Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Not that we need further proof that UL Lafayette is devoted to this community, but on Tuesday of this week faculty members from the university’s kinesiology department hit the nail on the head when they joined the Lafayette chapter of Habitat for Humanity to build a home on Carver Street in one of Lafayette’s oldest neighborhoods. The location used to be the site of a house that had been destroyed by fire in 2008. But the giving didn’t begin there in the blistering heat and humidity: UL architecture students actually designed the home — a small, affordable abode equipped with unique spacial configurations and designed to maximize energy consumption.
In the final two furlongs on this week’s Pooyie! we further the case that South Louisiana should secede from our neighbor parishes to the north. Just draw a damn line from Simmesport west to the Texas border and be done with it. Exhibit A: the federal indictments last week of three Morehouse Parish men accused of attempting “to intimidate and interfere with African-American students who were attending Beekman Junior High School,” according to a press release. Their means of intimidation? Placing a noose around a dead raccoon’s neck and hanging the critter from the campus’ flagpole on the first day of school. We get it: “No ’coons allowed!” That’s dedication to a cause considering the raccoon was probably their evening victuals. Raccoon: It’s what’s for dinner. The defendants face up to a year in jail, and although they’re considered innocent until proven guilty, there’s no disputing that a dead raccoon was strung from a flagpole.
Exhibit B: Winn Parish Sheriff Alfred “Bodie” Little, who was indicted Monday on state charges of malfeasance, abuse of office and perjury. Little is accused of ordering the arrest of a volunteer fire fighter as payback for loaning state police a ladder while serving a search warrant in a federal drug investigation at Little’s home (malfeasance), using free inmate labor for work at his personal residence (abuse of office) and, for the perjurious icing on the cake, lying to investigators in an unrelated hearing. Little tells The Shreveport Times his travails are the work of political enemies upset by his “tough on drugs” approach to law enforcement. Did we mention that he’s already in custody on separate federal drug charges — thus the search warrant — accusing him of helping, according to the feds, a known Winn Parish drug-dealing bad girl he was having an affair with distribute methamphetamine in northwest Louisiana? Little faces decades in prison and thousands of dollars in fines on the combined federal and state charges.
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