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They get what they deserve

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Bill Borah,

a leading local preservationist and planning advocate, will receive the 2010 "National Planning Leadership Award for a Distinguished Contribution" this week from the American Planning Association. The APA selected Borah for the award for his efforts to promote the adoption of a citywide master plan with the force of law after Hurricane Katrina. Borah, a land-use attorney, was also cited for his "unwavering persistence and focus on what was required to move New Orleans forward" after the storm.

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Scott Fujita,

a former New Orleans Saints linebacker, donated half of his Super Bowl winnings to the America's WETLAND Foundation and the Gulf Restoration Network during a presentation in New Orleans last week. Fujita, as a free agent, left the Saints to play for the Cleveland Browns, but said he wanted to contribute to the two organizations to help protect New Orleans, which he has grown to love, from the effects of coastal erosion and the loss of wetlands, which serve as buffers against hurricanes.

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Margaret Forshag,

a senior at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, is among 60 students nationwide chosen as regional finalists in the Young Epidemiology Scholars competition. Her project in the nation's leading public health competition is "Let the Sleeping Girls Lie: The Effects of Five Factors on Sleep in Adolescent Girls." She will compete for scholarships of up to $50,000 in Washington, D.C., April 23-26. The competition is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the College Board.

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The Louisiana Chemical Association

is pushing a bill in the current legislative session to bar law clinics at universities that receive state money from suing government agencies and businesses for financial damages and from raising most constitutional challenges. Senate Bill 549, by state Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, is aimed at the Tulane Law Clinic, which has a history of suing polluters — while giving law students courtroom experience on behalf of poor clients. Tulane gets state money. Too bad the chemical association doesn't get the notion of access to justice.


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