Driving force for levee-board changes fights slippage; and testing in pre-K?

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Being the social butterflies that we are here at The Lens, we’ve overbooked our calendar with you, our readers, for next week.

We will skip our Breakfast with the Newsmakers event, previously scheduled for Thursday, May 22 at 8 a.m. Instead, we invite you to join us at another, more intimate event that evening.

The Lens’ reporters and editors will Talk the Beat with friends and supporters at the fascinating BrottWorks Design Studio on Freret Street. This is a chance to hear from reporters examining blight, education, New Orleans politics and state legislative issues.

You’ll also get to tour a home and studio that is on the front edge of environmentally conscious design and construction, and enjoy food and refreshments from Freret Street restaurants. And the art that comes out of this studio is simply stunning to see in person.

We hope to have a chance to talk with you at length on Thursday.

Steve Beatty

After [Marshall] Coulter’s recent arrests on a pair of burglary counts, “any case that this office had against Landry was irreversibly damaged,” Cannizzaro said in a written statement.

At first, Make It Right made homes available only to former residents of the immediate neighborhood. Then they expanded home ownership to people who were displaced from the flooded Lower 9th Ward and some people who merely had family ties to the area. They also opened home ownership to teachers, police officers, emergency medical technicians and other first responders.

After a year and a half, we are left with more questions than answers. How much is enough? Does the city really believe another private developer can pay more than $100 million to lease the WTC? How could the city expect to complete this large, complex deal with so few meetings and no experts on its negotiating team?

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