Dr. Ralph Lupin is fed up with the “useless occupation” of the French Quarter by the shabbily attired and unsatisfactorily groomed “trash” that hang out near tarot-card tables in Jackson Square, the Vieux Carre Commission chairman said during the commission’s meeting Wednesday.

The prevalence of food insecurity in Louisiana has grown significantly since the Great Recession, indicating that more individuals and families – especially those with children younger than 18 – are lacking enough money to purchase food at some point in the year. According to a release on food security from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly one in six households in Louisiana struggles against hunger.


Michael Hecht, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc., said the [FEMA] report confirms the worst fears of Louisiana residents and businesses. “Today, after several months of advocacy by our coalition, FEMA released rate structures for National Flood Insurance Program premiums to the public,” Hecht said. “While we are pleased that FEMA has provided this essential information, what we feared is confirmed by the release of these general rate tables — flood insurance will be unaffordable for home and business owners across coastal and riverine America.”

Read Hecht’s recent Lens opinion piece on the ramifications of the rate increases.  

A major energy industry association has demanded state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell withdraw his approval of an agreement between a New Orleans-area levee board and lawyers who have filed a lawsuit accusing about 100 oil and gas companies of destroying coastal wetlands.

In a Lens opinion piece, levee board vice-chairman John Barry made the case in defense of the coastal erosion lawsuit against oil and gas companies.

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...