Michael Osofsky and Arsalan Suleman have been selected as two of 11 George J. Mitchell Scholars nationwide. Osofsky, of New Orleans, is a senior at Stanford University; Suleman, of Kenner, is a senior at Georgetown University. Mitchell Scholarships, granted by the nonprofit U.S.-Ireland Alliance, are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership and community service. Winners are awarded a year of post-graduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
Patricia Clarkson, actress and daughter of City Council member Jackie Clarkson, received a special-jury prize for outstanding performance at the Sundance Film Festival last week for her role in The Station Agent and two other films at Sundance in which she co-starred, Pieces of April and All the Real Girls. (A fourth film, The Baroness and the Pig, was previewed at the festival, but was not in competition.)
Ad Hoc Judge Thomas W. Tanner quietly cut the number of service hours he had ordered for Jonathan Pederson, 20, convicted last year of killing his friend Craig Darce in a drunken boat wreck. Tanner's original sentence for Pederson, stepson of St. Tammany D.A. Walter Reed, was two years' probation and 180 days' community service -- and was criticized at the time as too lenient. He cut the sentence by two-thirds after Pederson's lawyer called it too onerous.