As the trend expands, some residents are lamenting the erosion of their neighborhoods’ character, while the established hospitality industry, subject to strict regulations, bemoans the unequal playing field enjoyed by the new, unfettered competition.

The Alliance for Neighborhood Prosperity says the solution is to legalize and regulate the rentals, many of them bed-and-breakfast operations popular with tourists.

The ruling, which paves the way for McRae to be re-sentenced later this month, left standing the only conviction remaining from the far-reaching federal investigation into Glover’s fatal shooting and an alleged police cover-up that followed. It underscored the difficulty criminal defendants are having in capitalizing on an online-commenting scandal involving the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The legislature passed a bill Monday that would move up the state’s first presidential vote by two weeks to March 5, adding Louisiana as a coveted “Super Tuesday” state. The state would also leapfrog a half-dozen others with mid-March votes, such as Ohio and Illinois.

“We owe you no more change,” White told about 4,000 teachers and school administrators at New Orleans’ Morial Convention Center. “We owe you clarity. We owe you consistency. It is time for that.”

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...