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.”
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:
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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.