Glenn Armentor is paying it forward. While the phrase may have become cliché, the Lafayette attorney’s act of conscience is anything but. Armentor announced recently that Carencro High honor student Ngozi Asonye has been named winner of the inaugural Glenn Armentor Pay-it-Forward Scholarship of Excellence, a $10,000 award designed to help low-income students further their educations. Armentor grew up one of 10 children in a poor family and readily acknowledges his adolescent brushes with the law; he says he’s paying back those who set him on a successful course in life by “paying it forward” to students like Ngozi. Armentor plans to offer eight Pay-it-Forward scholarships annually within three years. That calls to mind another phrase from the lexicon of cultural clichés: leading by example.
On this misstep, we’d be a bit more forgiving if the reason were poor vetting. But when it was revealed last week in media reports that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s pick for acting health director can’t even practice medicine in Louisiana, we were disappointed to learn the administration knew all along that Dr. Joia Crear-Perry’s license had been suspended. Landrieu initially stood by her, saying she met the city charter’s qualifications for the position because she has a degree in medicine. In October 2008 the OB-GYN and the state’s board of medical examiners reached an agreement, suspending her license for six months and placing her on conditional probation for three years. After the agreement, however, she violated the board’s orders by practicing obstetrics without supervision. In July 2009 the board suspended her; in December it sanctioned her. The doctor’s problems apparently stem from her suspension from Memorial Medical Center in 2005, at which time she was allowed to take a leave of absence after promising to seek remedial training. She was later granted staff privileges at East Jefferson General Hospital without telling the staff about her suspension from Memorial (nor did she reveal the suspension to the state board in her renewal applications). She was sued twice for malpractice in 2007. All of this is in the public record, and all, apparently, was known to the Landrieu administration.
With the BP oil spill disaster as an inky, black backdrop, a bill by state Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, will be considered today, Wednesday, May 12, by the Senate Commerce Committee that would all but neuter university law clinics by preventing them from suing individuals for damages, making constitutional claims or filing legal challenges against government agencies. According to The Advocate, Adley filed the bill in concert with business lobbyists to target the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic — an entity Adley et al accuse of driving employment from the state. TELC serves as legal representation of last resort for poor individuals and impoverished communities. Adley’s couillon bill, if it becomes law, could limit access to justice for low-income Louisiana residents, notably the shrimpers, oyster harvesters and commercial fishermen facing a loss of livelihood due to the oil spill.
We will be offering our recommendations on the constitutional amendments tomorrow.
Three bedroom in Lawtell or two bedroom in Rayne
Fall's new darling
The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuits against BP and other companies involved in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill.
White registration is down by 7,700 voters while black registration has shot up by 7,100 voters.
Even though it had been rumored for months, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu finally pulled the trigger recently on a major campaign shakeup that moved control over to a few Big Easy insiders.
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Louisiana's health department says it will seek law changes to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
An investment group led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets will buy the Louisiana power company Cleco for $3.4 billion.
It wasn’t the historic slashes to higher ed funding or the ensuing tuition spikes that recently had LSU’s student body and faculty riled up in collective outrage.
"I feel it is appropriate to speak up when there are topics that are being bandied about with little or no factual data to back them."
Urgent Care clinics unprepared for Ebola; Nazis collected Social Security; Hawaii dodges a bullet and more national and international news for Monday, October 20, 2014.
Monday's Blogs from the Bog!
Will $400 be enough for the re-election campaign of LPSB's Hunter Beasley to overcome two years of holding our school system hostage and hurting the education of our children all because of a personal dislike of the superintendent?
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he expects his playing status in Detroit to be decided by coach Sean Payton on Sunday, shortly before the game.
Two bedroom cottage in Lafayette or three bedroom traditional in Erath
Gulf Brew ready threads
Lawmakers have sidestepped a decision on whether they accept claims from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that the state closed last year's books with a nearly $179 million surplus.
Coming off the high of a fourth quarter comeback against Tampa Bay and a helpful bye week, linebacker Junior Galette sees a real turnaround coming for New Orleans' struggling defense.
Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Time and again you hear people say DA Mike Harson is unbeatable because he's doled out political favors over the past 20 years. But a new lawsuit could end that speculation.
We welcome nominations from readers and leaders throughout the business community in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
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Ebola is kind of terrifying if you watch too much Fox News and CNN. Especially Fox, which makes everything look terrifying because, well, War on Christmas and Obama and all.
Local developer’s Lake Charles Gardens LLC purchases buildings and leases; land still owned by Dugas family.
One bedroom townhouse or two bedroom townhouse in Lafayette
Hit the barre for a good cause
Whatever district you are in, please do your research. Find out what the schools need in order to teach. Better yet, ask your child’s teacher. They know!
Get your groove on with two free concerts in Downtown Lafayette Friday, both at Parc Sans Souci.
After the season's signature win (so far), here are some helpful tips for Cajun Nation during the conference stretch.