Archbishop Rummel, Edna Karr and John Curtis high schools
won state football titles in the Superdome the weekend of Dec. 7-8. Rummel captured its first-ever state football title in Class 5A (largest schools), and Karr likewise won its first championship in Class 4A, after finishing second in the state in 2010 and 2011. Curtis won a historic 25th state football championship by taking the Class 2A title. A perennial powerhouse, Curtis is ranked second in the nation this year.
a New Orleans glass artist, received a $50,000 grant for artistic excellence from United States Artists (USA), a privately funded foundation dedicated to helping innovative artists. Peretti was one of six American artists recognized in the category of crafts and traditional arts. Fifty artists were named USA Fellows of 2012, and each received a cash award.
donated $75,000 to the St. Charles Avenue Association to help maintain the street's historic live oaks and plant new ones. The Association has planted hundreds of new trees along the avenue in recent years and takes on the financial responsibility of fertilizing the oaks and spraying them for buckmoth caterpillars.
a former New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officer, reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors Dec. 6, pleading guilty to one count of tax evasion. A 22-year-veteran of the force and one-time bodyguard to then-Mayor Ray Nagin, Palmer didn't file federal tax returns for three years — and then lied about it on NOPD paperwork. He will be sentenced in March.