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Bouquets & Brickbats

They get what they deserve

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William Joyce and Joe Bluhm,

author and illustrator, respectively, of the children's book The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, received a 2013 Christopher Award. The duo will receive the honor at an event in New York City May 23. The Christopher nonprofit organization, founded in 1945, recognizes creative works that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit."



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Thomas Morstead,

punter for the New Orleans Saints, is a participant in the inaugural PurpleStride New Orleans event, which features a 5-kilometer run and walk to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, the fourth deadliest cancer in the U.S. The event is May 19 in City Park, and more details can be found at www.purplestride.org.



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Edna Karr High School

received the College Board's 2013 Gaston Caperton Inspiration Award, which honors schools that expand low-income students' access to higher education. The College Board also awarded the school $25,000. Founded in 1900, the College Board helps connect students to colleges. More than 6,000 academic institutions make up its membership, and it helps more than 7 million students each year prepare for college.



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Pierre Wilbourn

pleaded guilty May 2 in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud for a filing a false Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) claim for financial assistance following the BP oil disaster. Wilbourn sought GCCF funds for his commercial fishing business, and he received $20,000 — but he never worked as a commercial fisherman. He also filed false earnings reports for his fake business. Wilbourn faces five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release after jail.

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