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katrina-31st-columnWe all have our Hurricane Katrina memories.  On the 9th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, many of us who believe that the Katrina experience remade our realities, like no other event in our collective lifetimes, look back.

I am no different.

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Saintless, New Orleans homeless, get gamed
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 13:22

homelessAs the City of New Orleans prepares to host the first Saints preseason game on Friday, they decided to finally take action about the growing homeless problem underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway.

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prisonby Jim Brown

There is a reason the death penalty is rarely enforced anymore, particularly in the federal judicial system.  Too many innocent victims are being convicted, based on cover-ups and the withholding of exculpatory evidence by some federal and state prosecutors.  A recent study published in the National Academy of Sciences concludes that some 4.1 percent of inmates on death row are innocent.  More than four percent.  If that were the rate of airplanes crashing, would you fly? 

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BATON-ROUGE-SKYFor too often over the past six years or so, many of us have been told that the Louisiana economy is growing in leaps and bounds, that we lead the rest of the country in economic growth.

 

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CRIME-SCENEThe Queen City of the South is under siege.  No, not from hurricanes. This time, the siege is from within.  New Orleans is known as the city that care forgot.  But it’s been hard to let the good times roll in the Big Easy when the dice keep coming up snake eyes.   

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flood-river It’s the kickoff for hurricane season and forecasters are predicting 8 to13 named storms with anywhere from 3 to 6 of these storms growing into major hurricanes. Here on the Gulf Coast, we certainly perk up when this time of year rolls around.  For years, a good story in south Louisiana went like this:

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On June 9, the U.S. Supreme Court said BP must continue to pay claims as it pursues legal challenges to the payouts.

Friday's filing came six months Barbier directed Juneau to change his policy in reviewing claims applications, and ensure that claimants be able to "match" revenues with costs for the purpose of calculating financial losses.

BP said Juneau's new policy, which won court approval on May 5, will lead to "dramatically different calculations of lost profits," and justifies recouping earlier, inflated awards.

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Early BP restoration money to rebuild Louisiana barrier islands (+video)
By WAFB, John Snell. June 26, 2014.
“Trustees from Louisiana and the four other Gulf Coast states approved hundreds of millions…” (read more)

Final plan for $627 million Phase III BP oil spill early restoration projects released
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. June 26, 2014.
“The final plan and accompanying environmental impact statement for the $627 million, 44-project…” (read more)

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landrieu-allianceChalk it up either to embarking on an impending campaign for state office or to set the stage to squeeze more money out of taxpayers, or both, but New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s assertion that Louisiana somehow shortchanges the city he runs is nothing short of ludicrous.

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There’s a lot of sensible stuff in this account of post-Katrina New Orleans by the outgoing president of its most prominent educational institution, Tulane University, but there’s a lot of soapy stuff, too. Scott Cowen writes with obvious passion and personal knowledge about the various ways in which the city has seized the opportunity provided by natural disaster to rebuild itself — “reimagining the city from scratch,” as he puts it — and he makes a strong case that the city is well on its way to becoming a better place for more of its citizens.

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