Wednesday, November 9, 2011
For the second time this year a district court judge in Baton Rouge has put the kabosh on Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin’s bid to keep a 550-pound Bengal-Siberian tiger in captivity as a roadside attraction at his Grosse Tete business skirting Interstate 10. Last Wednesday Judge Mike Caldwell ruled that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries improperly exempted Sandlin from state-mandated permit requirements for big cats. It is the same ruling Caldwell issued in May — a ruling that was overturned by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal because Sandlin was not permitted to present his case for keeping the cat at the spring hearing. The court action stems from a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund against LDWF in a bid to get “Tony” freed from the truck stop and transferred to a more appropriate setting.
It’s not surprising that Louisiana is among fewer than two dozen U.S. states that still allow corporal punishment in public schools. We have the highest incarceration rate in the nation, after all, so whuppin’ the childrens ain’t that big a deal. While Lafayette is one of 17 districts in the state in which paddling students is prohibited, neighboring St. Landry is one of the remaining 54 that doesn’t spare the rod, and last week, according to KATC, the principal at Sunset Elementary School embraced the policy with gusto. But the district requires parents to sign a waiver allowing their children to be paddled, and according to the TV station three eighth graders whose parents hadn’t countenanced the biblical prescription were nonetheless subjected to the bottoms-up dressing down. The transgression that reportedly earned the principal’s ire: being tardy for class.
The months-long search for a new superintendent in Lafayette Parish reached its most critical point yet last week when the Lafayette Parish School Board was tasked with interviewing the top field of applicants for the job. More interesting will be hearing board members Rae Trahan and Tommy Angelle join the discussions in narrowing down the top candidates to two or three choices, considering that Trahan did not attend a single interview and Angelle attended one and a half. Board member Greg Awbrey came in a distant third on interview attendance, sitting through four of the 10 presentations from candidates. That board members could not make time to attend the most important segment of a monumental step regarding Lafayette Parish schools speaks volumes on the state of our system. What could prove more intriguing is whether the hectic schedules of Angelle and Trahan will allow the two to travel on the taxpayer-funded trips to the districts of the top three superintendent candidates.
Home-grown Baton Rouge market/deli heads to Lafayette.
Deadline for submitting noms for annual competition is March 15
Whitney Bank officials have confirmed that the downtown branch will cease to exist when it relocates its regional headquarters to River Ranch at the end of May.
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Downtown Lafayette restaurant launches new concept near Le Triomphe
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Yeah, it's smoked venison sausage stuffed in a suckling pig stuffed in a lamb and roasted over an open fire.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Reamco founders Brent Milam and Ashley Lane now shareholders in acquiring company and part of its management team.
Low heels, high style
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, March 11, 2014:
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.