Medium Rare

by Patrick Flanagan

Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013:

Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013:

UL QB Terrance Broadway

Bikers make merry
Forget the gruff exterior, these leather-clad riders from the Lafayette Biker Coalition showed their softer sides and the spirit of the season in this report from the Acadiana Advocate about eight fifth graders surprised by the group this week with new bicycles.

Broadway fit for battle?
With the Cajuns gearing up for their third consecutive run for a NOLA Bowl title on Saturday, this story from The Daily Advertiser tackles one big question still lingering on the minds of the team and fans: Will UL's starting quarterback Terrance Broadway be ready for action so soon after undergoing surgery on his throwing arm?

Into the fire
Here's a story of holiday heroics from Vermilion Today about Nelson Rideaux, an Abbeville electrician who didn't think twice before dashing into a flame-engulfed mobile home to save the owner's dog.

Here's an interesting story from The Daily Iberian about an RC speedway under construction at New Iberia's City Park. Once complete, the dirt track - which has caught the attention of Lafayette's Big Boy Toys & Hobbies and Hobby Town USA - will include jump ramps and spectator seating and be able to handle car speeds of up to 90 mph.

From Gangster to Crusader
After spending 27 years in the Louisiana Penitentiary at Angola, Ashanti Witherspoon knows what bad decisions can come from smoking crack cocaine and living the life of a gangster, and as reported here by the Opelousas Daily World, he's on a mission to share his story, stopping Thursday for a visit with students from the Opelousas Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts.