Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The long-term health and ecological effects from the BP oil disaster remain vague, but the federal investigation into the tragedy is finally getting a head of steam. Last week the presidential commission looking to the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion said that both BP and contractor Halliburton were aware weeks before the catastrophe that the cement mixture used to seal the bottom of the well was unstable, yet they went ahead with the job. Citing a letter delivered to the commission Thursday by chief investigator Fred H. Bartlit Jr., the commission announced three laboratory tests on the cement conducted by Halliburton, including one just a week before the accident, indicated the cement mixture didn’t meet industry standards. The results of that final test were not, however, forwarded to BP, whose own internal investigation into the explosion blamed Halliburton’s cement mixture for the mishap. The feds also cordoned off several square miles of Gulf water above the site where the rig exploded for a possible criminal investigation into the incident. Obviously somebody screwed up. Figuring out who, and assigning commensurate liability, is vital.
What an embarrassing joke the Lafayette Housing Authority has become. As it stands, the authority’s board of commissioners has little authority, with HUD looking over its shoulder and federal investigators probing whether taxpayer funds were misappropriated, in effect doing what the board failed to do following an independent audit released in July. Last week, Director Walter Guillory and Deputy Director Jonathan Carmouche resigned, and as Guillory made a dignified exit from the office following his resignation, board member Leon Simmons got into a physical altercation with a TV cameraman, calling members of the media “some damn buzzards.” Meanwhile the board — most of its members reinstated by District Judge Ed Rubin after City-Parish President Joey Durel legally and correctly canned them — has been holding its impotent meetings during the day in an apparent effort to ensure that fellow board member Donald Fuselier, an attorney and the only board member with a full-time job, who wasn’t canned by Durel, cannot attend the meetings, prompting board Vice Chairman Joe Dennis to call on Durel to dismiss Fuselier. Can this get any more petty and convoluted? You just wait.
We’ve long considered The Times-Picayune to be arguably the finest daily newspaper not just in the state but the region (although Baton Rouge’s Advocate verily kicked its butt at the most recent Louisiana Press Association awards). So it was with a great deal of bile rising in our collective throat that we greeted The Times-Pic’s endorsement last week of Sen. David Vitter for re-election. The nod, while acknowledging Vitter’s “serious sin” and the utter lack of a bipartisan bone in his body, cited the philandering pol’s ability to bring home the bacon. Sigh. Vitter is a New Orleans native, and his earmarks have probably favored his home town, so we can understand the newspaper’s parochial fidelity. But considering that our junior senator is such damaged goods — even Louisiana’s top elected Republican, Gov. Bobby Jindal, has declined to endorse him, and most Republicans were probably holding their noses when they voted for him Tuesday — and in light of the Picayune editors declining to make endorsements in other races important to metro New Orleans, we just wish they had sat this one out.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
WaPo Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies; Clintons stump for Dems; Liberians stranded and more national and international news for Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
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Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
UL grad named web developer at BBR Creative
Lafayette-based emergency department staffing and management company raises $120 million in senior credit facilities through GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.
High-rise apartment building, parking garage, hotel and retail part of new development.
A common thread runs through many of those we oppose: Enshrining in the Constitution protections on programs and their funding sources has had a disastrous effect on Louisiana’s most important economic development engine.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
The number of Louisianans with jobs continued to set records in September, but the state's unemployment rate kept rising.
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Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.