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U.S. Sen. John Breaux
has received the Founders Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). The honor was presented to Breaux for his advocacy of programs that support diversity, tolerance, acceptance and coalition-building. NCCJ, formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews, was founded in 1927 to battle religious intolerance.

Kiwanis Club members ,
who gathered in New Orleans last weekend for the Kiwanis International Conference, designated June 22 as the day to build a playground at Kingsley House, the home for troubled and at-risk families. The Kiwanis International Foundation donated $50,000 toward the total $70,000 cost, and New Orleans-area Kiwanis clubs provided food, drinks and entertainment for the volunteers.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board
has not made a "good faith effort" to fulfill a longtime integration agreement, a federal judge ruled last week in rejecting the board's request to declare its schools fully integrated. U.S. District Judge James Brady also criticized the board for "foot-dragging and contentiousness" in complying with the 46-year-old desegregation case.

Donaldsonville Mayor Raymond Jacobs
engaged in a nasty spat with a city commissioner during a public meeting last week, saying he didn't like Commissioner Tony Huey's tone and telling him to "go to hell." The two had been bickering over the issue of whether to hire a full-time animal control officer, and Huey stormed out of the Commission Council meeting after Jacobs' less-than-dignified remarks.

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