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They get what they deserve

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Ben Sandmel,

author of the biography Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans, continues to rack up plaudits for his tribute to K-Doe. Kirkus Reviews recently named the biography one of 2012's Best Nonfiction Books. Editor Eric Liebetrau called it an "unexpected surprise" and a "comprehensive, lavishly illustrated biography of New Orleans great Ernie K-Doe."

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will hold a "Christmas Jam" concert Dec. 11 at Southport Hall to benefit the St. John the Baptist Parish Fallen and Injured Officers Fund. Performers include the Eli Young Band, Jerrod Niemann, Kristen Kelly and Brett Eldredge. Proceeds will go to the families of Brandon Nielsen and Jeremy Triche, officers who were slain in an August ambush, and the families of officers Jason Triche and Michael Boyington, who were injured in the attack.

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Rick Nguyen and Hung Anh Tiet

pleaded guilty last week to concealing illegal fish after an inspection by state and federal patrols found hundreds of shark fins in a hidden compartment on their boat in violation of a state law that allows fishing vessels to take no more than 33 sharks per day. Nguyen and Tiet had their state shark-fishing permits revoked. Shark fins are used as a soup ingredient by some home cooks and in some restaurants.

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Sen. David Vitter

cast a "nay" vote Dec. 4 on the ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities — a human rights treaty that has been passed by 126 other nations — despite its support from GOP stalwarts like Sen. John McCain and former Sen. Bob Dole (who is in a wheelchair) and a number of other Republican senators. The treaty was negotiated by former President George W. Bush's administration.


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