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Norman C. Francis,

president of Xavier University of New Orleans, received the Wiley A. Branton Award at the National Bar Association's 25th annual Branton Award and Issues Symposium hosted by Southern University Law Center. The event and award are named after the attorney and civil rights leader. Francis, who was Gambit's 2007 New Orleanian of the Year,plans to retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year after 46 years as Xavier's president.


New Orleans Hash House Harriers

donated $4,500 to WRBH-FM Reading Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped. Hash House Harriers hosts the annual Red Dress Run, which raises funds for local charities through registration fees. WRBH — one of the country's only radio stations for the blind, which has broadcast the reading of newspapers, magazines and other publications since 1982 — plans to use the money to rebuild its website.


St. Martin's Episcopal School

was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Benedict Foundation for Independent Schools for the school's financial aid general fund. It will allow up to five students to complete high school at St. Martin's. The foundation was founded in 1983 and has awarded nearly $5 million in grants.


Geoff Morrell,

a spokesman for BP, wrote an op-ed for Politico that ran Oct. 21 with the headline, "No, BP Didn't Ruin the Gulf." Really? While Morrell acknowledged that the 2010 oil disaster "was a tragedy," a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Oct. 27 suggests the disaster left a 1,235-square-mile "footprint" in the Gulf. The outcry among environmentalists and media critics led Politico to run a counterpoint by the Gulf Restoration Program at Ocean Conservancy,

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