OK, so the Honey Badger doesn’t take everything he wants, but he’s still a ferocious little critter. LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu ended up on the short end of the voting — fifth among the five finalists — Saturday when the Downtown Athletic Club awarded the Heisman Trophy to Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. We knew Mathieu, the 5-foot, 9-inch whirling Dervish from New Orleans, had almost no chance to snag the cast bronze trophy awarded annually to the nation’s most outstanding college football player; defenses may win championships, but the Heisman (save for 1997 winner Charles Woodson) is all about offense. But with accolades like SEC Defensive Player of the Year and the Chuck Bednarik Award under his belt already, we expect plenty more Heisman moments from Mathieu.
A crackerjack investigation published Sunday by The Daily Advertiser plumbs the depths of dysfunction and dereliction in UL’s Parking and Transit Office over much of the last decade punctuated by the arrests first of the former department head and later an accountant, collectively accused of siphoning nearly $300,000 in cash from the office, and the apparent suicide of the department’s most recent director who, an ongoing investigation will likely show, was engaged in the same nefarious self-enrichment. But the daily’s probe really points a flashing red light at former Dean of Students Ed Pratt, who, the investigation shows, was alerted to problems in the department more than six years ago and who conveniently retired two days after The Advertiser began submitting public records requests related to the story.
Thank goodness for that stellar Sunday investigative story by The Advertiser because the daily skidded across a news-reporting nadir on Saturday with a silly story under the headline, “Bikini babes confuse Christmas crowd.” The real headline should have been “Bikini babes offend yule prude.” According to the account, the Sonic Christmas Parade the week before was marred — marred we tell ya! — by a beach-themed float bearing bikini-clad women. The anachronism, we learned, was because another float broke down the morning of the parade and organizer Gary Wilkerson had only one float left to meet his sponsorship obligations — a float belonging to the Brazilian-themed Krewe of Carnivale en Rio, and those bare midriffs and barely contained and no doubt handsome bosoms offended ... drum roll ... one unidentified man, who vociferously complained the spectacle caused an uncomfortable wadding-up of his starched Victorian underpants.
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The investigation and potential prosecution of the man charged in the recent hit-and-run death of a Youngsville cyclist won’t happen overnight, according to local law enforcement officials.
Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.
A bipartisan congressional deal to help improve veterans' health care access includes approval for new veterans clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles.
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Critic says Sharknado 2 even better; North Korea offers summer camp; Russia accused of nuclear violations and more national and international news for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
It wouldn’t be a first, however, as the Chamber has thrown money behind Landrieu before.
The Democratic incumbent, seeking her fourth term in office, is a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies.
Summertime floral with panache
Three bedroom St. Martinville traditional or three bedroom Lafayette contemporary cottage
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The world is a politically tense place these days with hot spots ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard tends to be a lot less threatening and at times entertaining, this election season is living up to expectations.
As this year’s budget process slogs forward and the Lafayette Parish School Board maintains its hard-headed stance against using any of its more than $60 million reserve fund, another slate of critical programs have rolled through the chopping block, despite the ramifications for the school system.
Meat, cheese and veggies piled high on Texas toast
Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The eclectic vibe of summer
Three bedroom River Ranch cottage or four bedroom Youngsville traditional home
The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.
1,554 rigs were exploring for oil and 315 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,770 active rigs.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
Most personal auto insurance policies exclude coverage when people charge money to drive others in their personal vehicles.
In this letter to the editor, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb (the board's former president) weighs in on the difficulty behind this year's budget process, calling out a number of his fellow board members over their inability to drop their power struggle with the superintendent and make the interests of the students a top priority.
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LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
A refreshing twist at a Lafayette institution comes served with a black bean salad stuffed avocado
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.