Folks we stay very busy on the Jefferson Parish beat but you must give Mayor Half Moon credit for nabbing former Senator Diana Bajoie as his pick to fill Stacy Head’s old slot on the NOLA City Council. As a youngster Bajoie was viciously assaulted with an ugly stick, yet rebounded to a long career in the Louisiana legislature. Her accomplishments include steering $50,000 via earmark to a conprofit controlled by the Jefferson clan, which then dutifully looted out the taxpayer largess. Frankly I think she is right up Mayor Half Moon’s alley.
Slabbed congratulates Ms Bajoie on her interim appointment to the NOLA City Council.
Now I can certainly see why someone would want to scrub any association with Magness but the victim of the whack attack? That folks, is not working smarter IMHO. Female members of the Slabbed Nation wishing to express their indignation should fire away in comments.
St Slammany Parish DA Walter Reed is a lock ’em up and throw away the key type of guy unless a family member or Vic Planetta is involved in the crime. I am repulsed by the fact Reed would ask for leniency given his track record back home.
The AP version of the story is online at NOLA.com and is Fitzgerald’s story heavily edited leaving out the Walter Reed factoid among others. McClatchy evidently has a corporate policy of “404ing” their stories after a month or so but the AP version will be online at NOLA for years and that is where the site traffic interested in this niche topic will go and yes there is niche interest in this story. Since the T-P restructuring news hit I’ve been mentally compiling a list of things newspapers do to slit their own digital throats, the above being but one example. If I had not been making this point chances are I would have written about Reed’s letter for leniency and linked the story that would remain online for longer than a month in the AP report instead of the source. For those reporters at McClatchy that wonder why blogs link the AP versions of your stories you now know the answer.
The future of journalism is here in cyberspace. Embrace it or perish. Pro Bono Publico.