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Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright from Lake Charles, gained more accolades when the HBO miniseries adaptation of his renowned play, Angels in America, led all Emmy nominees with 21. The epic miniseries explored the social, sexual, political and religious issues in America during the spread of the AIDS virus in the 1980s. The Emmys will be broadcast live on ABC on Sept. 19.

James W. Bailey, a New Orleans native, recently won the Albert J. Turbessi Award at the prestigious Chautauqua Exhibition of American Art. The photographer was honored for his work, &179;Woman at the Tomb,&178; one of 75 pieces chosen for the contemporary art competition out of more than 1,600 submitted entries. Bailey also recently won an Honorable Mention at the Bethesda International Photography Competition.

The Catholic HEART Workcamp, a crew of 350 teenagers from across the country, returned to New Orleans last week to paint, repair, landscape and clean more than 50 houses belonging to senior citizens. The teens worked in Mid-City, Carrollton, Lakeview and Seventh Ward neighborhoods. About $1,650 went into each home repair, according to the office of state Sen. Paulette Irons, who helps fund their annual visit.

Frank Dotson, a former Jefferson Parish justice of the peace, admitted stealing $465 from the 8th Justice Court for parts of Kenner and Metairie. The money came from garnished wages that the court was supposed to have sent to the rightful recipient. Dotson had been charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft and one of felony theft, but pled guilty to one misdemeanor count in a deal with prosecutors. He was voted out of office in 2002 after serving for six years.

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