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.
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In reacting to the recently resurrected allegations of sexual abuse among local clergy, is the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette maintaining its old stance of protecting their own?
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NJ lady beats Donald Trump; Israel calls up more troops; border hearings accelerated and more national and international news for Thursday, July 31, 2014.
State Rep. Lenar Whitney — one of a handful of Republican candidates vying for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional district — has been described by Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman as one of the most “frightening or fact-averse candidate[s]” he’s ever met following her reaction to an interview last week.
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Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools.
An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase.
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On Tuesday, a three judge panel (voting two to one) of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional Mississippi’s controversial law requiring that physicians who perform abortions maintain admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
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"Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don't consider how policy decisions in the United States impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world," says Roger Martella, the former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.
Louisiana agriculture officials say prices for long-grain rice are projected to drop this year.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 19 decreased from the previous week's total.
A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The sponsor of a Louisiana law that requires doctors that perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges doesn't believe the provision is in jeopardy after a federal appeals court struck down a similar Mississippi law.
Louisiana's state school board has jumped into a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal that accuses the governor of illegally meddling in education policy through his efforts to block Common Core education standards.
Here's how one nationally recognized conservative political pundit reacted upon hearing the news Monday that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was leaning toward an endorsement of Louisiana’s lone Democrat senator.
If President Barack Obama’s poll numbers, and those for his health care law, haven’t yet bottomed out in the Bayou State, then Democrats surely don’t want to know what the statistical floor actually looks like.
Midsouth Bank has released its second quarter earnings report, showing a year-over-year increase for shareholders.
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The deadline to purchase tickets for the 2014 ABiz Top 50 Business Luncheon featuring top-selling author, political activist and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig is only two weeks away.