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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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
Abshire has rejoined the Lafayette Bar Association, where she previously served as marketing coordinator under longtime Executive Director Susan Holliday
Home-grown Baton Rouge market/deli heads to Lafayette.
Deadline for submitting noms for annual competition is March 15
Whitney Bank officials have confirmed that the downtown branch will cease to exist when it relocates its regional headquarters to River Ranch at the end of May.
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Downtown Lafayette restaurant launches new concept near Le Triomphe
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Yeah, it's smoked venison sausage stuffed in a suckling pig stuffed in a lamb and roasted over an open fire.
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Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Reamco founders Brent Milam and Ashley Lane now shareholders in acquiring company and part of its management team.
Low heels, high style
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
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Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The vibe of the tribe done modern