Big El Niño Coming? | Living on Earth – The periodic band of warm water known as El Niño is forecast to energize storm activity in parts of the Pacific. However, El Niño should make for a “subdued Atlantic hurricane season,” according to climate scientist Kevin Trenberth.
New Bethany | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – A powerful chronicling of Jennifer Halter’s return to New Bethany Home for Girls, where she says she endured physical, mental and sexual abuse as a teenager 25 years ago.
Complaining of more staff losses at a shrinking office that he says the city has refused to fully fund, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Clerk Arthur Morrell announced Friday that he is shutting down the court’s evidence room two days a week.
The reduction, which Morrell said began this week, means prosecutors will not be able to retrieve evidence for trials or hearings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Bobby Jindal Will Take Away Your Insurance | Daily Intelligencer – New York magazine writer Jonathan Chait issues a scathing analysis of the politics and policy behind Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recently announced health care plan: “There is more to Jindal’s plan than to repeal Obamacare and then drink cocktails made from the tears of the uninsured. But there isn’t much more.”
For all practical purposes, hotel occupancy has become equated with whether or not we judge an event successful. But it’s deceptive to assert that occupied rooms translate into direct benefit to anyone other than the hoteliers themselves. Keep in mind, the great majority of revenue generated by the hotel/motel occupancy tax goes to right back into supporting tourism related entities.
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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