Wednesday, March 3, 2012
After decades of logging and oil/gas production, the Atchafalaya Basin is now, finally, in good hands. The Evangeline Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America has made a 100-year commitment to stewardship of the U.S.’s largest fresh-water river basin, and the group is putting that commitment to practice, most recently over the weekend as hundreds of scouts planted 20,000 acorns in the Indian Bayou Wildlife Management Area and at Lake Fausse Point State Park, according to The Daily Advertiser. These lads will be middle-aged before the fruits of their labor are contributing fully to the complex ecosystem of the Basin. But in the meantime, is there anything better — if you’re a junior high-age boy — than tramping around a swamp getting muddy?
The paranoia and enmity between LUS Fiber and its telecom competitors in Lafayette just won’t go away. This past Friday as Fiber officials touted the results of a generally positive audit conducted on the public utility provider’s fiber-to-the-home business by the Louisiana Public Service Commission, LUS Director Terry Huval couldn’t resist taking a pot shot at Cox Communications, which filed a so-called Notice of Intervention with the LPSC related to the audit. To Huval, Cox’s action amounts to a “pattern of mischief,” as he put it to The Advertiser. The LUS honcho sees daggers and malevolence in Cox’s action, and not entirely without reason: Cox has endeavored to be a wrench in the works from day one. But Cox is pleading innocence. Company spokeswoman Patricia Thompson tells the daily the Notice of Intervention merely allows Cox to reserve the right to ask further questions about the audit.
An investigation by the National Football League concludes that dozens of members of the New Orleans Saints’ defense — players and some coaches — during the tenure of Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams participated in an illegal pay-for-performance program that included a “bounty” rewarded to players for inflicting injuries on opposing players. Williams’ three-year stint with the team was punctuated by three consecutive playoff appearances, including a win over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl 44. The NFL further concludes that head coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis were made aware of the scheme but did nothing to stop it. The investigation’s findings have been forwarded to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who could issue punishments ranging from fines and suspensions to forfeiture of draft picks. Such pay-for-performance arrangements are no doubt common in the NFL, and these accusations wouldn’t be so galling if Williams’ defenses hadn’t degenerated into poor tackling and porous coverage, notably during the San Francisco 49ers final, game-winning drive back in January.
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