Sunday, May 31, 2009
They found that the driving records of the 308 bus drivers in their personal vehicles and buses show:
- At least 144 drivers, or 47 percent, have at least one driving or criminal offense.
- Eight were cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, three in the past 10 years.
- At least 41 were ticketed for wrecks involving heavy damages.
- At least 24 have three or more citations.
- One driver was cited in five wrecks.
- At least 51 were ticketed for careless operation, 18 of them involving heavy damage to a vehicle.
In addition, one driver was ticketed twice for having no child restraints in her personal car and several more were faulted for rear-ending other buses and passing stopped school bus
And the story that prompted the investigation.
Photo by: msmail
The Associated Press has the full story on the exhausting Texas win.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
As we mentioned last week - the free AKC Dog show is going on at the Cajundome
Also at the Cajundome - The Cajun Heartland State Fair continues
The Geronimo Music Fest kicks off today at noon.
The Daylily Festival is taking place a Magdalin Square in Abbeville until 3pm. It features plants, arts and crafts
The Miracle Worker is being performed at Cite des Arts
The Abbey Players are performing Cheating Cheaters
and it's Pet Adoption Day until 1pm today at Main Street in River Ranch
There is a new photography exhibit at the Paul and Lulu Hillard Art Museum that recently opened - Radical Visions: The Revolution in American Photography, 1945-1980 is a collection of American photographic images from the post-war years, a time of great innovation and discovery in the art world. The exhibit runs now through September 5th.
photo credit: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, 1953/1990s
Senator Vitter's Acadiana requests:
$100,000 to the City of Crowley Police Department to construct an emergency operations facility
$400,000 to Lafayette Consolidated Government for a mobile data terminal and mobile radio replacements
$2,500,000 to Lafayette Consolidated Government for drinking water line relocations and sanitary sewerage collection system relocations and upgrades
$1,400,000 to C&C Technologies to develop sensor enhancements for the Navy’s semi-submersive UUV
$4,000,000 to Gravois Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette for National Defence Force Protection Boats
$2,000,000 to the Lafayette Airport Commission for infrastructure construction
$1,500,000 to the City of Opelousas for I49 / US190 interchange construction
$2,400,000 to the Army Corps of Engineers in Iberia Parish for the Port
$10,400,000 to the Port of Iberia for dredging
$1,500,000 to Dr. Robert Stewart of UL to study carbon-rich waste streams
$1,200,000 to Vermilion Parish for Bayou Teche dredging
$415,000 to Vermilion Parish for debris removal
$27,000,000 to Southwest Louisiana / Calcasieu River for port and waterway improvements
Senator Landrieu's Acadiana requests
$400,000 to Lafayette Consolidated Government for mobile upgrades for the police
$4,000,000 to Gravois Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette for National Defence Force Protection Boats
$2,000,000 to C&C Technologies to develop sensor enhancements for the Navy’s semi-submersive UUV
$5,200,000 to Iberia Parish to dredge the Bayou Teche
$10,400,000 to the Port of Iberia for dredging
$15,660,000 to the City of Lafayette to relocate water and sewer lines for the Verot Road widening project
$30,000,000 to the City of New Iberia for sanitary sewer improvements
$250,000 to Iberia Parish to backfill two holding ponds no longer being used
$5,000,000 to Iberia Parish for Acadiana Regional Airport sewage projects
$910,000 to the City of Crowley to renovate the Grand Opera House
$1,000,000 to the City of Jennings for an Oil and Gas Museum
$1,500,000 to the Acadiana Outreach Center to build a mixed income housing development
$1,000,000 to the City of Opelousas for Transportation
$3,000,000 to Iberia Parish for Eagle Park improvements
$10,000,000 to Iberia Parish for road resurfacing
$980,000 to the City of Lafayette for Airport runway improvements
$7,500,000 to Iberia Parish for the Lewis Street road widening project
$1,000,000 to the City of New Iberia to build a multi-use conference center
$10,900,000 to Iberia Parish for road improvements
$1,000,000 to the Town of Sunset to construct a Town Hall
The Times-Picayune has a full story.
Click here to see all of Senator Vitter's appropriations requests
Click here to see all of Senator Landrieu's appropriations requests
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Lots of cool bands playing the Geronimo Music Festival this weekend. Headlining the event are Quintron and Miss Pussycat and Jambang, Greg Ginn's (founder of Black Flag) new outfit. Frankly, these two acts alone would be worth the price of admission, ($15 for an all day pass) but The Geronimo fest offers a lot more music. Other acts perfoming include Fleur de Tease, The Howdies, Mattrock and the Powerboxx, Dege Legg, and Arbor Vitae. There are many different styles of music represented, and both electric and acoustic stages. This is a really creative endeavour produced locally to highlight local bands from the Gulf Coast. To those who complain that there's no local bands outside of the Cajun and Zydeco genres, this is your chance to support the music and the musicians you love....right here in Lafayette.
