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  • After an early October debate was scheduled and then canceled under less-than-clear circumstances, U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry finally met for a verbal shootout on Halloween in the studios of Lafayette's KPEL-FM. Lafayette's Independent Monthly has, correctly, called it "a very ugly race." The two candidates, who have run a heated campaign for Louisiana's redrawn 3rd District, remained chippy, squabbling on air and calling each other liars. A day later, Scott McKay of the Baton Rouge political website The Hayride declared the match a draw, writing, "The debate was a reflection of the race as a whole. Trench warfare. It wasn't particularly enlightening or even entertaining."

  • Tulane University announced its new football stadium would be named Yulman Stadium, in honor of Richard and Janet Yulman, who donated $15 million for the facility's construction. The gridiron itself will be Benson Field, named, of course, for Tom and Gayle Benson, who chipped in $7.5 million. The total price tag is $55 million, and the university expects Yulman Stadium to open in time to host the 2014 Green Wave season ...

  • Speaking of Benson donations: Tom and Gayle Benson donated $10 million to Brother Martin High School Nov. 1, the school's largest-ever gift ...

  • Bobby Hebert was profiled in the Nov. 2 New York Times, which called him the "retired Saints quarterback turned omnipresent voice of Louisiana football," "at once informed and unhinged." Among its revelations: the Cajun Cannon has a Bob Marley mural painted on his fence and watches every episode of Bravo's Real Housewives ...

  • The Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX), a state-level partner of national sustainable community building organization Smart Growth America, selected New Orleans Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer to join its Local Leaders Council (LLC) advisory board. Palmer will represent New Orleans on the inter-city Rail Compact, which plans an inter-city rail service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. CPEX selected Palmer for her work advocating a Complete Streets policy for New Orleans. — Staff reports

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