A New Orleans Magazine article says local retail is “Hot as a Pistol” and quotes veteran retail analyst Don Schwarcz, who says: “I haven’t seen the New Orleans economy this vibrant since the late ’70s and early ’80s when the oil business was booming here.” 

The WDSU I-Team went price-shopping at the coroner’s office, where some say that the Orleans Parish coroner is charging cut rates while doing three and four times the amount of work as similar agencies in the state. Some experts in the field of forensic medicine say the price Dr. Frank Minyard is charging for “out of parish” autopsies is suspect — not even enough to cover expenses. And the extra work means pathologists are exceeding recommended standards.

On Monday, the Supreme Court should have said that every state has the duty to pay for counsel for indigent criminal defendants and ensure them a speedy trial. The court should also have ordered an appeals court in Louisiana to reconsider its decision to uphold a conviction for murder and armed robbery. The court did neither. Its five conservative justices simply refused to decide the case, leaving the conviction and a life sentence in place.

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...