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Mark LeBlanc

has been named a member of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team by the U.S. Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee. The New Orleans man, who was on the sailing teams at Jesuit High School and Louisiana State University, won the honor after two January competitions. If approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee, LeBlanc will be competing in the Paralympic Sailing Regatta this summer in England.


Justin Augustine III,

general manager of the New Orleans Regional Transportation Authority (NORTA), was named a "Champion of Change" by President Barack Obama's administration. Augustine received the award for his work on of the New Orleans Streetcar Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is expanding streetcar service in the city. On Feb. 15, the White House will feature him on its Champions of Change website.


Gabriel Caruntu,

a professor at the University of New Orleans, has been awarded a five-year, $600,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation, which provides the awards to junior faculty who are leaders in integrating education and research. Caruntu is an assistant professor in UNO's Department of Chemistry. His research program also involves outreach to minority high school students and undergrads.


Michael Williams,

the Caddo Parish commissioner who drew national ridicule in January when he proposed criminalizing the wearing of pajamas in public, is back at it again. On Feb. 6 he announced he would be drafting an ordinance against public PJs and starting a letter-writing campaign to national retailers. He told his fellow commissioners, "Are we going to let this generation tell us what to do, or are we going to be leaders and lead this community?" To which we say — this is leadership?

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