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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.

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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.

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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."

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