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.
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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It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
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Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.