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.
Congratulations to Stella Theriot and seven friends who will enjoy a private dinner hosted by INDEats and EatLafayette
The City-Parish Council on Tuesday will be asked to sign off on an agreement between UL Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government that would expand mass transit opportunities for UL students by adding five additional buses to its shuttle run between Cajun Field and campus.
Four bedroom traditional or three bedroom French home
Louisiana's high school seniors are making increased strides on Advanced Placement exams.
The hip little River Ranch shop will open in the Acadiana Center for the Arts in time for the September ArtWalk.
Hot prints and cool wolves
The Alabama game is sold out but tickets for all other homes games can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net.
Among the one-percenters nationally, Louisiana's fattest cat is a relative pauper.
The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to the president, saying placement of the children in Louisiana could have "potential negative ramifications."
Many laws are minor, though some impact health care options, change educational programs and reach into people's everyday activities.
Responding to Tuesday’s federal appeals court decision to save Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, Esquire magazine profiles the unique story behind one of the doctors working at the clinic in Jackson.
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Lafayette’s first-ever Whole Foods Market will open its doors in September.
In reacting to the recently resurrected allegations of sexual abuse among local clergy, is the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette maintaining its old stance of protecting their own?
Louisiana's annual state sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday.
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State Rep. Lenar Whitney — one of a handful of Republican candidates vying for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional district — has been described by Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman as one of the most “frightening or fact-averse candidate[s]” he’s ever met following her reaction to an interview last week.
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Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools.
An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase.
Four bedroom traditional Youngsville home or three bedroom traditional Broussard home
On Tuesday, a three judge panel (voting two to one) of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional Mississippi’s controversial law requiring that physicians who perform abortions maintain admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
A ballpark snack topped with BBQ meat can be found cruising town on a food truck
"Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don't consider how policy decisions in the United States impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world," says Roger Martella, the former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.