ArtWorks building sale complete; culinary institute hopes to open in 2016 | The Lens – The mothballed building near Lee Circle will work with programs from Delgado, UNO and Tulane.
Chain stores, rising rents may make Magazine Street the victim of its success | The Lens – Can Magazine Street be saved from chain stores? Two urban planners suggest we look to San Francisco.
Frenchmen Street Brass Band | OffBeat – The Young Fellaz Brass Band play on a new corner on Frenchman Street, but crowds clog the street and created safety issues.
The Deepwater Horizon Threat | The New York Times – S. Elizabeth Birnbaum, who directed the Minerals Management Service at the time of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, writes that “the Obama administration still has not taken key steps recommended by its experts and experts it commissioned to increase drilling safety.”
Infographic: Four years after the BP oil spill, the Gulf is still hurting | Restore the Mississippi River Delta – The ongoing impacts of the 2010 oil disaster are presented in a large graphic. (Via New Orleans Ladder)
How BP turned a whole community into an endangered species | Grist – African-American oystermen in Plaquemines Parish were among those who were hit hardest by the oil spill.
New hurricane maps will show whether your house could drown | Grist – The new maps from the National Hurricane Center will feature eye-popping colors in an effort to better alert coastal residents to storm surge dangers.
A Note to Our Readers on ‘Segregation Now’ – ProPublica – A useful, link-filled explainer of ProPublica’s massive, multi-part “Segregation Now” investigation on the challenges of integration in Tuscaloosa, Ala., schools.
Suspensions subtract from schools’ success: Jarvis DeBerry | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – In light of recent controversy over disciplinary policies at schools governed by Collegiate Academies, DeBerry asks, “Do black students need to be disciplined differently than white students?”
Jindal, educators reach agreement on teacher appeals | The New Orleans Advocate – A disciplinary hearing officer named by the state schools superintendent would replace review teams, which have been criticized by teacher union leaders.
DUIs and Drugs: Strictest State Enforcement | Addiction-Treatment.com – Compared to other states, Louisiana ranks near the top in marijuana arrests, but near the bottom in DUI arrests. Today’s editorial by the Times-Picayune editors argues that marijuana possession shouldn’t carry a 20-year prison term.
Oklahoma Plans Executions, But Doesn’t Want You to Know the Details | VICE News – Despite a court ruling and Eighth Amendment concerns, the state of Oklahoma continues to shield the identity of its lethal drug supplier. The Lens has covered similar issues that have arisen in Louisiana.
Government & Politics
Audubon spent $270,000 on failed ballot measure | The Advocate – Voters overwhelmingly rejected the millage extension in March. The Audubon Nature Institute’s finance report shows the considerable expense it put into the failed campaign.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu calls for making city’s economic growth inclusive to all | NOLA.com – Landrieu says, “The truth is, right now, many of our fellow citizens are struggling. It is shocking that 52 percent of African-American men in this city are not working. This is unacceptable. We cannot stop until we fix this problem.”