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James Westfall,
a University of New Orleans music student, was chosen to perform in the "Jazz Stars of Tomorrow" program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The event, which showcases jazz performers/composers under 30, is scheduled for March 27-28. Westfall, a vibraphonist from Houston, has previously won the Svensen Jazz Composition Award and the Jazz of Sarasota scholarship.

Loyola University's library
has won the 2003 Excellence in Academic Libraries award from the Association of College and Research Libraries. The national organization cited the staff of Loyola's J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library for "leadership, partnerships, creativity and innovation" in its renovation of the library's information resources, functions and basic services.

PCS Nitrogen Inc.
has received the largest fine ever imposed in Louisiana for an environmental crime, after admitting it emitted air pollutants at its Geismar plant without a permit for four years. A federal judge last week ordered PCS to pay $1.7 million, publicize its crime in a newspaper ad, and submit to surprise inspections and an independent audit. Its former environmental manager, Michael Patterson, also received a fine and probation.

A beer-throwing spectator
at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Metairie last week caused severe injuries to another parade-goer when the full bottle of beer hit her in the face, according to police. Officers have arrested a Mississippi man in the incident after witnesses identified him as the person who flung the bottle at a float rider, missing the float and striking the 32-year-old woman in the crowd.

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