BOUQUET David Carter, a sergeant with the New Orleans Police Department, was awarded a "Top Cop" honor by the National Association of Police Organizations as part of National Police Week 2008. Carter was recognized for his remarkable bravery in June 2005, when an armed man entered NOPD's Fifth District headquarters. Without a bulletproof vest and despite being shot numerous times by the suspect, Carter managed to take out the assailant. He is still recovering from his wounds.
BOUQUET Nelson Boles, a media arts student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), has won the second annual Warner Bros. Hanna-Barbera Animation Scholarship, which is named in honor of the animation legacy of Hanna-Barbera Studios and Warner Bros. Animation. Boles' winning demo reel, a short film available on www.youtube.com, is a series of morphing black-and-white drawings and color animation. Boles will receive $10,000 for college, plus four paid summer internships at Warner Bros. Animation.
BOUQUET Greta Smidt, a 16-year-old high school sophomore from Lithuania who now lives in Georgia, is donating $5,000 for educational purposes to local charter school Lafayette Academy. Smidt, a talented singer, founded the Hurricane Katrina Children's Education Fund in 2005 and has raised $13,000 to date through her performances and sales of a music CD. "I will never understand what it is like to have my school my second home taken from me. I learned empathy from the natural disaster," Smidt says.
BRICKBAT BRICKBAT Jimmy Faircloth, Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive counsel, has lobbied against a bill that would limit the executive branch's authority to keep records from public view. During a hearing on the bill, Faircloth argued that requiring members of the Jindal administration to make their records public would damage the administration's ability to bring businesses to Louisiana and would force staffers to not "put anything in writing." On the contrary, it would allow for public scrutiny and transparency the goal of any democratic government.