Meanwhile, yesterday’s Scientific American noted how well flood protection proposals for Greater New Orleans match up with what scientists were recommending years ago. The magazine applauds New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana for making decisions about flood protection based on science rather than politics. (Scientific American link via @petercook) 

An ethics bill was indeed passed, but it failed to include most provisions that watchdogs had pushed for. During a conference committee between the Senate and the House, lawmakers stripped several amendments that would have required online financial disclosure, exposed “dark money” in state campaigns and required lawmakers to disclose financial interests in businesses that receive state contracts.

Facing officer shortages, a surge in homicides and unrelenting youth violence, Indianapolis police are turning ­toward community organizations more than ever to reduce crime by zeroing in on its root causes.

Seeking help with keeping tabs on the mentally ill, learning how to talk to teens and finding meals for poor families, IMPD is recruiting outside help to reduce the burden on its depleted ranks.

 Despite progress, in the last 50 years we have retreated from an honest conversation about racial and economic justice, and have opted instead for mass criminalization and incarceration leaving many poor and minority people marginalized and condemned.

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...