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The Grainger Foundation,

the charitable arm of W.W. Grainger Inc., a facilities maintenance products corporation, recently donated its money and time to support Boys Hope Girls Hope of New Orleans, a nonprofit organization in the Carrollton neighborhood that assists at-risk youth. Besides providing a check for $20,000, the foundation sent 25 Grainger employees from the New Orleans area to volunteer at Boys Hope Girls Hope, helping to rebuild the Girls Hope residence, which was destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


Michael E. O'Brien,

a dentist and the director of pre-doctoral studies at the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center's School of Dentistry, will receive the 2009 Daniel M. Laskin Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. O'Brien has taught at the dental school for the past 25 years and is being recognized for his work in dental surgery education and his efforts to improve undergraduate education, residency and continuing education.


Xavier University

received two top rankings in a special report by the magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education. According to the article, "Top 100 Degree Producers 2009," Xavier graduated the most African-American students in the academic disciplines of biological and biomedical sciences and physical sciences. In 2008, 120 African-American students at Xavier earned undergraduate degrees in biological and biomedical sciences; another 41 garnered undergraduate degrees in physical sciences.


Charlotte Brown,

the founder of the Krewe of Tut in Houma, pleaded guilty to passing more than $9,000 in bogus checks to pay for the krewe's first parade in February. Among the worthless checks Brown wrote was one for more than $8,500 to a bus company that transported the Jackson State University band to the krewe's parade. Brown has been placed on two year's probation and ordered to repay the outstanding debt by Aug. 13 — or face jail time.

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