Written by The Independent Staff
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Festival International de Louisiane introduced several new innovations for this year’s event, an iPhone app and social media stage scheduling among them. And the best free festival on the planet is offering another innovation most of us will embrace: a smoke-free festival. FIL is merely encouraging smokers to snuff (and shake) their butts; there will be no cigarette police on patrol. And the country-come-to-town factor has always been far lower for Fest than it is for Mardi Gras, so it stands to reason that smokers — increasingly a blue-collar demographic — will be fewer anyway. But if even some of the festival-going smokers partake away from the populated areas — especially the stages where the humanity gets thick and the air is shared — we’ll all breathe a little easier.
Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Brandon Shelvin is continuing to shirk his financial obligations — and this time he’s hit a new low: The bishop of his church and the bishop’s wife have been pulled into Shelvin’s ever-expanding financial crisis. Last week Liberty Bank & Trust Co. filed suit against Shelvin, also naming Stanley and Cora Sinegal, claiming Shelvin defaulted on the loan. In early 2008, Shelvin borrowed $70,000, and the Sinegals pledged as collateral property they own at 755 JL Drive in Scott, valued at $100,000. When contacted by us Thursday, Stanley Sinegal said he was unaware of the lawsuit and did not even know Shelvin was in default. “This is news to me,” said Sinegal, the bishop of First United Full Gospel Assembly in Lafayette. The loan was to finance vehicles as part of his partnership with Shelvin in the used car dealership, Thrifty Way Car Sales. “The dealership went bottom up, but I had no idea it was at this extent,” he added, cutting the interview short. “I’m going to have to end this, because this is upsetting. I need to make a phone call. ... I’ll get back to you.” Sinegal could not be reached for follow-up by press time Monday; as usual, Shelvin did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Open letter to Kevin Ray, the Opelousas resident and former LUS employee sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, and doing it on his LCG-issued laptop: Dear Kevin, seriously, you didn’t know that every 15-year-old girl in a sleazy online chat room is an undercover police officer trying to catch creeps? Teenage girls don’t frequent chat rooms, Kevin; they hang out at the mall, and on MySpace, Facebook and Twitter, and they’re feverishly texting. They’re not trawling the ’net for 45-year-old men sucking Viagra like lozenges at their work computers. We hope your time in the hoosegow is spent productively. Remember, don’t drop the soap.
The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“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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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.