…the New Orleans where I grew up wasn’t some hip place you moved when you didn’t know what to do with your life. It wasn’t a “blank slate.” It was a place where you lived because you had ties there, because you were stuck there or because your job was there.
You didn’t just come to New Orleans with a guitar and a dream.
City bulldozes community garden in dead of night | New York Post – A developer bulldozed a decades-old community garden in Brooklyn under the cover of darkness early Saturday morning. The work crew crated the garden’s chickens and drove out a small colony of feral cats to make room for a 5,000-seat amphitheater. The $53 million development was approved by the City Council last week over the objections of neighbors and the area community board.
Government & Politics
Top 10 political stories of 2013 | Gambit – Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos recounts the biggest local stories of 2013, including the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East’s landmark lawsuit against the oil industry, former mayor Ray Nagin’s indictment on federal corruption charges and the surprisingly lively 2014 mayoral election.
Ex-NOPD officer wins delay of re-sentencing as he seeks new trial for Henry Glover burning | NOLA.com – A federal judge postponed the resentencing of Gregory McRae, the former New Orleans cop convicted in 2010 of burning the body of Henry Glover in an attempt to cover his killing by David Warren, another former officer. Last year, a federal appeals court reviewed the Glover case, overturned Warren’s conviction and ordered McRae, who was serving 17 years, resentenced. Then last month, a jury acquitted Warren. McRae’s resentencing, originally set for January, is now scheduled for March while his lawyers seek an appeal.
Teachers find home visits help in the classroom | The Associated Press – The AP profiles Missouri’s HOME WORKS! program, where teachers conduct periodic visits to their students’ homes. The nonprofit HOME WORKS! program is modeled after one in Sacramento, Calif., that over the past decade has since spread to more than 300 schools in 13 states, with active programs in Washington, Denver, Seattle and St. Paul, Minn. Program leaders say participation leads to better attendance, higher test scores, greater parental involvement and fewer suspensions and expulsions.
But the questions raised by the Auditor’s Office revisited issues that lawmakers considered — and discarded — during their 2012 debate on the program. They instead chose to leave most of the accountability requirements for the private schools to the Education Department.
In addition to the shocking discovery that Millennials don’t really think about light bulbs that much, the survey found that only four in 10 respondents are aware that on Jan. 1, 40W and 60W incandescent bulbs, the most popular light bulbs in America, will join energy-wasting compatriots, 75W and 100W incandescent bulbs, in A-shape heaven when their domestic manufacture and import completely ceases.
Charles Maldonado is the editor of The Lens. He previously worked as The Lens' government accountability reporter, covering local politics and criminal justice. Prior to joining The Lens, he worked for...
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