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   State Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas, who got plenty of ink earlier this year when he switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican, told Lafayette radio station KPEL-FM he intends to run for lieutenant governor in 2015. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser already has announced his own run, while Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden also has expressed interest. Meanwhile, Sen. David Vitter told Shreveport station KEEL-AM he was still weighing a Louisiana gubernatorial bid, but Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, seems to think Vitter's mind is already made up. He told KEEL, "Vitter is very, very close to announcing he is going to run" ...

   Allen Eskew, one of New Orleans' most famed architects who had a hand in everything from the 1984 World's Fair to the redevelopment of the riverfront near Canal Street, died Dec. 10 at the age of 65. Among his many other projects: Woldenberg Park, the renovation of the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina, Champions Square, and the planned "Reinventing the Crescent" project along the river in the Faubourg Marigny and Bywater. Two days after his death, his firm, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, received the Firm of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects, the group's highest honor ...

   WWL-TV personality Frank Davis died Dec. 9 after a long illness. The gregarious Davis, a New Orleans native, was known for decades for his "Fishin' Game" reports, his authentic accent, on-air cooking and "Naturally N'awlins" features about local people. Davis was 71 ...

   Two weeks after the national gay-rights lobbying organization Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued its second annual "Municipal Equality Index," ranking U.S. cities based on their LGBT policies, Shreveport adopted an ordinance protecting gays and lesbians against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The HRC had given Shreveport 16 out of a possible 100 points when it came to LGBT issues — not great, but well ahead of Baton Rouge, which scored a 7 (and has no such protection in place). The Shreveport City Council voted 6-1 to pass what it called the Fairness Act, which prohibits workplace discrimination. Penalties for violating the act begin at $500. — KEVIN ALLMAN


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