Executive Assistant to the Director of the New Orleans office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, was named an &179;Environmental Hero&178; by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The federal agency cites the bilingual administrator&185;s excellence in coordinating emergency-preparedness activities with federal, state, and local governments and the private sector.
Douglas Brinkley and E. John Bullard
have received special honors from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Brinkley, director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans, was designated the 2004 Humanist of the Year. Bullard, director of the New Orleans Museum of Art, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The honorees will receive their awards at the Governor&185;s Mansion this week.
former court bailiff at the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Office, admitted that since 1998 he stole more than $54,000 in traffic fines, bonds, restitution payments and misdemeanor probation fees turned in to the sheriff's office. He made the admission after a state audit turned up the missing money, according to the state legislative auditor, who recommended that Sheriff Carl Smith's office keep a closer eye on its money.