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Bouquets & Brickbats

They get what they deserve

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Raj Diwan,

a resident of LSU Health Sciences Center's School of Dentistry General Practice Residency Program, was one of four people nationally to receive a Student Servant Leadership Award presented by the Academy of Dentistry International. The award recognizes Diwan's volunteerism, which includes founding the student-service organization Making Impressions. The organization provided more than 1,000 people with oral health screenings, dental supplies and one-on-one education.



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Warren and Jodie Singer

recently contributed $10,000 to the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, the state's oldest conservation organization. The donation comes in the wake of budget-straining disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as last summer's BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The non-profit conservation education and advocacy group was founded in 1940 and aims to protect the state's wildlife and fisheries.



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KID smART,

an arts integration and education program, received a 2012 grant from the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. The money will be used to broaden the scope and impact of KID smART's programming at Mary Bethune Elementary School. KID smART, founded in 1999 by Allison Stewart and Campbell Hutchison, currently has programs in 10 schools.



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Marlon Defillo,

former assistant New Orleans police chief, was found in a 33-page Louisiana State Police report to have "an incredibly poor memory or he has been deceptive," and lacked "both good judgment and maturity" in the handling of the death of Henry Glover — a case in which five NOPD officers were charged with felonies. Glover's burned body was found Sept. 2, 2005, inside a destroyed Chevrolet Malibu parked on a levee. Defillo retired from the NOPD last month.

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