I appreciate Kim Barker for working hard to mete out the details of ideas that were largely rumor. A lot of what she writes about - especially the money tearing the community apart and the double dealings of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff - was talked about during the immediate aftermath, but never got looked into because the bigshot journalists with the resilience and time to put the full story together all picked up and left. The headline and the first line were reductionist, but that's newspaperin'. The comments were pretty lame, but I read nola.com everyday so I'm used to that. I doubt any of that is Barker's fault, as the reporting provides a much more nuanced account than any of the other elements of the package are made to sustain.
Heebe seems to have his PR ducks in a row, as long as you're talking about his gardens: http://bit.ly/i1EQpe
The only thing about setting up a ladder or tent that would push me to violence is someone writing a blog to complain about it a full week later. Also, there was no Endymion in Mid-City this year, so if the police planned a sweep they had no chance to unleash the swat team.
How about...state employees wrote those entries in the first place?
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