This one is no surprise!
DEC 17 What many suspected has finally be confirmed -- Louisiana has the worst drivers in the Union! This post on a car insurance site ranks drivers in all 50 states based on infractions from running stop signs to drunk driving. Hey, we even beat Texas, and probably on the strength of Baton Rouge drivers alone.
Gambit's year in review
DEC 17 Here's a December wrap-up by Gambit, featuring the top stories, the weird stories, the stupid stories of New Orleans for 2013. Some of them will be pleasant to remember, and others -- not so much. But it's sure worth a read, if for no other reason than to be reminded of why NOLA is such a great place. To visit.
Mann on the auditor's report
DEC 17 In this post, blogger Robert Mann takes a look at the big ole bag of coal the Legislative Auditor put into little Bobby's stocking Monday. This breaks it down into the high (or maybe the low) points of the report, which as Mann points out verify some of the things he wrote about in his blog earlier this year -- and took a lot of grief over. It's nice to have somebody prove you were right.
the pic's coverage of ROdrigue
DEC 17 Here's a link to the Picayune's obituary for artist George Rodrigue, who died this weekend after a long battle with cancer. There also are links here to the paper's coverage of Rodrigue and his work over the years, including videos and interviews.
A contest to save the coast
DEC 17 Here's a story in the Lens about a competition to gather creative plans for coastal restoration in Louisiana. The $400,000 competition has been under way since this fall, and the semifinalists have been chosen. Those teams will be whittled down in the spring, when several will receive funding to develop their concepts.
Auditor: Jindal hasn't audited contract
DEC 17 Hey, there's no grass growing on the Legislative Auditor's Office. Here's a story in the Picayune about yet another audit released this week faulting a Jindal program. This time, it's a DHH contract, worth more than $350 million, to handle health care for Louisiana residents. The auditor says Jindal's people should have evaluated the contractor's performance before extending the contract. Jindal's people say they hired somebody to evaluate the performance -- but won't be using that to determine a contract extension, because that's already going to happen. Wait -- what?
More Fracking wastewater headed our way
DEC 17 This AP story out of Pennsylvania tells us that the Coast Guard wants wastewater transporters to use rivers instead of trains. This wastewater is produced by the controversial fracking procedure, and is destined for states that have underground storage facilities - like Louisiana, where everybody's free to dump their hazardous waste, apparently. But hey, those underground storage facilities are perfectly safe. Right, Bayou Corne?
Nutcracker tickets being scalped
DEC 17 The folks putting on the annual Baton Rouge performance of The Nutcracker are warning ballet-goers to buy their tickets from authorized dealers, because online ticket-sellers are overcharging, the Advocate reports here. Orchestra seats that go for $45 are being offered online for $300, the story says. The show is not sold out, even with the purchases made by the scalpers, the story says.