Orleans Parish assessor questions private status of three Uptown streets | The Lens – Rosa Park, Dunleith Court and Richmond Place are posted with “private street” signs. But the properties aren’t taxed. Assessor Erroll Williams says something has to change: They may be public if the city has maintained them, or someone will have to start paying taxes.
Seven buildings would be demolished as CVS plan migrates to Elysian Fields at Claiborne | The Lens – The previous plan, to put the pharmacy on St. Claude Avenue in Marigny, drew fierce neighborhood opposition.
When was Carnival’s golden age? Take a look around — we’re living in it | The Lens – Contributing opinion writer C.W. Cannon claims that Carnival is more broadly participatory than ever, and its downtown culmination on Fat Tuesday is a public art form unique to New Orleans.
Government & Politics
Former mayor Morial fires back at Nagin over ‘Batphone’ | The Advocate – This is a story about legacy and historical narrative as much as it is about an emergency phone at City Hall. Now that Ray Nagin has been convicted of graft, former Mayor Marc Morial takes some shots at his successor.
Stephanie Grace: In the end, Nagin seemed small | The New Orleans Advocate – The corruption trial revealed that former Mayor Ray Nagin wasn’t an effective on the witness stand or as a criminal. (After all, he got caught and was found guilty on 20 of 21 counts.) Nagin’s leadership was highly questionable. He probably should have stayed in the business world.
A simple budget-cutting plan for Gov. Jindal and lawmakers: Robert Mann | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – State Treasury Secretary John Kennedy would find budget savings by axing fees paid to consultants. Collectively, Kennedy says, those contracts add up to over half a billion per year.
After Nagin conviction, star witnesses looking to shave sentences | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
While Nagin’s defense attorney Robert Jenkins made hay of their own misdeeds and self-serving motivations for testifying, it’s standard practice for prosecutors to go easy on those who cooperate early.
“There’s a public interest in not just capturing the smaller fish,” said Tania Tetlow, Tulane law professor and former federal prosecutor, “and the only way you get to the bigger fish is you reward the smaller fish.”
Two NOPD detectives plead guilty to theft, fraud charges | The New Orleans Advocate
Two New Orleans police detectives stood before a federal judge Thursday and admitted they conspired to steal thousands of dollars from a program used to fund undercover operations, paid off other detectives to keep the scheme under wraps and fraudulently collected payment for work they did not perform at Housing Authority of New Orleans sites.
Third-grader struck by passing car after getting off school bus | The Lens – The incident happened the day after Shaud Wilson was killed by a car as he ran across the street at his bus stop.
Common Core to get new name in Louisiana? Legislator says yes | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, claimed that legislators might do something “really silly” and change the name of Common Core in response to the intensifying opposition to it.
Arizona, Florida and Iowa already have changed the names of the national education standards in response to opposition, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee recently suggested other states follow suit, according to The Washington Post.
National audience to get a look at city’s high school marchers | The New Orleans Advocate – “The Whole Gritty City” documentary, which portrays marching bands as being an oasis of discipline and structure for many students whose neighborhoods are afflicted by street violence, will air Saturday night at 8 p.m. on CBS.
New Louisiana plan relies heavily on diversions to reduce nutrients causing Gulf ‘dead zone’ | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The state says diversions are the way to reduce its dead-zone contributions, but an environmental organization disagrees.
Toxins released by oil spills send fish hearts into cardiac arrest | Los Angeles Times – Low concentrations of oil can disrupt heart rhythms in tuna. BP promptly took issue with the findings.
Powerful voice questions Louisiana’s plans for rebuilding coast | FOX 8 WVUE – Brigadier General Peter “Duke” DeLuca of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers questions the state’s expectations of how quickly river diversions can rebuild coastal lands.