the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, has announced "Love Sessions," a series of fundraising concerts to be held at his Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel and the newly opened Irvin Mayfield's I Club in the JW Marriott. Twelve Louisiana organizations, including Unity of Greater New Orleans and the LSUHSC Department of Psychiatry, will be the beneficiaries of 11 nights of concerts held in the two clubs.
Benjamin Franklin High School students
received a perfect score and a Gold Medal Scholastic Crown award for this year's edition of Riverbend Review, the student literary arts magazine. It was the 15th gold medal for the magazine, which was edited this year by students Rikia Ancar, Carly Peddie, Haley Robinson and Naomi Slack. The award is presented annually by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin'
amusement parks in Baton Rouge were fined $25,295 in civil penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division in Baton Rouge found the parks had employed 49 children under the age of 16 for more than eight hours a day, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA states children under 16 may not work more than three hours on a school day or eight hours on a nonschool day.
Emelda Blanco and Gerard Blanco,
mother and son NOPD officers, left the force after pleading guilty to charges related to their attack on a bouncer at a Treme nightclub. Emelda pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated assault and simple battery; Gerard pleaded guilty to simple battery as well as domestic abuse battery in a separate incident. Each could be sentenced to six months in jail.