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They get what they deserve


Calvin Moret,

the last surviving Tuskegee Airman from New Orleans, was honored at the Urban League of Greater New Orleans' 75th anniversary gala June 29. The Tuskegee Airmen were African-American pilots, the first in the U.S. military, who fought in World War II. Moret received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.



riders raised $150,000 to help build three homes in New Orleans and Joplin, Mo., and on the East Coast. Each of the 30 riders raised $5,000 before pedaling their bikes 830 miles from Joplin to New Orleans over 10 days, ending June 29.


Jiff Hingle,

former Plaquemines Parish sheriff, was sentenced in U.S. District Court July 3 to three years and 10 months in prison following his guilty plea in 2011 for accepting bribes from Benetech owner Aaron Bennett. Hingle received several $10,000 payments from Bennett in 2008 after Hingle approved hundreds of thousands of dollars the parish paid to Benetech, which oversaw parish jail construction.


Nedra Bell

was sentenced in U.S. District Court June 27 to five years probation and one year of home confinement after pleading guilty to fraudulently receiving more than $50,000 from the Louisiana Road Home Program and nearly $60,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Bell filed for the Road Home grant in her brother's name and claimed she didn't earn an income, while she owned a hair salon.

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