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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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.