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Truck stop owner plans to pursue another tiger, stuff Tony for display; critic calls that 'disrespectful'


The owner who decided to euthanize Tony, the Bengal tiger that spent the 17 years of its life as the roadside attraction for a Grosse Tete truck stop, says he intends to create a memorial for the animal and will seek through the courts to overturn a state law that blocks him from getting another tiger. Read more

Photos: Caretakers say truck stop tiger has been 'blessing,' erect memorial in his memory

Friends and family members gathered outside Tony the tiger's cage in Grosse Tete to hold hands, pray and memorialize him on Monday and Tuesay. Tony, who spent 17 years as a truck stop attraction, was euthanized after the aging tiger's health took a sharp decline. "We just thanked Tony for the 17 years he has been a blessing to us," Owner Michael Sandlin said. Read more

World War II POW, Father Joseph Lafleur, posthumously awarded service medals


OPELOUSAS — About 10 years ago at a Catholic church, a fellow parishioner of Suzanne Guerra’s handed her prayer card with a photographed portrait on it. The photo struck her: it depicted the priest who baptized her more than 60 years prior, although the person who handed it to Guerra had no idea. Guerra didn’t even know at that time the role that priest had played in her life. But she did recognized the photo from the side table in her grandmother’s home in Abbeville. Read more

1 suspect arrested in St. Martinville shooting; 2nd at large


An 18-year-old Breaux Bridge man has been arrested in the Oct. 11 shooting in St. Martinville that critically wounded a 19-year-old man. The victim was found suffering from a gunshot wound in his car about 3:30 p.m. in the 5000 block of Main Highway. Read more

Man killed early Tuesday while walking along U.S. 90 in Iberia Parish


A 27-year-old man from Scott was killed early Tuesday after a sport-utility vehicle struck him as he walked along U.S. Highway 90 in Iberia Parish, State Police said. Read more

Iberville Parish Council outlaws flag burning; ACLU says move is unconstitutional


PLAQUEMINE — Burning flags in Iberville Parish will cost those involved up to $1,000 and/or some time in jail, under an ordinance the Parish Council unanimously adopted Tuesday prohibiting desecration of the American flag, Louisiana flag and parish flag.     Read more

Pelicans primer: Here's what you need to know as New Orleans opens season Wednesday vs. Grizzlies

The New Orleans Pelicans open their season at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Memphis' FedExForum as they take on the Grizzlies. Click right to see more stories. Read more

Mrs. Louisiana State Kelli Hutchinson Chappuis talks pageant prep, how she plans to use her platform


As a baby, Kelli Hutchinson Chappuis was Little Miss Baton Rouge, then Little Miss Cupid. After more than 30 years away from the pageant scene, she has a new title — Mrs. Louisiana State. Read more

Fete: Ladies, Start Your Engines


Krewe of Xanadu revved its Mardi Gras motor at “Amazing Race,” a fall social plus scavenger hunt, courtesy of Kacey Patrick, Lissa Adkins and Stefani Celio. There was dinner, dancing and DJ Jeramie Kinnerson to get the party started before teams competed for prizes and prestige. “Some are judges; some will race,” said Debbie Mills, herself on the judging committee. Oyster shots, Brie and apple appetizers, light-up tutus from Party City — what happens at the Home2 Suites stays at Home2 Suites. Clearly welcoming some Carnival chaos were Maria Blandin, Gabriel Bartels and, ladies, we’d still like to know what the buffalo head was about. Read more