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.”
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.
Easy crafts in time for Easter
The Cane Fire Film Series presents “The Great Flood” on Monday, April 14, at the AcA.