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Amnesty International asks Jindal to release prisoner after 40 years in solitary confinement; Elderly trust fund depleted

Wallace and fellow prisoner Albert Woodfox … were convicted of the murder of a prison guard in 1973, yet no physical evidence links them to the crime – potentially exculpatory DNA evidence has been lost and the testimony of the main eyewitness has been discredited. … Federal judges have overturned Woodfox’s conviction three times, while Wallace’s case is once again up for review before the federal courts.

New Orleans already is taking steps to adopt or implement sustainable strategies to deal with the city’s surplus stormwater, including developing rainwater storage areas on abandoned lots and developing new zoning regulations that would require the use of water-holding materials in building new streets, sidewalks and parking lots, a variety of city officials said Wednesday afternoon during the last of five Urban Water Series workshops.

The city declined to provide the current list of properties because an individual homeowner’s participation in the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is subject to the federal Privacy Act …

Based on 48 homes in the program, the federal government will spend an average of nearly $250,000 on each house. Most of the fully funded renovations run well over that number — up to $771,000.

Only 13 freshmen have enrolled [at the school] so far, but CEO Steve Barr says no worries. One hundred students enrolled as freshmen in 2012, but at this point last summer, he said, the number of enrollees was similarly small. Except it wasn’t. According to records, last year at this time there were three times as many freshmen who had signed up to go to the school.

Might this year’s entering class be a third of the size as last year’s?

Mr. Vallas gained fame for running districts in Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans, but he holds no advanced degree in education. On June 28, Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that he failed to complete a program that had been tailored for him to satisfy state requirements to serve as superintendent.

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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.