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.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.