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T.G. Solomon
has been awarded the New Orleans Film Society's inaugural Celluloid Heroes Award. Solomon began working as a kid in his family's movie theaters and, after serving in the Army during World War II, built up his family's business to more than 600 theaters and drive-ins. He helped start NOFS in 1989 and served as the chair of the Louisiana Film and Video Commission. Now in his 80s, he remains active in the family business and is a constant promoter of film and video in Louisiana.

Brian Young
has been honored with a $25,000 Milken National Educator Award. Young, a master teacher at Martin Behrman Charter School, assists teachers — demonstrating best teaching practices at weekly professional development sessions — as well as students. He has worked with some of the school's most challenging students and by using hands-on problem solving strategies has enabled those students to rise as much as 2.5 grade levels in a single year.

WWL-AM Radio
dominated the recent National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Awards. The Entercom-owned local news/talk radio station took home trophies for Medium Market Station of the Year, News/Talk Station of the Year and Legendary Station of the Year. During her acceptance speech for the final award, operations manager Diane Newman brought tears to the eyes of many in the audience with her request for broadcasters to come back to New Orleans.

Terry Lisotta,
former CEO of Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, has been accused of possible fraud, theft and improper billing in a recent Legislative Auditor's report. The accusations came after Auditor Steve Theriot conducted an audit of the state-backed insurer of last resort. Theriot's report provides numerous examples of Citizens spending money on hunting and fishing trips, football tickets, meals and other forms of entertainment, totaling more than $1 million in questionable expenditures.

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