The board had been poised to either grandfather in 13 so-called novelty stores and absolve them of any fines or penalties, or allow the city to continue to crack down on their operations. The board delayed a vote to allow an attorney for several shops to collect records he says will show his clients had operated as T-shirt shops for years without any interference from code enforcement officers.
Doing the bus stop | Gambit – Today an advocacy group will protest the lack of shelter, seats and signage at the busiest public transit hub in metro New Orleans, at the intersection of Elk Place and Canal Street.
Secret Drugs, Agonizing Deaths | The New York Times – Secrecy laws hide the suppliers of lethal drugs to death penalty penalty states. “These laws hide the information necessary to determine if the drugs will work as intended and cause death in a humane manner.”
Suspected gang members attend city’s 6th ‘Call-In’ | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The initiative, part of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s “NOLA for Life” violence reduction program, involves a direct appeal from law enforcement leaders to suspected gang members. “The men — who range in age from about 16 to 25 — also heard from Patrina Peters, a woman who lost her son, Damond, to gun violence in 2010 and has spoken at prior call-ins. ‘Your mothers will be destroyed,’ Peters reportedly told the group, referencing the harrowing impact that gang violence has on communities.”
Some Factual Reasons to Oppose Common Core | Crazy Crawfish’s Blog – Blogger Jason France, who is running for the BESE board, makes his case against the new standards. He writes that Common Core is “only community and technical college ready, not 4 year or advanced college ready. The curriculum is not STEM ready; no calculus or advanced math.”
Auditor questions state child protection services | The Advocate – Heavy caseloads and staff cuts are blamed. “The audit, released Monday by the Legislative Auditor’s Office, offered a rare window into a tight-lipped agency that has suffered a series of budget cuts in recent years and has been the target of frequent criticism in the wake of high-profile child deaths.”
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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