The Lafayette City-Parish Council made the right decision in voting 6-2 to uphold the dismissal of Lafayette Housing Authority board members in the wake of a scandal that has the state legislative auditor, a federal inspector general and even the FBI investigating. The only problem with City-Parish President Joey Durel’s decision is that he left one board member in place, Donald Fuselier, when he was more than justified in cleaning house completely. No one is saying the board members did anything wrong; they just didn’t do anything right. They appeared to have very little knowledge of the turmoil and potential theft happening around them, and when two audits in a row point to serious problems with how an agency is spending taxpayer money, heads should roll. The three protesting former board members, Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman (two others dismissed have been silent) are now asking a district court judge to block new appointments by Durel. That’s a real shame. The embattled agency needs new leadership — on its board and among its top management — and it needs it now.
Sacked! That sums up a dispiriting weekend for football fans in Acadiana. Aside from LSU’s less-than-convincing win over West Virginia, there was little cause for dancing in the end zone. The gridiron grief began Saturday with Middle Tennessee State marching UL to the wood shed. The Blue Raiders had no Dasher, but the Cajuns weren’t blitzin’. Despite the NCAA suspension of their superstar quarterback, Dwight Dasher, MTSU piled up 427 yards of offense on an out-manned Cajun D, including 217 yards on the ground. Not to be outdone, Sunday gave us the story line for this young NFL season — hero to zero. Saints kicker Garrett Hartley, who set a Super Bowl record with three field goals over 40 yards, missed a 29-yard chip shot in overtime, dooming the Black & Gold to its first loss since Jan. 3. We’d like to order a Morten Andersen, and make it a double.
The irony is killing us. Former Iberia Parish Sheriff Sid Hebert, part owner of Environmental Compliance Solutions, was neither environmental nor compliant in pleading guilty to negligent operation of a water treatment facility — it’s a federal charge because it runs afoul of the Clean Water Act. Hebert paid a $50,000 fine and faces up to a year in prison (we’ll be surprised if he gets jail time). An inspection of ECS on June 2, 2009, by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, revealed that wastewaters were bypassing the filtration system and were ultimately being discharged into the Commercial Canal located in the Port of Iberia. Hebert, according to the U.S. attorney, failed to maintain the required documentation, prepare reports and implement plans, and perform proper testing as mandated by the permit.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
The festival is scheduled for March 21-22 in New Orleans.
NOLA Bowl ready prints
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, December 10, 2013:
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The Cane Fire Film Series will be screening The Savoy King, a feature documentary on Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlems Savoy Ballroom.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Outfit Of The Game looks at jewelry.
Holiday party with style
Funds will expand Early College Academy from 250 to 1,000 students
Let ’em know and you could win a $250 night out.
Paul’s customer giveaway named
Some of the many events taking place this weekend include The Festival of Light and the Fire & Water Festival.
Appropriate for the season of giving, exhibit features behind-the-scenes images of beloved icon.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 1,775.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 1,850 from the previous week's total of 2,854. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 4,048.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.