The old Pan American Life building on Canal Street is now open and being prepared as an administrative building for the new veterans’ hospital. The $2 billion UMC-VA hospital project has benefited hundreds of workers as well as Mid-City property owners.
“There’s a lot of property value increase,” said resident Josef Wright. “I think there’s a lot of mania at the moment, that should settle down once the hospital opens.”
Staying “us” | Library Chronicles – Blogger Jeffrey Bostick digests recent articles on tourism and authenticity. He concludes: “It’s fine to worry about how the tourism industry adds to or subtracts from the cultural meaning of ‘us’ but while we’re doing that we should also ask whether the industry serves us. Or do we serve it?”
Gov. Jindal: Leave education to local control | USA TODAY – The Louisiana governor cites the increasing involvement of the federal government as the reason why his views on Common Core standards flipped from support to opposition. Jindal opines: “As we have seen in Obamacare, President Obama’s Washington believes it knows better than the peasants in the states. But centralized planning didn’t work in Russia, it’s not working with our health care system and it won’t work in education.”
Louisiana’s top three schools, according to U.S. News, are Thomas Jefferson High School in Gretna and New Orleans Charter Science Academy and New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High. The rankings took into account a school’s minority and poverty enrollment, as well as performance on national and state standardized tests.
Parishes not part of effort to sidetrack wetland suits | The Advocate – “Even as the Louisiana Legislature is moving toward derailing the lawsuit a New Orleans-area levee board filed against 97 energy companies for damage to coastal marshes, lawmakers appear to be backing off action against similar litigation filed by Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes.”
The Oklahoma supreme court has dissolved its stay of the executions of two men who challenged the state’s secrecy about its source of lethal injection drugs. The court reversed the decision of a district court judge who said the law that keeps the source secret is unconstitutional.
The turnaround heads off a potential constitutional crisis sparked by the state’s Republican governor, Mary Fallin, who had tried to override the stay by issuing an executive order to go ahead with the sentences.
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...
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