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Jared Brossett,

New Orleans District D City Councilman, received the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society's Earl J. Amedee Award for Public Service. The award, named after New Orleans' first black assistant district attorney, recognizes those who pursue justice in public service. The society aims to promote civil rights through public service and the legal profession.

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Hurray for the Riff Raff

was among four nominees for the Americana Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year honor at the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards held in Nashville, Tennessee's Ryman Auditorium Sept. 17. The band performed "The Body Electric" from Small Town Heroes at the ceremony.

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Louisiana researchers,

including scientists from Tulane, Louisiana State University, University of New Orleans and Xavier University, were awarded a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study smart polymers, or molecules capable of adapting within their environment. The Louisiana-Mississippi consortium of 14 scientists will study ways to develop bacteria-resistant and self-healing materials, among other tools.

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Peter Galvan,

former St. Tammany Parish coroner, pleaded guilty in 22nd Judicial District Court Sept. 25 to three state charges of theft: two from the coroner's office and another from the city of Slidell. Last year, Galvan pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to steal government funds. He is serving a two-year sentence for his federal conviction. His latest plea adds another year to his sentence, plus restitution totaling $350,000.

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