More like c’est magnifique! Admit it, you probably thought you’d never utter the words Saints and Super Bowl in a sentence that didn’t include the phrase “will never go to.” But as broadcaster Jim Henderson put it at the delirious, goal post-dividing conclusion of the NFC Championship, “Pigs have flown! Hell has frozen over! The Saints are on their way to the Super Bowl!” What is truly bon in this most bon of c’est bons is what a Super Bowl berth — and the 2009 season for that matter — means to the city of New Orleans and to much of the Gulf Coast. The Big Easy may still be a quagmire of crime and corruption, but the hope and optimism generated by this magical season have united a city and a region. Louisiana is already recognized as the happiest state in the union. This will surely be the best Mardi Gras season ever.
A Minden man’s conviction on federal civil rights violations for burning a cross near an interracial couple’s home draws a sharper line between rampantly racist north and central Louisiana and our more tolerant southern part of the state. UL Lafayette, after all, was the first university in the Deep South to integrate, doing so within months of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Unfortunately, it is an internal distinction we draw in South Louisiana, and we’ll be smeared with the same broad brush by the rest of the country thanks to 31-year-old Daniel Earl Danforth, who remains stuck in 1953. He faces up to 20 years in prison for the cross-burning incident. Perhaps most egregious is that one of the victims of the cross-burning was Danforth’s cousin. In light of the racial content of America’s prison system, it is morbidly satisfying that there’s a 70-percent chance Danforth’s cell mate will not be a cracker.
We’re not sure what conservative wunderkind James O’Keefe and three other 20-something men including the son of the acting U.S. attorney in Shreveport intended when they infiltrated U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s New Orleans office last week and allegedly attempted to tamper with the phone system. But we are sure what they weren’t doing: They weren’t doing it well. O’Keefe — a darling of the right for his now-(in)famous undercover ACORN “pimp” video (Did anyone actually believe a skinny white boy in an extravagant, costume-shop pimp outfit was really a pimp, or just playing a gag, as some former ACORN employees have insisted?) — and his co-suspects are facing some sobering prison time as a result of the scheme. The most recent version of “we did it because” was that the gang wasn’t there to wiretap Landrieu’s office; rather, they wanted to disable the phone system because Landrieu staffers weren’t taking calls from constituents opposed to health care reform. Regardless, the wet-behind-the-ears “investigative journalist” may have learned an important lesson: You ain’t all that.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.