placed sixth in a list of top universities in the South region for master's degree programs, according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2008 edition of "America's Best Colleges." For the last 17 years, Loyola has been listed in the top 10 for regional universities in the South for master's degree studies, which is impressive and becomes extraordinary when you consider two of the 17 years occurred after Hurricane Katrina.
Fountain Baptist Church
raised $1 million over the course of two years for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The 2,000-member church, the oldest African-American church in Summit, N.J., accomplished this by tithing more than expected each month. Call it congregational lagniappe. The church is partnering with Lott Carey, a global missionary agency, in order to support Resurrection Resource Centers, which are hurricane assistance centers located in Louisiana and Mississippi.
former director of the state's film tax credits program, was recently charged by federal prosecutors with accepting $67,500 in bribes from a yet-unnamed film production company. The company allegedly bribed Smith, then an official with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, so he would approve inflated film budgets, which then increased the number of tax credits the company could receive. Smith reportedly will cut a deal on his plea and cooperate with investigators.