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.
Jefferson Street Pub continues its generous tradition with its 4th Annual Festival Preview Party this Thursday featuring Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Pop-up dinner of chef Justin Girouard’s creations reflect farming traditions
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.