While it will hardly be visible, if at all, to fans in the stands, a small decal that will be worn on the back of the UL Ragin’ Cajuns football team’s helmets this year makes a huge statement about our university. Barely an inch in diameter, it pays homage to Mickey Shunick, the 21-year-old UL anthropology student who literally fought for her life, albeit unsuccessfully, against sick-o killer Brandon Scott Lavergne last May. Mickey’s last moments on earth were no doubt terrifying, but she faced them with a bravery few of us will ever know. Based on a photograph circulated during the search effort, the decal depicts a silhouette of Mickey, arms raised in victory, on her beloved bicycle. Said head coach Mark Hudspeth in a Facebook post unveiling the decal: “Obviously, what we do on the field doesn’t even come close to the kind of courage and fight that she showed. We just want to remember one of our own in a way that would make her proud.” Cue hair standing up on the back of the neck.
It’s hard to get an accurate read on Keith Stutes, the full-time assistant district attorney who confirmed to IND Monthly that he is retiring Friday after a distinguished 28-year career. But whatever his reasons — we reported Tuesday that the black eye on the DA’s office resulting from the ongoing federal investigation into its handling of OWI cases is one factor driving his decision (Stutes even launched his own investigation) — his absence will be felt. As one of his colleagues who assisted in the Mickey Shunick case says, Stutes is the type of consummate professional young ADAs should look to in developing their careers. Intellectually honest, diligent, organized, hard-working — those are the words of prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys alike in describing the man many of us know so little about. Despite handling and winning some of the most high-profile cases in the district, Keith Stutes is a very private person, but he would make one helluva candidate for District Attorney in 2014. Whether giving up some of the privacy he’s enjoyed for much of his career is worth the reward of reversing the incompetent oversight (and possibly worse) of his current boss is a question only Stutes can answer. And he’s not talking. One thing’s for sure, however: With someone like Stutes as DA, the feds would be spending their time on other matters, as there would be no shenanigans in the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
We’re still scratching our heads over that cartoon posted late last week to the website of The Hayride, a conservative, Louisiana-politics site. The cartoon is posted under the headline, “Do We Really Want To Keep Talking About Akin?” That’s of course a reference to U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Gynecology, the idiotic Missouri congressman running for Senate who, in defending his position — it’s a plank in the GOP platform, by the way — that abortion should be illegal even when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, asserted that women’s bodies tend to self-abort when they’re the victim of “legitimate rape.” The ’toon, a portion of which is reproduced here, depicts President Obama intoning the words “legitimate rape” as a bespoiled female “U.S. Economy” withers in shame after being raped by “Uncle Sam.” We kind of-sort of think we get what the Hayride is trying to say, but the cartoon is so ham-handed and ghastly — reader reaction on the site is one of uniformly vehement disgust — that we’re just forced to shake our heads in dismay.
Business organizations opposed the proposal, saying it would lead to job losses and higher prices for goods and services.
An attempt to repeal a six-year-old law that permits public school science teachers to use material outside a classroom's adopted textbook has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee.
New York Times poll shows Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in the state.
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OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
Jefferson Street restaurant and pub debuts during Festival with limited menu.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
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A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
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Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.