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Dress for Success,
the nonprofit aimed at helping low-income women enter the workforce, held a recent career-building workshop at Loews New Orleans Hotel that drew dozens of participants. The daylong program, 'Women On The Path To New Success,' featured speakers and consultants who taught such business skills as interview techniques, personal presentation and good communication.

Hibernia and H.O.P.E.,
a partnership of the city of New Orleans, Hibernia National Bank and the nonprofit Homeownership Opportunities for People Everywhere, recently spent $782,000 on new duplex housing in the Ninth Ward for families who qualify for Section 8 funding. The homes, at Mazant Street and North Claiborne Avenue, are part of a larger initiative to provide affordable housing to low-income families.

Audubon Zoo
has been named one of the 'Top 10 Places America Goes To Have Fun' by USA Weekend magazine. Audubon was the only zoo on the list, which also included destinations such as Disneyland, the National Air and Space Museum in Virginia, and Provincetown in Cape Cod, Mass. The magazine cited the zoo&185;s array of exotic animals, unique habitats, and location in the 'legendary' and 'indulgent' Big Easy.

Southern University,
by its own count, turned up at least 541 instances of grade-selling and issuing false degrees. St. Landry Parish School Board member Quincy Richard Sr. and his wife, Cynthia, last week brought the scandal to the forefront when they admitted paying $1,500 to a Southern official for Mrs. Richard's master's degree in special education. Southern last year fired registrar Cleo Carroll as part of the ongoing investigation, but he has not been charged with a crime.

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