Dr. Michael DeBakey,
legendary surgeon, professor and inventor, was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award the U.S. Congress gives a civilian. The 99-year-old DeBakey grew up in Lake Charles and earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Tulane University. Later, he helped develop the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) that saved thousands of lives during the Korean and Vietnam wars, invented several medical devices and surgical procedures, and was a pioneer in cardiovascular surgery.
Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC,
a local law firm, has donated $20,000 to New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School. The school has an open admissions policy and the majority of its students are girls from low-income families. The money will provide scholarships for college entrance testing seminars, which will better prepare the students for SAT and ACT exams. This year, three students will participate in the testing seminars.
French Quarter Festival
holds the title as the South's largest free music festival and this year the festival's 25th anniversary set a new attendance record. More than 435,000 people attended the three-day event that showcased 18 live music stages throughout the French Quarter and more than 65 food and beverage booths (including locally owned Abita Brewing Company, a sponsor). The festival aptly closed on the night of April 13 with "Dancing 'Til Dusk" on Royal Street.
State Sen. Derrick Shepherd,
D-Marrero, who recently was indicted on federal money-laundering charges, proposed legislation criminalizing the wearing of pants or other garments that expose underwear or body parts. While the "saggy pants" fashion craze is tasteless, the state doesn't need to turn cops into the pants police. Instead, cops should be out looking for the real criminals. Mercifully, Shepherd's bill never made it out of committee.