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The 610 Stompers

donated $35,000 to the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans March 29. Proceeds from the donation came from the dance group's fourth annual Sweet 610 Debutante Ball in February. The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans provides referral, support and advocacy to people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.


Hammond High Magnet School and Lakeshore High School

won the management and culinary competitions, respectively, at the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation's 13th Annual Louisiana Seafood ProStart Student Invitational March 25-26. Culinary teams from each school competed among 20 high schools across Louisiana. The winners move on to compete in the National ProStart Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., May 3-5.


The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts

awarded $50,000 in scholarships to Louisiana student winners of its annual art contest. New Orleans area winners include Riverdale High School's Hailey Dupont, Vandebilt Senior High School's Taylor Gonsoulin, Lakeshore High School's Kelli Laderer, Archbishop Chapelle High School's Amy Nguyen, and Academy of Our Lady's Brittany Robichaux. Since 2009, the foundation contest has awarded $228,500 in college scholarships.


Desmond Pratt,

a former New Orleans Police Department homicide detective, pleaded guilty in Criminal District Court March 28 to two counts of sexual battery and one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. The charges stemmed from allegations as far back as 1998. The victims were 13 to 15 years old at the time of the crimes. Pratt was sentenced to three years in prison but was credited for the past year he has spent in jail awaiting trial.

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