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No Free Lunch for Heroes


  In a case with statewide ramifications, the Louisiana Board of Ethics recently ruled that Sullivan's Steak House in Baton Rouge may hold an awards luncheon for three police officers who rescued three people from a house fire. However, the panel held that the state ethics code bars the Baton Rouge police officers from accepting gift certificates for a free meal for two from the upscale eatery. "Although there is no violation of the code if the officers are honored with the award of recognition and provided with a luncheon for their services, the giving of gift certificates or other things of economic value for the performance of the police officers' duties is a violation," the board ruled on Nov. 20. The ruling, requested by police union lawyers in Baton Rouge, also applies to cops, firefighters and other government workers in restaurant-rich New Orleans. — Johnson

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