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Greenfield wins in St. John, for the moment

After the parish council granted heavy-industrial zoning to Greenfield Louisiana for its grain terminal, Greenfield’s legal counsel thanked supporters for enduring a lengthy legal back-and-forth. But the Banner sisters, founders of The Descendants Project, pledged that the battle would continue.

Let the bargaining begin

In a Tuesday letter to Tulane University president Michael A. Fitts, a group of non-tenured faculty asked him to recognize their new union, Tulane Workers United. An election is likely in early May.

Flood of suggestions

Recommendations for fixes to the city’s chronically troubled Sewerage & Water Board are now flowing from Gov. Jeff Landry’s task force and from the Water Justice Fund, which issued a report earlier this year. Advocates warn that, without a new revenue structure that includes tax-exempt properties, customers could shoulder the financial burden for citywide problems.

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There’s healing to be done in New Orleans, say descendants of Homer Plessy and John H. Ferguson

At the top edge of the Bywater, where Royal Street crosses the railroad tracks, a plaque marks a moment that changed our nation’s history.  A shoemaker named Homer Plessy was arrested here in 1892 for sitting in a passenger railcar designated for “whites.”  The arrest was planned; Plessy’s friends, the Citizens Committee, called ahead to…

Paintbrush, iPad, or Glock?

Recently, I attended a showcase at the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center, where this city’s arrested youth are held pre-trial. I was invited by artist Journey Allen, who directs youth education for the Young Artists Movement (YAM), the citywide mural initiative that I helped to found eight years ago. To present the showcase, JJIC set up…

Entergy’s quiet power moves 

Lately, public scrutiny has shined a bright spotlight on Entergy New Orleans’ $1 billion Operation Gridiron. The New Orleans City Council has been rightfully cautious, given the fees that would hit residents and the recent evidence of company deceit in pitching their plans to the council.  Operation Gridiron is highly visible, taking center stage. But…


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