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Harold Ellis Clark
was named a finalist for the Wagner College Theatre's 2016 Stanley Drama Award for his play Madame Thames's Spirit Bar. The Gretna playwright's recent works include Fishers of Men, Marrero Action and The Least of These. Clark also hosts WYLD-FM's "Sunday Journal with Hal Clark." The award ceremony is March 14 in New York.


Whole Foods Market
stores in Louisiana raised more than $22,000 last month for sexual assault survivors, HIV/AIDS patients and organizations serving children, neighborhoods and veterans. Stores donated 5 percent of their net sales on Feb. 17 to Brinton Family Health & Healing Center, Healing House, Project Lazarus, Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response and VFW Post 8973.


ranked as the worst state overall for women in a recent WalletHub study. The state also ranked last for women's economic and social well-being and 49th for women's health care and safety. Meanwhile, last month, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals immediately put into effect a 2014 state law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals — a decision that closed one of the state's four clinics. The U.S. Supreme Court Friday put a hold on implementing the law.

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