Government & Politics
No explanation provided to City Council for $8 million jump in workers’ comp budget | The Lens – The spike in claims costs coincided with the hiring of new firm to manage the program.
America’s Most Productive Metros | The Atlantic Cities – According to research by Atlantic Cities editor and cofounder Richard Florida, the local “knowledge economy” helps make New Orleans one of America’s most productive metro areas.
The shutdown isn’t bad politics for GOP governors | The Washington Post – This analysis contends Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent criticism of the government shutdown reveals his “interest in taking control of the party brand.”
Breaking: Herman Wallace Dies Just Days After Being Released from 40+ Years in Solitary | Democracy Now! – Just days after being released from prison, where he spent nearly 42 years in solitary confinement, Angola 3 member Herman Wallace died of cancer this morning. Yesterday, the state of Louisiana re-indicted Wallace for killing an Angola security guard in 1972.
Telly Hankton asks for access to government investigation into U.S. attorney’s office | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
New Orleans crime boss Telly Hankton on Thursday became the latest criminal defendant to use revelations of misconduct by Justice Department officials to try to help his case. Hankton’s defense team asked for a long list of records used to topple convictions in the unrelated Danziger Bridge case, in hopes of dissuading the Justice Department from seeking the death penalty.
Expungement costs make turning over a new leaf hard to do: Jarvis DeBerry | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The cost to clear one’s record can be a significant impediment for those desiring to turn their lives around. That’s why 70 attorneys were among the 200 volunteers who held an “expungement event” last Saturday.
Memphis program offers example for police and mentally ill | USA Today
“The struggle in many communities is whether police have adequate access to mental health resources to assist them,” University of Memphis professor Randolph DuPont said.
DuPont, who helped develop a national model for police response to the mentally ill that was first implemented in the Memphis Police Department in 1988, said it is not uncommon for officers to respond to one or two calls per shift involving a behavioral problem or mental disorder.
Companies curbing Gulf output as storm approaches | Bloomberg – Nonessential workers on oil platforms are being evacuated as Tropical Storm Karen heads towards what an oil company president describes as “the heart of the production center of the Gulf of Mexico.”
Dark Water – A Year After Hurricane Sandy | The New York Times – A gripping essay that contains many parallels to New Orleanians’ post-Katrina plight, including complex feelings of vulnerability, stress, and attachment.
BP trial finishes look at well-closing push, turns next week to tallying how much oil gushed into the Gulf | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
After BP witnesses spent the day backing the company’s claim that it did everything possible to stop the jet of oil in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and opposing lawyers worked to puncture their accounts, the round of the BP trial dealing with the three-month campaign to regain control of the blown Macondo well ended Thursday.
St. Tammany School Board committee adopts resolution seeking end of Common Core in Louisiana | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The North Shore school board “overwhelmingly adopted a resolution calling on Gov. Bobby Jindal, state Education Superintendent John White and BESE to abandon the Common Core standards and testing.”
Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp: ‘We’re boring our kids’ – Stephanie Simon | POLITICO.com – The founder of Teach for America is taking the educational approach global.
Young Black and Latino Men Are, in Fact, Going to College | The Atlantic – Instead of focusing on achievement gaps among minorities, a new study looks at approaches that are succeeding.
Project to restore Bayou St. John shows new approach to water management in New Orleans | The Lens – Dredging at the mouth of Bayou St. John is nearly complete, with the sediment being used to anchor wetlands that will foster wildlife. The dam that was compared to a coronary blockage has been removed, allowing water to pass more freely. Proponents say the project shows how the city can live with the water around us, rather than fight it.
“The bayou is our best case in point as a feature that helps to hold water and control interior flooding, and at the same time is an economic amenity,” said Michael Hecht, the chief executive officer of Greater New Orleans Inc., the nonprofit economic development group that is promoting the Urban Water Plan.