The state Department of Education is using a rather puzzling excuse — the department is waiting for the process to be complete, citing the oft-abused “deliberative process” excuse employed by Gov. Bobby Voucher — as to why the public can’t see the communications and other documents surrounding the selection process for voucher schools participating in the new statewide voucher program. And The News-Star isn’t taking no for an answer. According to a report from the Gannett-owned Monroe daily, the paper has directed its lawyer to take action against the department for its blatant lack of transparency and abuse of public records laws. It’s the same reason Superintendent John White gave the Associated Press when it, too, asked for the same records. Sadly, this isn’t the first time DOE has chosen to ignore state public record laws. The Independent has experienced numerous records battles with the state agency, most of which begin by the department willfully ignoring records requests until legal action is threatened. Kudos to The News-Star for not backing down.
The most famous locally owned pizza joint in town has been forced to come up with a new name for its boudin pizza after being slapped with a cease-and-desist letter from a law firm representing the Pastime Restaurant, a Baton Rouge eatery that somehow managed to trademark “boudin pizza.” Baton Rouge, as in “not in Cajun Country where boudin was invented.” Dean-O’s owner Tim Metcalf says he was stunned when he read the letter. “Shock, anger, dismay — I couldn’t believe that could be done,” Metcalf admits. “[The term boudin is] so generic I didn’t think it was possible, but it’s done.” But Dean-O’s isn’t a lemonade stand, and Metcalf quickly made something sweet out his legal lemon, putting the word out on Facebook and soliciting ideas from patrons for a new name for his boudin pizza. More than 600 responded. “I thought I was gonna get 10 or 15 [suggestions],” he says. “There are some great ones. It’s going to take me a day or two to digest them and choose the winner. People in Acadiana are amazing. I can’t believe it.” Unfortunately, The Ind went to press before Metcalf announced the winner. Check us out online for an update.
Someone, somewhere, is making a killing off new business banners, one of which hangs on the hurricane fence surrounding Streamline Industries in Jeanerette complete with founder Jacques Hebert’s name, taking President Obama to task for a completely out-of-context quote. The banner reads, “We built this business without gov’t help. Obama can kiss our ass. I’m Jacques Hebert and I approve this message.” The banner references the now infamous “you didn’t build that” quote President Obama made in July. The quote, fuller and with context, goes like this: “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Obama is obviously referring to the taxpayer-funded infrastructure critical to business success, which the Karl Roves of the world managed to successfully spin for their own “socialist-Muslim-anti-small-business” narrative (in much the same way Dems took Mitt Romney’s “I like to fire people” quote WAY out of context). We should note that Streamline Industries is on U.S. Hwy. 90, a government-built road with government-built infrastructure like drainage and utilities. Surely the location had nothing to do with Mr. Hebert’s decision to locate his business there.
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.
Oilfield service company’s year-over-year revenues climbed 3.7 percent.
Move is part of company-wide consolidation of residential call centers.
Contentious deposition renders LOGA chief too ill to testify. Here's why.
Proposal for the upcoming legislative session would set Louisiana’s minimum wage at $10 per hour, beginning in 2015, up from the federal rate of $7.25 per hour.
Patrick Kane II recalls his mother awakening him 50 years ago to say his dad’s plane was missing.
His health affected by a contentious deposition last week, the LOGA chief says he can't testify (court will reconvene March 10).
Chair of the energy committee, Mary Landrieu (discussing the urgency of Keystone with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird) should get the respect she deserves in Louisiana.
A fundraiser co-chaired by former U.S. attorneys from both sides of the political aisle could signal the end of Mike Harson’s long grip on the D.A.’s office.
Former W. Home Furnishings owner Rene Ward faces seven years in prison.
Stuller’s Danny Clark focuses on satisfied customers and effective employees as he settles in as the company’s president/COO.
Sterling Ford-Lincoln of Opelousas ribbon cutting and the State of the Parish address
Increases in higher-end home sales say a lot about the health of the overall market.
Who joined whom or got promoted?
World-class athlete riding high in custom bike biz.
Setting the record straight on that February story in HuffPo
Liability waivers — what you need to know before you sign
A one-man operation, Brett Gauthier is bringing the oil and gas industry into the age of digital animation.
Planning a meeting with results
Local Ad Fed’s Copywriter of the Year and recently named creative director at Russo tapped for Boston Marathon project.
Forecasts for more frigid weather drive prices to highest level in four years.
CiCi's Pizza on Johnston Street will be torn down to make way for popular bakery-café Panera Bread's first Lafayette store.
A computer services company announced Tuesday that it plans to open a new technology center in Bossier City, creating 800 new jobs and bolstering efforts to position northwest Louisiana as a center for cybersecurity work.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,332 from the previous week's average of 2,566.
Auto dealership welcomes the community to celebrate