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They get what they deserve


George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts

recently awarded $45,000 in college scholarships and awards to 15 high school juniors and seniors. The winners were chosen from among 600 entries from cities across Louisiana. Senior finalist Trinity Hartman won for her work The Holy Trinity, and junior Alfonso Vaca-Loyola won for his The Cutting Edge of Louisiana. The foundation asked students create a unique piece of work based on the theme "Louisiana's Culinary Heritage."


Finn McCool's

held its fourth annual St. Baldrick's Foundation event, during which participants' heads are shaved to support cancer research. More than 100 people participated and raised more than $120,000. Each participant collects money from friends and family and volunteers then shaves his or her head in return. So far in 2013, volunteers have raised more than $21 million in more than 1,200 events held nationwide.


Thomas Morstead,

punter for the New Orleans Saints, shaved his famously long locks to be donated to Wigs for Kids. Founded in 1981, the nonprofit organization serves children suffering from hair loss due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, alopecia, trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost. For his first haircut since May 2010, Morstead also helped raise funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.


Charlotte Randolph,

president of LaFourche Parish, must pay $60,000 for violating state ethics laws by renting her Grand Isle camp to BP workers following the 2010 oil disaster. The state Ethics Board ruled that Randolph must repay $50,000 in ill-gotten gains in addition to a $10,000 fine as a public servant receiving cash from BP, with which the parish had entered a contract to accept $1 million to cover costs related to the disaster.

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