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.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
His company bankrupt and being liquidated, the Lafayette businessman’s financial troubles are mounting.
Jefferson Street Pub continues its generous tradition with its 4th Annual Festival Preview Party this Thursday featuring Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Pop-up dinner of chef Justin Girouard’s creations reflect farming traditions
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.