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They get what they deserve


Ralph Romaguera Sr.,

a Metairie photographer, has been named the winner of the 2012 International Photographic Council's (IPC) Professional Photographer Leadership Award. Romaguera, who has been working as a photographer in the New Orleans area since the early 1970s and who currently serves as vice president of the Professional Photographers of America, will be honored in New York in May at an IPC luncheon at the United Nations.


Jean Knight,

the New Orleans R&B singer best known for her hit single "Mr. Big Stuff," will be inducted into Tipitina's Walk of Fame at a ceremony outside the club next month. Tip's is holding its annual Instruments A Comin benefit concert April 30 to raise money to buy musical instruments for local schoolchildren, and Knight will join other local musicians who have been honored with a lighted sidewalk medallion for her contribution to the New Orleans sound.


Remi Braden,

the spokeswoman for the New Orleans Police Department, will be reimbursing the city for use of a take-home vehicle she was not authorized to drive. The incident came to light after a report aired on WVUE-TV about Braden getting into a minor collision in February. New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux released a report in early March saying violations of the city's take-home vehicle policy, long a problem in New Orleans, continue to be a headache.


Sean Payton

was suspended for one year without pay by the NFL for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. The NFL's investigation found the Saints head coach conspired with Saints assistant coaches to hide the bounty scandal, lied about it to investigators and took no action to end the bounties even after the league was looking into the matter. The city will be forever grateful to Payton the coach, but last week brought disgrace to Payton the man.

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