Drs. Stephen and Rose Lemarie
were named winners of the 2010 Louisiana Small Business Award. Their clinic, Southeast Veterinary Specialists, was built with help from an SBA loan after Hurricane Katrina and now employs 50 full-time workers at a round-the-clock, state-of-the-art animal hospital. The Lemaries will travel to Washington, D.C., next month to compete for the national title with other owners of small businesses and will be honored May 27 at the Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge.
Second Harvest Food Bank
responded to the increased need at south Louisiana food pantries with a special campaign called "Harvest at Home." Begun in mid-March, the drive raised enough money to supply food for more than 150,000 meals in the 23 parishes serviced by Second Harvest. On May 8, residents of Orleans and Jefferson parishes can leave canned goods for their letter carriers in Second Harvest's annual "Stamp Out Hunger" campaign, the largest food drive in the nation.
pleaded guilty April 28 to lying to the FBI about the 2005 incident on the Danziger Bridge in which NOPD officers fired on unarmed residents, killing two. According to a federal bill of information filed in the case, Ryder lied when he testified one of the residents fired at the cops. Ryder's was the fourth of five guilty pleas so far in the federal case surrounding the Danziger cover-up, and the first by a non-police officer. Ryder faces a possible 15 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine. He will be sentenced Aug. 4.
Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
unfairly smeared Sen. Mary Landrieu in their new book 2010: Take Back America: A Battle Plan. Writing critically of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Morris and McGann say Reid "handed Landrieu a $300 million deal for her state." The "deal" was actually a measure to correct an inequity in the federal Medicaid reimbursement formula, which was artificially skewed against Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Landrieu's "deal" saved Louisiana taxpayers millions of dollars — and came at the request of Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.