Most importantly, [a high-rise building] would diminish, or block, the view of the levee.

The Mississippi River levee is something all of my subjects reminisced fondly about when discussing their childhoods.  I documented tales of skinny-dipping (even though they weren’t supposed to), the distinct smell of the river, large passing ships, flying kites and grazing horses.  The levee is part of the Holy Cross experience.

One of his wins is a longtime goal of some GOP lawmakers and industries: getting access to the data that underly two major epidemiological studies backing up several major EPA air rules.

The agency has long resisted such calls, saying the raw data Vitter wants isn’t all in one place: It was compiled over many years from numerous scientists and private institutions, which often own the information.

But repeated prodding by Vitter has done the trick — mostly. The agency has contacted researchers to get the raw data behind those studies, using the leverage of an amendment that requires all federally funded research data to be available to the public.

In the largest prison protest in California’s history, nearly 30,000 inmates have gone on hunger strike. Their main grievance: the state’s use of solitary confinement, in which prisoners are held for years or decades with almost no social contact and the barest of sensory stimuli.” The human brain is ill-adapted to such conditions, and activists and some psychologists equate it to torture. Solitary confinement isn’t merely uncomfortable, they say, but such an anathema to human needs that it often drives prisoners mad.

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...