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Mildred Fossier

celebrated her 96th birthday by having a stand of palms near the Louisiana Superdome named for her achievements in New Orleans environmentalism. A pioneering woman in city government, Fossier was the head of the city's Department of Welfare in the 1960s and was appointed by then-mayor Moon Landrieu to head the Department of Parks & Parkways in the 1970s, becoming the first woman to hold that office. In March, Fossier was honored by the Louisiana Center for Women and Government.

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Gloria Kabacoff

recently presented the University of New Orleans' Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration with $110,000. Kabacoff, widow of the school's namesake who was a pioneer in the New Orleans hospitality industry, gave the money to fund a production laboratory at the Kabacoff school. "This generous gift by Mrs. Kabacoff will complete substantial improvements to our lab and provide a truly state-of-the-art lab experience for our students," said John Williams, director of the Kabacoff school.

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The Louisiana SPCA

is taking an imaginative approach to pet adoption with a June 20 event at the group's facility in Algiers. "Purr de Lis" will be a New Orleans-themed day at the shelter, with entertainment for children as well as information on pet care from SPCA employees, volunteers and pet-friendly businesses. Spring is breeding time for cats, and shelters begin to fill up in June, which the SPCA has designated as "National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month."

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Barbara Simmons Dowl

was found guilty by a federal jury of theft of government funds, false statements and wire fraud in a complicated scheme to defraud the Louisiana Road Home program. She received $132,000 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and later got $85,930 more via a Road Home grant. Dowl faces a sentence of 50 years and a fine of $250,000 for each of five counts. She is scheduled for sentencing in September and is the first person convicted at trial for Road Home theft.

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