No escape if you’re late: Even small surges will flood sections of I-10 east and west | The Lens – An engineering team finds that even small storm surges can render the Interstate-10 evacuation route useless. The state would like to raise the interstate highway or build levees to protect it, but lacks the funds.
Hurricane Amanda Just Set an Ominous New Record | CityLab – A hurricane in the eastern Pacific set a new intensity record for the month of May. Global warming and El Niño conditions could spell trouble for California and Mexico’s Baja peninsula — but might make for a more subdued Atlantic storm season.
Are We Underestimating America’s Fracking Boom? | The Wall Street Journal – Great explanation of the “expensive, elaborate and dirty work” planned at the new Sasol plant near Lake Charles. The article fulfills the promise of its lead: “Start with exotic Nazi technology, take a detour with South African apartheidists, and add a bit role for Iranian imams. What you have is—what else? —one of the most improbable and important American business stories of the past decade.”
Head of charter school association criticizes Cedric Richmond for voting against expanded charter funding | The Lens – Caroline Roemer Shirley, executive director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, criticizes U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-N.O., for his opposition to a bill that would expand who could apply for federal grants to launch and improve charters.
Strong test performance lofts military charter into ranks of city’s elite schools | The Lens – You think military schools toss kids for slightest infraction? The New Orleans Military Maritime Academy Academy defies military-school stereotypes by maintaining top scores with zero expulsions.
High School Disconnection: Insights from the Inside | Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives – The report estimates that 14,000 low-income New Orleans youth are disconnected from the “systems meant to prepare them for their futures.”
Bill that would hide sources of lethal-injection drugs now heads to Senate floor | The Lens – A Louisiana prison agency considered illegally getting execution drug supplies from a company unlicensed in the state. A new bill sponsored by state Rep. Joseph P. Lopinto III, R-Metairie, would keep confidential the name, address and other identifiers “of any person or entity that manufactures, compounds, prescribes, dispenses, supplies or administers” execution drugs.
NOPD staffing disputed | The New Orleans Advocate – The New Orleans Inspector General recommended that sworn NOPD officers be removed from desk duty and put on patrol.
Victim analysis is new tool in NOPD crime-fighting strategy | FOX 8 WVUE – Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas are disturbed by a spate of gun violence during the past six days that included 24 shot and five dead.
While investigators work to solve the recent shootings and murders, they’re calling on the people who know something to come forward. In addition, Serpas said the NOPD now has someone on the force who creates a crime analysis of victims. He said that information is helping to develop leads.
Government & Politics
Why Bobby Jindal will never, ever be president: the complete edition | Blog of New Orleans | Gambit – Political columnist Clancy DuBos outdoes himself enumerating reasons why the governor should give up his dreams of national office. Previously, I’ve argued that Jindal has a chance at the White House.
In Louisiana, embattled Senate Democrat Landrieu tests power of energy-post clout | The Washington Post
In her first extensive national interview of the campaign, [Louisiana U.S. Sen. Mary] Landrieu told The Washington Post that she hopes voters conclude this: “Washington is broken, but Mary Landrieu’s record isn’t. Washington might not work together well, but Mary Landrieu’s been able to deliver.”
Preservationists vs. developers on Canal Street | Gambit – Development is at a standstill at the corner of Canal and Tchoupitoulas, one of the city’s premier intersections.
$11 Million Tulane Avenue Streetscape Kicks Off | Canal Street Beat – The project will shrink Tulane Avenue from six lanes to four, and make it more amenable to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.