What should we do with Charity Hospital? | The Lens – Since Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the soaring Art Deco masterpiece, it seems like everyone and her uncle has come forward with a plan for the adaptive reuse of Charity Hospital. And yet eight years later it stands empty. The Lens is soliciting the views of our readers and city leaders. What do you think should be the building’s future?
New Orleans Regional Business Park fails to spend money on mission to attract businesses, audit finds | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The business park that is home to Michoud Assembly Facility “failed for the third year in a row to spend any money on the organization’s stated purpose of attracting and growing businesses, according to a report from the Louisiana Legislator Auditor.”
BP oil spill trial: NOLA.com reporters cover it live from the courthouse | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Continuing coverage of the BP oil spill trial, which focuses on calculations by the government and BP to determine the amount of hydrocarbons spilled, which will determine billions in Clean Water Act fines. Includes live-tweeting from the courtroom by @_MarkWaller.
Letter: Leadership welcome on coastal issues | The New Orleans Advocate – John Barry, vice president of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, responds to a recent editorial about the coastal erosion lawsuit he has spearheaded. He observes that the state’s Coastal Master Plan is unfunded. “Ironically, our anti-tax governor wants taxpayers to fund it.”
Critters, weeds invading La., destroying habitat | The Advocate – Influxes of invasive species are a problem in Louisiana. They’re usually giant something-or-others (toads, snails, shrimps) that have no natural predators here, and they crowd out native species. Scientists are trying to find natural solutions to the problem, which sometimes means expanding the already impressively broad Louisiana diet.
At Moonachie trailer park, Sandy aid, recovery are lagging behind | The Record – “Very little money from Governor Christie’s signature home-rebuilding program is headed to … mobile home communities, state data show, raising concerns among housing advocates that the recovery is bypassing a vulnerable subgroup.”
Government & Politics
Louisiana at odds with federal benefits rules: Analysis | Associated Press
Federal regulations are loosening to offer more benefits to same-sex married couples around the nation, but not so in Louisiana, where Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration is complicating how couples can get those federal benefits.
D.C. Shutdown Could Not Happen Here | LaPolitics – Political analyst John Maginnis looks at the constitutional conundrum posed by the national government shutdown. He says House Speaker John Boehner behaved like a “party hack” by preventing a vote that would stop the impasse:
A government shutdown, irresponsible as it is, at least would be constitutionally legitimate in the case of a majority of the House voting the opposite of a majority in the Senate. The constitution offers no solution to that standoff. But for a leader of one house to stop that body from voting, because most of his or her party won’t like the outcome, enshrines partisanship and violates the spirit of our democratic republic.
A quaint anachronism | Gambit – Opinion writer Clancy Dubos observes that the machinations and apparent conflicts of interest on the committee to name levee board members shows that reform talk is merely dressed-up politics.
Louisiana educators give White earful on move to Common Core | The Town Talk – Teachers want more support and more time to adjust to the rigorous national standards.
Regents: Millions of dollars to attract top profs is going unused | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – “The Louisiana Board of Regents says $113 million donated to bring top professors to state universities is going unused. The [Shreveport] Times reports that money for 76 endowed chairs and 263 endowed professorships has been unused for at least two years.”
Orleans Parish Prison inmates present hand-sewn Mardi Gras Indian patches to family members | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Mardi Gras Indians aim to impart pride of craftsmanship to inmate-students by teaching them sewing skills.
Mugged by a Mug Shot Online | The New York Times – Are for-profit mug shot sites basically a shakedown?
The ostensible point of these sites is to give the public a quick way to glean the unsavory history of a neighbor, a potential date or anyone else. That sounds civic-minded, until you consider one way most of these sites make money: by charging a fee to remove the image. That fee can be anywhere from $30 to $400, or even higher. Pay up, in other words, and the picture is deleted, at least from the site that was paid.