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.
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.
WaPo Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies; Clintons stump for Dems; Liberians stranded and more national and international news for Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
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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.