Close the canals made by the oil and gas industry
Clean up and close abandoned wells
Protect the aquifers
Stop the oil and gas industry from being self-regulated.

[BP engineer] Kurt Mix did not cause the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. He cannot be blamed for the explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon, the corporate recklessness that created it, or the 11 lives lost and 4.2 million barrels of oil poured into the sea.

But on Monday morning, he will become the first man tried in connection with the worst environmental disaster in American history.

With next year’s registration under way for New Orleans public schools, it is vital for every school participating in the centralized enrollment system developed in 2012 to honor OneApp’s rules.

That didn’t happen this year with schools run by the Orleans Parish School Board. The board allowed its five direct-run schools to bail out of OneApp two-thirds of the way through, which caused dozens of families to scramble over the summer to get children placed in a school.

Now it’s evident that some schools that are supposed to be open to any child wanted to handpick their students rather than take the ones assigned to them through OneApp.

“After Bobby Jindal and the leges passed the “gold standard” of ethics in 2008, enforcement went from poor to non-existent.

Assuming the Ethics Board was serious about enforcing the law, the mechanism for doing so makes it nearly impossible from a legal standpoint.

Additionally, the Jindal Administration and the leges have refused to change the law to make it enforceable and have refused to provide adequate funding to enforce it.”

In a partial redo of one of the darkest civil-rights cases in the city’s recent memory, federal prosecutors will be weakened significantly in their case against [New Orleans police Officer David] Warren, legal pundits say, by an appeals court ruling last year that overturned his 2010 conviction for the fatal shooting.


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...