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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.

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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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