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An innovative program at SUNO, a look at Good Eggs' New Orleans crackup and Curren$y talks Colston conspiracy theories


Another good reason to buy only Louisiana shrimp: you're not contributing to slavery. The Associated Press ran a long investigative piece on the shrimp industry in Thailand, where human traffickers use slaves to shell and devein the crustaceans that show up in American restaurants and supermarkets. Reporters found captives — many of whom were Burmese, with no official papers — forced to work 16-hour days under terrible conditions. It's a difficult system to battle, because seafood producers simply open new shrimp peeling sheds with more victims of human trafficking.

  The U.S. State Department's Susan Coppedge suggested American consumers "speak through their wallets and tell companies: 'We don't want to buy things made with slavery.'" In unrelated news, Apple sold 13 million iPhones during the first three quarters of 2015 ...

In The Atlantic, Katy Reckdahl profiled the Honore Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement at Southern University of New Orleans, "an intensive new program that gives full scholarships to young African American men who show promise despite unremarkable transcripts." The deal: The men will then teach a minimum of two years in a public school. "The Honore Center is rooted in the concept that black male teachers may be more effective at teaching young black men," wrote Reckdahl, "who are more likely to struggle in the classroom and are significantly less likely than their white counterparts to graduate from high school and college."

  The program is named for U.S. Army Gen. Russel Honore, who said, "All things being equal, the only difference between these young men and some kid going through prep school off his endowment and driving a new Mustang is money and opportunity." ...

"The Inside Story of How a Food Startup Cracked" was Buzzfeed's look at the implosion of Good Eggs, the San Francisco-based farmers market food-delivery service that expanded into New Orleans in 2013 with much fanfare. Despite $53 million in venture capital, Good Eggs pulled out of New Orleans abruptly in August and now operates solely in the Bay Area.

  Good Eggs spokesperson Ally Khantzis told Buzzfeed that some of the cities were really experiments, "less about rapid growth than they were about testing our model in different markets, each with their own set of complexities." Post-Katrina New Orleans as test market: we've heard of that ...

Sports Illustrated's DeAntae Prince sat down with New Orleans-born rapper Curren$y to talk about Curren$y's new album Canal Street Confidential, as well as the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans. The rapper discussed his theory that wide receiver Marques Colston is a double agent for another team ("I do think one of the wide receivers is a spy or he's in Mafia trouble. I think maybe someone is threatening him and making him play like a buffoon sometimes"), and the heartbreak of being a Saints fan: "I washed my car once in the fourth quarter because we were winning, and when I went inside to freshen up to go out, we had lost the game. That's happened a few times," Curren$y told SI, adding, "I still got love, though." ...

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