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James Cobb. Jr.,
author of Flood of Lies: The St. Rita's Nursing Home Tragedy, received the gold medal for Southern Non-Fiction at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The awards will be announced May 28 in New York City. The book — excerpted in Gambit Aug. 6, 2013 — examines Sal and Mabel Mangano's arrest and trial on criminal charges at the hands of former state Attorney General Charles Foti Jr. following their decision not to evacuate the St. Bernard Parish nursing home before Hurricane Katrina made landfall.


GiveNOLA Day,
a citywide fundraising initiative from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, raised more than $2.2 million for more than 300 area nonprofit organizations. More than 19,000 people contributed online over 24 hours during the May 6 event, part of the nationwide Give Local America initiative.


The Maroon,
Loyola University's student-run newspaper, received first place in the U.S. for editorial writing in the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence awards. The Maroon also received regional honors, including best in-depth reporting, and was named a regional finalist for best all-around nondaily newspaper, website, photography and general news.


raised more than $40,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana during its 125th anniversary crawfish boil at Champions Square on May 10. Zatarain's boiled more than 27,000 pounds of crawfish at the event, which hosted 8,000 people. The funds will help pay for more than 112,000 meals for families throughout south Louisiana.


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