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St. Tammany Parish
has been honored by the National Association of Counties (NACO) for its mobile community center, which NACO calls an innovative and effective way to deliver public services and information. The mobile center was conceived as a way to serve rural residents during natural disasters, and is also used as a low-cost vaccination clinic on wheels. NACO plans to tout St. Tammany's program as a model for other local governments.

Louisiana State University students
have raised enough money to build a preschool in a Sri Lankan village devastated by the 2004 tsunami. LSU's International Student Association, led by then-president Francisco Aguilar, worked with LSU musicians to organize fundraising concerts to support the project. LSU professor Richard Vlosky and his wife, adjunct and aid worker Denese Ashbaugh Vlosky, did most of the legwork in choosing the Tallala South village as a site.

Hurwitz Mintz Furniture Co.
of New Orleans and Metairie was named one of "50 Retail Stars" by Home Accents Today magazine. In the national publication's first such compilation, Home Accents Today recognized home-design stores nationwide for creativity in merchandising, display and advertising, as well as business success. The family-owned Hurwitz Mintz, founded in 1923, was one of the most established businesses on the list, and the only retailer from Louisiana.

Roger Jordan,
an ex-Orleans Parish prosecutor, withheld evidence in a 1996 homicide case that sent a teen to death row, the state Supreme Court has decided. In settling a longstanding complaint against Jordan (now a Jefferson Parish prosecutor) the high court found he acted unethically when he failed to disclose a witness statement that would have supported defendant Shareef Cousin, then 16. Cousin's conviction and death sentence were overturned in 1998.

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