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Dr. Gordon H. 'Nick' Mueller ,
the recently retired dean and vice chancellor of the University of New Orleans, has been awarded the highest honor from the UNO Continuing Education Association. The association gave the Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership to Mueller based on his spearheading of overseas study programs and other progressive initiatives. Mueller plans to take over as president and CEO of The National D-Day Museum in August.

Joe Johnson ,
the former New Orleans Saints defensive end, two-time Pro Bowler and current Green Bay Packer, is holding his third annual youth football skills camp in New Orleans this Monday and Tuesday, July 1 and 2. Johnson, whose Joe Johnson Foundation puts special emphasis on working with underprivileged youth and minority communities, serves as coach for the teen-age campers.

The New Orleans City Council
has adopted a long-overdue policy to strengthen animal cruelty laws in the city. Last week, the council voted 7-0 to establish stronger minimum standards of care for domestic animals. The ordinance includes stricter requirements for the shelter, transport and confinement of domestic animals -- and makes it illegal for animal owners to provide inadequate food, water, veterinary care and other basic necessities.

ranks 49th in the United States in funding home and community-based care for the elderly, according to the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Data compiled by the committee shows Louisiana spends $109 per capita on nursing home care per year, compared to $1.33 per capita on alternative care. Committee chairman Sen. John Breaux, D-La., urged his home state to end what he calls an expensive and unpopular bias against alternative care-giving for the elderly.

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