I’m particularly proud of the lede graf on today’s Times Picayune story about New Orleans police cars and other city vehicles languishing at a city repair plant amid the city’s budget woes. Pride comes before a fall, but I do really appreciate the editors at the Times Picayune for recognizing the merit in the “visible from space” angle, instead of chopping it. Here’s a photo I took of the plant last week:
Read the full story at the Times Picayune‘s website. Here’s a teaser quote:
“We’ve got a bunch of cars stacked up right now that need body work, but there’s no one to do it,” said Assistant Chief Marlon Defillo, at a recent NOPD statistics meeting.
Defillo asked his police commanders to remind their officers to be careful not to get into any scrapes with their cruisers, because there’s no telling when they’ll get fixed. Of the NOPD’s 1,376 vehicles, 78 are awaiting repair at this point, according to the city’s records.