sponsor the May 3 Rhythms on the River. The spring season started with a bang and the Town Square looked more like a Hawaiian luau where Party Girl expected to see Magnum P.I. in the crowd. GTOs and the "D" Street Brass Band lent a hand in the live music category while the folks at Bradley & Moreau and their friends proudly wore leis and continued the Hawaiian-themed evening by practicing the limbo and dancing to the island sounds. (I bet these guys knock off early on Thursdays during the Rhythms on the River Season.) A few members from the crowd learned just how low they could go during the limbo competition for kids of all ages. Party Girl saw plenty of smiling faces, including Tim Bradley, Julie Chaisson, Angie Moreau, Betty Broussard and Clint Hebert. I look forward to throwing a Frisbee once in a while at outdoor events, but now I'm hooked on limbo!
I got hooked on classics ' '80s classics, that is ' on June 9, as the majority of Generation Y in Acadiana grooved to the sounds of Madonna, Prince and more. I felt my inner '80s MTV child (with bleached blonde hair, acid-washed jeans and jelly bracelets) crying out to dance at Keith's Ballroom downtown, which was transformed into a prom scene of yesteryear thanks to Lafayette Linked. A local networking organization, Lafayette Linked aims to promote the positive aspects of young professionals giving back to our community. And this group has a lot of fun in the process. "Remember the Night ' An '80s Prom" was the organization's debut fundraiser; co-founder Cindy Gunawan is a financial representative for the Northwestern Mutual Financial Group. All proceeds from this event were donated toward a cooperative effort between the Boys and Girls Clubs and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. Across the board everyone laughed, danced and remembered Jheri curls and Miami Vice. "I feel like such a fashion victim, but it was really fun!" said Melissa Fix of Lake Charles. Mark Barbe of Carencro claimed it was the best prom he had ever attended. In true prom tradition, Nick Bourque and Christy Aucoin were named King and Queen (and look forward to relinquishing their titles at the 2008 gala). Party Girl is already looking forward to reliving the me decade again next year!
Party On! ' PG
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Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
by Brett Martel, AP Sports Writer
DEC 10 The state's tax amnesty program paid off in a big way, with more money collected than expected, Jeremy Alford writes in LaPolitics. There are laws that govern how that money is supposed to be spent -- but surely the leges will find a way around that, Alford predicts. After all, it has happened before: if there's one thing we're good at, it's robbing Peter to pay Paul.
DEC 10 Tom Aswell continues his coverage of the New Bethany Home for Girls in this post. Although the school shut down years ago, the story has been revived -- especially after several former residents returned to Arcadia last week to file sexual assault complaints against the man who ran the school. Only two of the women filed complaints; the others came (from other states) to lend support. It's a compelling story Tom tells here.
DEC 10 Blogger CB Forgotston isn't buying what the legislature's selling (to itself) regarding Louisiana's fiscal outlook. Leges are telling everybody they don't need to worry about mid-year budget cuts. The Legislative Fiscal Office's predictions aren't being questioned like they should -- except by reporters, CB says.
DEC 10 The Picayune's Jarvis DeBerry writes about Nelson Mandela in this post. The former President of South Africa, who died last week, was not the simple, sanitized "cuddly" guy being portrayed in the simple-minded, easily-distracted American pop media, he says. He's hoping that Mandela's legacy will not receive the same "whitewash" that has been perpetrated against MLK.
DEC 10 Sen. David Vitter's continued efforts to force a vote on lawmakers' health care doesn't pass the "moral high ground test," columnist Stephanie Grace writes in this post. There's no "real policy argument" here and the vote he's trying to force (in true Vitter style, by embarrassing his colleagues) will accomplish "almost nothing" except hurting people, she says. So if he runs for guv and wins, we can look forward to more pointless, empty political posturing? Great.
DEC 10 So who is behind David Vitter's SuperPAC? Blogger Bucktown Pirate takes a look in this post on the Kingfish. With "the internets" and "a modicum of free time," Pirate has done some digging and it's pretty interesting stuff. So why should citizens have to do this much digging to find out who is behind organizations that raise tons of money then spent to influence elections? Good question.
DEC 10 Bob Marley's children and widow have sued Raising Cane's for use of the words "One Love," this blog post on Spin says. The words were registered by the chicken chain years ago, but the family says they're owed damages, attorney fees and all profits attributed to the use because it also was the name of a song recorded by Bob Marley with the Wailers.
DEC 10 Here's Gambit's take on Gov. Jindal's refusal (so far) to take the Medicaid expansion money. He's done this before, the editorial post says: posture and pose for the cameras, then show up in a dark alley to take the money anyway. That time, he handed out the money using big goofy checks with his name as the payer, the post reminds us. So he's not "entirely allergic" to federal bucks after all, the post says.
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