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They get what they deserve


Marshall Faulk,

a New Orleans native and former NFL running back, was named a Hometown Hall of Famer last week by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate. Faulk received the award at his alma mater, George Washington Carver High School. Highlights of Faulk's 12-year NFL career include more than 12,200 rushing yards and 100 touchdowns, and 767 career receptions for 6,875 yards and 36 touchdowns.


Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

celebrated the band's 10-year anniversary at New York's Carnegie Hall earlier this month. CNN's Soledad O'Brien hosted the "10 Years, One Night" concert, which also featured Grammy-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater as well as saxophonist Branford Marsalis, American Idol finalists Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams, and string ensemble Sphinx Virtuosi.


LSU Health Sciences Center's School of Nursing

was awarded a two-year $700,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help students pursuing degrees in advanced primary care nursing. Full-time students in the primary care family nurse practitioner program may receive up to $22,000, and part-time students up to $11,000, which can be used for tuition, books and living expenses.


Michael Faulk,

president of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, calls a new state law banning bullying in Louisiana schools an "administrative nightmare." The law requires schools to train staff to handle bullying in and out of the classroom. Though other states have far more stringent laws, Faulk claims the Louisiana law creates too much paperwork and possibly will require new staff. Students deserve basic-level school protection, not administrative excuses.

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