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They get what they deserve



Rahsaan Ison,
a 16-year-old NOCCA student, received the Marguerite Casey Foundation's Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award and a $5,000 prize for his work with Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children and its Dignity in Schools campaign. Ison also has a bowtie and accessories company, Ison Bowties Etc.


Happy Johnson
received honorable mention for FEMA's 2014 National Achievement Award for Outstanding Youth Preparedness Initiative. Johnson, CEO of the Team Happy Foundation, was honored for "exemplary community and youth preparedness programming" for literacy programs in Orleans Parish elementary schools. There were more than 230 nominations for the award from more than 40 states.


Linda Flynn-Wilson,
a special education professor at the University of New Orleans, was awarded a five-year, $1.2 million U.S. Department of Education grant to train teachers to work with young children with disabilities and their families, particularly racially diverse families and families in poverty. Flynn-Wilson also chairs the Department of Special Education and Habilitative Services and coordinates the Early Intervention Program.


Stuart Smith
pleaded guilty in Orleans Parish Municipal Court Sept. 9 to cyberstalking an opponent of the controversial noise ordinance in the French Quarter. Smith, a lawyer representing French Quarter groups supporting the measure, sent threatening messages to French Quarter Management District Chairman Robert Watters. Smith received a one-year suspended sentence and two years of inactive probation.

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