Robin Wauters is reporting for Tech Crunch that Dallas Maverick's owner, Mark Cuban, has invested in New Orleans based NAKEDPizza. The restaurant has used Twitter to do must of it's marketing, and it focuses on all natural pizza. Here’s what convinced him to invest in NAKEDpizza:
“Simply the Worlds Healthiest Pizza. Based in New Orleans, it tastes good. They work their asses off.”
More NAKEDness and details can be found here.
Editors note: The Caps on Naked was their idea.
WAFB's Greg Meriwether is reporting about 200 protesters marched to the Governor's Mansion to deliver a petition protesting Gov. Jindal's decision to refuse federal stimulus funds. Jindal opposes changes in state unemployment laws that would make it possible to for the state to get $98 million in additional federal stimulus dollars for unemployment benefits. The Governor has contended that would lead to higher taxes for businesses down the road. More here.
Brian Allee-Walsh reported for the Times-Picayune that two practices during next weekend's min-camp will be open to the public. The mini-camp will run from June 5-7, and will consist of five practices. See the article here.
In other Saint's news, the House passed a bill that will allow the State to lease office space from Saints owner Tom Benson. Details here.
And finally, the NFL Players Union announced it will appeal the rulings on the
suspensions of five NFL players, including Saints Will Smith, Charles Grant, and recently released Deuce McAllister. Details here.
[[5/30 UPDATE: One of the alleged bandits has been arrested by the Lafayette Police Department, but her friend still remains at large]]
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Here's another photo of this amazing dolphin taken by Calcasieu Charter Service and posted on WDSU.com.
♪ Quintron & Miss Pussycat♪ Matt Rock & The Powerboxx Reunion♪ JAMBANG♪ Snarky Puppy♪ A Living Soundtrack♪ MyNameIsJohnMichael♪ The Crackbabies♪ Caddywhompus♪ Arbor Vitae♪ Oso Closo ♪Magic Legs♪ Big Rock Candy Mountain♪ Markings♪ Ginger Lee♪ Uma Zuma♪ Giant Cloud♪ The Specklers♪ Hatch ♪Vagabond Swing♪ Langolier♪ Dege Legg♪ Julie Williams Band♪ The Mundanes ♪ Ruby Rendrag♪ J Burton♪ Dane Broussard♪ ImagineIAM♪ VoSteen♪ Lovehog♪ Smurl♪ Herb Christopher ♪ Unicorn Fukr♪ Cama Lama♪ OttO♪ Rekanize♪ Jason Robo♪ Wop♪ Black Swan♪ Jinks aka Yellow♪ FlowTribe♪ Fleur De Tease♪ The Howdies
Advance wristbands are $15 and available at: http://geronimo.eventbrite.com. You can also purchase a wristband the day of the show at participating venues:
Artmosphere, Blue Moon Saloon, or Sadies.
(Note: If you buy a wristband online, you MUST pick them up the day of the festival at the hospitality tent before 1pm, with a valid id and a printed receipt of your purchase)
Author Donald Link made NPR's list of Top 10 Summer Cookbooks of 2009 with his book simply titled Real Cajun. Quoting Link, his recipe for his Super Bowl Sunday Seafood Gumbo starts with "At least 6 cold beers for the chef." Next thing you know, you'll be preaching okra to anyone who will listen and biting the heads off raw jalapenos without batting a lash." Read who else made the list here.
Representative Charlie Melancon found himself on a list of House Democrats that could swing votes away from
They’re all Democrats and all men. The nine mostly rural districts they represent are among the country’s most economically reliant on fossil fuels; their districts’ per-capita carbon emissions are, on average, more than three times higher than the national median. (This doesn’t mean people in those districts use more power than average folk, only that the industries located in those districts are carbon-intensive.)Read more here
Stop that emfuh
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
"Geronimo Music Festival is dedicated to help expand the community's involvement in the music scene by exploring other types of music from around the Gulf Coast region! We are determined to show Lafayette that through their support of the local independent music scene we can in turn help downtown development of all the arts. Geronimo Productions is geared towards inspiring people to get up and be active, creative, and productive and support the musicians that are right here in the area!
Sure we have festivals that do that such as Festival Internationale and Black Pot, etc but THIS particular one is focused on all those over-looked other types of music. We want to expand the minds of South Louisiana and develop a tight-knit musical community that will grow into something spectacular to unite people of all varieties."
