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Who will be number 1000?

By R. Neal
December 1, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal Governors around the U.S. are scrambling to avoid the dubious distinction of having their state host the 1000th execution since the Supreme Court lifted the death penalty ban in 1976.

NOLA Katrina news

By R. Neal
November 29, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal Item: New Orleans opened its first public school post-Katrina. The article outlines some of the successes and the challenges that lie ahead for the public schools there.


By R. Neal
November 15, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal The family of Louisiana lawmaker Rep. Gary Smith got $108 million in no-bid contracts to sell FEMA trailers. The lawmaker's family defended the deal:

Alito, abortion and the South

November 2, 2005 - If news coverage is any indication, it seems abortion is shaping up to be a key focal point -- and maybe the focal point -- of the Supreme Court confirm I'm hearing from progressives who think this single-issue focus is a bad idea. There are lots of ration battle over Judge Samuel Alito.

"No one could have anticipated"

By R. Neal
November 1, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal In July of 2004, FEMA conducted an exercise called "Hurricane Pam". You may have heard of it. It predicted the disastrous effects of a hypothetical Category 3 hurricane striking New Orleans, and was used as a model for planning FEMA's response.