Dr. Norman Francis
was honored by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) for his commitment to higher education at the group's April 17 meeting. As the head of Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) for 44 years, Francis is the longest-sitting college president in the U.S. NAFEO also created a new grant, the AT&T-NAFEO Francis Fellows Award, in his name. Corey Arnold and Cristal Wright, two XULA students, became its first recipients.
Charles H. Tubre
was honored by the Advocacy Center, which put his name on its new building on Oak Street. Tubre has been one of the nonprofit's longstanding advocates for seniors and people with disabilities. The Advocacy Center is headquartered in New Orleans and has offices around the state. Among its services: supplying legal assistance and representation to residents of nursing and group homes, outreach and training.
was sentenced to two years' probation and fined $10,000 by U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval April 18 for misappropriating funds during his tenure as general manager of the city-owned Public Belt Railroad. Bridger had pleaded guilty to the charge in federal court last year. Bridger will be sentenced in state court on related charges next month, but that sentence is expected to be concurrent with his federal sentence.
is heading back to prison. The New Orleans-born rapper, who served six years on charges of sexual battery and extortion, had been on probation since 2010. District Judge Tony Marabella of Baton Rouge found Mystikal had violated his parole terms in February, when he was arrested on charges of domestic abuse. The rapper, born Michael Tyler, will begin serving 81 days in prison May 14. At press time he was still scheduled to perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival May 4.