Orleans sheriff spends lavishly on pest control at jail — The Advocate | Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s office spent “nearly $600,000 on pest control at the city’s jail since 2010 — more than 43 times what Jefferson Parish paid to keep its jail pest-free over that same span. Gusman claims that it is unfair to compare Orleans Parish Prison to jails in other parishes. The owner of the exterminating company that received the contract is “a close friend of John Sens, the former purchasing director for the sheriff who was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for orchestrating a bid-rigging and kickback scheme with contractors working at the jail.”
Panel of mayors looks for solutions to violence in cities — The Advocate | The article notes that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed added 800 police officers since 2010, which “helped drive its annual murder rate down to 83 in 2012, the lowest death toll from violence since 1969, he said.” Reed stressed that new recreation centers also factored into the reduction of violent crime, as they offered Atlanta youth options other than life on the street.
When You Fudge Your Crime Numbers, You’re Hurting Your Department — The Crime Analyst’s Blog | Crime analyst Scott Dickson is frustrated by a report about lax policies to prevent manipulated crime stats in the New York Police Department. Fudged numbers are a fool’s errand, he contends, since the “temporary pat on the back for driving crime down in your district” will be short-lived, and it will hinder efforts to figure out if crime-reduction strategies are working.
The planned website and app are part of an ongoing project by two LSU researchers who are tapping into surveys, archival materials, antique maps, aerial photographs and other tools to weave an architectural history of the New Marigny, Esplanade, Mid-City and Holy Cross historical districts. Parts of the Broadmoor and Carrollton neighborhoods are also being studied. The project will cover from 1800 until 1940.
FEMA Flood Maps Fodder for Public Comment — NOLA DEFENDER | FEMA and Orleans Parish officials are inviting homeowners, renters and business owners in Orleans Parish to offer feedback on the agency’s new preliminary flood maps for the city. The article has links to the FEMA’s interactive flood maps.
Correction: This post originally stated that a liquefied natural gas pipeline was being planned from Ohio to Louisiana; it’s a natural gas liquids pipeline. (July 8, 2013)
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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