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.
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.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
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.