Signs are increasingly pointing to the formation of an El Niño in the next few months, possibly a very strong one. When combined with the long-term global warming trend, a strong El Niño would mean 2015 is very likely to become the hottest year on record by far.

Serpas said he is able to siphon some money to 911 hires from his 2014 recruitment budget because attracting enough police candidates has been less than successful so far. The pending class has 19 recruits so far, but 30 are needed to trigger training.

Overruling objections from the newspaper, a federal judge Wednesday ordered The Times-Picayune to provide a magistrate judge with information about two users of the newspaper’s website who posted critical pseudonymous comments about former New Orleans Affordable Homeownership Director Stacey Jackson.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said defense attorneys for Hankton and his co-defendants made credible claims that grand jury secrecy rules were violated and that the testimony is necessary to get to the bottom of the argument.

The BioDistrict New Orleans, a state-created but unfunded economic development district, is broke, facing a possible lawsuit from its former president and lacking even an office to call its own.

But the agency — created by the Legislature in 2005 to advance the bioinnovation sector in New Orleans — is counting on a new partnership with the New Orleans Business Alliance to drag it from the doldrums.

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...