"Angels in Adoption,"
Congressional awards given to exceptional citizens who promote adoption, went to five Louisiana residents recently. State 'angels' were: Catholic Community Services Adoption Director Janice Allen of Baton Rouge, Civil District Court Judge and Child Advocacy Program founder Madeleine Landrieu of New Orleans, adoptive/ foster parents Patrick and Amanda Curdy of Slidell, and outstanding volunteer Dr. Linda Pendergast of Baton Rouge.
Maj. Henry Saacks,
head of the Jefferson Parish Street Crimes Unit, resigned last week amid accusations that he knew some officers in his division had destroyed evidence to thwart a probe into their illegal steroid use. Sheriff Harry Lee disbanded the unit, saying the actions of Saacks and some officers had irreparably tarnished the unit's reputation. Six of the unit's 30 officers resigned, with four pleading guilty to criminal charges.
New Orleans Public Schools Superintendent Tony Amato
claims he wasn't aware school-system workers would be ordered to board up his house prior to Hurricane Ivan, on the taxpayers' dime. Amato -- who asked facilities chief Steve Freeman to help him find private contractors to do the work -- should have been well aware that most of the contractors at Freeman's disposal were school employees. The workers were later asked to alter their time sheets and take checks from Amato instead. Freeman has been transferred.