has been designated "America's National World War II Museum" by the U.S. Congress, which also awarded the museum $3.5 million for further expansion. These plans include improvements to the "interpretive exhibits" including a big-screen movie theater, plus exhibits from the China-Burma-India Theater and the Africa and Italy campaigns. More than a million visitors have toured the museum since it opened in June of 2000.
The Tipitina's Foundation
recently selected 18 high-school students for its inaugural Internship Program. The 18 participants were chosen after a demanding audition and interview process. Interns will learn all aspects of the music industry, such as performing, recording, producing and developing business skills, via hands-on experience. The program's artistic director is Donald Harrison Jr.; Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews will act as a student mentor.
isn't reaching its economic potential because of the state's political ethics, says a new study from the independent Public Affairs Research Council. The Baton Rouge group says companies widely avoid doing business with Louisiana entities because of perceived and actual impropriety by public officials. Louisiana's poor ethical image is also supported by low marks in nonpartisan studies by the Better Government Association and Center for Public Integrity.
Jody L. Tolbert
admitted he received oral sex from a prostitute while on duty as a New Orleans police officer in 2001. The former NOPD officer, who now lives in Alexandria, was ordered to register as a sex offender and pay court costs and other fees. Tolbert pleaded guilty last week to one count of crime against nature in order to avoid trial on the more serious accusation that he threatened to take the woman to jail if she didn't comply.