It was a warm welcome Monday evening for members of the Lafayette Little League Challenger Team — a Little League-affiliated group of special-needs kids who had the distinct and no doubt overwhelming honor of playing baseball before about 40,000 fans this past weekend in Williamsport, Penn. (and many thousands more live on ESPN3.com) — when they arrived back in town. The local Challenger team and its competing team from Baugo, Ind., were the only two among hundreds of Challenger teams nationwide selected for this year’s World Series exhibition game. Getting the team to Williamsport cost tens of thousands of dollars — many of the players must travel with expensive medical equipment — and the Lafayette area in the months leading up to the game rallied around the team by attending fundraisers and offering donations. Everybody won on Saturday.
Were Michael Sandlin abroad he would be the quintessential ugly American. Were he a broad, he’d just be ugly. Unfortunately, he’s over in Grosse Tete, and on Monday a Baton Rouge appeals court tossed a district court judge’s earlier ruling prohibiting the state from issuing any more permits for Sandlin to maintain a live tiger display at his squalid, diesel fume-scented I-10 truck stop. Animal rights activists have tried for years to shutter the Tiger Truck Stop’s iron-and-cinder-block “habitat,” where for the last few years a 550-pound Bengal-Siberian tiger has languished for the fleeting entertainment of travelers. In May they thought they succeeded: The judge ruled in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and against the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, setting this December as the expiration date of Sandlin’s permit. But the appeals court ruled that Sandlin should have been party to the legal action and has ordered a new trial.
We’ll get an idea Saturday night at Jerry Jones’ football palace in Dallas whether the loss of LSU starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson — suspended indefinitely by coach Les Miles after Jefferson and reserve linebacker Josh Johns were charged with felony second-degree battery stemming from a bar brawl — is bad for the Bengals from a performance standpoint. Jefferson was neither a great passer nor a demonstrative on-field leader. But he was a winner. Erratic fifth-year senior Jared Lee, a pocket passer as likely to throw an interception as a touchdown during his hit-or-miss career on the gridiron for LSU, will get the start in Jefferson’s stead against No. 3-ranked Oregon. What boggles the brain, especially as the Ryan Perrilloux debacle remains fresh in the collective Tiger mind, is what Jefferson and his teammates were thinking putting themselves in a situation in which testosterone and alcohol are such a combustible combination, and in which so much — their scholarships to a top-notch university, their athletic futures — was on the line.
State Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, surprised few in the Hub City Wednesday afternoon when he made (semi) official what most of us have known for months: He is running to replace Joey Durel as city-parish president.
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Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction — who was a Republican before he was a Democrat before he was a Republican again — is accusing Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of using the black community for votes and providing nothing in return.
LSU's governing board has backed new hospital privatization contracts that give hospital managers greater ease to leave the deal and fewer restrictions about must-have services.
Rachel Hector returns home to cultivate a generation of yoga instructors.
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U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs.
It is distinctly possible control of the U.S. Senate will hinge on Louisiana, which is why, during the last several months, outside groups have made this the most expensive election in Louisiana history.
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Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
A constellation of South Louisiana musical stars descends on Parc Sans Souci to honor an ailing David Egan.
INDStyle Awards 2014 was one for the books; the American Cancer Society took over The Victorian's big tent; and the battle of the sexes was alive and well for Walk a Runway's Christmas fundraiser.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra teams up with choreographer Clare Cook for a modern take on a Stravinsky classic.
Local food pantries begin seasonal drives
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Stage 4 vet takes on cancer and reminds us all what it really means to get involved.
Creative living flourishes at Downtown’s artist hub
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Bold looks for fall define INDStyle Awards 2014
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The gents venture out
Project Front Yard has been launched to help us change our image and our habits.
Alleged victim is a Navy vet with brain trauma resulting from a car accident three decades ago.
Is Mary fading as Vitter solidifies his lock on the fourth floor?
Richard Buswell was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison for his role in an investment scheme that defrauded his clients of more than $6 million.
The Latin Music Festival returns to Parc International this Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon to 10 p.m.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.