rats http://wwno.org en New Orleans' Rat Fighters Go Beyond Baiting Traps http://wwno.org/post/new-orleans-rat-fighters-go-beyond-baiting-traps Marvin Thompson knew he faced a difficult task when he was hired last year as principal at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans.<p>"The day that I pulled up to this building, I thought it was condemned," Thompson says.<p>The structure, built in 1898, was sagging and leaky and missing entire window panes. Inside, students were underperforming academically.<p>And then, there were the rats. Thompson and his two children didn't even finish unpacking his office before they discovered that problem.<p>"They were in here 10 minutes, and I hear this big crash," he says. "My daughter ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:29:00 +0000 editor 49869 at http://wwno.org Tulane Researchers Focusing On Urban Rats http://wwno.org/post/tulane-researchers-focusing-urban-rats <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tulane University researchers are <a href="http://tulane.edu/news/releases/pr_112513.cfm" target="_blank">joining a national project</a> to study how rebuilding after a disaster affects people and the environment. They’ll be starting with a close look at the common rat.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 48847 at http://wwno.org