AMITE — State Supt. of Education John White addressed the Tangipahoa Parish School Board Tuesday, giving the same insipid speech he gave about a month ago in Amite.
For almost an hour, the board heard a stream of fast talk and hot air, similar to his boss, about the next layer of bureaucracy that is settling over the state's education system that will supposedly lift Louisiana students out of the muck and mire of ignorance.
Board member Al Link picked up on the cadence, saying, "My life is getting more difficult because young people talk too fast."
White arrived late, like he did for the previous speech, dressed like he was attending a corn husking party in an open shirt with the sleeves rolled up and wrinkled, too-tight pants about half way unzipped. ...
The East is coming back and it's pretty close to what I remember. Ah, the East. Aside from having to live with my Mom's emotionally abusive first cousin and his even more emotionally abusive wife from October 2002-May 2003, after my Mom died and my Paw Paw took ill (He died in February 2003.), I have nothing but fond memories there: shopping at the Plaza as a kid and boy-watching there as a teenager, visiting family and friends of the family since practically every 7th Ward household engaged in the New Orleans East exodus and doing suburban family things like going to Denny's and Wal-Mart without having to go to Metairie, Kenner or the Westbank.
From what I gathered on this bus adventure, the majority of the East is back and there's not much blight — except for businesses. There were so many abandoned businesses and overgrown lots where businesses once stood. And it wasn't Mom and Pop places — these were strip malls, schools and other businesses that, if I had to assume, have the means to rebuild.
The fact that the Lake Forest bus was "oh-my-God-is-someone-else's-sweat-dripping-down-back," "please-mister-bus-driver-don't-make-a-sharp-turn-because-I-don't-want-to-fall-out-of-the-back-door" packed not only illustrates the rebounding population of the East but provides quite a few quotable moments...
The banana pie comes from Golden Meadow, La. and has a story behind it:
I was checking out at the store and the manager cut infront of me with a cordless phone and said to someone we only have two left, I looked at her then the pie's and said I want them, she then told the person "sorry someone just bought them" now thier are none to be found anywhere's
Meanwhile, the Bowman and Ramsey families, who own the landmark bakery that burned down this morning, have released the following message to New Orleans:
Louisiana's junior senator went on to boast that he personally has "far more Facebook followers than your whole enterprise." OH SNAP.
950 Fingerboard Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10305
Dear Steven Newhouse:
In light of your decision to only print the Times-Picayune three times per week, and the multiple credible buyer groups that I know want to buy the paper and continue it as a daily, I urge you to enter into serious negotiations with them. Then I urge you to sell.
Maybe you truly believe that your new model for the Times-Picayune will serve the region well. I do not. More importantly, no citizen of the region whom I've spoken to about this does. And I literally mean no one. This includes everyone at the Times-Picayune itself that I've spoken to.
First, no digital platform, no matter how good, can completely replace a printed daily in substance, use, and significance to the community. This is particularly true in large, important segments of the population.
Second, you have a terribly inadequate digital platform which has actually gotten worse since your announcement. The new format has been universally panned (and I agree). And this is reflected in the numbers. As a single member of our Congressional delegation, I actually have far more Facebook followers than your whole enterprise.
Third, from a pure business perspective, you're about to get smoked. The Advocate and others are moving in to fill the void you are creating. And TP subscribers, including me, will be eager to cheer them on by trading our subscriptions.
For all of these reasons, do the right thing. Sell.
United States Senate
At lunch today, I fired up the NOLA.com iPad app to read about Frank Fradella's court appearance. That story wasn't on the front page, but this one was — click to embiggen:
"Everybody's laughing, and riding, and cornholing except Buster. ... "
Whaaaa? I thought it was some kind of spam (turned out it wasn't, but dummy text from the sitcom Arrested Development). It had clearly been up there for an hour; the timestamp was 12:39 p.m. and the time on my screenshot was 1:42 p.m. But it was odd, so I sent it out over Gambit's Twitter feed and forgot about it.
Late this afternoon, it got picked up by media reporter Jim Romenesko in a post titled "What's Going On, NOLA.com?" And it got a response from NOLA.com editor James O'Byrne:
"Approximately 5 or 10 minutes"? Hardly.
It's still on the front page of the site, more than 7 hours after it was posted:
A team of Times-Picayune reporters was awarded the June "Sidney" award, a monthly journalism prize given out by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, for the newspaper's recent eight-part special report on Louisiana's highest-in-the-world incarceration rate.
The series, "Louisiana Incarcerated," was reported by Cindy Chang, Jan Moller, Jonathan Tilove and John Simerman. It spotlighted how rigid sentencing laws and a strict pardon and parole system conspire to keep the jails full.
Not mentioned in the NOLA.com story: the contributions of photographer Scott Threlkeld, graphics artist Ryan Smith, copy editor Katherine Hart, designer George Berke and managing editors Dan Shea and Peter Kovacs, all of whom were fired from the paper yesterday by the newly formed NOLA Media Group.
Tilove was also fired. Special sections reporter Chang, whose byline appeared over most of the stories, has been offered a job in the general reporting pool.
The award, which recognizes "investigative work that fosters social and economic justice," comes with a $500 shared prize and a bottle of union-made wine for each winner.
The wine must be coming in handy today.
Canal Street is the hub of public transportation in New Orleans. In fact, most of my Public Transit Tuesdays and non-Gambit bus excursions have me crossing Canal Street at some point. Also, if you're ever lost on a bus adventure, you'll be halfway home if you can find your way back to Canal Street. Sadly, this doesn't work for the RTA's demon seed, the Kenner Loop. The Canal streetcar demographic can't be explained, as it's full of tourists, locals, students, working people and the unemployed. That inexplicable demographic is one of the best parts of riding the Canal streetcar, as you never know who you'll meet. The only depressing thing about riding the Canal Streetcar is that it makes you long for the New Orleans that was...
The Rice Mill Lofts is a joyful tribute. To the Creative Ones. The Artisans and Entrepreneurs. Whether one plies his craft on a literal canvas or grows her company as her canvas. It heralds a new time, in this legendary place. The cogent voice of new talent with new ideas. A creative culture of invention. And the passion(The arbitrary capitalization is theirs, not mine.)
fueling the reinvention of America’s boutique city.
Yesterday the New York Times published an article on the lofts and those brave Artisans who live inside, and it's mostly divorced people who enjoy ironic graffiti.
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