R odeo Van Bladel started getting that feeling again. The scrawny, balding clerk at window 7 of the California Department of Motor Vehicles ( DMV ) in Santa Rosa had punched Rodeo’s driver’s licence number into a computer, before telling him to wait while he went to check on something. Rodeo had taken two cross-town buses to get in line early for the office’s opening at 8am, an hour-plus commute that would have taken ten minutes by car. He had come hoping that somebody could tell him, finally, when he would be allowed to get back to driving. The delay was a bad sign. The clerk returned with a co-worker, who handed Rodeo a slip of paper with a phone number. Rodeo had to call the Mandatory Actions Unit, she said, a division of the DMV apparently reachable only by phone. The Economist today Handpicked stories, in your inbox A daily newsletter with the best of our journalism Sign up The driver’s-licence debacle had … [Read more...] about He stole a rug and a car. Why did he spend 25 years bouncing between prison and parole?
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There are so many good photo books out there, it can sometimes be overwhelming. One of our favorite things throughout the year is to look at new books and talk with photographers about how they come together. Some projects break your heart, some change how you look at the world. Others are just fun. And all of them are beautiful in their own way. Here is a roundup of some of the best photo books from this year. Carlota Guerrero — Tengo un Dragón Dentro del Corazón Carlota Guerrero is both a vision and a visionary — someone who dances herself into a trance to spur on good ideas. The photographer and filmmaker is based in Barcelona, where she rose to stardom after being tapped at age 24 to work with Solange on her album A Seat at the Table in 2016. Since then, she has produced many of her own ethereal images of groups of women. She is warm, she is welcoming, and she has me feeling more acceptance and love for my body as a stranger on a Zoom call than I … [Read more...] about Here Are 24 Photo Books That Brought Us Meaning And Joy In 2021
Ducks took center stage during the holiday week, and trends developed in the days after both East and West zones opened the first splits of their 60-day seasons. The West Zone is somewhat misleading in that it stretches across our state’s coastal marshes and attracts ducks from the Central and Mississippi flyways. The East Zone gets its migrating waterfowl mostly from the Mississippi Flyway. The country’s other two flyways are the Atlantic and Pacific. The southwestern parishes in the West Zone had banner opening weekends earlier in the month with the bulk of the take being grays, bluewing teal, pintails, shovelers and ringnecks. In the eastern part of that zone, the freshwater marshes in western Terrebonne and along and around the Mississippi River, grays, ringnecks, pintail and greenwing and bluewing teal showed up in mixed day-by-day reports of good-to-average hunting success. Hurricane Ida reduced food sources, mostly submerged aquatic vegetation, … [Read more...] about Duck season continues with mixed reviews
The end of hurricane season is always welcome hereabouts, so let's circle Nov. 30 on the calendar. That’s especially true this year, as most of southeast Louisiana was assaulted by Hurricane Ida. Ida and Hurricane Laura, which overwhelmed Lake Charles in 2020, tied for the distinction of being the most ferocious storms in terms of wind speed to hit our state since before the Civil War. For many of us, the inconveniences of a hurricane end when the lights come back on, which this summer took days or weeks. But the end of the stormy weather should give us a chance to remember that for many of our neighbors, hurricane hardships are stretching into December and maybe beyond, as they struggle to rebuild their homes and their businesses. Lake Charles and southwest Louisiana are still recovering from the 2020 hurricane season. They were promised support by two U.S. presidents, and when help arrived in the form of a congressional appropriation, it was too small to cover the … [Read more...] about Our Views: Hurricane season is finally ending, but the crisis endures for many