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.
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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.