Monthly Archives: January 2013

LA receives a B- from controversial education lobbying group StudentsFirst (Louisiana Weekly. Jan. 2013).

Early in January, Louisiana’s educational policies were given an overall grade of B- from Sacramento-based education reform lobbying group Students First. The group gave failing grades to 11 states, including Massachusetts and other states with higher standardized test scores than … Continue reading

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How the Super Bowl Screws New Orleans PT 2 (Vice. Jan. 2013).

New Orleans was one of the first towns to feel the grip of the post-9/11 security state, when the newly-minted Department of Homeland Security took charge of protecting 2002’s Super Bowl XXXVI, held here just five months after the planes hit the towers. … Continue reading

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How the Super Bowl Screws New Orleans, PT 1 (Vice. Jan. 2013).

Contrary to its lamest nickname, New Orleans isn’t “big.” Nor is it “easy”—especially when the Super Bowl comes to town. Having planned and executed Mardi Gras celebrations since the turn of the 17th century, our town is used to handling big, … Continue reading

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Piece on Transocean’s settlement in the BP oil spill (Louisiana Weekly. Jan. 2013).

The Department of Justice has reached a $1.4 billion settlement with Transocean for its role in BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, which polluted the Gulf of Mexico with upwards of 4.9 million barrels of oil in 2010. “What’s important to … Continue reading

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On Delgado University’s student-run radio station (Gambit Weekly. Oct. 2011).

Running a small community radio station is a hands-on affair. Recently, at Delgado Community College’s new radio station “The Dolphin” (1610-AM), Bob Dunn multitasked in the back office of its two-room studio, soldering a small transmitter while ripping reggae CDs … Continue reading

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Interview with New Orleans rapper Slangston Hughes (OffBeat. Jan. 2013).

As we walk to conduct our interview at a quieter Marigny bar, rapper Renard “Slangston Hughes” Bridgewater (“The Connoisseur of Fine Rhyme”) discusses the human desire for tangibility. “At the end of the day, a lot of people still want … Continue reading

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Interview with Duane Denison regarding Electrical Guitar Company (Premier Guitar Magazine. 2013)

On Halloween weekend at New Orleans’ VooDoo Fest 2012, alt-rock supergroup Tomahawk played their second show in almost a decade, in support of its newest album, Oddfellows (Ipecac). As he had at so many shows with his cyclonic band the Jesus Lizard, … Continue reading

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