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Anthony Davis,
forward for the New Orleans Pelicans, received the January NBA Cares Community Assist Award from Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser recognized Davis' Flight Academy, which hosts monthly events for children in the New Orleans area. Davis also led the Pelicans' Player Ticket Program, for which he spent $30,000 to send 3,700 children to Pelicans games.

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The Platforms Fund
awarded $30,000 to nine New Orleans area organizations, including Blights Out, Parisite Skate Park, ThisPlaceMeant/Home, Chess Communite, The Land Memory Bank and Seed Exchange, New Orleans Youth Open Mic Anthology, Soul Ties, 66<100 and the New Orleans Comics and Zine Festival. The fund is a collaboration between Press Street, Ashe Cultural Arts Center and Pelican Bomb.

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Jae Kweon,
a sophomore at Jesuit High School, won the Silver Scribe Grand Award Feb. 28 in the annual Tom Bell Silver Scribe Competition for area high school journalists. Kweon also received first- and second-place awards for photography, and Jesuit's school newspaper The Blue Jay won best overall newspaper.

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Michael Sapera,
former chief financial officer of Perlis Clothing, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Feb. 26 to embezzling $2.8 million over his nearly two decades with the company. Sapera was charged with forging signatures on more than 400 checks and stole more than $2 million in corporate checks. U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon will sentence Sapera in May.

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