We have to wonder how an unfortunate case of collateral damage related to UL’s master plan — the destruction of six stately, decades-old live oak trees on campus, facing the woodsman’s ax to make room for new construction and renovations — would have unfolded had UL student and Independent Weekly intern Hope Rurik not sniffed it out. We suspect the trees would have simply quietly disappeared during a university holiday — the upcoming Thanksgiving break, for example. But Rurik’s reporting, published last week in The Ind, has the community talking. A campus environmental group and the Garden Club are mounting opposition. It likely won’t be enough to spare the oaks (the university says two are diseased), but the conversation the story has generated is galvanizing some very important community self-examination. It’s unfortunate that the UL administration appears to have preferred that this story not come out at all.
It must have seemed like a gift from God when the Hilliard University Art Museum at UL got a call recently from a man claiming to be a Jesuit priest, who said his wealthy mother had just died and wished to donate a painting, “Tree Women,” by American impressionist Charles Courtney Curran. When the man calling himself “Father Arthur Scott” delivered the painting on Sept. 30, he even blessed museum director Mark Tullos in the parking lot. Soon afterward, florescent testing showed the painting to be a forgery. And when Tullos identified the man from a photo, it was discovered that the forger had a pretty unholy track record of similar acts dating back to the 1980s. “We were his latest stop,” Tullos told The Advocate. “Hopefully, it will be his last.” Ironically, the UL museum will still get some use out of the forged Curran; it had apparently already been planning a “Say it isn’t Faux” exhibit on how museums authenticate works of art.
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.