The state Department of Education is using a rather puzzling excuse — the department is waiting for the process to be complete, citing the oft-abused “deliberative process” excuse employed by Gov. Bobby Voucher — as to why the public can’t see the communications and other documents surrounding the selection process for voucher schools participating in the new statewide voucher program. And The News-Star isn’t taking no for an answer. According to a report from the Gannett-owned Monroe daily, the paper has directed its lawyer to take action against the department for its blatant lack of transparency and abuse of public records laws. It’s the same reason Superintendent John White gave the Associated Press when it, too, asked for the same records. Sadly, this isn’t the first time DOE has chosen to ignore state public record laws. The Independent has experienced numerous records battles with the state agency, most of which begin by the department willfully ignoring records requests until legal action is threatened. Kudos to The News-Star for not backing down.
The most famous locally owned pizza joint in town has been forced to come up with a new name for its boudin pizza after being slapped with a cease-and-desist letter from a law firm representing the Pastime Restaurant, a Baton Rouge eatery that somehow managed to trademark “boudin pizza.” Baton Rouge, as in “not in Cajun Country where boudin was invented.” Dean-O’s owner Tim Metcalf says he was stunned when he read the letter. “Shock, anger, dismay — I couldn’t believe that could be done,” Metcalf admits. “[The term boudin is] so generic I didn’t think it was possible, but it’s done.” But Dean-O’s isn’t a lemonade stand, and Metcalf quickly made something sweet out his legal lemon, putting the word out on Facebook and soliciting ideas from patrons for a new name for his boudin pizza. More than 600 responded. “I thought I was gonna get 10 or 15 [suggestions],” he says. “There are some great ones. It’s going to take me a day or two to digest them and choose the winner. People in Acadiana are amazing. I can’t believe it.” Unfortunately, The Ind went to press before Metcalf announced the winner. Check us out online for an update.
Someone, somewhere, is making a killing off new business banners, one of which hangs on the hurricane fence surrounding Streamline Industries in Jeanerette complete with founder Jacques Hebert’s name, taking President Obama to task for a completely out-of-context quote. The banner reads, “We built this business without gov’t help. Obama can kiss our ass. I’m Jacques Hebert and I approve this message.” The banner references the now infamous “you didn’t build that” quote President Obama made in July. The quote, fuller and with context, goes like this: “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Obama is obviously referring to the taxpayer-funded infrastructure critical to business success, which the Karl Roves of the world managed to successfully spin for their own “socialist-Muslim-anti-small-business” narrative (in much the same way Dems took Mitt Romney’s “I like to fire people” quote WAY out of context). We should note that Streamline Industries is on U.S. Hwy. 90, a government-built road with government-built infrastructure like drainage and utilities. Surely the location had nothing to do with Mr. Hebert’s decision to locate his business there.
State Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, surprised few in the Hub City Wednesday afternoon when he made (semi) official what most of us have known for months: He is running to replace Joey Durel as city-parish president.
Two bedroom town home or three bedroom contemporary home
Let the party begin
Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction — who was a Republican before he was a Democrat before he was a Republican again — is accusing Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of using the black community for votes and providing nothing in return.
LSU's governing board has backed new hospital privatization contracts that give hospital managers greater ease to leave the deal and fewer restrictions about must-have services.
Rachel Hector returns home to cultivate a generation of yoga instructors.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs.
It is distinctly possible control of the U.S. Senate will hinge on Louisiana, which is why, during the last several months, outside groups have made this the most expensive election in Louisiana history.
Coton de tulear joins Westminster; Paypal splitting from Ebay; first US Ebola diagnosis and more national and international news for Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
A constellation of South Louisiana musical stars descends on Parc Sans Souci to honor an ailing David Egan.
INDStyle Awards 2014 was one for the books; the American Cancer Society took over The Victorian's big tent; and the battle of the sexes was alive and well for Walk a Runway's Christmas fundraiser.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra teams up with choreographer Clare Cook for a modern take on a Stravinsky classic.
Local food pantries begin seasonal drives
A girl's best fashion friend
Stage 4 vet takes on cancer and reminds us all what it really means to get involved.
Creative living flourishes at Downtown’s artist hub
Four bedroom cottage or four bedroom traditional
Bold looks for fall define INDStyle Awards 2014
Statement pieces for the season
The gents venture out
Project Front Yard has been launched to help us change our image and our habits.
Alleged victim is a Navy vet with brain trauma resulting from a car accident three decades ago.
Is Mary fading as Vitter solidifies his lock on the fourth floor?
Richard Buswell was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison for his role in an investment scheme that defrauded his clients of more than $6 million.
The Latin Music Festival returns to Parc International this Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon to 10 p.m.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.