Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court Louis Perret is questionable for Saturday night’s Saints-Lions game with a strained hamstring. Perret’s unremarkable hammy pull happened last week in a remarkable moment as the parish’s chief record keeper leapt from his car and tried to chase down a hand-cuffed prisoner who had bolted from police officers as they entered the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. As Perret fell from his injury an excruciating “ack!” was heard to usher forth from beneath his well-groomed mustache. (We made that last part up; it’s called artistic license.) Although Perret didn’t get his man, sheriff’s deputies did, and law enforcement praised Perret’s bravery in an account in The Daily Advertiser.
If possible air pollution and groundwater contamination weren’t enough to red-flag fracking, now come earthquakes rumbling into the picture. Recent reports have linked fracking, the controversial process used to extract natural gas from thousands of feet below the earth’s surface by fracturing rock with a cocktail of chemicals and other liquids, to a series of rare earthquakes in Ohio and other states. The most recent occurred in Youngstown, Ohio, Saturday and has halted work on injection wells at certain Ohio fracking sites until further notice. Those wells act as a disposal for waste fluid that is a byproduct of hydraulic fracking. Fracking in north Louisiana’s Haynesville Shale has lifted natural gas production levels in Louisiana to their highest in more than 25 years, but several recent reports question whether oil and gas industry leaders are accurate — and credible — in their assertions that the process is safe.
When Professor John Oller filed suit against UL recently we got a look at the dark side of university tenure: keeping nutty professors on staff despite the adverse effect they can have on impressionable students. A champion of creationism and its pseudo-scientific sibling Intelligent Design, Oller alleges in the suit that fellow members of the Communicative Disorders Department have marginalized him by reducing his class size, banning his self-authored textbooks and limiting his lecture opportunities. Oller is also a proponent of the discredited theory linking autism to childhood vaccines. His 2010 book on the topic was graced with a forward written by Andrew Wakefield, the Brit who first began disseminating the idea that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine causes autism. It was later discovered that Wakefield was being paid by a law firm that was suing the maker of the MMR vaccine while also planning to introduce his own measles vaccine. The British medical journal Lancet later retracted Wakefield’s original article after Wakefield was found guilty of professional misconduct and had his medical license revoked. A linguist by education, Oller has no expertise in immunology or biological sciences, yet he continues to press his various causes, serving as an “expert” witness before the Louisiana Legislature on behalf of the Louisiana Family Forum in its attempts to insert Intelligent Design into the state’s high school biology curriculum.
The Latin Music Festival returns to Parc International this Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon to 10 p.m.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.
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Citizens, you have less than a week to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election. Remember, if you don’t vote you can’t complain about the outcome. Well, you can but it’s kind of hypocritical.
After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease.
The party says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
Security breach at White House; Bejing won't back down from protesters; pressure on third-graders and more national and international news for Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
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Lafayette Regional seeking new leadership after longtime director Greg Roberts’ June resignation.
February trial date indicates parties were unable to negotiate a settlement.
T&T show behind the scenes
Four bedroom in Breaux Bridge or four bedroom in Opelousas
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Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he's tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas.
Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.
Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.
“[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out.” — Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson’s brother
The New Orleans Saints have listed Jonathan Goodwin as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas, raising the prospect that second-year pro Tim Lelito will start at center for the first time.
The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,068 from the previous week's total of 2,071. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,494 claims.
Museum of Fear opens its 2014 season with more scares than ever before.
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The endorsements keep coming for District 9 LPSB candidate Jeremy Hidalgo, who picked up his fifth vow of support Thursday, this time from the Chamber’s political action committee.
Three bedroom traditional Broussard house or two bedroom Lafayette townhome
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.