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The Emeril Lagasse Foundation distributed more than $725,000 to several nonprofit organizations last month, including five in New Orleans. The foundation awarded grants to Broad Community Connections, Einstein Charter School, the Louisiana Restaurant Association's Education Fund, Second Harvest Food Bank, and the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

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Elizabeth Kelly, digital initiatives librarian and associate professor at Loyola University New Orleans, was awarded a National Leadership Grants for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Kelly and her research group were given $70,850 to conduct a yearlong study on digital library content reuse

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Van Ballard, a former New Orleans Police Department officer and reserve Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, was found guilty of felony malfeasance in Criminal District Court May 31 for kicking a suspect's face as the suspect was being handcuffed last year. Ballard was working a detail for a neighborhood security district in his deputy sheriff's uniform when he kicked the suspect.

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