Mayor's Arts Awards 2004 recipients,
all of whom received awards designed by featured artist Mark Rosenbaum at last week's gala luncheon, are: arts patron Dr. H. Russell Albright, dancer/choreographer Ausettua Amor Amenkum, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, musician Art Neville, photographer Michael P. Smith, and Tulane University's Summer Lyric Theatre. Theater director Stocker Fontelieu won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
provides inadequate protection for the rights of indigent defendants, says a study by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. The report said Louisiana public defenders are massively underpaid and overworked and do not receive sufficient training or support. It faults the state's tradition of paying public defenders largely through local court surcharges instead of through state government funding.