Police face misconduct allegations over Carnival incident – FOX 8 WVUE | Video shows a group of plainclothes New Orleans police officers descending on the son of an NOPD officer and taking him down. After his identity was established, the officers left and police claimed they were looking for narcotics or illegal weapons. The young man’s mother, Hazel Newman, said:
Why take a child or a young man that’s 130 pounds and sling him across? Why not just walk up to him and say, ‘What are you doing? What’s your name or why are you here?’ That’s a human being. I would hate to think that it was because these boys were young black boys. I would hate to think that.
Instead, the governor is pitching it in private meetings with state legislators. The governor’s desire for secrecy led to an extraordinary confrontation with one lawmaker who refused to return a two-page outline of the governor’s plan that had been distributed at their meeting last week.
Jindal says tax plan to be neutral, flatter, simpler, fairer — shreveporttimes.com | Jindal said: “We don’t have a proposal yet because I … made a commitment to meet with every single legislator. Our goal is to get rid of the income tax and to do so in a revenue-neutral way, and to do so in a way that protects low- and middle-income families and to do so in a way that leaves us with lower, flatter, simpler, fairer taxes. There are many ways to do that.”
Louisiana Miscellany – Public Policy Polling | A recent poll shows that in a hypothetical race for governor in 2015, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Sen. David Vitter are both tied at 44%. One curiosity at the end of the data: a 38% plurality of Louisianans have no opinion about former Gov. Huey Long. How do you have no opinion on Long?
$400 million Houma amusement park waits on investors — wwltv.com New Orleans | While the ruins of the Six Flags amusement park in eastern New Orleans sits, a developer is looking for investors to fund a theme park complex in Houma. The developer says, “Most investors ask ‘why not New Orleans?’ But they don’t realize New Orleans is not what it used to be since the hurricane. Houma is now so packed and so busy it just makes more sense to put it here.”
New Orleans becomes “boutique”— BBC | Touting the city’s originality, real estate developer Sean Cummings has christened New Orleans as the world’s newest “boutique city.” Post-Katrina, that term referred to a vision of New Orleans’ future in which the city never returned to its previous population peak, when it was the “Queen of the South.”
Traces Of Anxiety Drugs May Cause Fish To Act Funny — WWNO | A Scandinavian study notices that fish are affected by medication runoff in bodies of water. “The key question is whether the drug is affecting the growth, survival and reproduction of fish in the wild, and by so doing perturbing the ecosystem.”
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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