Little can be done for the pain and devastation of losing a child, a sister, in the prime of her life. But let’s hope Lafayette’s Murphy family at least can comprehend how many others’ lives have been altered by the tragic loss of 24-year-old Nicole, a talented soccer player and med student — just an all-around standout person. In every corner of the community, help is pouring in. And on Tuesday, July 20, many more will come together for the Sammy Kershaw and Friends benefit concert at Parc International beginning at 6 p.m. Joining Kershaw are Jamie Bergeron, River Road, Jared Lane and Geno Delafose. Tickets are $35 and are available at all Acadiana Popeyes, Burgersmith, Pizza Hut, and Coyote Blues locations in Lafayette and Baton Rouge. Tragedy befell the Murphys in June on what was to be the trip of a lifetime to the World Cup in South Africa. Nicole was killed by an allegedly drunk driver, and her brother Brian is recovering from major head trauma. The family’s medical costs are astronomical. As of last week, Popeyes, Theatre League of Louisiana, Pizza Hut, Schilling Distributing, Acadian Ambulance and Acadiana Bottling had come together to put on the concert. Many more will likely follow.
As crude oil from the BP disaster continues to flow into our beaches and marshes, information on the spill is evidently flowing out with less frequency. It might not rise to the level of media blackout, but the Coast Guard and BP have been making it a lot harder for news outlets to get the story on what’s happening. First it was BP and its private security goons harassing reporters, but last week Admiral Thad Allen, commander of the spill response, did a one-80 on his transparency pledge and imposed a 65-foot distance between reporters/camera operators and booms, according to CNN. Now, an oil-soaked pelican — an iconic image from the spill and its devastating effect on coastal ecology — huddled on a barrier island surrounded by booms will be off limits. Out of sight, out of mind doesn’t make it go away.
What would Jesus do? Packing heat in a house of worship is probably not high on the list. What would Jindal do? Sign a bill allowing just that. Gov. Bobby Jindal provided the punch lines for the rest of America when he put his Hancock on a bill by Rep. Henry Burns allowing churchgoers to carry concealed weapons in the house of the Lord. There are caveats in the bill: the gun toter must have a concealed-carry permit, the pastor must announce the presence of firearms to the congregation — “Bob’s got a Glock in the third row, y’all. Can I get a hallelujah?!” — and the carriers must undergo eight hours of training, because having a .22 in the pew is different than having a .44 on the floor in the drive-thru at the Burger Barn. Burns cites the danger of attending church in tough, inner city neighborhoods as the impetus for the bill. We like Rep. Barbara Norten’s response: “If you need to have a gun in church, you need to go to another church.”
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Oscar de la Renta dies; Pistorius sentenced; World Series begins and more national and international news for Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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."
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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.