Live blog Thursday: Ben Franklin board holds public hearing on unionization effort | The Lens – Most of the teachers at Ben Franklin High School signed a petition to join a union.
KIPP plans 10 percent enrollment hike; vows to uphold Common Core even if state sacks it | The Lens – Even if the state backs off, KIPP’s chief academic officer Todd Purvis says the charter network is sticking with Common Core standards: “That’s a bar we want to set for our kids. We want our kids to write like that; we want our kids to read like that, and we want them to understand math like that.”
Government & Politics
Live blog: City Council to consider rezoning for Holy Cross development | The Lens – The highly controversial Holy Cross condo project is set to go before the New Orleans City Council today. The Lens’ Karen Gadbois will live-blog the proceedings.
Mary Landrieu’s Very Difficult Re-election | The New York Times – Can Landrieu “defy political gravity” one more time, and win re-election? Maybe not: “An analysis of election results, turnout data and exit polls shows that Ms. Landrieu is not immune to the anti-Democratic trend.”
A Mitch Landrieu-backed New Orleans tobacco sales tax proposal officially dies | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune — “An attempt to add 80 cents to every sale of a tobacco product in the city limits died Wednesday when a House committee rejected it for a second time.”
NOPD’s 8th District Gets Lie-Detecting Software | NOLA Defender – The new software measures voice stress to gauge truthfulness.
Marshall Coulter case: New details revealed in police report on 2012 home invasion | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The Marigny home invasion two years ago was “the first publicly known crime of violence Coulter is accused of committing, and the first involving a weapon.”
How to Fix the Death Penalty | The Crime Report – A bipartisan panel of criminal justice experts advises death penalty states to use a single anesthetic or barbiturate for executions, instead of multi-drug cocktails.
Retired Army major fights property discrimination case | The Louisiana Weekly – A retired army major suspects racial motivations lurk behind the denial of an alcohol permit for her French Quarter business.
Art at the intersection | NolaVie – A renovator paints lovely artistic scenes on grey utility boxes, which were formerly graffiti magnets.
Resiliency Growing Pains | Planetizen – Resiliency is a popular buzzword these days, having displaced sustainability. But what does it mean? According to blogger Walker Wells: “Resiliency means to be able to bend but not break, or to withstand major system stress without complete failure. Adapting — by protecting, modifying, or relocating buildings and infrastructure that are at risk — is a critical component.”
Battle against Formosan termites continues in the French Quarter, as swarming season approaches | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Efforts continue to reduce damage from the annual swarms, despite the demise in 2011 of a federal program that paid for termite treatments.
How the Chesapeake Bay became a new front in states’ vs. federal rights | Al Jazeera America – A multi-state effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay has some worried about federal overreach if a similar approach is used with the Mississippi River.