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Bouquets & Brickbats

They get what they deserve

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The Preservation Resource Center

recently saw two of its leaders honored by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation. PRC executive director Patricia Gay received the Legislative Award for her advocacy work on preservation issues, while Suzanne Blaum, the PRC's director of education and outreach, was given the Education Award for her work in broadening understanding of the importance of preserving Louisiana's history.



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Jane Toomey

of Warren Easton Charter High School in Mid-City has been selected as the 2012 Louisiana History Teacher of the Year by Preserve America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Toomey will receive a monetary award and books and resources in her name will be donated to the school's library. Toomey now is a finalist for the National History Teacher of the Year award.



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Shawn Payton

— not to be confused with the Saints coach — pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Detroit June 1 to one felony count of transmitting threats via interstate communications. Payton had threatened to blow up the Superdome during a New Orleans Saints home game against the Detroit Lions. Payton now faces five years in prison and fines up to $250,000. He will be sentenced Sept. 6.



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Shawn Haygood,

a former employee of Commander's Palace, pleaded guilty to computer fraud in a scheme where he entered fraudulent food purchases into the restaurant's computer system and was subsequently reimbursed. Haygood stole more than $268,000 from the iconic Garden District eatery. He faces five years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine, according to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office. Sentencing is set for Sept. 5.

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