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The George Shinn Foundation

made a $500,000 contribution to the Salvation Army on April 11. Shinn, former owner of the New Orleans Hornets, donated the money to provide housing stability for people without a support system, specifically veterans and families with nowhere to turn. Salvation Army Capt. Ethan Frizzell said the money will be distributed in metro New Orleans and around south Louisiana.



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Geoff Hogan

will receive the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award, which is given to 12 college athletes in recognition of their work in the community. Hogan, a junior at Tulane University and a member of the Tulane Green Wave basketball team, was the only student athlete in the New Orleans area to be selected for the honor. Hogan, who holds a 3.25 GPA, also sits on the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.



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Savannah Bridges,

a high school student from north Louisiana, won first place in the statewide 2011 George Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest for her painting "No More," and will receive a $6,000 scholarship. More than 400 students entered the contest, which was judged by a panel of Louisianans in the arts, including Irvin Mayfield, Garland Robinette and New Orleans Museum of Art director emeritus John Bullard.



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Bobby Johnson

was convicted of fraud for scamming an elderly couple in the Lower 9th Ward with promises that his company, American Integrity Homes, would build a house for them in their flooded-out neighborhood. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said Johnson bilked the couple of more than $70,000 and did little work. He will be sentenced on April 27 and is eligible for up to 10 years in prison.

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