Jindal looks for ways to intervene in levee lawsuit | The Advocate – Gov. Bobby Jindal contends that the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East’s lawsuit against the oil and gas industry should be dropped because it wasn’t authorized.
Flood, Rebuild, Repeat: Are We Ready for a Superstorm Sandy Every Other Year? | Mother Jones – “With sea levels rising along the East Coast, a natural phenomenon accelerated by climate change, scientists project that in our lifetimes what was once considered a 100-year flood will happen every 3 to 20 years.”
Swamp Thing: Lawsuit Blaming Oil Companies For Wetland Loss Might As Well Blame The Plaintiffs | Forbes – Forbes writer Daniel Fisher sees a number of problems with the levee board’s historic lawsuit, some of which include:
First, the Louisiana Supreme Court appears to have ruled out such claims in a 2005 decision. Second, lawyers tried the same arguments when they sued the Army Corps of Engineers for Hurricane Katrina damages to New Orleans, and got poured out of court. Finally, global warming and flood-control levees themselves probably have more to do with Louisiana’s shrinking coastline than anything the oil companies have done.
Check here for Orleans public schools’ opening days | The Lens – School starting dates vary throughout the month of August, so The Lens compiled one handy list.
A First-Generation Student Striving to Inspire Black Youth | New York Times – Two friends who graduated from a predominantly low income, African-American high school in Jackson, Miss., write essays describing their first year of college at separate Ivy League schools. Link to second essay here.
Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics and RSD AP | Crazy Crawfish’s Blog – The Crazy Crawfish claims statistics showing growth in Advanced Placement tests taken by Louisiana students may not be as rosy as Superintendent of Education John White claims. “White downplays the fact that school districts were incentivized to send as many of their students for AP tests as possible to prevent state takeovers,” the Crazy Crawfish contends. He also neglects to mention that, as a consequence of the enlarged pool of students tested, a greater percentage of them failed.
Government & Politics
White House report touts benefits of ObamaCare to Louisiana | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The Obama administration says that the Affordable Care Act bars insurers from denying health coverage to 265,855 Louisiana children with pre-existing conditions.
Billionaire Saints Owner Tom Benson To Score $400 Million Revenue Boost From Agreement With State | Forbes – “Now the richest man in Louisiana — worth $1.2 billion — Benson is set to rake in an estimated $392 million from state subsidies through 2025.”
Legislative Auditor reviewing Sheriff’s Office audit after Quatrevaux complaint | The Lens – Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said it’s unusual for Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s campaign treasurer to be the auditor of the sheriff’s office, but so far Purpera hasn’t found evidence of impropriety.
The Blame Game: Lawyers say 14-year-old consented to rape; shares blame | Tri-Parish Times – Victim advocates are outraged after Terrebonne Parish lawyers argued that a woman who was raped when she was a 14-year-old in juvenile detention deserves less money in damages because she consented to the violation.
City demolishes blighted house weeks after it was sold to developer to rehab | The Lens
In June, Peter Gardner bought a blighted house at 2335 Conti St. from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. He was given a year to renovate the small house in Mid-City, so he stabilized it and started to work on financing and architectural plans.
Monday morning, he drove up and was shocked to see that the building was gone — demolished earlier that day by a city contractor.