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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Sign "ninjas" cleaning up clutter; NYC doctor positive for Ebola; Ferguson grand jury decision nears; and more national and international news for Friday, October 24, 2014.
We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
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Prestigious honor annually recognizes a single attorney for excellence in public interest/pro bono work.
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"I have never seen anyone who worked harder for our people than Sen. Mary Landrieu, so I would like to share a synopsis of a few of the many things she has done to help Louisiana."
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
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.
Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
UL grad named web developer at BBR Creative