Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The UL Ragin’ Cajuns’ sloppy, soaking-wet 20-12 victory Saturday night on the road against the Kent State Golden Flashes was more than just a win. In a game delayed for nearly an hour and a half due to lightening — golden flashes indeed! — and plagued by rain of biblical proportions in the first half, Mark Hudspeth picked up his first victory as the Cajuns head coach. The win was also the first by UL on the road versus a Mid-America Conference team and the first against any non-conference opponent on the road since 2006. And although the game was ugly from start to finish — neither team eclipsed 190 yards of total offense and combined for eight fumbles and two interceptions — there’s much to build on as the Cajuns host the Nicholls State Colonels Saturday as a tune-up to Sun Belt Conference play.
Radio “personality” Garland Robinette has a powerful perch on WWL in New Orleans, and as we learned last week in a series of articles and editorials in The Times-Picayune, he used that bully pulpit to pad his pockets in a most unethical way following Hurricane Katrina. Robinette’s name surfaced on a “lobbyist list” seized in an FBI raid at the office of River Birch, a West Bank landfill operator that heatedly competed with rival landfills in 2006 and 2007 for lucrative Katrina construction debris contracts. River Birch owner Fred Heebe wanted those rival landfills closed and he apparently had a ringer in Robinette, who, like Glenn Beck shilling for gold, railed against those rival landfills as toxic, potential Super Fund sites in a campaign in which he cast himself as a principled environmental champion. What Robinette revealed to neither his listeners nor to his bosses at WWL was that he also happened to be the beneficiary of a $250,000 interest-free “loan” from Heebe — a loan he has yet to repay. Amazingly, Robinette is still employed by WWL. That’s what we call air pollution.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, proved again what churlish little snots the teabaggers can be last week when, grim and steadfast and sitting just two rows behind fellow Republican Rep. Joe “You Lie!” Wilson, held up a sign — “DRILLING = JOBS” — during President Barack Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress. So much for decorum. The slogan underscores the freshman congressman’s limited understanding of economics, offering instead a simpleton’s solution: drill, baby, drill! (and cut regulations, kill the EPA, privatize everything, corral those tree-hugging sissies and get rid of those evil unions and their outlandish demands for fair pay and safe working conditions). The Associated Press photo of Landry pulling a Glenn Stewart stunt has become an “insert your own slogan using Photoshop” sensation on the web. Our favorite knock-off: “I AM AN EMBARRASSMENT TO MY STATE.”
Pop-up dinner of chef Justin Girouard’s creations reflect farming traditions
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.