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New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (NOAAHH) awarded $50,000 in grants to Bridge House/Grace House, Ciara Independent Living, CrescentCare, Eden House, Food for Families, Hope House, Jewish Family Service, Just the Right Attitude, Lantern Light, Lindy's Place, Luke's House, Ozanam Inn, Project Lazarus, Raintree Children & Family Services, St. Jude Community Center and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. NOAAHH has awarded more than $2 million since 1985.

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Sybil Haydel Morial received a gold medal award from the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards, the 20th annual event honoring independent authors and publishers. Morial was honored for her memoir Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment, documenting her challenges to segregation and involvement with the civil rights movement.

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Roy Austin, a former Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office Colonel, pleaded guilty recently in U.S. District Court to wire fraud conspiracy. Austin arranged for private security details but would fraudulently list in the billing documents employees that didn't exist, and then pocket the extra cash in a corporate account. Austin faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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