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.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
Abshire has rejoined the Lafayette Bar Association, where she previously served as marketing coordinator under longtime Executive Director Susan Holliday
Home-grown Baton Rouge market/deli heads to Lafayette.
Deadline for submitting noms for annual competition is March 15
Whitney Bank officials have confirmed that the downtown branch will cease to exist when it relocates its regional headquarters to River Ranch at the end of May.
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Downtown Lafayette restaurant launches new concept near Le Triomphe
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Yeah, it's smoked venison sausage stuffed in a suckling pig stuffed in a lamb and roasted over an open fire.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Reamco founders Brent Milam and Ashley Lane now shareholders in acquiring company and part of its management team.
Low heels, high style
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The vibe of the tribe done modern
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.