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Teachers Look to Unionize at Another New Orleans Charter School 26.4.2016 American Prospect
(Photo courtesy of Michael Masterson) Ben Franklin High School teachers stand with teachers from Lusher Charter School. Earlier this month, teachers at Lusher Charter School, an arts-based K-12 school in New Orleans, went public with their intent to unionize. Sixty percent of teachers, teacher assistants, and other Lusher staff signed a petition in support, but over the weekend the Lusher board voted 6–5 against recognizing their union. Now the teachers will ask the National Labor Relations Board to hold an election. If the teachers prevail, Lusher would become the third charter school to unionize in New Orleans, the city with the highest density of charter schools in the country. The first two—Benjamin Franklin High School and Morris Jeff Community School—formed their unions last year. Ben Franklin staff signed the first collective-bargaining agreement for New Orleans teachers since Hurricane Katrina.  Lusher teachers began organizing in secret about a year ago. They waited until they had a majority of ...
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The Dithering Dozen: Twelve Prominent Climate Deniers 25.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Back in 2007, arguably the most leader-like thing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin could have done was her executive order establishing a state "Climate Change Sub-Cabinet." Her order reads, "Climate change is not just an environmental issue It is also a social, cultural, and economic issue important to all Alaskans." She went there. But nowadays, with the knob on her cray-cray meter cranked up to eleven, she says  climate change is a hoax . This week, she metaphorically donned an Alaskan tinfoil toque to pitch Climate Hustle, a new climate denial documentary. "We're told by fearmongers that global warming is due to man's activities and this presents strong arguments against that in a very relatable way," she said in an interview with the political journal Variety Daily. Then, as I stewed about how shedding one's rationality has become a cherished political talent in America, I ran down the list of politicians and media figures who, in playing to their conservative base, have abruptly decided that everything ...
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Ex-New Orleans officers plead guilty in shootings of 6 people days after Hurricane Katrina 21.4.2016 Washington Post
The five former police officers, who face prison terms of between three and 12 years, were charged in the shootings of six unarmed people, two of whom died, on the Danziger Bridge in 2005.
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5 ex-cops to plead guilty in bridge shootings after Katrina 20.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five former police officers said in court Wednesday they intend to plead guilty to lesser charges in the deadly shootings on the Danziger Bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina. If the guilty pleas are accepted by a judge, the ex-officers could see drastically reduced prison time. The officers were convicted […]
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5 ex-cops to plead guilty in bridge shootings after Katrina 20.4.2016 AP National
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Five former police officers said in court Wednesday they intend to plead guilty to lesser charges in the deadly shootings on the Danziger Bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina....
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6 Years This Week – BP Kills in the Gulf 18.4.2016 GregPalast.com

This clip is from Greg Palast's film Vultures and Vote Rustlers which you can download for FREE this week Six years ago today, 11 members of the Deepwater Horizon Crew were still alive. The Gulf of Mexico, thanks to decades of dredging by the oil companies was a slowly growing disaster - but it was […]

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Coastal cities get creative in adapting to a more extreme climate 14.4.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
New Orleans and Philadelphia are two cities that face very similar challenges of flooding from rising tides. But they've chosen to pay for the solutions in very different ways.
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Adapting To A More Extreme Climate, Coastal Cities Get Creative 14.4.2016 NPR Health Science
In preparation for sea level rise, vulnerable cities are building infrastructure to protect themselves. But as a look at New Orleans and Philadelphia shows, the strategies are unique to each city.
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Last space shuttle tank leaves New Orleans - by sea, not air - for its journey to L.A. 13.4.2016 LA Times: Science

The 15-story external tank known as ET-94 was meant to latch onto a space shuttle, thrust it into outer space and then detach and burn up in a blaze of glory.

But tragedy altered its destiny. ET-94 remained solidly on Earth. It narrowly survived Hurricane Katrina and is now the last of a fleet...

