Government & Politics
Landrieu, judges still at loggerheads over location of new courthouse | The Advocate – Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants to move Civil District Court into Charity Hospital, but some Civil District judges want an all-new facility at Duncan Plaza. The article discusses several ways this dispute might play out.
The Wisner hearing – LSU weighs in | American Zombie – Blogger Jason Berry is surprised that LSU filed a memo in support of the Wisner heirs’ claim that their portion of the lucrative trust is perpetual. “From a political standpoint,” Berry writes, “something has clearly shifted behind the scenes.”
Why Is Neighborhood-Based Discrimination Still Acceptable? | GOOD – Andr Perry, once CEO of the former UNO charter school network, is now a dean at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich. He cites a 2012 study that found wide disparities in life expectancies in New Orleans neighborhoods.
For instance, in New Orleans where crime, unemployment, poverty and limited educational opportunities burden too many residents, heart disease mortality in the poorest zip code in the city is almost five times higher than the next highest rate in the city. Overall life expectancy for New Orleanians varies by as much as 25 years depending on the zip code.
Hopes high at English Turn for revival of gated community’s fortunes | The Advocate
Richard Campanella, an urban geographer with Tulane University, said the gated communities of a quarter-century ago now find themselves at odds with the current trends in residential development: city living, “authenticity” and character, walkable urban communities and no commutes.
Gated communities, he said, “are increasingly viewed as distant and estranged from the social and urban fabric, dependent on automobiles and designed more to keep the rest of society out than to embrace and engage it. Plenty of Americans still seek that residential lifestyle, but more and more — including their own children — want the exact opposite.”
Planned multifamily rental complex in Lower 9th Ward hits snag | The New Orleans Advocate – “The Louisiana Housing Corp. declined last week to provide tax credits to Global Green USA, which has proposed building a 20-unit, mixed-income apartment building at Douglas and Andry streets. The agency’s board, led by state Treasurer John Kennedy, said the project was too expensive and would be burdensome to taxpayers.”
Uptown tenants caught in ownership fight over building | WWL-TV – Tenants were given only 24 hours to leave their apartments before the landlord began to change door locks. The property is in the midst of an ownership dispute, and fire officials say it is unsafe.
At stolid federal courthouse, sweeping changes are afoot | The New Orleans Advocate – Criminal justice reporter John Simerman skillfully weaves together two stories about turnover at the federal courthouse. One involves incoming U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, who desired to bring in outside talent for upper management positions; the other is about the retirement of a public defender. The common thread is the budgetary challenges posed by sequestration. This is the must-read article in today’s roundup.
Order in Danziger case again highlights possible leak, perjury | The New Orleans Advocate – In his blockbuster Danziger order, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt says former federal prosecutor Sal Perricone’s explanation of a comment he made on NOLA.com comment is false.
No justice in New Orleans Danziger Bridge case | The Washington Post – The editors are totally unconvinced by the recent order for a new trial for the Danziger shootings.
Judge Engelhardt is right that the online comments were egregious, unjustifiable, unprofessional abuses of authority on the part of the lawyers. …
However, his conclusion that the online postings created a “prejudicial, poisonous atmosphere” that justified throwing out the convictions is a huge stretch. By that logic, overturning the convictions might also be justified by the TV show “Treme,” which began airing on HBO 14 months before the officers’ trial and depicts the New Orleans police as corrupt, brutal and violent. It’s a safe bet that more New Orleanians have seen “Treme” than the prosecutors’ online postings.
Some Notes about the SELFPA-E | NOLA-dishu – Blogger Clay digests news from the past month regarding the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, which filed a controversial coastal erosion lawsuit against nearly a hundred oil and gas companies.
Global warming pause ‘central’ to IPCC climate report | BBC News – “Scientists will underline, with greater certainty than ever, the role of human activities in rising temperatures. But many governments are demanding a clearer explanation of the slowdown in temperature increases since 1998.”
In Push For ‘Common’ Standards, Many Parents Left Uneducated | NPR –Though polls suggest most parents have not heard of the new Common Core standards, opposition is growing and political support is flagging.
Pre-K classes hurt Audubon’s finances | The Lens
Calling it a “tragedy,” Board Chairman Cornelius Tilton said the state doesn’t provide enough money for the city’s preschool programs — despite overwhelming evidence that students who attend those programs are more likely to do better in subsequent school years than those who don’t.