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Colette Pichon, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, was named one of 10 White House Champions of Change for Climate Equity July 15. The nonprofit center promotes social, political and economic equity and has developed programs focused on climate justice, disaster recovery and economic development.

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The Emeril Lagasse Foundation celebrated the millionth meal funded through Second Harvest Food Bank's Summer Feeding program this month, a summerlong program delivering healthy meals to 60 New Orleans-area summer camps. Four thousand at-risk campers will benefit from the program this summer. Since 2010, the foundation has provided $250,000 to the program.

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Brandon Licciardi, a former St. Bernard Parish deputy sheriff, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court July 15 to conspiracy to distribute drugs with the intent to commit rape as part of a sexual assault case involving former New Orleans Saints star Darren Sharper. Licciardi faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced Oct. 13. Sharper's sentencing is set for Aug. 18.

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