Levee board opens door to settling lawsuit | The Advocate – The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East offered to pause its coastal erosion suit against oil and gas companies while it pursues alternative strategies with the Jindal administration, which opposes the suit.
With New Orleans’ new levee system complete, local officials worry about paying for its upkeep | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Will citizens in the New Orleans area be able to afford to maintain the new levee system that protects them? Do we have a choice? In a companion story, environmental reporter Mark Schleifstein reports that the levees will greatly reduce flooding even in 500-year storms, providing that the system is maintained and coastal restoration progresses.
Rising Seas | National Geographic – This article mostly focuses on the vulnerabilities of low-lying East Coast cities such as New York and Miami.
Former NOPD Officer apologizes to family of unarmed man he killed | FOX 8 WVUE – Powerful video of former New Orleans police officer Josh Colclough’s apology to the family of Wendell Allen, an unarmed man he shot in March. Josh Colclough resigned from the force and insisted on meeting with Allen’s family.
New Orleans “Taliban” gang targeted in state indictment | The Advocate
A state grand jury has handed up a racketeering indictment accusing eight alleged members of a street gang known as “The Taliban” with meting out violence and other intimidation in the Pigeon Town area, including a brazen drive-by shooting on the Pontchartrain Expressway that killed a man in 2011.
Course Choice voucher program will serve all students who want it for 2013-14 | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – “Enrollment in Louisiana’s unique Course Choice pilot program will reach almost 3,500, after the state Department of Education found $1 million to clear the 1,000-plus student wait list.”
Viewpoints on Charter Schools | Contexts – This magazine, published by the American Sociological Association, asked several high-profile educators to write about charter schools. The first commentary is by Tulane University’s Carl L. Bankston III and is titled “What New Orleans can teach us.” Don’t miss the other articles, including one called “Charters Can Desegregate Our Schools.“
New Orleans schools need to be more inclusive: Jarvis DeBerry | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
Public schools in New Orleans have never been perfect, and it doesn’t take a prophet to point out that they never will be. But there’s a difference between expecting perfection and expecting that schools that are legally obligated to educate the public actually educate all the public and not just a more privileged few.
‘Reinventing the Crescent’ reconsidered: mere gentrification or good for us all? | The Lens – In an op-ed, Daniel Wolff argues that Baltimore’s experience with the Inner Harbor redevelopment is a cautionary tale for those who would redevelop New Orleans along the Mississippi River.
It’s Not the Apocalypse, It’s NOLA’s War on Go Cups! | Eater NOLA –Roundup of coverage on this week’s social media dustup about whether new rules are threatening New Orleans’ go-cups. I’ll let readers decide whether this is creeping intrusion on drinking culture or hysteria.
Government & Politics
City of New Orleans close to goal of housing 200 homeless people in 100 days | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Impressive news:
The city of New Orleans and a coalition of homeless advocates and government agencies are close to achieving an ambitious goal — finding housing for 200 chronically homeless people in 100 days.
The initiative is part of a national effort to end chronic homelessness by 2015. It’s not only possible for New Orleans to achieve that goal, but it could be the first city to do so, said Martha Kegel, executive director of Unity of Greater New Orleans, a homeless advocacy group.
Just a rant about local TV news ripoff of another’s research disguised as ‘investigative’ reporting on public funds misuse | Louisiana Voice – Blogger Tom Aswell complains about how a Baton Rouge TV news station lifted blogger C.B. Forgotston’s analysis about a lack of compliance by nongovernmental organizations that receive state funding.