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  • Mother Jones ranked "America's 10 Worst Prisons" last week, and not surprisingly Orleans Parish Prison made the list. What may surprise many is that OPP came in at No. 4, below ADX (a federal "Supermax" prison in Colorado nicknamed "the Alcatraz of the Rockies"), the Texas death row unit and the infamous "Tent City Jail" in Maricopa County, Ariz. Still, rough company ...

  • Cajun in your wallet: The state Senate passed SB 201 last week, which will allow Louisianans of Cajun ancestry to have that fact noted on state identification cards. The $5 fee will go to the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) for its scholarship program ...

  • U.S. Sen. David Vitter has been critical of the government's "Lifeline" phone program for low-income Americans, referring to it repeatedly as the "Obama phone bonanza" and the "Obama cellphone welfare program" (though Lifeline began subsidizing land lines under President Bill Clinton and was expanded to cellphones under President George W. Bush). Apparently the program's provenance has finally sunk in; a press release from Vitter last week referred to "the welfare subsidy for mobile phone service" without ascribing Lifeline to any particular administration ...

  • A press release last week from the city of New Orleans warned, in all caps, "CITY ANNOUNCES STREET CLOSURES FOR DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES." Don't be alarmed: We're not getting new overlords, just more Hollywood South traffic rerouting. — KEVIN ALLMAN

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