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Zehnder Communications
of New Orleans recently won the highest honor bestowed by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, the Platinum Award. The trade organization praised Zehnder's "New Orleans Lagniappe" direct-mail campaign for the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. The project also won a Gold Award in the category of complete campaign/group sales.

Renee Gill Pratt and Eddie Sapir
are urging fellow New Orleans City Council members to rename a Warehouse District park after the late casino developer Christopher Hemmeter, who left town in the 1990s after filing for bankruptcy. Hemmeter's legacy -- of dubious business deals that led to the razing of the Rivergate Convention Center and two devastating Harrah's Casino bankruptcies -- is inappropriate for such an honor. Might we suggest Buddy Bolden, Walker Percy or any number of worthy subjects?

National Alliance of Louisiana,
a neo-Nazi organization, recently distributed racist leaflets around the Lakeview section of New Orleans. The flyers, proclaiming "Love Your Race," advertised a toll-free phone number that contained a recorded message decrying America's "out-of-control immigration situation" and "the Jewish monopoly of our mass media" and touting "a free, strong, proud white America."

Louisiana
is one of 33 states whose "gun show loophole" -- which doesn't require criminal background checks on people buying firearms at gun shows -- makes it easy for minors, criminals and illegal gun traffickers to circulate firearms, says a study by the nonprofit Americans for Gun Safety. The study reports that a large percentage of firearms used in crimes have been traced to such gun shows.

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