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Ecole Bilingue students

presented crocheted caps, scarves and blankets to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Touro Infirmary last week as part of a community service project. Last year, one of the teachers at Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orleans, an Uptown elementary school, was diagnosed with lymphoma.

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Tory McPhail,

executive chef at Commander's Palace since 2002, was honored by the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University at the annual Lafcadio Hearn Award dinner last week. McPhail was honored for his contributions to the culinary profession. Also on hand was Restaurant R'evolution's Chris Lusk, who was named this year's distinguished visiting chef.

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Ralph Romaguera Sr.,

a New Orleans photographer for more than 40 years, was elected president of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), an organization with more than 25,000 members. Romaguera also has served as president of the American Society of Photographers. He began his photography career working for the U.S. Naval Service, United Press International and The Times-Picayune. He is the first Louisiana photographer to be elected PPA president.

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Kelly Muller,

a 42-year-old Covington resident, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to embezzling more than $189,000 in health care funds from her employer, a Metairie dentist, according to information provided by acting U.S. Attorney Dana Boente's office. Muller will return to court May 15 for sentencing, which could include restitution, a $250,000 fine and a 10-year prison term.


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