Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012
The president of Kaplan’s Chic-A-La-Pie Krewe says the group plans to formalize rules about Mardi Gras float themes to ensure that floats like the one Dr. Glenn Stewart entered in Lafayette’s Independent Parade last Tuesday don’t roll, according to a story published on the Kaplan Herald’s website. “We have a rule that does not allow vulgarity on floats,” Linda Vincent says. “While that float did not have any vulgarity, it was in poor taste. Our parade is family oriented. His float is a personal attack between two people.” And kudos to The Daily Advertiser for echoing Vincent’s sentiment in a Saturday editorial urging organizers of Lafayette’s family-friendly Mardi Gras to bar floats like Stewart’s in the future.
How safe is the food at your favorite restaurant, or at the restaurant you’re considering trying for the first time? It’s fairly easy to find out at the Department of Health & Hospital’s Eat Safe website, which posts some details of restaurant inspections at dining establishments statewide. But after much fanfare following its launch last year, traffic at the website has fallen off precipitously, likely due at least in part to DHH’s unwillingness to promote the site — to make restaurant patrons aware of it, in other words. But as The Advertiser detailed in an investigation last year and again in a recent follow-up, DHH has a way-too-cozy relationship with the Louisiana Restaurant Association, a powerful lobby in a state known for its abundant eateries. DHH granted the LRA a seat at multiple planning meetings for Eat Safe and, in the words of DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein, the LRA has a “collaborative and close relationship” with the agency charged with policing it. Cue the indigestion.
When we put an image of Lafayette resident Mark Henderson taken by a speed camera — flipping off said camera, no less — on the cover of our Aug. 3, 2011 issue, Henderson had rung up an almost $13,000 tab in speeding and red-light violations via the city’s SafeLight/SafeSpeed program, the most among a handful of lead-footed scofflaws. That cover story, “A Fine Mess,” detailed how ineffective the city has been at collecting fines issued through the program. The Advertiser reported in a story Sunday that Henderson has now eclipsed the $13,000 mark because, as he admits in the daily’s story, he intentionally runs red lights and speeds through intersections because he’s opposed to the program. No matter what your opinion of SafeLight/SafeSpeed is, we should all agree that in his bid to make a point Henderson has become a menace to public safety. Someone needs to get this jackaloon off our streets asap!
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While hopes are high for turnout this fall, a new report from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate suggests that Louisiana's midterm face-offs may amount to nothing special in terms of votes cast.
The attorney hired by the Lafayette Parish School Board for a special investigation of Superintendent Pat Cooper has submitted his final report, though it may be another week before the findings are made public.
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Gideon’s Promise lauds G. Paul Marx’s work to improve the quality of indigent defense and helps train five new public defenders.
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AG says 50-year-old Terry Francis Savoy sold fraudulent Workers Compensation and Employers Liability insurance policies throughout the state.
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Lafayette attorney Michelle Meaux-Breaux has announced her plans to seek the Division E seat for judge in the 15th Judicial District.
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