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Bouquets & Brickbats

They get what they deserve

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Calvin Moret,

the last surviving Tuskegee Airman from New Orleans, was honored at the Urban League of Greater New Orleans' 75th anniversary gala June 29. The Tuskegee Airmen were African-American pilots, the first in the U.S. military, who fought in World War II. Moret received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.



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JOMONOLA

riders raised $150,000 to help build three homes in New Orleans and Joplin, Mo., and on the East Coast. Each of the 30 riders raised $5,000 before pedaling their bikes 830 miles from Joplin to New Orleans over 10 days, ending June 29.



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Jiff Hingle,

former Plaquemines Parish sheriff, was sentenced in U.S. District Court July 3 to three years and 10 months in prison following his guilty plea in 2011 for accepting bribes from Benetech owner Aaron Bennett. Hingle received several $10,000 payments from Bennett in 2008 after Hingle approved hundreds of thousands of dollars the parish paid to Benetech, which oversaw parish jail construction.



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Nedra Bell

was sentenced in U.S. District Court June 27 to five years probation and one year of home confinement after pleading guilty to fraudulently receiving more than $50,000 from the Louisiana Road Home Program and nearly $60,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Bell filed for the Road Home grant in her brother's name and claimed she didn't earn an income, while she owned a hair salon.

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