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Bryan "Baby" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams,

who founded Cash Money Records in New Orleans in 1991, received BMI's Icon Award at an awards ceremony in New York City Aug. 22. BMI recognized the brothers for their "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." The label has represented Lil Wayne and Juvenile, while its Young Money Entertainment subsidiary represents Drake and Nicki Minaj.



donated 5,000 cans of cat food to Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) as part of the company's "The Friskies" 2013 video awards contest. Friskies is donating more than 250,000 cans of cat food to 20 partner animal-rescue organizations, based on online views of participating cat videos on the Friskies website ( ARNO is the only Louisiana organization receiving the donations.


United Way of Southeast Louisiana's Women's Leadership Council

has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations serving women, children and families in 2013. The council provided $100,000 to early childhood education and children's health groups, $71,000 for domestic violence prevention, $20,000 for cancer prevention and $23,000 to mental health organizations.


Malvin Bergeron,

former president of Local 537M Graphic Communications Union, was sentenced Aug. 21 in U.S. District Court to four years probation for embezzling more than $4,000 from the union. According to the court, Bergeron wrote, endorsed and cashed checks to himself from the union checking account. Bergeron also must pay restitution in the amount of $4,041.99 as well as a $3,000 fine.

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