an archaeologist and Tulane history professor, was one of two professors in America to win Baylor University's Robert Foster Cherry Great Teacher Lectureship. The winners split $25,000 and provide a week-long series of lectures at the Texas university. Harl, the author of two books on ancient Roman culture, has studied extensively in Turkey and is a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, among numerous other accomplishments.
Willie Walker Jr.,
a former New Orleans police officer, admitted he collected an inflated insurance claim after forging the signature of an NOPD administrator on an insurance document. Walker, a Fifth District officer who quit under investigation, pleaded guilty last week in federal court to mail fraud. After being injured on the job, Walker submitted a claim that was more than $1,000 over the legitimate amount.
Nathan James Johnson,
a Hammond businessman, pleaded guilty to bilking the federal Medicare program of $4.4 million, stealing more than $100,000 from an employee pension plan, and failing to disclose that his company, Mid-South Rehabilitation Agency, did business with another agency he owned. Johnson submitted Medicare claims for bills his patients had already paid. He also admitted he made a threatening phone call to a grand jury witness in the case.