Wednesday February 1, 2012
Now we’re getting somewhere. After more than a decade of dust collecting on the Lafayette In a Century master plan for Lafayette Parish, the Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee took its first steps last week, holding an inaugural luncheon-meeting and setting the general agenda for what will be 18 months of public hearings, meetings with planning consultants and ultimately legislative initiatives before the City-Parish Council. The diverse group of about 30 citizen-volunteers led by Chairman Kevin Blanchard and Vice-Chair Deborah Young represents both rural and urban residents from a variety of stakeholder groups like UL, LEDA, LCG, the chamber and arts/culture non-profits. The eagerness to roll up their sleeves and tackle Lafayette’s future growth was palpable. One of the most critical steps will be rallying the troops — that’s us, the community — to participate in the process. As Blanchard presciently put it after the meeting, “We’re going to end up with the plan that we deserve.”
Susan G. Komen affiliates nationwide are no doubt thankful the dust up with Planned Parenthood ended as abruptly as it began last week and has already begun fading into the din of the 24-hour news cycle. Like other chapters everywhere, Komen Acadiana is rounding up participants for its annual Race for Cure in March — a critical, flagship fundraiser that is now the most recognizable disease-prevention event in the nation behind, maybe, Jerry Lewis’ annual telethon. Donations by some Komen affiliates to Planned Parenthood to provide free breast-cancer screenings for low-income women became an unfortunate theater in our broader culture war over the abortion services that comprise a small percentage of PP’s overall mission to improve the quality of life for women. Komen’s embarrassing cave to pressure and ham-handed reversal were epic in scope, although they actually prompted a windfall of donations to PP and, wait, Santorum’s still in it after that Nevada showing?
The Hat is a little crumpled these days. A musky aroma de couillon continues to emanate from LSU head football coach Les Miles, now one day shy of a month since The Disaster in the Dome. A slew of nationally ranked recruits both before and after the Jan. 9 national championship changed their minds about playing in Baton Rouge — some choosing hated Alabama over the Bayou Bengals — as Miles stumbled through his worst recruiting season in nearly a decade. And the sting is evident. Last week Miles resorted to belittling and emasculating Gunner Kiel, the nation’s No. 1-ranked high school quarterback from Indiana — an 18-year-old boy, in other words — who committed to LSU then opted to go to Notre Dame in the wake of The Disaster. At that sparsely attended (by LSU standards) recruiting bash, Miles passive-aggressively accounted for Kiel’s decision to play in his home state: “He did not necessarily have the chest and the ability to leave a program close to home, just so you know.”
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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.
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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?
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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.