With the growing proliferation of video cameras — including those inside police cars and on Tasers, as well as surveillance systems and cell phones — police departments around the country are grappling with the issue of what to do when cops’ memories differ from what the cameras show. The human brain perceives and stores information differently during high-stress incidents, experts say, so videos often show things that police officers don’t recall from their own experience.
“People all around the world, and even most people here in Louisiana, saw the BP oil disaster as an unacceptable, reckless event,” said Marylee Orr, executive director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. “Here we have a domestic energy company that has had crude oil leaking continuously from their wells for nine years and with no apparent consequences from the government.”
New Living Word tossed from voucher program —The News-Star | The News-Star in Monroe has been on the New Living Word story since last year, when it reported that the little-known, poorly equipped religious school had been approved for 315 slots — more than any other school — in the state’s new voucher program. Its allotment was reduced to 150 after the report. An entire school year later, state education Superintendent John White has pulled the school from the program for overcharging the state by $4,500 per student, according to an audit. Read the paper’s accompanying editorial: “It was obvious more than a year ago that the voucher program launched was rushed without adequate review of the participants.”
Starting Monday, the hours of the ferry route will be cut by almost 40 percent, with late night and early morning trips sacrificed to stretch the system’s limited funding until a long-term solution takes shape. In a process that started last year, the boats have been cut off of the Crescent City Connection tolls that almost completely paid for the routes.
International Olympic officials require a host city to have a minimum of 45,000 hotel rooms. Tulsa has about 15,000. And the estimated price tag, which will almost certainly top $5 billion, is equivalent to more than half the state budget.
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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