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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The feds converge on your office, seizing records on several employees as part of a pay-for-plea investigation. WWYD? If you’re Mike Harson, you give yourself a $12k raise.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says he won't approve a Cameron Parish Police Jury resolution to hire outside attorneys for such a lawsuit until the resolution is amended. Caldwell's Sept. 15 letter says the resolution must make clear that those attorneys will represent the parish alone — not the state.
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It’s football season and after back-to-back winless weekends for the Saints and the Cajuns many citizens are finding it difficult to be civil much less happy. Well, chew on this.
Considering his repeated stays in the local penal system, David Narcisse Jr. should have known that having a semiautomatic shotgun, even one given to him by a friend, wasn’t the brightest of ideas.
A state district judge on Tuesday threw out a last-minute retirement hike lawmakers gave to the state police superintendent, ending a political firestorm over a pension boost passed without public scrutiny on the last day of the legislative session.
The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.
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Michelle D. Lavergne, who worked for the Lafayette law office of L. Clayton Burgess for 13 years, faces up to 10 years in prison.
Sonnier, former media buyer and account exec at Sides, joins Acadian companies as marketing specialist; Maggard, who most recently worked for Potenza, joins Russo as director of media and PR.
New recreation/fitness trend taking over old Crazy Charlie’s on Ambassador Caffery Parkway.
An obvious follow-up question for any Republican politician who accuses Democrats of being science deniers is one about science, to which Jindal bobbed and weaved like a welterweight champ.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council is expected to decide tonight (Tuesday) whether to go along with a proposal City-Parish President Joey Durel made in February’s State of the Parish Address and consolidate taxes for mosquito control and the parish health units into a broader tax program that would also cover animal control.
Jeff Gremillion delivers a touching eulogy, capturing the essence of his longtime friend.
U.S. District Judge Richard Haik has dismissed Greg Davis’ lawsuit against the LPSB, yet in his ruling, the federal judge doesn’t bite his tongue in pointing out the "threat" being posed by certain board members.
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Of all the political offices being contested throughout Lafayette Parish, the race for Broussard’s top police post has literally become one of the most heated.
A state district judge is deciding whether to issue an injunction against the enforcement of a last-minute retirement hike that lawmakers gave to the state police superintendent.
A new website is up for Louisiana's state government employees and retirees to choose their health insurance plans for next year, a choice they must make by October.
That fact that New Orleans led both games in the final 10 seconds of regulation, and lost each by a field goal or less, is of little solace.
The superintendent will make another go at getting a budget passed for the already commenced fiscal year as the LPSB is slated to meet tonight on the eve of the state’s budget adoption deadline.
A person familiar with the situation says New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has a broken hand.
It seeks an investigation into a $100,000 fund transfer from Vitter's federal campaign account to an independent PAC supporting Vitter's 2015 candidacy for governor.
Landrieu has acknowledged that she improperly billed her Senate office for nearly $43,000 in charter costs that should have been paid from her campaign account.
In this letter to the editor, LaPESC chairman Stephen Bartley looks to the Nov. 4 elections as Lafayette's best chance to rally around a 'Common Vision' for our public education system.