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The Humana Foundation
will give New Orleans health-related nonprofits $350,000 over the next three years as part of the Humana Communities Benefit program. The company is accepting requests for proposals from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations at www.humana.com/hcb. Groups that address diabetes and congestive heart failure are particularly encouraged to apply for funding.

Sophia Mire
will receive the 2015 Louisiana State Bar Association's Law Student Pro Bono Award at a May 19 ceremony at Louisiana Supreme Court. Mire, a student at Loyola University's College of Law, has worked on several public-interest legal projects, including interning in Haiti, where she pursued legal remedies for earthquake- and cholera-ravaged camps.

Alon Shaya
was voted Best Chef: South at the 2015 James Beard Awards. Shaya opened Domenica in the Roosevelt Hotel in 2009, and a spinoff, Pizza Domenica, on Magazine Street in April 2014. His latest venture is Shaya, a restaurant featuring Israeli comfort food. Other New Orleans finalists for the award included Slade Rushing of Brennan's Restaurant and Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and the new Balise.

George Kostuch
pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in federal court last week. Kostuch, owner of the Baton Rouge-based company K7Pictures, and producer of low-budget films like Xtinction: Predator X and Supernatural Swamp Slaughter, admitted to defrauding the state's film tax credit program in 2010 and 2011 as owner of another company, K 2 Pictures. Kostuch provided false  documentation of expenditures to the Louisiana Economic Development Office and was given more than $150,000 in state tax credits. No date has been set for his sentencing.

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