Records, like rules, are made to be broken, and the Ragin’ Cajuns minced several UL and New Orleans Bowl records on their way to Saturday’s epic, come-from-behind win over San Diego State. Wide receiver/return specialist Darryl Surgent’s 283 all-purpose yards broke the New Orleans Bowl record, as did Javone Lawson’s 193 yards receiving on nine catches. Surgent also shattered the New Orleans Bowl record for a single punt return, scampering 87 yards to the end zone early in the second quarter. Quarterback Blaine Gautier, meanwhile, really poured it on. His three-touchdown, 470-yard passing effort — a bowl record — vaulted him past Cajun legend Jake Delhomme for the single-season passing record of 2,958 yards and the season touchdown record with 23.
Lafayette Parish School Board member Rae Trahan’s indifference toward the superintendent search was duly noted in November when she failed to attend a single interview of the top 10 candidates for LPSS superintendent. We should’ve known she’d outdo herself. When Trahan asked incoming Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper an interview question during his final session with the board Dec. 14, his answer to Trahan’s inquiry began with this: “By the way, it’s nice to meet you. I think you’re the only board member I’ve never seen.” Cooper’s preface exposed that Trahan had never exchanged a single word with Cooper, a favored candidate from the start who was named a top 10 finalist eight weeks ago — and narrowed down to one of three finalists more than a month ago. Trahan was the only school board member to not attend any interviews for top 10 finalists — and apparently the only board member who didn’t bother to introduce herself to Cooper when the top three candidates participated in a public forum the night before the school board’s final decision.
The idea behind smart meters — electric and water meters that allow the utility company to remotely read residential and commercial usage — is two-fold: make the utility company more efficient and allow utility customers to keep better tabs on their usage. But don’t tell that to the conspiracy theory crowd, which began carping the instant they heard about LUS’ plans to install smart meters in 2012. Two cantankerous crackpots interviewed by The Daily Advertiser in a Sunday story on smart meters voiced concern that LUS or even the federal government — the meters are being purchased with the help of a federal grant and, as we all know, “federal” is antonymous with freedom — will use the meters to spy on us. Silly freepers, that’s what the Patriot Act is for!
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Louisiana is drowning, quickly.
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.
State education officials are preparing to release performance scores for public schools and public school districts.
Saints coach Sean Payton is starting a new week by emphasizing, repeatedly, the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss.
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Oscar de la Renta dies; Pistorius sentenced; World Series begins and more national and international news for Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
We will be offering our recommendations on the constitutional amendments tomorrow.
Three bedroom in Lawtell or two bedroom in Rayne
Fall's new darling
The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuits against BP and other companies involved in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill.
White registration is down by 7,700 voters while black registration has shot up by 7,100 voters.
Even though it had been rumored for months, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu finally pulled the trigger recently on a major campaign shakeup that moved control over to a few Big Easy insiders.
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Louisiana's health department says it will seek law changes to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
An investment group led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets will buy the Louisiana power company Cleco for $3.4 billion.
It wasn’t the historic slashes to higher ed funding or the ensuing tuition spikes that recently had LSU’s student body and faculty riled up in collective outrage.
"I feel it is appropriate to speak up when there are topics that are being bandied about with little or no factual data to back them."
Will $400 be enough for the re-election campaign of LPSB's Hunter Beasley to overcome two years of holding our school system hostage and hurting the education of our children all because of a personal dislike of the superintendent?
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he expects his playing status in Detroit to be decided by coach Sean Payton on Sunday, shortly before the game.
Two bedroom cottage in Lafayette or three bedroom traditional in Erath
Gulf Brew ready threads
Lawmakers have sidestepped a decision on whether they accept claims from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that the state closed last year's books with a nearly $179 million surplus.
Coming off the high of a fourth quarter comeback against Tampa Bay and a helpful bye week, linebacker Junior Galette sees a real turnaround coming for New Orleans' struggling defense.
Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Time and again you hear people say DA Mike Harson is unbeatable because he's doled out political favors over the past 20 years. But a new lawsuit could end that speculation.
We welcome nominations from readers and leaders throughout the business community in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
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Ebola is kind of terrifying if you watch too much Fox News and CNN. Especially Fox, which makes everything look terrifying because, well, War on Christmas and Obama and all.
Local developer’s Lake Charles Gardens LLC purchases buildings and leases; land still owned by Dugas family.