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Poorer communities continue to suffer lack of broadband access — and related opportunity

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The Lens is reposting this story, first published March 23, in light of news that The Times-Picayune will be cutting back to three published newspapers a week, focusing its efforts instead on online reporting. The accompanying map shows the wide swaths of the city where broadband internet access is not prevalent — meaning people there are not as likely to get the news that the TP will produce. 

By Matt Davis, The Lens staff writer |

Subscribers to high-speed Internet services in New Orleans are generally white and in the higher income brackets, according to a new nationwide study that also found  Louisiana lags the rest of the country when it comes to accessing broadband technology.

Public Defender says sheriff doesn't provide place for attorney, clients to meet privately

A new temporary jail built by Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman shows he is not serious about providing inmates with their constitutional right to private visits with their attorneys, according to a request for an injunction filed this morning. The Orleans Parish Public Defender’s Office filed the request in Civil District Court, alleging that Gusman is lagging in his response to an original lawsuit on the issue filed in October.

Gusman close to releasing city money

By Matt Davis, The Lens staff writer |

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman appears ready to release millions of dollars he has been withholding for city building projects from a powerful agency he controls. Gusman held a meeting of the Orleans Parish Law Enforcement District this afternoon, which effectively works as Gusman’s piggy bank for construction projects such as his planned new jail, as well as renovations to city-owned criminal-justice buildings.

NORD Commission picks new director; interim chief kept after national search

By Matt Davis, The Lens staff writer |

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission tonight appointed interim director Vic Richard as its new chief executive after a special hearing where the four finalists were interviewed. All but one member of the commission, Bobby Garron, who abstained, voted for Richard’s appointment.

Sheriff's deputy indicted after inmate says officer forced him to perform oral sex in jail

By Matt Davis, The Lens staff writer|

A former Orleans Parish Sheriff’s deputy accused in September of forcing an inmate to perform oral sex after handcuffing him and taking him to a jail closet has been indicted on charges of second-degree kidnapping, sexual battery and malfeasance in office. Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman fired former Sheriff’s Deputy Dejuan Thomas following the alleged incident.