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Mark Rosenbaum,
a glass artist and owner of the Rosetree Glass Studio in New Orleans, has been honored by Niche magazine with an award for outstanding achievement among American and Canadian craft artists for his "Combo Lamp." On June 18, Home and Garden Television's Modern Masters series will feature Rosenbaum creating the lamp using a process he developed of layering molten glass crystal with colored glass chips and powders.

Wayne J. Lee,
an attorney at Stone Pigman Walther Wittman, L.L.C. since 1973, was recently sworn in as the first African-American president of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LBSA). Lee, a New Orleans native and graduate of Tulane Law School, was elected as the 63rd president of the association after serving in the LBSA's House of Delegates and on its Board of Governors and several committees.

Mildred Fossier
of New Orleans will be honored with a bike path in her name at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. As an advisor to then-Mayor Sidney Barthelemy, she had lobbied for the land to be used as a wildlife preserve. Fossier, who turns 90 this month, also served as the first woman to lead the city's Welfare Department. She remains active in the Alliance for Affordable Energy and League of Women Voters.

The Department of Environmental Quality
overpaid a contractor by more than $53,000, according to the state legislative auditor. The recent report said Hydrodyne Environmental Inc. had overbilled the DEQ's regulatory program for underground tanks that store motor fuels. It also said DEQ failed to uniformly penalize fuel distributors who failed to make timely payments to its Motor Fuels Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund.

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