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.
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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.
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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.
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Times Square impersonator crackdown; Israel shells Gaza school; Russia hit with sanctions and more national and international news for Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
"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.
Louisiana agriculture officials say prices for long-grain rice are projected to drop this year.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 19 decreased from the previous week's total.
A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The sponsor of a Louisiana law that requires doctors that perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges doesn't believe the provision is in jeopardy after a federal appeals court struck down a similar Mississippi law.
Louisiana's state school board has jumped into a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal that accuses the governor of illegally meddling in education policy through his efforts to block Common Core education standards.
Here's how one nationally recognized conservative political pundit reacted upon hearing the news Monday that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was leaning toward an endorsement of Louisiana’s lone Democrat senator.
If President Barack Obama’s poll numbers, and those for his health care law, haven’t yet bottomed out in the Bayou State, then Democrats surely don’t want to know what the statistical floor actually looks like.
Midsouth Bank has released its second quarter earnings report, showing a year-over-year increase for shareholders.
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The deadline to purchase tickets for the 2014 ABiz Top 50 Business Luncheon featuring top-selling author, political activist and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig is only two weeks away.
With the qualifying deadline for Lafayette Parish School Board elections quickly approaching, a series of candidate forums have been announced by the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council.
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The investigation and potential prosecution of the man charged in the recent hit-and-run death of a Youngsville cyclist won’t happen overnight, according to local law enforcement officials.
Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.