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Angelique Montes and Sam Shreves
were selected by the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute of 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The New Orleanians — Montes is a cellist and Shreves a bassist — will participate in the annual training program with private lessons and orchestral performances.



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Tom Sancton
was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature) by the Consul General of France, recognizing the New Orleans writer and clarinetist for his artistic ties and contributions to France, where he worked for more than 20 years as a leading writer for Time magazine.



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Xavier University
was renewed for a five-year, $11.2 million Research Centers in Minority Institutions grant from the National Institutes of Health to support biomedical research for cancer and health disparities. The grant was first awarded in 2009 and has helped the university expand its cancer research staff, laboratory space and other projects.



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Dr. Zahid Imran
pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court May 20 to health care fraud that cost Medicare more than $258 million. From 2005 through 2011, hundreds of people were bused from Memphis, Tennessee, to Baton Rouge to attend therapy sessions at two facilities where Imran served as medical director, and claims were filed for services that were not provided. Imran faces up to 10 years in prison.

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