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The Al Copeland Foundation

donated $25,000 to LSU Health Sciences Center to benefit cancer research. The donation came from proceeds from the annual Krewe du Cure event held at Harrah's New Orleans casino Sept. 14. The foundation has donated more than $800,000 to cancer research, and the Alvin C. Copeland/Cancer Crusaders Endowed Chair in Neuroendocrine Cancer was established at the LSU Health Sciences Center in 2011.


Covenant House sleepout participants

raised $225,000 in donations and pledges for the New Orleans shelter that provides services to at-risk and homeless young people. Ninety-three people spent the night at the shelter Nov. 14 to raise the funds. Covenant House serves more than 100 people daily and provides food, clothing, counseling, job training and other resources.


James "Jimmy" Coleman Jr.,

president of the board of directors of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, received the Spirit of Hope Award at a ceremony at the Pentagon Library in Washington, D.C., Nov. 19. The New Orleans resident was among award recipients representing each branch of the military.


Steve Dicharry,

executive director of the Louisiana Community Development Authority, spent tens of thousands of public dollars on liquor, personal travel, dental work and various luxuries — using the agency's credit card. In a Nov. 27 report, WVUE-TV's Lee Zurik revealed Dicharry's spending after reviewing four years' worth of records. Dicharry's annual salary is about $148,000.

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