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Boysie Bollinger,
one of south Louisiana's most successful businessmen, donated $20 million to the National World War II Museum in March, the largest private donation the museum has ever received. The donation will fund the building of the "Canopy of Peace," a 150-foot-tall structure that will connect the museum's campus. The Canopy is set for construction in 2017.


Nathalie Scott
was awarded one of three $1,000 national Working Parent Scholarships from the website last month. Scott, a Terrytown resident attending the University of New Orleans, also works full time and has a 2-year-old son. The other Working Parent Scholarships went to Sarah Czarnecki of St. Peters, Missouri and Horace McNeil of Levittown, Pennsylvania.


Lt. Heather Sylve,
the Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a man who attacked TSA agents at Louis Armstrong International Airport in March, was awarded Sheriff Newell Normand's Award of Excellence at the 30th annual Crimestoppers Awards Luncheon on March 26. On March 20, Sylve shot Richard White three times as he attempted to attack agents with a machete.


Paige Okpalobi & Christopher White
pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court last month to participating in a $50 million Medicare fraud scheme between 2007 and 2014. Okpalobi owned a New Orleans medical clinic and falsely submitted Medicare claims for home health care that wasn't provided. White managed financial and accounting services, and both admitted they fabricated tax and employment records in response to federal subpoenas. They'll be sentenced July 1.


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