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.
The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
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The city prosecutor has released the case file for Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion’s simple battery complaint against Superintendent Pat Cooper, and the seven witness statements given to police illustrate two very different scenarios.
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Louisiana fell one spot in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access.
A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license.
Saints again bring playoff aspirations into 2014 campaign.
New details in the case against the man arrested for last week’s bomb threat and bank robbery has surfaced, including a MidSouth Bank surveillance video showing the alleged suspect attempt an early-morning bank robbery.
Citing conflicting witness accounts, the city prosecutor will not pursue Tehmi Chassion’s allegation of simple battery against Superintendent Pat Cooper.
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Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opens on Johnston.
Cirque du Soleil effortlessly combines circus art with beloved Michael Jackson hits.
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Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards sued Gov. Bobby Jindal Tuesday over his actions against the multi-state standards, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.
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An arrest was announced this morning in connection with last week’s bomb scare at UL Lafayette.
Attorneys, judges and others interviewed by LaPolitics expect 15 to 20 district judge races this year.
"I feel like I'm under siege," an attorney said recently over drinks at Galatoire's Bistro in Baton Rouge. "We all do. Every time I turn around somebody wants a check. District attorney races. The judges. They're killing us."
As a requirement for running for Congress in the 6th District, former Gov. Edwin Edwards has filed his financial disclosure statement with the U.S. House showing his income in 2013 totaling $242,787.
Unlike those swindled by Bernie Madoff, the victims of Texas businessman Robert Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme won’t be getting any relief from the Securities Investor Protection Corp.’s emergency fund after a recent appellate court ruling.
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It would be an understatement to say Schumacher Group had a challenging year in 2013.
Hampton Toyota has been serving Acadiana as the premier Toyota dealership for more than 10 years. And now, the glossy Johnston Street dealership is looking forward to a makeover.