Akein Scott, 19, and Shawn Scott, 24, are accused of raining a hail of bullets on an unsuspecting crowd as a second-line celebration passed Frenchmen and North Villere streets Sunday afternoon. Police said the Scotts are members of the Frenchmen and Derbigny Boys, or the F and D Boys. The area surrounding that intersection is where the gang is known to sell drugs, according to sources familiar with the group.

“New Orleans City Councilwoman Stacy Head threw in the towel Thursday on her recently passed ordinance to loosen the city’s highly restrictive regulations for food trucks. Saying she saw little chance she could have mustered the five votes needed to override Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s veto, Head asked the council to defer a vote on the override, thereby killing the measure.”

“What’s especially stunning is that the President, the Attorney General, and the IRS are all suggesting that this was not a coordinated attack on conservative groups or individuals. No one was in charge directing this effort. Instead, they claim this was just the misguided work of low-level employees. If that’s true, then our worst fears about the IRS may be true: countless IRS agents are going rogue and using their government-backed power to carry out personal and political vendettas.”

(Via The Dead Pelican)

A decision by Los Angeles schools to ban “willful defiance” suspensions is the latest effort by districts around the nation to curb “zero tolerance” policies and find alternatives to keep disruptive kids in school. … Studies that show children kicked out of schools have a much greater chance of getting into trouble with the law. 

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...