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How The Lens is using Google Consumer Surveys to generate revenue | The Lens
We chose Google Consumer Surveys because it’s a relatively non-intrusive way for us to monetize some of the traffic to The Lens. And unlike a paywall, our readers don’t have to pull out their wallet. …We plan to roll this out slowly and selectively, placing the surveys on particular pages and for certain visitors.
Government & Politics
Jindal’s national ambitions begin to tell on his effectiveness, lawmakers contend | The Lens – Has Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “chronic absenteeism” hampered his effectiveness in state policy matters? Some lawmakers are concerned. So is BESE president Chas Roemer who, like Board of Regents chair Bubba Rasberry, hasn’t met with Jindal in over a year.
Jindal and Obama — Two peas in a pod! | Jim Brown’s Blog – In a blog post Brown notes similarities between the governor and president, including an often aloof approach to politics. The former state insurance commissioner quips: “Two of the loneliest spots in the nation on the weekend are the White House and the Louisiana governor’s mansion. “
1 In 5 Vacant Buildings In Chicago Have Been Empty Over Five Years | Chicagoist – Banks aren’t maintaining their foreclosed properties, and buildings are languishing and becoming blighted.
New Orleans was state’s fastest-growing city in 2010-13 | The Advocate – The Crescent City has grown over 10 percent in recent years, an increase of 34,886. Baton Rouge has shed population, but by less than 1 percent.
This 7th Ward Skate Park Comes With A Water-Management Plan | WWNO – City drainage canals can be both fun and useful.
La. House committee votes to kill levee board lawsuit | The New Orleans Advocate
A Louisiana House committee Wednesday voted to specifically kill the lawsuit filed by a New Orleans-area levee board.
The House Committee on Natural Resources amended Senate Bill 469 to say that the Louisiana Legislature wants this measure to apply retroactively, and that lawmakers oppose the lawsuits filed last year by Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against 97 oil and gas companies claiming environmental damage to the marshes.
U.S. forecasters to predict slow hurricane season | Associated Press – However, forecasters were (thankfully) wrong last year when the busy storm season they expected didn’t pan out.
BP will take Gulf spill settlement fight to Supreme Court | Fuel Fix – Billions in settlement payments may be put on hold until the Supremes weigh in. I’m not sure if this is BP’s best chance to rework the settlement deal, but since it’s also their last chance it doesn’t really matter.
Thinking about college begins early at Lake Forest Elementary; budget hearing scheduled | The Lens – The high-performing elementary school exposes children to college and encourages students to research and visit colleges. Enrollment at Lake Forest is projected to number 550 students as the school transitions to a new facility on Lake Forest Boulevard.
TOPS is terrific, so reform it: James Varney | NOLA.com/The Times Picayune – Columnist Varney observes: “This is a passingly strange situation. The word ‘sustainability,’ unknown in the American liberal vernacular, is everywhere on the lips when it comes to TOPS [tuition program].”
Louisiana lawmakers refuse to change their own Tulane scholarship program | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – “A Louisiana House Committee killed the last remaining effort to tweak and provide more transparency for the state Legislature’s controversial Tulane University scholarship program Wednesday morning.”
DOJ report found that Perricone, Mann acted alone, in secret | The Advocate – Other prosecutors in U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office likely did not know about Sal Perricone and Jan Mann’s online shenanigans, according to an investigation by the Department of Justice. The report concluded that Perricone and Mann “engaged in extensive and intentional prosecutorial misconduct.”
Gusman a no-show as city unveils new plan for Orleans Parish Prison | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Given the vast differences in preferred size of the new jail, Sheriff Marlin Gusman said his time would be better spent thinking about “actionable” ideas, rather than appear before the City Council committee.