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The Eighth Coast Guard District

was honored by the nonprofit Coast Guard Foundation for its role in evacuating and providing Medevac services to critically ill oil rig workers after the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. The award was presented April 15 at a dinner at Mardi Gras World. The Eighth Coast Guard District spans 26 states and is headquartered in New Orleans.

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Jammin' for Japan,

an April 10 benefit for the NOLA Japan Quake Fund held at Rock 'n' Bowl, raised $51,000 for disaster relief. Kermit Ruffins, Jeremy Davenport, Sunpie Barnes, Papa Grows Funk and Bonerama were just a few of the performers who turned out to help the nation that gave New Orleans such support in the months after Hurricane Katrina. As of March, the Quake Fund had raised more than $116,000.

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State Rep. Alan Seabaugh and Sen. A.G. Crowe

pre-filed a "birther" bill in the Louisiana House last week. Their bill would require presidential and vice-presidential candidates, among others, to provide birth certificates to get on the Louisiana ballot — despite the fact that such candidates already have to provide those documents at a federal level. Seabaugh and Crowe, both Republicans, denied the bill had anything to do with the discredited anti-Obama "birther" movement, which makes their filing doubly disingenuous.

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Eddie Price III,

former mayor of Mandeville, pleaded guilty April 21 to one state perjury charge. Price admitted he lied on the stand during a 2008 trial in which he testified he never asked Mandeville police to reduce charges against his friend Gary Copp. Price is already in the Tangipahoa Parish jail serving a 40-month sentence on unrelated federal charges of corruption and tax evasion; the perjury charge will carry a concurrent four-year sentence.

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