|The talent of our youth just never ceases to amaze me, which is why I headed to the UL Alumni Center last month to meet aspiring young author Hessam Parzivand. OK, so it did cross my mind that he’s a real looker, but I’ve been following his career and just wanted to meet this young man and find out more about his book, Winning Middle Eastern Hearts and Minds, Understanding Regional Issues and the People’s Perspective, and what inspired him to get published at such a young age. The 22-year-old LSU grad is now in his second year of law school at the University of Houston — mighty impressive indeed. He worked tirelessly on the book for two years, having spent five months researching it in the Middle East. Hessam, who is of Persian and Arab descent, was born here, but the Middle East is the birthplace of his family. While the Middle East has become a focal point for sensational reports on deadly wars, radical revolutions and extreme religious views, many questions about its people and their views remained unanswered until now. Hessam reports on their thoughts on the war in Iraq and Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technologies, among other topics. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in a better understanding of the Middle East and its people and is available at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Aisha’s Styling Salon in Lafayette.
Speaking of youth, Party Girl ran into a really Sweet 16, ZZ Sloan, at Ruth’s Chris last month and is so grateful ZZ’s proud grandmother, Kay Outz, was there to snap a shot of the birthday girl with her favorite Ruth’s Chris dessert, fresh berry cheesecake. ZZ also celebrated the big day with her best buds, but PG must issue a word of warning: there’s a new driver on the road, so everyone look out! (Even though I know ZZ’s gonna be very responsible.)
Moving up quite a few years, though still looking much younger than the birthday he celebrated in 2008, is Glenn Stewart. Glenn’s friends recently took him on the Good Times Trolley to downtown’s Filling Station for a 50th birthday party. The crew laughed the night away, threw down a few delicious margaritas and took the safe trolley ride home. Happy Birthday, Glenn; you’ve got a lot of decades left to celebrate.
Party On! — PG
Birthday boy Glenn Stewart and the Filling Station’s Bentley Suire
ZZ Sloan makes a Sweet 16 wish at Ruth’s Chris
Heidi Guillory, Anna D’Amico, Alden Kizer, ZZ the b-day girl, Adele Noel and Avery Motte
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The vibe of the tribe done modern
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.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
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.
Prepare yourselves for sun
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
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.
IND Style does Gabriel
Newsy bits for the fam
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.