Thursday, June 14, 2012

Chris Rose: End of story ~It was, indeed, a day of infamy at the Times-Picayune, a once great and proud institution which descended into sudden, bumbling cannibalism this week; it's managers ordered to dismiss their loyal troops while the paper's owners, from Advance Publications in New York, monitored from a distance.

'A Morning Ritual': New Orleans Fights For Its Paper ~NPR 
~A kayak used by Times-Picayune photographer John McCusker to cover the Federal Flood is displayed at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., in 2010. McCusker, who worked for the paper for 25 years, is being laid off.

Crawfish & Clams: New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints talk joint practice

Lombardi’s con job~C.B. Forgotston

Coastal zone changes implemented

The Trinity River levees and the Corps of Engineers – Shades of Linda Blair’s headspin in the Exorcist

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Half of Times-Picayune news staff fired
~'I think they've torn apart an institution'

Times-Picayune food critic says Nieman Fellowship prompted his layoff ~Erik Wemple

Changes at The Times-Picayune lay bare the roots of a national trend ~Stephen Ostertag, The Lens

Times-Picayune political cartoonist Steve Kelley laid off ~Rob Tornoue, Poynter
~“I used to joke with people that for a political cartoonist, living in New Orleans represented job security,” Kelley said via e-mail. “Okay, so I was wrong.”

 Commitments of the Corporate Class ~American Zombie~Today (just turned today @ 12:05 am) is going to be a bloodbath at the TP.  I am as horrified as the next New Orleanian who pays attention and loves this city.  I fully realize the impact this has on the future of of New Orleans.  I am actually more horrified than most everyone else because I am about to become a Flying Wallenda without a fucking safety net.
That's not to say that I haven't wanted to smack the shit out of some people at the TP in the past, as I know they have me.  Still, we are part of the same tribe.  I may be a "know-mad" but I also need to know the badasses are on the hill, keeping the campfire lit.  I need to look UP and see the flames churning.

Rolling the Dice at the 'Times-Picayune'

The Lens honored with Murrow Award for investigative report!

New Orleans Saints: 3 Reasons They Will Get Through This Tough Time ~Marques Eversoll

What’s ten billion dollars between friends? ~Disenfranchised Citizen

Sheriff: Dad kills daughter's alleged molester

New Orleans steps up mosquito fight

GuLF Study: Oil Spill Workers, largest health study of its kind

Bob Dylan on New Orleans ~Good Reads
~Hat Tweet~

Alex Woodward on the history and legacy of the Music Box

Why Food Trucks Have It So Tough In New Orleans ~Micheline Maynard

Always Hungry in Philadelphia: Adventures in Orwellian Policy ~He Said/She Said NOLA

Creoles and Zydeco ~Judy B, NOLAFemmes

John Fogerty Re-Records “Proud Mary” at Piety Street Studios with Allen Toussaint ~John Swenson, offBeat

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Who wants to place a bet?~American Zombie

The terrorists have won ~Library Chronicles

Ray Nagin crony warms up his vocal cords: James Gill

~Hat Tweet~ Good Morning beloved fans lo'da ! Have you had your highlights fun today?

New Orleans Saints Bolster Their Run Game; Sign Joe Banyard

Orleans Parish Prison contract investigation raises new questions about Sheriff Marlin Gusman's oversight: An editorial

Second teacher union will sue over Jindal's plan

Record rainfall inundates central Gulf coast

Sunday Reads: Purple Rain, Civil War, Women’s Rights and Union Rags ~Sky Dancing

Corps sends risk notices to residents, business in La. floodways

Commerce relies on the Corps~Doug Shorpp
~“The Corps came here to work on the navigational channel,” said Ron Dice, a historical archeologist with the Corps, based at the Arsenal. “They originally were sent to Keokuk.”
He said military engineers after the Civil War were assembled to essentially form the Corps. The new, various river acts “focused on navigation. When the Corps was set up here to work on the upper Mississippi River, they basically worked on a free-flowing river.
“... The navigational focus was part of the healing process after the Civil War, to unify and standardize the waterways,” Dice said. “It was for the improvement of transportation networks and to unify the nation that way.”

Spotted in The Times-Picayune newsroom: Lou Grant~Kevin Allman, Gambit

Hurricanes hit Cajun country in nonfiction account by Times-Picayune journalist Ron Thibodeaux 

Two University of New Orleans Professors Plan 4th Annual Write-A-Thon for the Neighborhood Story Project