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.
A nationwide search is under way to fill the vacancy of Lafayette Regional Airport Director Greg Roberts following his resignation over an incident in which he allegedly pointed a fake gun at an engineer during a meeting in June, and a replacement is expected by January.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got off to a superb start Saturday night, and the Human Jukebox made the soaked season opener even sweeter for the third-largest crowd in Cajun Field history.
The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
While bogged down with qualifying candidates last month, Secretary of State Tom Schedler didn’t lose sight of the true endgame coming in November and December.
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Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
New Iberia colonial or Broussard traditional home
The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
Fiery style for game day
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Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh rested his regulars and watched with delight as Ray Rice's backups ground out 214 yards rushing in a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
High-profile criminal defense attorney Daniel Stanford awaits his fate in the Curious Goods conspiracy trial.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is set to put the kibosh on the legal ownership of monkeys trained to help the disabled, and the agency wants to know what you think.
A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
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It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
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An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to block enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its lawsuit to overturn the law makes its way through court.
Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.
The attention surrounding Victor White III has spiked with the release of last week’s autopsy report, which has raised a number of serious questions about the night of his death and has put the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office under an increased wave of scrutiny as more national media outlets are jumping on the story, most recently seen on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.