Lawsuit against Lafayette School Board dismissed

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Lafayette Parish School Board Superintendent Pat Cooper, left, speaks to Cajundome director Greg Davis prior to the start of the board's budget meeting on Sept. 11. Davis' federal lawsuit was dismissed Monday. Davis had asked the court to intervene in the board's budget process and to disqualify two board members from voting in any future termination proceedings against Cooper.

A federal judge dismissed Cajundome director Greg Davis’ lawsuit late Monday against the Lafayette Parish School Board and two board members, saying Davis has no standing to assert the claims in federal court. “It is unfortunate because this Court agrees the dysfunction, inaction, and poor example being exhibited by the Lafayette Parish School Board… Continue reading →

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Letter: Community support needed

The Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council is a coalition of independent education stakeholder groups with a common commitment to improve overall academic achievement, eliminate the achievement gap… Continue reading →


Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Auston O'Neill plays taps on the USS Kidd Tuesday during a stop in Baton Rouge with  his wife Bonnie as they tour the country in a National Spirit of '45 Unity Tour bus to bring attention to veterans and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2015.

Video: The Spirit of 45

The Express is part of the National Spirit of ‘45 Unity Tour and organizers Auston and Bonnie O’Neill are on a mission to raise public awareness about the… Continue reading →




Pam’s Party Line for Sept. 17, 2014

Photo provided by KATE BRADSHAW --- Friends of LPB ---  Volunteer Award recipients Charles and Frances Bennett, LPB President Beth Courtney and President's Award recipient Dr. Rani Whitfield enjoy the annual Friends of LPB meeting Sept. 9.

The election of officers and the recognition of some very deserving volunteers topped the agenda of the annual Friends of LPB meeting and reception Sept. 9 at the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Telecommunications Center. Robyn Merrick was elected board chairwoman.… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Whole grains and honey make for healthy snack cake

Associated Press photo by Matthew Mead -- Honey Applesauce Snack Cake With Orange Glaze has loads of fiber, healthy whole grains and a good taste.

My grandma Ursula relied on honey to solve nearly any culinary or health problem. Have a nagging nighttime cough? Swallow a spoonful of honey. Chocolate sauce not smooth enough? A dab of honey will do it. My mom loved honey,… Continue reading →



Police & Fire


Ranger Offshore acquiring Technip USA’s diving assets

Ranger Offshore Inc., a global marine and subsea construction and support services contractor to the offshore oil and gas industry, has signed an agreement to acquire Technip USA’s diving assets. The assets are used in the U.S. and Mexican Gulf of Mexico… Continue reading →