Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine “Kitty’’ Kimball is on the fast track to recovery after suffering a stroke, according to an update posted on the court’s Web site last week. The first woman elected to the state’s highest court and consequently the first to serve as chief justice, the 64-year-old Kimball was rushed to an emergency room Sunday, Jan. 10, to remove the blockage. Three days later she was out of intensive care and talking “extensively” with family and physicians. Kimball’s stroke came almost a year to the day she was sworn in as chief justice; she had served as an associate justice since 1992. The state Supreme Court said Kimball’s condition “continues to improve rapidly” and that there are “no known remaining blockages.” Her doctors, meanwhile, are excited about her prospects. That’s one tough lady. We wish her the best.
What was this guy really up to? A 27-year-old New Iberia man was cuffed and stuffed last week by St. Martin Parish deputies who say they spotted him parked alongside La. 347 in Parks in an SUV bearing official-looking law enforcement decals. The vehicle also had functioning police lights and a siren. And the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Cody Theriot, was wearing clothing common to cops — tactical-style pants, whatever those are, and a reflective “K-9 Search and Rescue Team” jacket. Also in his possession, according to the sheriff’s officer, were badges, handcuffs, a police scanner and a riot baton. The one thing Theriot didn’t have was gainful employment by a law-enforcement agency. This would be sad if it wasn’t so scary.
It’s a toss up this week between two characters who played roles in the story of a bomb found planted last week in a portable toilet at a construction site at River Ranch: the malcontent who manufactured the crude bomb, or the dunderhead who discovered it. Sources tell us the bomb was probably a dud, constructed through a poor reading of Cliff’s Notes for Bombers. But a bomb is a bomb. What’s astonishing, according to one of those same sources, is that a plumber discovered the bomb when he stepped into the porta-potty. Rather than alert authorities, he sat down and tended to his own plumbing while handling the explosive device, even cutting one end and pouring the material into his hand, at which time he realized it was indeed a BOMB. His business still unfinished, he remained for a while — bomb now back down at his feet, before finally taking the device to the construction company’s office trailer to show everyone else! Only then were police alerted.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
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Odell Beckham on the catch; chaos in Ferguson; snowstorm set to snarl travel and more national and international news for Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board's lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early on.
"I want to take an opportunity to thank the people of Lafayette for allowing me to serve you for the last three years as your school superintendent."
After Thanksgiving, the small town of Moreauville plans to confiscate and kill all rottweilers and pitbulls, including a service dog.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Two bedroom in Lafayette or two bedroom in Kaplan