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Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life

at Tulane University has been selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to receive the 2009 Institute Honor Award for Architecture. Originally erected in 1959, the center underwent a $28 million renovation beginning in 2003 and was reopened in 2006. The building incorporates numerous sustainable design strategies, including canopies, shutters, balconies and fans. It is engineered to be passively cooled for five months out of the year. The center is one of nine buildings so honored by the AIA.

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Lou Ann Loup,

a manager for a local Pizza Hut store, and her staff raised more money for the World Hunger Relief Initiative than any other Pizza Hut franchise nationwide. Because of her efforts, Pizza Hut made a $10,000 donation to Children's Hospital. Annually, Yum! Brands Inc., which owns Pizza Hut and several other fast-food restaurant chains, organizes the hunger relief initiative. In 2008, the corporation and its 1.4 million employees raised more than $17.5 million in donations.

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Richard Brucker,

a Tulane University medical student, will receive a leadership award from the American Medical Association for creating an online database ( of local clinics offering free or low-cost medical care to the indigent and uninsured. Brucker created the database more than a year ago to assist the group of homeless people who had been living in Duncan Plaza across from City Hall. The listings also are contained in a pamphlet distributed to homeless shelters and community centers.

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Jalila Jefferson-Bullock,

an attorney and former state representative from New Orleans, violated the state ethics code by failing to disclose that she provided legal representation for a client involved in a dispute with a state agency. While still a state lawmaker, Jefferson-Bullock represented Gwendolyn Moyo in a civil case filed by the state Department of Insurance. In an unrelated federal case, Moyo was convicted in October on charges of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. It was Moyo's third conviction on fraud charges.


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