Wednesday, October 12, 2011
OK, we’re in uncharted territory here, and what a glorious view from the heights. For the fourth week in a row — the fourth week! — UL’s Ragin’ Cajuns, the LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints have each added a W to their win-loss ledger. We were beside ourselves when it happened two weeks in a row, which believe it or not was a first. There’s a turducken joke in here somewhere; sadly we can’t find it. We expected strong seasons from the Tigers and Saints, but it has typically been the Cajuns of late spoiling the weekend trinity. And with the gridiron prognosticators decreeing UL’s squad a bottom dweller not only in the Sun Belt Conference but among all FBS (formerly Division I) schools, this season has us unabashedly giddy. With a win over North Texas during Saturday’s Homecoming game, the Cajuns move to 4-0 in conference play and become bowl eligible.
OK, you know who you are. While not as pronounced in the fourth quarter of the Cajuns’ win Saturday over perennial Sun Belt powerhouse Troy as it was when the Cajuns went up by two touchdowns the Saturday before versus Florida Atlantic, there seems to be a confounding habit among some UL fans to make a dash for the parking lot at the faintest hint of either victory or defeat by the home squad. We guess it’s a good problem that recent fan exoduses (exodi?) have happened when the Cajuns were winning, but this disappearing act bit thousands in the collective butt two weeks ago when FAU tied the game in the final minutes. Come on, people, keep your glands in the stands until the final whistle!
The Ville Platte City Council ate some (Jim) Crow when it elected to suspend a stupid, racially targeted ordinance prohibiting residents from walking the streets after 10 p.m. on weekdays after the ACLU, on behalf of a resident and Evangeline Parish’s NAACP president, filed suit against the city. The ordinance was enacted in February and renewed a few times by the council in response to a spate of car burglaries earlier this year. The city, according to the lawsuit, even refused to provide the NAACP with a copy of the ordinance, which effectively and egregiously gouged a civil liberty to address a minor property crime. What’s next, a poll tax? The council was right to suspend this ordinance; it was a collective couillon to pass it in the first place.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
His company bankrupt and being liquidated, the Lafayette businessman’s financial troubles are mounting.
Jefferson Street Pub continues its generous tradition with its 4th Annual Festival Preview Party this Thursday featuring Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
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Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Pop-up dinner of chef Justin Girouard’s creations reflect farming traditions
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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.
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15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
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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.