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Dillard University
recently acquired the prestigious Patton Collection of African-American literature, one of the largest and most extensive collections of African-American books in the world. The collection by the late Harold Lloyd Patton includes more than 7,100 rare and first-edition volumes by writers including James Baldwin, Phyllis Wheatley, Langston Hughes and Ralph Ellison.

The local U.S. Marshals Service
recently completed its first annual donation drive to benefit the Ozanam Inn, which has served homeless people since 1955. The U.S. Marshals Office downtown collected more than 14 large boxes of women's clothing, 14 boxes of men's clothing, three boxes of shoes, two boxes of toys and other items. The Marshals Office says this is the first of what will be a yearly donation drive.

The Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education ,
the nonprofit public-education partner of the Louisiana State Bar Association, will receive the "2002 Outstanding Law Day Activities Award" from the American Bar Association. The award, to be presented at the ABA's mid-year conference in Seattle this February, recognizes the LCE's 2002 Law Day Youth Summit held in May. The event invited students and teachers from across Louisiana to learn about the legal system.

Louisiana
got the lowest possible ratings in an annual report card of states' economic development indicators. It earned Fs in the main categories of Performance, Business Vitality and Development Capacity, and also in several sub-categories. The study by the nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development said Louisiana tends to rely on short-sighted "quick fixes," instead of investing in workers' skills, schools, technology and other fundamentals.

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