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BOUQUETS

Kingsley House, which serves 6,000 people through family- and community-strengthening programs, is the only agency in New Orleans to have won the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations¹ Seal of Excellence upon completing LANO¹s Voluntary Certification Program. The certification applies rigorous standards to a nonprofit¹s programs, services, management, fundraising and finances.

Peter Max and the Hanson Gallery held a benefit for Southern Animal Foundation, auctioning off one Max painting and donating a percentage of the sales of his other works during Max¹s appearance at the Royal Street gallery. The proceeds will support SAF¹s no-kill shelter and nonprofit veterinary clinic in the Garden District.

BRICKBATS

William Barnett Jr., co-owner of the Barnett Marine Inc. shipyard in Belle Chasse, has admitted dumping hazardous waste into the Harvey Canal and will receive three years¹ probation for violating the federal Clean Water Act. The company received a five-year probation and $100,000 fine for violating the Solid Waste Disposal Act. Barnett Marine did not have mandatory controls in place to prevent hazardous discharges.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is among a handful of state health agencies that tell women seeking abortions there is a link between abortion and breast cancer, though scientific research indicates no such link exists. A DHH spokesman says the information, distributed via brochures during mandatory pre-abortion waiting periods, reflects the state's strong anti-abortion stance -- but adds the faulty data will be removed from future health handouts.

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