Wednesday, January 5, 2011Written by The Independent Staff
While the New Orleans Saints ended their season Sunday with a disappointing 23-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they still enter the so-called second season as double digit favorites in this Saturday’s wildcard match up against the Seattle Seahawks. We’re betting that with plenty of playoff experience to draw from, the team that shows up this Saturday will be more like the one that posted a showcase win over NFC No. 1 seed Atlanta just two weeks ago. That game — the highest rated cable telecast of the year — secured the Saints’ place in the post-season, keeping alive our goal of a repeat trip to the Super Bowl.
Recent tendrils of BP spill-related news climbing up our collective consciousness range from infuriating to bizarre. The Times-Picayune reported just before Christmas that the federal U.S. Chemical Safety Board is demanding that a forensic analysis of the Deepwater Horizon’s blow-out preventer be halted because representatives of the companies that manufactured and maintained the 300-ton device are participating, hands-on, in the probe — a clear conflict of interest. Then, the T-P reported that Transocean, the rig’s owner, is refusing to honor subpeonas for documents related to its role in the blow-out preventer analysis issued by the CSB, saying the Chemical Board doesn’t have jurisdiction. The icing on the cake was a report last week, also in the Picayune, that Ken Feinberg, administrator of the $20 billion compensation fund for spill victims, is using some of the fund’s money to pay New York University ethics professor Stephen Gillers to write a letter stating that Feinberg is a neutral party and not under BP’s control. When you have to pay an expert to insist you’re not in BP’s pocket, you’re in BP’s pocket.
In stark contrast to her predecessor, Ted Power, Leslie Hurst’s three-year tenure as publisher of The Daily Advertiser didn’t connote civic sainthood. Hurst’s reputation was more angel of death, sent down by Gannett to better consolidate and restructure (read: downsize) the paper’s operations, which she did with surgical precision. Hurst has now been summoned to The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., which recently introduced her with an article headlined “New ‘C-L’ publisher to ‘connect with community,’” in which Hurst says, “We need to know the people we serve and understand what is on their minds. Do we know what people go to bed worrying about? Do we know what keeps people awake at night?” If history is any guide, we know what Clairon-Ledger employees are going to bed worrying about: their jobs.
We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Hot style for fans (and beyond)
Four bedroom Acadian or three bedroom traditional
Prestigious honor annually recognizes a single attorney for excellence in public interest/pro bono work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
"I have never seen anyone who worked harder for our people than Sen. Mary Landrieu, so I would like to share a synopsis of a few of the many things she has done to help Louisiana."
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
Corporations spending in state elections; Kenny G and Hong Kong; states resist gay marriage and more national and international news for Thursday, October 23, 2014.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
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.
Three bedroom Acadian or a two bedroom town home
Ready to geaux in purple and gold
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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.
Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
UL grad named web developer at BBR Creative