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They get what they deserve


Belinda Cambre,

an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of New Orleans, received the Emerging Leader award from PDK International, a global group of education professionals that honors 22 teachers worldwide for their leadership. Cambre, who holds degrees in political science, public policy, civil law and educational leadership, will be honored in Washington, D.C.


Paws on Parade,

a citywide public art project to assist the LA/SPCA, held an auction Sept. 27 to sell off the colorful Mardi Gras Bead Dog sculptures that dotted public spaces this summer in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. The auction raised more than $75,000 for the animal welfare group. Each sculpture was decorated by a different artist. Haydel's Bakery paid for the mold and adopted the bead dog as its mascot.


The New Orleans Police Department

sent out a press release late last month touting a three-day sting operation conducted on Chef Menteur Highway and Tulane Avenue, in which 11 arrests of suspected prostitutes were made. The mug shots attached, however, were full-body shots of the arrestees, many in scanty clothes — something the department never does under ordinary circumstances with either men or women. It was sexist, exploitative and demeaning.


Roger Jones

resigned from the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) in late September after confessing to filing a false police report. Jones had claimed his car was stolen, but after a brief investigation by the bureau's Public Integrity Bureau, Jones admitted the car had never been stolen and that he had been involved in a hit-and-run. Jones was a 15-year NOPD veteran and a familiar face around the French Quarter, where he had worked as a quality-of-life officer.

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