A state grand jury has handed up a racketeering indictment accusing eight alleged members of a street gang known as “The Taliban” with meting out violence and other intimidation in the Pigeon Town area, including a brazen drive-by shooting on the Pontchartrain Expressway that killed a man in 2011.

Public schools in New Orleans have never been perfect, and it doesn’t take a prophet to point out that they never will be. But there’s a difference between expecting perfection and expecting that schools that are legally obligated to educate the public actually educate all the public and not just a more privileged few.

The city of New Orleans and a coalition of homeless advocates and government agencies are close to achieving an ambitious goal — finding housing for 200 chronically homeless people in 100 days.

The initiative is part of a national effort to end chronic homelessness by 2015. It’s not only possible for New Orleans to achieve that goal, but it could be the first city to do so, said Martha Kegel, executive director of Unity of Greater New Orleans, a homeless advocacy group.

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...