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.
Over the past 2.5 years, the U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Odell Beckham on the catch; chaos in Ferguson; snowstorm set to snarl travel and more national and international news for Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board's lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early on.
"I want to take an opportunity to thank the people of Lafayette for allowing me to serve you for the last three years as your school superintendent."
After Thanksgiving, the small town of Moreauville plans to confiscate and kill all rottweilers and pitbulls, including a service dog.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.