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a federal volunteer service program, sent 100 volunteers to New Orleans as part of the Sept. 11 "National Day of Service." Following a press conference on disaster and emergency preparedness, the volunteers canvassed neighborhoods, handed out emergency preparedness kits, encouraged residents to have an evacuation plan, signed up volunteers to aid in a mandatory evacuation and visited senior centers to ensure residents are ready for any possible emergencies.


Brian Riedlinger,

director of the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans and former CEO of the Algiers Charter School Association, has been named the Louisiana Charter School Champion of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools. In the aftermath of the levee failures, Riedlinger was instrumental in establishing the ACSA, which can tout a number of successes including improved test scores, an increase in graduation rates and a highly acclaimed teacher development program.


Beverly Wright,

director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University, has been honored as one of the 10 recipients of the Heinz Award, which is given by the Heinz Family Foundation in recognition of public-spirited work. Wright founded the center in 1995 at Xavier University and moved it to Dillard after the 2005 flood. The awards board cited Wright's grassroots, community-initiated programs that have helped "promote the rights of everyone to be free from environmental harm."


William Roe,

a former judge in Plaquemines Parish, has been convicted of keeping more than $6,000 in payments he received from the state Supreme Court as reimbursement for judicial expenses. The money should have been given to the parish. As discovered in an audit by state Legislative Auditor Steve Theriot, Roe received travel reimbursements from the parish for three trips he took to San Destin, Fla., for an annual judges' seminar from June 2005 to June 2007. He then billed the state Supreme Court for the same charges.

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