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John and Dathel Georges,
owners of The Advocate newspapers, donated $1 million to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana to help fund its Blueprint for Prosperity program to eradicate poverty. United Way will track the progress of program participants, from learning job skills to employment, and release its findings next year.


Dr. Robert Thomas
was named the recipient of Parkway Partners' 2016 Green Spirit Award. Thomas is a professor and chairman of environmental communication at Loyola University New Orleans, a founding director of the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, and is active in environmental organizations throughout the state and U.S. on coastal land loss, climate change and other issues.


Louis Ackal,
Sheriff of Iberia Parish, was taped making anti-Semitic threats against U.S. Department of Justice Counsel Mark Blumberg, who is part of a fed-eral team investigating civil rights violations in Ackal's department. On the recording, revealed in court filings discovered by

The Advocate last month, Ackal calls Blumberg a "Jew bastard" and threatens to shoot him between his "goddamned Jewish eyes."

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