The Daily Reveille,
the student-run and -produced campus newspaper at Louisiana State University, was named the best all-around daily student paper in the country by the Society of Professional Journalists at its Mark of Excellence Awards May 1. The award honors the best in student journalism in print, radio, television and online categories.
was named the James Beard Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year at its annual awards ceremony in New York May 4. The Emeril Lagasse Foundation has granted more than $5.3 million to children's education and culinary arts programs, including the Edible Schoolyard in New Orleans, Cafe Reconcile, Liberty's Kitchen, and the Culinary Arts Studio at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.
The New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra
raised $1,412 for the Youth Orchestra of the Lower Ninth Ward. The group held a benefit concert, "Carnivale: A Night of Charity and Music," May 3 at Loyola University's Roussel Hall. The Youth Orchestra of the Lower Ninth Ward provides free music instruction and meals to local children.
Elton "Mark" McCabe
pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court May 2 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud against the United States. McCabe served as vice president of a Louisiana company that awarded a U.S. military construction project in Afghanistan to a subcontractor. McCabe accepted a $60,000 loan with the promise he would give the subcontractor more work. McCabe faces up to five years in prison.