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2004 Preservation Award recipients, recently honored by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, include River Road African-American Museum founder Kathe Hambrick, folklorist and public radio host Nick Spitzer, and preservationists Robert and Susan Judice and John W. Wilbert Jr. The society presented its Bricks and Mortar Award to ABMB Engineers of Baton Rouge for its restoration of the capital city&185;s Jackson Building.

The National D-Day Museum was presented with the French Legion of Honor medal by U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi. In a ceremony last week, Principi presented France&185;s highest accolade in memory of veterans who took part in D-Day and the liberation of France during World War II. It is the latest in a long list of honors for the museum, designated 'America&185;s World War II Museum' by Congress.

William Graham of Metairie was ordered by a federal judge last week to shut down a fake 'abortion referral' service that used deceptive tactics to delay or prevent women from undergoing the procedure. For years, Graham ran the 'Causeway Center for Women,' whose name was similar to a local abortion provider. The 'center' was in reality a phone line, over which Graham repeatedly misled women into believing he was scheduling an abortion procedure for them.

Louisiana power plants and chemical manufacturers are the source of mercury pollution that has increasingly tainted Louisiana waters and made its game fish toxic, which can cause brain and neurological damage in children. Federal officials say Louisiana far exceeds the national average for mercury, with 34 of its waterways too contaminated for safe consumption of fish. Environmentalists urge Louisiana officials to oppose a Bush administration plan governing mercury emissions, saying it will make the problem worse.

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