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Bouquets & Brickbats

They get what they deserve


Richard Campanella
received the Louisiana Library Association's Literary Award for his 2014 book Bourbon Street: A History. Campanella is a Tulane University geographer and author of the acclaimed 2008 book Bienville's Dilemma: A Historical Geography of New Orleans and 2011's Lincoln in New Orleans: The 1828-1831 Flatboat Voyages and Their Place in History. He received the award March 26 at the Shreveport Convention Center.


Zachary Lazar,
associate professor of English at Tulane University, received the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Lazar's works include Aaron, Approximately, Sway, Evening's Empire: The Story of My Father's Murder and 2014's I Pity the Poor Immigrant. He has been a Creative Writing Department faculty member since 2011.


Jon Gegenheimer,
clerk of court for Jefferson Parish, recently received two national awards. The National Center for State Courts presented him with the G. Thomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation last month, and not long before that Gegenheimer received the 2014 Public Official of the Year Award from the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks. Both groups cited his office's efforts to make jury service more convenient for citizens and to reduce juror costs.


Patricia Blanchard
pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court March 25 to embezzling $715,000 from Community Health Charities of Louisiana and Mississippi. Blanchard was hired as the organization's bookkeeper in 2005, and between 2006 and 2011 she used its money to pay for gas and personal expenses and to pay off her credit card bills. She faces 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine when she's sentenced in June.

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