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They get what they deserve


Laurence Copel,

founder of the Lower 9th Ward Street Library, received the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity for setting up a public library in her home and reaching out to families in need. The award and $3,000 prize is co-sponsored by the American Library Association. Copel will receive the award at its annual conference in Las Vegas June 29.



awarded a $75,000 grant to the Childhood and Family Learning Foundation for its Coordinated Care for the Whole Child Program. During the 2012-2013 school year, the program provided more than 3,000 preventative health screenings to at-risk children, as well physical therapy and mental health interventions.


The Prevention Research Center

at Tulane University was awarded a $4.3 million, five-year grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fund research, advocacy and community engagement to help fight obesity. The grant is the center's fourth five-year CDC grant since it was founded in 1998.


Matthew Stevens,

a sports reporter for the Columbus, Mississippi Commercial Dispatch, while on Internet radio program Bulldog Sports Radio, called Lafayette the "worst place in America" and its residents "missing links," while radio show co-hosts called Cajuns less than people. The recording went viral. Stevens later apologized, and he announced via Twitter on June 9 that he had been fired.

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