It pains us Saints fans to say it, but kudos to Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Brandon Stokley. A former stand-out pass catcher at Comeaux High School and USL, Stokley had four receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown in Seattle’s 41-36 upset victory Saturday in the wildcard round of the playoffs. Stokley lost his father, former Ragin’ Cajuns head football coach and LSU quarterback Nelson Stokley, to Alzheimer’s Disease last year, and the wideout’s production has dropped precipitously since his stellar 2004 season (68 receptions, 1077 yards, 10 TDs catching passes from Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning) due to nagging injuries. He’s bounced around the league since then, with a stopover in Denver before being signed off the street by the Seahawks in late September. Stokley clearly has the Saints’ number: He gashed the Black & Gold for 76 yards on six receptions in the teams’ regular season game on Nov. 21. We hate you, Brandon Stokley!
Bath salts? Now we’re snorting bath salts? Louisiana isn’t shy about getting its buzz on, but this latest terror for parents and threat to the young and foolhardy — products sold in convenience stores and over the Internet under names such as “White Dove” and “Ivory Wave” — reaches a new low. Remember salvia? How about the faux marijuana “incense” banned last year by the Legislature? They have nothing on “bath salts.” Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office ordered the removal of these products from store shelves last week after learning that poison control hotlines had logged more than 167 distress calls from people suffering hallucinations and suicidal thoughts after ingesting the products. What’s more, 57 percent of the poisoning calls nationwide originated in Louisiana; the second-highest number, 23, occurred in Kentucky.
In shopping a potential television show about a savvy “street” attorney who goes to bat for the bad guys, Baton Rouge defense lawyer Peter Q. John, aka P’Ta Mon (not to be confused with pita bread, the Mediterranean staple), delivered a black eye to Lafayette’s legal community. In a three and half minute “trailer” on YouTube titled “Thug Law,” during which John enumerates the means by which he can get accused drug dealers off the hook, Lafayette Assistant District Attorney Patrick Magee and 15th Judicial District Judge Jules Edwards appear in the video in a less-than-flattering light. Magee’s cameo is highlighted by the quote, “My job obviously is to put your ass in jail; P’Ta’s job is to keep you out.” Edwards’ gem: “I absolutely believe in second chances. Uh ... I absolutely believe in third chances and fourth chances.” Both Magee and Edwards told The Advocate they were duped by John and the production company, which led them to believe they were filming a serious documentary about alternative programs in the judicial system. Context is everything. P’Ta Mon is the couillon here, but this sure doesn’t look good for Lafayette.
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.
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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.