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.
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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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Times Square impersonator crackdown; Israel shells Gaza school; Russia hit with sanctions and more national and international news for Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
"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.
With the qualifying deadline for Lafayette Parish School Board elections quickly approaching, a series of candidate forums have been announced by the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council.
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The investigation and potential prosecution of the man charged in the recent hit-and-run death of a Youngsville cyclist won’t happen overnight, according to local law enforcement officials.
Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.