Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Just when we thought it was all over for the Rosa Parks Transportation Center’s brand spanking new post office and its employees who have been digging their new workspace, the U.S. Postal Service sent word last week that the downtown location will not be shuttered after all. The facility had been slated for closure as the USPS undergoes a restructuring. Post Office Operations Manager Jeff Camp cited logistical concerns for the USPS’ decision to rescind the closure — shuttering the Rosa Parks office would “create congestion and hardships for employees and residents,” the press release notes — although Camp does appear to leave open a window for eliminating the branch in the future: “We cannot move any letter carrier routes or post office boxes to nearby stations without significant structural changes to those postal facilities,” says Camp. “Our financial condition does not allow this kind of expenditure at this time.” And we’re not thinking that financial situation is going to change any time soon.
The state Department of Education takes much pride in the policies that safeguard cheating on LEAP and other state standardized tests, so much so that DOE voluntarily touted its testing security in a press release sent to the media on Aug. 18. Ironically, that’s the same day the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education took an unprecedented vote to grant a cheaters waiver to Calcasieu Parish schools, where a few faulty school administrators allowed more than 600 students to cheat on their Graduation Exit Exams. If any scores are obtained by cheating, which DOE defines as either administrative error, erasure analysis or plagiarism, the test scores are automatically voided and the scores are replaced by zeroes. Those zeroes play a large part in how school performance scores are evaluated, which is why BESE is allowing Calcasieu Parish to use the students’ retest scores instead of zeroes. DOE recommended that BESE deny the request because of the potential for other districts to use Calcasieu’s waiver as a way to circumvent sanctions for cheaters. And according to sources close to BESE, DOE was right.
What began as a standard announcement story in The Daily Advertiser on Rep. Joel Robideaux’s switch to the GOP took a sharp turn toward the Tea Party poppy fields Friday when Ernie Alexander, a former state lawmaker and erstwhile radio station manager spouted some very public bile on behalf of the Lafayette Parish Republican Executive Committee. Just three paragraphs into the daily’s piece outlining Robideaux’s decision to join the Republican Party, Alexander tells reporter Nicholas Persac that “Robideaux is not one of my favorite people,” and adds that “[h]e is not well-thought-of by Republicans, and he should not expect support from any of the groups of organized Republicans in Lafayette Parish.” What Alexander evidently doesn’t appreciate is that Robideaux’s party switch ups his chances of being elected as speaker of the house when the Legislature reconvenes, and the powerful position would serve Lafayette well in terms of legislative influence. Alexander’s assertion that Robideaux won’t get help from “organized Republicans in Lafayette Parish” should be no sweat off Robideaux’s back since Robideaux’s colleagues in the Legislature are the ones casting the speaker votes.
Congratulations to Stella Theriot and seven friends who will enjoy a private dinner hosted by INDEats and EatLafayette
The City-Parish Council on Tuesday will be asked to sign off on an agreement between UL Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government that would expand mass transit opportunities for UL students by adding five additional buses to its shuttle run between Cajun Field and campus.
Four bedroom traditional or three bedroom French home
Louisiana's high school seniors are making increased strides on Advanced Placement exams.
The hip little River Ranch shop will open in the Acadiana Center for the Arts in time for the September ArtWalk.
Hot prints and cool wolves
The Alabama game is sold out but tickets for all other homes games can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net.
Among the one-percenters nationally, Louisiana's fattest cat is a relative pauper.
The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to the president, saying placement of the children in Louisiana could have "potential negative ramifications."
Many laws are minor, though some impact health care options, change educational programs and reach into people's everyday activities.
Responding to Tuesday’s federal appeals court decision to save Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, Esquire magazine profiles the unique story behind one of the doctors working at the clinic in Jackson.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette’s first-ever Whole Foods Market will open its doors in September.
In reacting to the recently resurrected allegations of sexual abuse among local clergy, is the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette maintaining its old stance of protecting their own?
Louisiana's annual state sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday.
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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.
West coast casual
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.
Four bedroom traditional Youngsville home or three bedroom traditional Broussard home
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
A ballpark snack topped with BBQ meat can be found cruising town on a food truck
"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.