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Luderin Darbone and Edwin Duhon ,
the fiddler and accordionist for the Hackberry Ramblers, have won a prestigious National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. The award -- the highest honor in the country for folk and traditional arts -- is being presented to Darbone and Duhon, who founded the Ramblers in 1933. It comes with a $10,000 honorarium.

Lonnetta Ragland and Nikita Collins ,
Dillard University sophomores, have won fellowships by the United Negro College Fund/Institute for International Public Policy. The award, presented to 40 students nationwide, gives them the opportunity to participate in different study programs at Clark Atlanta University, Georgetown University and Middlebury University, and to study abroad during their junior year.

Gary N. Solomon Sr.
has been named Humanitarian of the Year by the Southeast Louisiana chapter of the American Red Cross. The local businessman was recognized for his fundraising skills for nonprofit agencies and for his service on the board of organizations such as the Louisiana Children's Museum, City Park and the University of New Orleans Foundation.

The Sewerage & Water Board and Rudolph Bolds
dumped waste including mud, bricks and lumber on Bolds' property, located on a federally designated wetlands area in eastern New Orleans. Bolds gave the S&WB permission to dump waste on his land, but did not hold the proper licensing and permits for the property to be used as a landfill. The S&WB says it will require all further contractors to hold valid licenses and permits.

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