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.
Greenstein is accused of lying under oath in testimony about his role in the awarding of a $200 million state contract to his former employer, CNSI, to provide Medicaid billing and fraud oversight services.
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The New Orleans Saints are taking a critical look at their first victory of the season.
Candidates running for districts 1, 2 and 3 of the school board will kick-off the first of a three night series of forums at the LITE Center.
Public education is perhaps the most complex issue of our day. Please make every effort in the future as a responsible newspaper to set forth Lafayette Parish education issues based on multiple sources of information from a variety of perspectives, rather than vitriol.
The Louisiana Democratic Party may have endorsed former Gov. Edwin Edwards for Congress, but the state's highest elected Democratic official won't be doing the same.
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Questions about the dispute over the Common Core education standards, or still wondering what the standards even are?
After failing to pass reform legislation aimed at the payday loan industry last year, Sen. Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, said he is considering bringing a bill again but is still on the fence.
More than 100 candidates either withdrew from their races or were disqualified since the mail ballots were printed following the August qualifying period.
For Dudley Nelson, a 2011 hit on a truck stop casino netted him and two friends $11,675 in stolen cash, as well as a 105 month stay in prison following a federal sentencing hearing held Friday for the 25-year-old Ville Platte man.
The Louisiana Hospital Association, Louisiana Nursing Home Association, Louisiana Pharmacists Association, ambulance providers and intermediate care facilities are pooling their resources and planning for a statewide media buy to promote the passage of the first two constitutional amendments on the November ballot.
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Kelly McAllister, wife of the congressman from Louisiana's 5th District, will address her husband's infidelity for the first time in a campaign ad that will begin airing today, reports LaPolitics.
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The Saints' defense was starting to look like a liability in coordinator Rob Ryan's second season.
Disappointed in the way he played a week ago, Boise State running back Jay Ajayi said he was determined to do more to help the Broncos win this week.
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The LPSB races are sure to get heated between now and Nov. 4, and with only 9 available seats, this year's field of 20 candidates will surely be wanting to set themselves apart from the crowd early; they'll get their chance next week, starting Tuesday with the kick-off of a three-day series of candidate forums.
Lawmakers say they've received complaints that waits have spiked, with people being forced to wait in line for more than an hour — and sometimes three hours — to handle routine tasks.