Last-minute changes to city’s hiring rules raises questions

The Civil Service Commission unexpectedly approved two changes to city hiring rules without warning Monday after a closed-door executive session, The Lens reported last week.

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Mid-term election a nightmare for Democrats

By Hazel Trice Edney Contributing Writer ( – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus immediately piled on, issuing a statement that all but guarantees two

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Metro Black vote high, but not ‘game changing’ on Nov. 4
By Christopher Tidmore Contributing Writer By early afternoon on November 4, consultants for some Caucasian Democrats on the ballot in Orleans and the Black-majority areas of Jefferson began to worry.
Panelists describe La.’s role as ‘Ground Zero’ for prison industrial complex
By Kari Dequine Harden Contributing Writer That was the question at the heart of a panel discussion held last Tuesday as part of the Prospect.3 (P.3) New Orleans art exhibition. Brooke Davis Anderson, ...
Organization asks U.S. Attorney Polite to take action in two cases
Justice & Beyond, a New Orleans-based group of justice advocates, last week asked U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite to launch investigations of two cases involving people of color in New Orleans. ...
Tension remains over police shootings of young Black males
By Dr. J. A. Salaam Contributing Writer FERGUSON, Mo. (Special to the NNPA from The Final Call) – Tensions over the police shooting of Michael Brown, Jr., 18, by a White police ...
Bail or jail…What’s wrong with Louisiana’s bail system?
By Marjorie R. Esman Guest Columnist Consider the following scenario. Two people are arrested and jailed for the same minor offense. It is each person’s first offense. At their individual bail ...
N.O. goes on the attack against domestic violence
By Mason Harrison Contributing Writer National research ranks Louisiana among a handful of states with the highest rates of male-on-female violence in the United States. Figures—taken from 21 police jurisdictions across the ...
State sues Army Corps of Engineers for MR-GO costs
By Bob Marshall The Lens Louisiana has gone to federal court in its quest to have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers foot the entire $3 billion bill for restoring damage caused ...
Politically connected company would benefit from state Amendment 3
By Charles Maldonado The Lens A constitutional amendment before voters Tuesday would let local governments contract with for-profit companies to collect delinquent property taxes — a measure that would greatly benefit one ...

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