UL head football coach Mark Hudspeth made it official this week, telling media at a sports luncheon that he will “definitely” be the team’s coach next season. Hud also said he and the university are working on a new contract for the first-year coach, a contract UL says would make him the highest paid coach in the Sun Belt Conference. Hud was interviewed for the vacant head coaching position at Ole Miss recently, and his name has swirled in the rumor mill since the Ragin’ Cajuns wrapped up an 8-4 (6-2 Sun Belt) regular season and accepted an invitation to the Dec. 17 New Orleans Bowl. On Sunday we finally learned the Cajuns’ opponent in the game: the San Diego State Aztecs.
Unfortunately, the social media rumors proved to be true: Guamas on Jefferson is closed. The well-regarded eatery was shuttered over the weekend after a decade on Jefferson Street and a few years near campus before that. Guamas’ Cuban-influenced South American cuisine was an exercise in gastronomic creativity. Co-owner Rubens Mesa blamed chain restaurants and an economic climate unkind to small restaurants for Guamas’ downfall, telling The Ind the restaurant may reopen in a few years, which his wife and fellow co-owner, Julieta Tarazona, sort of confirmed on Facebook when she hinted the establishment might change locations.
Who dat say dey gonna beat them Saints? Not the couillon-riddled Detroit Lions. The NFC North playoff contenders demonstrated a stunning lack of discipline in committing 11 penalties for 107 yards in the Saints’ 31-17 victory in the Superdome Sunday night. Gaffes included three offensive pass interference calls and three personal fouls, the nadir of which was tight end Brandon Pettigrew’s ill-advised shove of an official. The Lions went into the game short-handed on defense, most notably without the services of defensive line stud Ndamukong Suh, who was suspended for the first of two games following his knuckled-headed stomping of an opposing player on Thanksgiving. The Lions outgained the Saints and outplayed them for much of the second half, but thanks to their immaturity — and Saints QB Drew Brees’ stellar first half — the Black & Gold walked away with a two-game lead in the NFC South.
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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