Visit their website at: http://www.myspace.com/geronimoproduction
And be sure to listen to The Medicine Ball Caravan at 11am tomorrow on KRVS to hear the organizers talk more about the event with Cecil Doyle.
Full schedules will appear in this weeks Times and Independent.
The town of Jennings was featured in the pages of The New York Times today in an article about the growing willingness of Big Oil to consider partnering with Ethenol and Biofuel developers. The interest expressed by big oil companies is coming in the nick of time for small companies that desperately need capital and cannot find it these days in the private markets. Take the case of Verenium Corporation, a small company based in Cambridge, Mass., that here in Jennings is testing new forms of biofuels in alliance with BP. Instead of ethanol made from food crops, the partners are devising a version from grasses in the sugar cane family. Full story by Clifford Krauss
The Huffington Post had a story today about a Louisiana delegation including Sen. Mary Landrieu and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Lisa Jackson, which traveled to the Netherlands to learn more about the Dutch strategies dealing with flood management. The history of the Netherlands, where two-thirds of the 16 million population lives below sea level, has been shaped by its struggle to keep dry. The country is renowned for its hard-won expertise in water management and flood defenses. See the story filed by Dave Burdick here.
AP Photo/Peter Dejong
America's Wetland Foundation is sponsoring the 4Th Annual Storm Warning, Last Stand for America's Wetland, events this weekend to bring attention to the opening of hurricane season, and what this means to the rapidly receding wetlands of the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Festivities will begin on Saturday, May 30, and continue for 24 hours in several Louisiana cities. On June 1, the official opening of the Atlantic hurricane season, Lake Charles will host the “Sustaining the Unique Coastal Culture of Louisiana Summit” to discuss challenges and potential solutions for addressing the issues of sustainability unique to this vanishing landscape. Details here.
Photo by: Chuck Cook / Times-Picayune
Over the last few decades, Louisiana has had its share of avian invaders. House Finches from the east, Eurasian Collared Doves from the southeast, even Tree Swallows from the north have arrived and set up shop here. However, the biggest source of new arrivals has been from the south and west. Many birds that were once uncommon or rare in the state, such as White-winged and Inca Doves, are now common. Swainson's Hawks have been documented as breeders and are no longer a surprising summer sight in SW Louisiana.
For the full column, check out his blog SW Louisiana Birds
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Triplet also filed a story with the reactions from Saints coach Sean Payton, and McAllister here.
NPR's Nina Totenburg did a story on lesser known Supreme Court Nominee potentials and included on the list was Louisiana State Supreme Court Associate Justice Bernette Johnson, who was elected to the Louisiana State Supreme Court in 1994.
No. 8. College Town: Baton Rouge, La. (Metro area: Baton Rouge)
Primary university: Louisiana State University
Percentage of workers in university jobs: 2.8%
Job growth since 2008: 2.16% Data from Moody’s Economy.com.
Other towns to note: Provo UT, College Station TX, Tuscaloosa AL, and Seattle WA.
Here's the full story from ABC News, which does have a link to the Forbes site if you want to see the whole slide show.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Acadiana's own Calvin Borel is making unprecedented Triple Crown history by winning the first two races on two different horses and all eyes are on him for the Belmont. The New York Daily News just published a great feature story on Borel's journey from the bush tracks to the big time.
photo by: Haynes / Reuters
photo by: brew ha ha
Friday, May 22, 2009
In other police news, the Lafayette Police Department just concluded a 3 day sting operation that resulted in 26 people being arrested or summoned. The charges included Prostitution, Solicitation, Criminal Trespass, Possession of Crack Cocaine, Crimes Against Nature, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obscenity, and Possession of Schedule II Narcotics (Methadone). The official police press release can be found on the Lafayette Consolidated Government website.
The Associated Press is reporting that for the week ending May 16, there were 4,458 new claims for jobless benefits in the state, which is 1073 fewer then the 5,531 from the previous week - but still much higher than the 2,614 filed for the same week a year ago.
CNBC is reporting that Louisiana's unemployment rate rose to 6.2 % in April based on a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A full report from the State's Workforce Commision is expected to be released next Wedensday.
Then commence to rocking!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
photo by: cybertoad
“It was in the fall of 1879 that I met Charlotte Brooks. Brooks had been brought from Virginia and sold to a Louisiana plantation owner years before the Civil War. I have spent hours with her listening to her telling of her sad life of bondage in the cane-fields of Louisiana. She was always willing to speak of ‘old master and mistress.’ ”
The book opens:
"None but those who resided in the South during the time of slavery can realize the terrible punishments that were visited upon the slaves. Virtue and self-respect were denied them."
You can find the book available for sale on Amazon.com