Jean-Paul Villere: The free market versus gentrification — Uptown Messenger | Villere tackles a ticklish subject: “When gentrification comes up like the elephant in the room, people stop. And it’s like a conditioned response, because you see, you aren’t supposed to mention, embrace, or even remotely endorse gentrification. You think the Pilgrims didn’t displace the Indians? You think that suburb you grew up in wasn’t someone’s farm once? And for goodness sake, is the Louisiana Purchase not the most prime example of gentrification?”
NOPD chief Ronal Serpas faces cynical crowd on racial profiling questions — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune | “Armed with tales of New Orleans police officers pulling aside black men with no valid reason, a riled-up audience took little satisfaction Wednesday in NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas’ responses to questions about the department’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ policy.” The three-minute video accompanying the article includes a collection of comments from citizens, City Council members, Serpas, and NOPD Independent Monitor Susan Hutson.
Sherman Copelin posts bond, gets out of jail – WVUE-TV | “The former lawmaker for New Orleans faces two charges, theft and contractor fraud. … Copelin is accused of stiffing sub-contractors he hired to rebuild a West Bank school after Katrina. Copelin’s own company was hired by the school, using FEMA money, as one of the main contractors on the job. One of his sub-contractors, Lyle Doublet, says he’s owed hundreds of thousands of dollars and he turned to the sheriff’s office two years ago for help.”
Conservatives wary of Chief Justice Roberts in same-sex marriage cases – The Hill | “The conservatives were angered by Roberts’s surprise backing of President Obama’s healthcare law last year, and they don’t want to see a similar surprise in the two [same-sex] marriage cases the court considered this week. ‘I certainly think his credentials were tarnished with the ObamaCare decision,’ said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council [and former Louisiana House rep]. ‘Does he care about his standing with conservatives? I don’t know.’ “
“An unusual and widely felt 5.6-magnitude quake in Oklahoma in 2011 was probably caused when oil drilling waste was pushed deep underground, a team of university and federal scientists concluded. That would make it the most powerful quake to be blamed on deep injections of wastewater, according to a study published Tuesday by the journal Geology. The waste was from traditional drilling, not from the hydraulic fracturing technique, or fracking.
We shouldn’t be alarmist about “man-made earthquakes” or raise imperfect comparisons to the expanding sinkhole at Bayou Corne. However, I think we should prioritize a statewide audit of all Louisiana injection wells that have indications of integrity problems due to subterranean pressures caused by drilling waste-water pumped back into the ground. There’s apparently a lot we still don’t know.
Letter: Remember and learn from N.O. schools — The Advocate | A historian and former Orleans Parish School Board employee writes about our “amnesia” towards the long history of New Orleans schools. “Whether through ignorance or arrogance, we have chosen to forget the generations of very real women and men who, from the 1840s, remained in the classroom and never gave up on our children. We have forgotten the innovations in the schools, and we have forgotten the stubbornness and the struggles.”
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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