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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A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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