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Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office accuses whistleblower of missing work; Nitrate pollution increasing in river

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office leveled new accusations Friday against a deputy after a NOLA.com | Times-Picayune report made public the jailer’s fears that the office is retaliating against him for being a whistleblower.

The Sheriff’s Office accused Deputy Bryan Collins of missing work without approval and questioned his actions in a jailhouse attack that Collins helped expose by sending photos of the bloody cell to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

I had several conversations with Gusman, months ago, about the jail. Each time, he reminded me that OPP is filled with “bad people,” as if they deserved to be treated like human detritus — before being returned to our streets angrier and more violent than ever. Gusman obviously forgets that on any given day hundreds of men in his jail haven’t even stood trial yet, that some in fact are innocent, and that many are not violent (at least, they weren’t when they entered Gusman’s circle of hell).

It’s time for people to recognize the link between an inhumane jail and the city’s high crime rate.

A Lower 9th Ward church and school damaged during Hurricane Katrina and run by a minister who has dabbled in city politics, have not properly accounted for more than $326,600 in federal aid spread across seven recovery projects, the state legislative auditor has found.

Alabama has grown its enrollment over the past decade from about 20,000 students in 2003 to just under 35,000 today. LSU, on the other hand, lost about 2,000 students over the same time, putting its current enrollment at just under 30,000.

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About Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and the Federal Flood he helped create the Rising Tide conference, which grew into an annual social media event dedicated to the future of New Orleans.