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Developers want to revive flooded theme park 13.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New Orleans • Developers want to bring life back to a rusting and ghostly theme park on the edge of the swamps outside New Orleans more than 10 years after it was abandoned when Hurricane Katrina left it underwater. On Tuesday, two groups of developers again urged the city to help them revive the site — once run by Six Flags and called the Jazzland amusement park. The site remains abandoned, and vandals, trespassers and illicit parties are common there. The developers are seeking financial help ...
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Developers: New Orleans can revive flood-damaged theme park 13.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Developers want to bring life back to a rusting and ghostly theme park on the edge of the swamps outside New Orleans more than 10 years after it was abandoned when Hurricane Katrina left it underwater. On Tuesday, two groups of developers again urged the city to help them revive the […]
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Massive space shuttle fuel tank to set sail for Los Angeles 13.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary
The space shuttle's last remaining external fuel tank was due to set sail from New Orleans on Tuesday, beginning a five-week journey by sea to Los Angeles. The massive external tank, ET-94, rode out Hurricane Katrina in a hangar in New Orleans and played a leading role in the probe of the Columbia...
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Slaying of former Saints player resonates in city he loved 12.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — People across Louisiana sought to process the news that one of the Saints’ much-loved players, former defensive end Will Smith, was shot in the back Saturday night in what police called a deadly act of road rage. Smith, 34, arrived in New Orleans in 2004 as a No. 1 draft pick […]
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Nuclear Nonproliferation Deals and Environmental Injustice in the South 11.4.2016 Truthout.com
As the Nuclear Security Summit took place in Washington on March 31, US and Japanese officials announced they had completed the removal of highly radioactive material -- including 730 pounds of plutonium, enough for more than 40 nuclear weapons -- from a Japanese research project and were sending it to the Savannah River Site, a Department of Energy nuclear reservation located on the South Carolina-Georgia border. The announcement came a week after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) wrote a letter to US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz demanding that the Japanese plutonium be turned back or sent elsewhere. The shipment "puts South Carolina at risk for becoming a permanent dumping ground for nuclear materials," Haley wrote in the March 23 letter, a copy of which was viewed by the Reuters news agency . "Therefore, stop shipment or re-route this defense plutonium. God bless." At the time Haley penned the letter, transfer of the plutonium from a Japanese government nuclear project in Tokaimura to a ...
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These Public Defenders Actually Want to Get Sued 11.4.2016 Mother Jones
In late November 2015, New Orleans police arrested a man named Joseph Allen for attempted murder in relation to one of the bloodiest nights the city had seen in years. Shots had broken out at a party in Bunny Friend Park, wounding 17 people. Allen was the first of several suspects to be detained after an eyewitness named him as a shooter. Except that Allen hadn't been in town at the time. Within a week of his arrest, his private attorney had tracked down footage of the 32-year-old shopping for baby clothes with his pregnant wife at three stores in Houston, Texas, putting him far from the crime scene. A week or so later, Allen learned that no charges would be filed against him—he was released from jail the next day. In his office down the street from the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, chief public defender Derwyn Bunton couldn't help but think about what might have happened to Allen had he ended up with a public defender. In the wake of a budget crisis that had ravaged the Orleans Public ...
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Oasis in middle of food desert in New Orlean’s Lower 9th Ward 11.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

More than 10 years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans and all but destroyed the Lower Ninth, Burnell Cotlon has sunk every cent of his life savings into restoring the quiet neighborhood to the family-friendly community he remembers from his childhood.
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New maps say New Orleans is much less vulnerable to floods 9.4.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New federal maps say New Orleans is much less vulnerable to flooding than it was before Hurricane Katrina struck more than 10 years ago. As a result, Mayor Mitch Landrieu says, half of the city’s properties will see a big drop in their flood insurance costs. Since Katrina, the Army Corps […]
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Fire damages electric components at French Quarter museum 7.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana State Museum officials say a 200-year-old French Quarter building will remain closed at least two more weeks while crews check damage to electric components from a small weekend fire in its chiller room. Museum spokesman Marvin McGraw says elevators were among components damaged by smoke blown throughout the Presbytere, which […]
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Opinion: How U.S. sells oceans 25.3.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The climate change activists marched into the Superdome -- that sports arena turned nightmare after Hurricane Katrina -- and demanded an end to the auction.
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Review: 'The Passion': A rousing night for true believers 21.3.2016 AP Top News
NEW YORK (AP) -- Among the converted it was preaching to, "The Passion" must have been an uplifting treat....
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