The George Shinn Foundation
made a $500,000 contribution to the Salvation Army on April 11. Shinn, former owner of the New Orleans Hornets, donated the money to provide housing stability for people without a support system, specifically veterans and families with nowhere to turn. Salvation Army Capt. Ethan Frizzell said the money will be distributed in metro New Orleans and around south Louisiana.
will receive the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award, which is given to 12 college athletes in recognition of their work in the community. Hogan, a junior at Tulane University and a member of the Tulane Green Wave basketball team, was the only student athlete in the New Orleans area to be selected for the honor. Hogan, who holds a 3.25 GPA, also sits on the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
a high school student from north Louisiana, won first place in the statewide 2011 George Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest for her painting "No More," and will receive a $6,000 scholarship. More than 400 students entered the contest, which was judged by a panel of Louisianans in the arts, including Irvin Mayfield, Garland Robinette and New Orleans Museum of Art director emeritus John Bullard.
was convicted of fraud for scamming an elderly couple in the Lower 9th Ward with promises that his company, American Integrity Homes, would build a house for them in their flooded-out neighborhood. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said Johnson bilked the couple of more than $70,000 and did little work. He will be sentenced on April 27 and is eligible for up to 10 years in prison.