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Bouquets & Brickbats 

They get what they deserve

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Hoda Kotb

received the Louisiana Center for Women and Government's award for outstanding public service at a ceremony for the group's Hall of Fame in New Orleans March 26. Kotb was an anchor at WWL-TV before moving to New York to work for NBC News, where she now co-anchors the last hour of the Today show. Last year, Kotb published a memoir, Hoda, which includes stories from covering Mardi Gras to covering Hurricane Katrina.

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Melanie Newman

was sentenced to federal prison for two years for her role in a conspiracy to defraud her employer, the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation, for $220,000. Her husband and co-conspirator, Michael Goodloe Jr., received an 18-month sentence. Newman, the government found, forged checks to pay for the couple's personal items, including cars and wedding expenses.

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Scott Angelle,

the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, accepted an award last week from the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association — a group that his department is supposed to regulate. Angelle, who was in Washington, D.C., the week before to testify about wetlands to the U.S. House of Representatives, issued a statement saying he was "honored." He should have been embarrassed.

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Beau Gast & Thomas McMasters

were fired by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) after an extensive review by the NOPD's Public Integrity Bureau. The department found both officers had arrested women on prostitution charges without a valid warrant and falsified reports. Among the charges considered against the former officers: moral conduct related to false imprisonment and neglect of duty.


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