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The Hertz Investment Group
is awarding $80,000 to the New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation for summer swimming activities at city pools. The donation supports classes, lifeguards and maintenance. Nearly 4,000 young people completed swimming safety programs through the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission in 2015. Visit www.- for a list of pools.


Sara Paretsky and Christine Carbo
will receive Pinckley Prizes for Distinguished Body of Work and Debut Novel, respectively, from the Women's National Book Association of New Orleans. Paretsky is the author of 24 books and the founder of Sisters in Crime. Carbo's debut novel is The Wild Inside. The awards are named in honor of association founder Diana Pinckley. A ceremony is set for Sept. 15.


State Rep. Neil Abramson,
D-New Orleans, played a childish game near the end of the annual legislative session by single-handedly preventing his colleagues from voting on House Bill 2, the state's construction budget, which he authors as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. Abramson said the bill returned from the Senate had unspecified "technical" problems. It was the first time in at least four decades that lawmakers failed to pass a construction bill.

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