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.”
With six of the LPSB’s nine members poised for Pat Cooper’s termination, a request was filed Tuesday for a fast-tracked hearing on the federal lawsuit calling for the disqualification of two board members from voting on the matter due to bias.
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Louisiana's Republican Party has filed a complaint against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu with the Senate's ethics committee about her use of private chartered planes.
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An attorney signs up to run against LPSB's Mark Cockerham, and within a week a lawsuit is filed by a former LPSS employee in an attempt to disqualify him. Coincidence?
According to Gov. Bobby Jindal, President Barack Obama needs to stop talking about “justice” and start murdering people, even if we have to go alone.
A replacement is expected by January to fill the vacancy left when Greg Roberts resigned after allegedly pointing a fake gun at an engineer during a June meeting.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got off to a superb start Saturday night, and the Human Jukebox made the soaked season opener even sweeter for the third-largest crowd in Cajun Field history.
The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
While bogged down with qualifying candidates last month, Secretary of State Tom Schedler didn’t lose sight of the true endgame coming in November and December.
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A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
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The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
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Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh rested his regulars and watched with delight as Ray Rice's backups ground out 214 yards rushing in a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
High-profile criminal defense attorney Daniel Stanford awaits his fate in the Curious Goods conspiracy trial.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is set to put the kibosh on the legal ownership of monkeys trained to help the disabled, and the agency wants to know what you think.
A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
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