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Downtown Development District and Regional Transit Authority
have teamed up on the "Artification" project, which takes vinyl reproductions of artwork by 14 Louisiana artists and uses the art to cover 14 RTA streetcar shelters on Canal Street from the Mississippi River to Claiborne Avenue. The artists were selected from a group of 127, and all the artwork will be installed by Nov. 1, which coincides with the opening of the international art biennial, Prospect.1 New Orleans.

Tim Clayton,
a 2008 graduate of Lusher Charter School, won a Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Award in the category of best short story by a high school student. The Faulkner-Wisdom awards are part of an annual national writing competition sponsored by the local Words & Music Literary Festival of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society. Besides Clayton, 12 other students from Lusher were recognized in the competition. Clayton's winning entry was titled, "How to Become the Brother of a Drug Addict."

V to the Tenth Leadership Fund
is giving $400,000 to 45 women and three organizations from New Orleans and the Gulf South for their dedication, sacrifice and hard work. V to the Tenth, a two-day celebration of the 10th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues, was held in April and raised more than $750,000. Part of the money was dedicated to scholarships, replanting marsh grass and arranging for 1,200 women displaced by the levee failures to attend the April event.

Mayer Finkelstein,
a 64-year-old New Orleans lawyer, has been sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography. On May 14, 2007, FBI agents raided Finkelstein's home and office and on his computers found more than 600 images and videos of sexual victimization of children, some less than 12 years old. After his release from prison, Finkelstein will be required to register as a convicted sex offender and will be barred from any computer access to the Internet.

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