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Loyola Law School
is celebrating its International Environmental Moot Court team, which recently won the 12th annual international environmental law competition at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla. Christopher Otten, a member of the winning team, was also named the Best Oralist in the final round. The rest of the team includes Brooke Crocker (coach), Marisa Escudero and Brandon Robb, who received runner-up for Best Memorial (brief).

St. Charles Avenue
was recently honored as one of 10 "Great Streets in America" by the American Planning Association. The city's grand avenue was singled out for its role as an icon of Southern style and charm as well as its contributions to the cultural traditions of New Orleans. Following a formal ceremony marking the award, the avenue's own icon, the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, rambled down the tracks, returning to service for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.

Rick Coleman,
author of Blue Monday: Fats Domino & the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll, was awarded the Timothy White Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the pop field from the ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards. Coleman, a Northshore resident, spent more than 20 years researching and writing this comprehensive biography of New Orleans' R&B legend.

The American Society of Civil Engineers
demanded that a video spoofing the society's peer review of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' role in the levee failures be removed from the YouTube Web site. The video was produced by the local watchdog group Levees.org and satirically related how the Corps paid ASCE members for their work and even gave them awards prior to the report's release. Ironically, the actors in the video are students in a government and public policy class at Isidore Newman School.

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