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William Goldring

has been honored with the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE). The longtime businessman and philanthropist was selected for his work with the Goldring Family Foundation, which has aided many of the city's public and private institutions. He recently received The Times-Picayune's Loving Cup and was Gambit's 2003 New Orleanian of the Year. This year's NOWFE will be held May 22-26, and Goldring will be honored at a dinner on the opening night.

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Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim

of Deerfield, Ill., made its fourth annual trip to New Orleans to distribute 135 boxes of toys, tools, books and other items to families in the Seventh and Ninth Wards. Many of the congregants were young people about to celebrate their bar or bat mitzvahs.

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Julius Cosey

was fired by Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand after videos surfaced on YouTube featuring the officer performing some expletive-laced bits in which he impersonated President Barack Obama and local attorney Michael Hingle. Cosey, who wore a JPSO polo shirt in the second video, already had been suspended for an unrelated matter.

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Jeffrey Sadow,

whose "Between the Lines" blog is read by watchers of central Louisiana politics, used offensive metaphors when writing about state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson ousting former state and U.S. Rep. Buddy Leach as leader of the Louisiana Democratic party. "The new overseer has got different equipment and is a couple of shades darker than the old one," Sadow wrote, adding, "it was about time for a representative change in the running of the plantation." Peterson is black; Leach is white; and, sadly, Sadow is a professor of political science at LSU Shreveport.


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