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.
You may not like all of “it,” but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, unlike many of her colleagues, isn't sitting around twiddling her thumbs in Congress.
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Struggling to preserve their Senate majority, Democrats are attacking Republicans over Medicare and Social Security in Louisiana, spending cuts in Arkansas, off-shore jobs in New Hampshire and women's issues in Colorado.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The heat keeps rising for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal as a new slate of corruption allegations surfaced this week.
If opposing defenses sell out to stop the Packers' passing game, they risk being gashed by powerful running back Eddie Lacy, a New Orleans-area native.
At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
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We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
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Prestigious honor annually recognizes a single attorney for excellence in public interest/pro bono work.
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"I have never seen anyone who worked harder for our people than Sen. Mary Landrieu, so I would like to share a synopsis of a few of the many things she has done to help Louisiana."
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.