Former New Orleans Saint Scott Fujita is headed to the Cleveland Browns and a lucrative new contract he certainly earned as a member of the Black and Gold, but he left us with a parting gift. As a gesture of devotion to his adopted state of the last fouryears, Fujita donated half of his $82,000 Super Bowl-winning paycheck to charity. More than half that amount — $25,000 — he split equally between two organizations whose focus is restoring Louisiana’s vanishing and fragile coast: America’s WETLAND Foundation and the Gulf Restoration Network. Fujita came to the Saints before the 2006 season, along with quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton. We hate to see him go, but his gesture underscored Payton’s formula for building a winning team: sign good players who are also good people.
If you ate oysters recently and you’re feeling a bit queasy, you aren’t alone. Nearly 40 people were sickened after eating oysters last month, which has caused the largest closure of the state’s oyster beds in a decade. The Times-Picayune reports that oyster harvesting grounds in St. Bernard, Plaquemines and parts of Lafourche and Jefferson parishes have been closed for the past two weeks. Meanwhile state health officials have been searching for the source of the disease, Norovirus, which causes fever, chills, aches, nausea and diarrhea that can last up to two days. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the problem doesn’t spread west to Acadiana’s oyster beds.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency may still be experiencing a bit of institutional guilt over its handling of the Katrina disaster five years ago. Floodsmart.gov, an elaborate, bells-and-whistles Web site for FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, encourages Americans to purchase flood insurance by detailing past flood damage in every county in the United States since 1993. But the site shows $0 damage in Orleans Parish in 2005, the year of Katrina. We seem to recall a little flooding in the Crescent City following the hurricane. At the same time, the NFIP’s own records show it has paid more than $23 billion in claims for 17 tropical systems over the last decade. Out of sight out of mind?
FDA to regulate e-cigarettes, Jodie Foster gets married, Vermont to require labels on genetically-modified food, and more news for today, April 24, 2014.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Thursday.
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.
The easy one-piece way to style
Comfy feet for long days
Newsy bits for the whole fam
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.