More corruption under Sheriff Gusman; noise-control recommendations aired

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“A former contractor for Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s office is the latest to plead guilty in federal court to a bid-rigging and kickback scheme that involved higher-ups in the sheriff’s administration. Richard P. Molenaar III, who worked briefly as a $15-per-hour maintenance man for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office before Hurricane Katrina, admitted Wednesday to submitting phony bids for various maintenance and construction work.”

“The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority used its monthly meeting in Baton Rouge on Wednesday as a bully pulpit to criticize BP and the U.S. Coast Guard for their attempts to downgrade the continued clean-up of oiled wetlands and shoreline areas in Louisiana, in the wake of the 2010 Gulf oil spill triggered by the fatal explosion on the Macondo well.

The authority also criticized the Army Corps of Engineers for the agency’s attempts to turn over to state control completed segments of the post-Katrina New Orleans area levee system before the entire East and West Bank system is determined to be complete.”

“Maybe the most puzzling part of Jindal’s op-ed is his casual reference to Democrats as flat-earthers. Now, in all likelikhood he meant it rhetorically — he had to, right? — but maybe, just maybe, he thinks Tom Friedman’s 2005 bestseller “The World Is Flat” is supposed to be taken literally? (And that liberals like Tom Friedman?). Well, in case he does, here’s a spoiler: it’s not. As any cabbie from here to Shanghai could tell you, it’s supposed to be a metaphor for how hyper-connected and hyper-competitive and hyper-everything else the global economy has become.

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