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.
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.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
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Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
UL grad named web developer at BBR Creative
Lafayette-based emergency department staffing and management company raises $120 million in senior credit facilities through GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.
High-rise apartment building, parking garage, hotel and retail part of new development.
A common thread runs through many of those we oppose: Enshrining in the Constitution protections on programs and their funding sources has had a disastrous effect on Louisiana’s most important economic development engine.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
The number of Louisianans with jobs continued to set records in September, but the state's unemployment rate kept rising.
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Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.