Friday, April 4, 2014

Champ Bailey agrees to 2-year deal with Saints, source says ~Ramon Antonio Vargas, New Orleans Advocate

Champ Bailey: 'I’m going to try to be a part of something special' ~Saints
Size Matters: rally today to address Butt Eye riverfront condo towers development
Size Matters: rally to address riverfront condo towers development tomorrow 6pm 1001 Charbonnett St
*Click pic for directions 
~Angela Hill talks about the best way to develop the Lower 9th Ward with members of the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association: Sarah Debacher, Calvin Alexander, and Wanda Baily

Petition to support development consistent with existing zoning and historic character of the Holy Cross ~Lower 9 Vision Coalition
~Perez APC, a firm with limited experience in developing properties, is attempting to change the zoning of the riverfront property and greenspace that was formerly the site of the Holy Cross School  in the Lower Ninth Ward.  Their end goal:  a height waiver that would allow two seventy-five foot towers and additional clusters of construction that would dwarf the surrounding historic neighborhood, reduce the greenspace and increase the traffic down one way, residential streets. We urge the city of New Orleans to support development that is consistent with the current residential zoning of this site and in keeping with the historic character of the surrounding community. 

St. Bernard resident nominated for seat on flood protection authority ~Jeff Adelson, New Orleans Advocate

Adley to the rescue pt. 2 ~Jeff Bridges, via The IND

Green Army pays Robideaux visit ~Patrick Flanagan

Pledge And Double Your Impact In The Coastal Challenge! ~WWNO

Amtrak officials push for funding change during metro area tour ~Sara Pagones

Forbes ranks New Orleans No. 1 'Brainpower City' ~WDSU

Bobbly Jindal's health plan shows he wants to be POTUS in worst way—apparently the same way he has been LA. governor ~Louisiana Voice

The King of New Orleans: How the Junkyard Dog Became Professional Wrestling’s First Black Superhero ~Arrand Rodgers, Heavy Feather Reivew

Spring Garden Show At City Park!

International Blues Express traces blues from Mali to New Orleans ~Chrris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News

The first ever Fools of April Music on Festival will rock Loyola Sunday, April 6 ~Diana Mirfiq, The Marroon

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Coastal restoration financing is uncertain, but Louisiana has "ideas" to find $50 billion ~Bob Marshall, The Lens

Dear Editilla,
The major studies–including the Army Corps of Engineers' own study–found that fault for the levee breaks during Katrina lies squarely with the Corps.

But few disagreed in 2006 that it was time for a new form of levee board that's better suited for New Orleans. And new legislation created an expert regional Levee Authority.

Last July, this new Authority made history by filing lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies demanding that they fix the damage they did to our valuable coastal wetlands.

But now Senate Bill 553 could stop the Big Oil Lawsuit in its tracks!

The bill–filed by a north Louisiana senator–would restrict the ability the new Flood Authority to hire qualified attorneys without the Governor's approval.

Most importantly, it would undermine the Flood Authority's existing lawsuit already filed against Louisiana Big Oil.

We think SB 553’s proposed changes have one goal: to protect the Oil and Gas Industry.

SB 553 is an attack on Louisiana citizens.

Click here and send a letter to your state legislators urging them to VOTE AGAINST SB 553.

It is critical that you send your letter by 5 p.m. Friday April 4th.

Want to do more?

Call the two Senators below who are "swing" voters on SB 533 and who are members of the Senate Committee on Transportation. Your call by 3 p.m. tomorrow could make a difference!

Sen David Heitmeir (504) 361-6356
Sen Gary Smith (985) 764-9122

But, it is critical that you make your phone call by 3 p.m. Thurs April 3.

Thank you for your support of
With your help, we're winning.

Sandy Rosenthal

Drilling on the Mississippi Sound? ~Troy Gilbert,

In the Lower Ninth Ward, a Fight Over Height ~Sarah Goodyear, The Atlantic
IG report cites billing errors, grossly inflated office rental price in sheriff Marlin Gusman's monitoring program ~Dan Lawton, New Orleans Advocate 
~Also~More reports surface of violence at Sheriff Marlin Gusman's prison ~Justin Mustian
~Also~Sheriff’s Office overcharged city for ankle monitoring program, IG report says ~Della Hasselle, The Lens

Public health clinics fight to avert looming funding crisis ~Lee Isaacson, WVUE

Another Hall of Famer could fit with Saints ~Mike Triplett, ESPN

Baton Rouge-New Orleans passenger trains don't have to be fast to be competitive, study says ~Angela Cotey, Progressive Railroading

New Orleans company one of at least two competing on satellite plane tracking ~Janet McConnauhey, AP

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Duke Ellington, Louie Armstrong's Secret 9 Highlight When Jazz and Baseball Were in Perfect Harmony ~John Edward Hasse, Smithsonian

It's French Quarter Fest Wednesday At WWNO!