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Sandra Bullock

recently awarded $5,000 scholarships to 10 Warren Easton Charter High School graduating seniors. Bullock also appeared at the school's 2014 commencement ceremony May 19. The Oscar-winning actress and part-time New Orleans resident has donated more than $500,000 to the school since 2006 to help renovate Warren Easton's facilities after the 2005 levee failures, which pushed 10 feet of water onto the campus.

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The Emeril Lagasse Foundation

awarded $125,000 in grants to New Orleans-area nonprofit organizations. Grants to Cafe Hope and Cafe Reconcile will support job-training programs, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana will provide breakfast, lunch and snacks to 4,000 low-income children at summer camps. A grant to New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) will provide uniforms and equipment to students in NOCCA's culinary program.

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Jonathan Johnson,

a teacher at KIPP Central City Academy, was named a national finalist for the 2014 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, a $25,000 award recognizing excellence in education. More than 800 teachers were considered. Sci Academy's Evan Stoudt was named a semi-finalist, and New Orleans-area teachers Justine Katzenbach, Kelsey Lambrecht and Lindsay Bardes were honorable mentions.

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Delrice Jermaine Augustus,

former auditing director of the state Department of Children and Family Services, pleaded guilty May 28 in U.S. District Court to stealing up to $200,000 from the agency since 2010 to purchase personal items and hotel rooms in New Orleans during Mardi Gras and the NBA All-Star Game. He faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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