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Hey, GOP: There’s a museum up in Montgomery y’all really ought to see

BY: - August 26, 2021

MONTGOMERY — You walk out of the fierce summer sun into a shadowy forest of rectangular steel columns, row upon row of them, six or seven feet tall, covered in rust the color of dried blood. It takes a minute to adjust to the dim light. Then you begin to see the names inscribed on […]

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Louisiana children threatened but don’t find a protector in Landry | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - August 11, 2021

The COVID-19 numbers are rising again, but this time our children are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus. At Children’s Hospital New Orleans, 1,000 children were seen in the emergency room in one week; 132 were COVID positive. Eighteen children have been hospitalized with COVID-19, nine are under the age of 2. Six are in […]

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Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 doesn’t mean you lack faith | Christopher Sylvain

BY: - August 9, 2021

Your vaccine hesitant friends and associates are caught in a whirlpool of information and misinformation swirling around them. Thinking about the virus and thinking about the vaccines all day makes them feel bad. When things feel bad, people of faith are taught to run to faith — and God will solve every problem. The music, […]

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Scientists understood physics of climate change in the 1800s – thanks to a woman named Eunice Foote | Sylvia G. Dee

BY: - July 27, 2021

Long before the current political divide over climate change, and even before the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865), an American scientist named Eunice Foote documented the underlying cause of today’s climate change crisis. The year was 1856. Foote’s brief scientific paper was the first to describe the extraordinary power of carbon dioxide gas to absorb heat […]

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My daughter is enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial because I don’t trust COVID | Taylor Hirth

BY: - July 27, 2021

On a sunny Wednesday a little over a month ago, my 7-year-old daughter bravely held my hand as we walked into Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to participate in a pediatric vaccine trial.  After a numbing agent, a blood draw and a nasal swab, she was finally injected with either a placebo or the […]

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Extreme weather causes homelessness and threatens people experiencing homelessness | Clarence J. Adams Sr.

BY: - July 22, 2021

As we witness a staggering increase in extreme weather caused by the climate crisis, a community we so often forget about is disproportionately suffering from its vast impacts: the homeless. During temperature extremes, severe weather and flooding, the majority of us have homes in which to shelter. But many have nowhere to turn.  The National […]

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Louisiana’s handsome, gifted, charming governor Edwin Edwards had it all — except integrity | Robert Mann

BY: - July 16, 2021

The following is an excerpt from “The Comeback of the Cajun Prince,” a chapter in Robert Mann’s memoir, Backrooms and Bayous: My Life in Louisiana Politics, which hits shelves Aug. 9. When I read the endorsement of Edwin Edwards in the Shreveport Journal, the newspaper where I began working in August 1983, I knew covering […]

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Republicans and Democrats accuse each other of ‘defunding the police’ | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - July 14, 2021

“Defund the police”– a rallying cry during the 2020 protests following the unwarranted deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others at the hands of police – is now a congressional football that  Democrats and Republicans keep throwing up as Hail Mary passes without anyone scoring a touchdown.   First, Republicans accused Democrats of embracing “defund […]

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Zaila Avant-garde – 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee champ – stands where Black children were once kept out | Shalini Shankar

BY: - July 12, 2021

When Zaila Avant-garde, 14, won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee on July 8, 2021, she became the first Black American to win in the competition’s history. Shalini Shankar, a scholar of spelling bees, breaks down the importance of this historical moment. Why is it news that an African American won this championship? It’s significant […]

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Lifting Louisiana’s economy starts with helping children | Neva Butkus

BY: - July 1, 2021

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, as it does every year around this time, recently delivered some bad news about Louisiana’s children. According to its Kids Count Data Book, Louisiana ranks 48th in the country for child well-being. Louisiana has never ranked higher than 46th in the 31-year history of this project.  At the root of […]

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Louisiana law requires you to buckle up — unless you’re a child on a school bus | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - June 30, 2021

A 7-30 vote in the Louisiana Senate this month killed HB 130, which would have required new school buses to be installed with seat belts for its young passengers. The Senate’s rejection came after the House had approved the bill introduced by Rep. Robby Carter (D-Amite) by a 55-44 vote. Making school buses safer for […]

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A Supreme Court ruling creates an existential crisis for the NCAA and its anachronistic idea of amateurism  | Bob Lewis

BY: - June 29, 2021

The world of bigtime college sports is about to change profoundly in ways not even experts yet comprehend because of a bombshell U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Last week’s unanimous and unambiguous decision in NCAA v. Alston eviscerates the American college football and basketball cartel’s business model of earning billions […]