It was like the Olympics for political fanatics for about two hours last Tuesday as the city-majority members of the Lafayette City-Parish Council pulled a parliamentary triple back flip with a half gainer off the dais as the stunned parish councilmen looked on. Poetry in political motion. The city men put aside their workaday ideological differences to band together and force through a substitute ordinance creating a charter commission with much wider discretion in what it recommends, including deconsolidation. We’re not advocating repeal of the charter, but the original ordinance didn’t even grant the commission the authority to consider it. All options should be on the table. Now they are.
The bickering between Lafayette and Broussard reached a chattering crescendo last week when Broussard, through a kind of land-purchasing sleight of hand, acquired a parcel of property between the Ambassador Caffery South extension and Les Vieux Chenes Golf Course, effectively blocking Lafayette from reaching the course — a city-owned property maintained with city taxes — to annex it. It’s just the latest plateau in escalating tension between the two municipalities, which, as they’ve grown closer together geographically over the last 20 years have grown further apart politically. From the view in Broussard, nixing Lafayette’s annexation was a brilliant gambit; Lafayette obviously sees it differently. On Monday during a special meeting, the CPC annexed another strip of land and reached the golf course after all. The day when everything between the two cities has been annexed and all this squabbling can cease cannot come soon enough.
College kids smoking pot? Who’da thunkit? So when four UL students — all of them members of the Ragin’ Cajuns football team — were busted last week on charges of cultivation of marijuana, our outrage-o-meter remained mired at ho-hum. But where this otherwise garden-variety police blotter fodder ascends to the rarefied air of Mount Couillon is in the PD’s accusation that the gridiron grosse tetes were growing the ganja on the balcony of their Stewart Street apartment. The balcony? Get torched on the porch, fellas; don’t raise the reefer! We can’t imagine that when the cops came a-knockin’ these jocks were shocked. Dude!
The money came through a general obligation bond sale Thursday.
A legend in the Acadiana Oil Patch, Comeaux died Monday, Nov. 17.
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With a growing number of alleged sexual assault victims coming out against Bill Cosby in recent weeks, upcoming projects have been canned by NBC and Netflix, but that won’t affect the once-loved comedian and actor’s scheduled performance in Lafayette.
The Baltimore Ravens' retooled secondary had no trouble against a rookie quarterback at home. This week, however, their task is far more challenging: stopping Drew Brees on the road in New Orleans.
Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name to the list of possible Republican presidential candidates flooding the campaign trail for GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Florida this week with his fellow Republican governors for another gripe session aimed at their favorite target, the president, this time taking aim at his immigration plans.
Yahoo replaces Google in Firefox; beauty queen and sister slain; school shooting in Florida and more national and international news for Thursday, November 20, 2014.
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Early voting for the runoff is shortened by two days because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Coach Don” Gagnard is running for school board. Today he offers his critique of the socioeconomic relationship between government subsidies and obesity.
BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Former Le Rosier chef who cooked at the James Beard House and was named one of the “Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine magazine in 1995 was 48.
It was only a few months ago when the LPSB held the school system’s purse strings with a death grip, but oh how board President Hunter Beasley's demeanor seems to be changing with the ouster of Superintendent Pat Cooper.
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Pat Cooper is contesting his termination by the LPSB, filing a petition Tuesday that calls the recent decision “arbitrary and capricious.”
A look at the numbers highlights the challenge facing Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu as she tries to win a fourth term in a Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.
The 59-41 Senate vote was one shy short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure.
Spot bonuses to employees who go above and beyond on projects one of several reasons national mag calls BR-based biz bank a cool place to work.
The Director Search Committee interviewed the five men still in the running via video last week and is set to trim the field this week.
A national animal rights group has been rebuffed by a Baton Rouge district court judge, although the group might still get its day in court.
Telecom’s decision to halt deployment to more than 100 cities while it awaits net-neutrality rules appears to be little more than a temper tantrum.
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The administration says public college campuses won't be on the chopping block.
The legendary musician is performing at a $1,000-per-person fundraiser Dec. 1 in New Orleans.
Old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments and other unclaimed money is sent to the state when a business cannot locate someone.
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The time since the literacy test was issued — 50 years — represents nearly a fourth of our country’s history, and it’s that narrow timeframe that keeps the legacy of this document alive.