Walt Handelsman won the 2017 EPPY Award from Editor & Publisher for his editorial cartoons and animations for The New Orleans Advocate. The EPPY award is a digital news contest conducted by the trade publication. Handelsman won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1997 and 2007, and is the first person to win a journalism Pulitzer for animated cartooning.
Team Gleason arranged for Carmelo Diaz, who has ALS, and his wife Berenice to evacuate from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, receive medical aid at Ochsner Medical Center and stay in New Orleans until they can figure out their next option. The charity, co-founded by former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason, provides assistance to individuals with ALS and their families.
The Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) has fallen well short of tracking inmate data, including location and release dates, according to a report released last month by Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera. The report found the DOC was using a "legacy" program last updated in 1991 to enter and track data, and that a $3.6 million replacement program was taken offline in less than two months due to "system failures."