a Louisiana native, along with Monte C. Haught, Michelle Ceglia and Yolanda Mercadel, received the Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Hairstyling For A Miniseries Or A Movie for the locally shot American Horror Story: Coven. The Louisiana-produced True Detective also received several awards.
a computer science professor at the University of New Orleans, received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to train students at a new cybersecurity lab. The university was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
received the first of three donations of 35,000 pounds of dog food and treats as the winner of DOG for DOG's Feed a Shelter campaign on Aug. 20. The dog food company held a call for nominations for customers' favorite shelters and organizations, and VRC received the most votes.
the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officer who shot Armand Bennet during a traffic stop in Algiers Aug. 11, had turned off her body camera moments before she fired her weapon. The shooting, which wounded Bennet's forehead, was not disclosed to the public until Aug. 13. The new NOPD policy of recording officers via body-mounted cameras — hailed as a success by former Police Chief Ronal Serpas — was instituted earlier this year.