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Judges Arthur Hunter and Laurie White
of Criminal District Court in New Orleans were profiled as "Legal Rebel Trailblazers" in the latest edition of the ABA Journal for their Orleans Re-entry Court Offender Rehabilitation and Workforce Development Program. The program gets men serving life sentences at Angola to teach GED classes and job skills to new inmates with shorter sentences. Each year, the Journal honors members of the legal profession who have established innovative practices and programs. Hunter and White were among 11 honorees nationwide.



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Kerry Ford,
a graduate of Destrehan High School, received the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation's (LREAF) Jim Funk Scholarship, the organization's most prestigious award, named after former Louisiana Restaurant Association President Jim Funk. Ford will attend the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University. Ten other students from the New Orleans area received LREAF scholarships last month.



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Tales of the Cocktail
donated $1,000 to Patois employees who were robbed by three gunmen last month. Old New Orleans Rum also donated $500; Sailor Jerry Rum, Tullamore Dew and Downtown Tattoos each donated $300; and 18.21 Bitters and bartender Rhiannon Enlil each donated $100. An anonymous donor gave $500.



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WVLA-TV,
the NBC affiliate in Baton Rouge, fired reporter Derek Myers after he asked gubernatorial candidate U.S. Sen. David Vitter whether he continues to visit prostitutes, referencing Vitter's admission of his "serious sin" in 2007. Myers told The Advocate that Vitter's campaign had threatened to pull advertising from the station; Team Vitter denied the allegation and WVLA declined to comment. No serious news organization fires a reporter for asking a legitimate question and pursuing a politician who's running away from a story.

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