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The Pro Bono Project

and the Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association's New Orleans chapter held a free law clinic for local veterans at the Uptown VFW post March 21. Volunteer attorneys answered questions and provided matches with others in the legal community who could handle long-range legal needs. The Pro Bono Project hopes to make this a regular service for New Orleans vets.


The Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association

donated $50,000 to the Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration at the University of New Orleans. The university said it plans to use the money to promote its programs offering degrees in hospitality administration.


Gerard Hoffman,

a former high-ranking deputy to Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with an alleged bid-rigging and kickback scheme. Hoffman is the second of Gusman's ranking deputies to plead to federal felony charges in two weeks. He admitted receiving $7,500 in kickbacks, including free electrical work, a trailer and a storage container from a sheriff's office contractor. The federal investigation into the sheriff's office is continuing.



reported that New Orleans hip-hop star Lil Wayne, who was hospitalized in Los Angeles, was on his deathbed and receiving "last rites" after a purported drug overdose. Wayne was released from the hospital 72 hours after TMZ's initial report. The celebrity news outlet never issued an apology or explanation for its serious error.

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