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The Amistad Research Center
was awarded a $98,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which awarded more than 37 grants totaling more than $2 million to museums throughout the U.S. The Amistad Research Center will hire a project archivist to organize its inventory of items from African-Americans in science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions.

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Benjamin Franklin Elementary School students
collected more than 18,000 Capri Sun pouches for recycling to earn $1,700 for the school as part of Capri Sun's Drink Pouch Brigade recycling program. In collaboration with TerraCycle, the Drink Pouch Brigade has collected more than 200 million recyclable pouches.

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The Meraux Foundation
donated $10,000 to help construct the Mississippi River Trail bike path in St. Bernard Parish and $15,000 to the St. Bernard Performing Arts Academy at a July 11 ceremony. The foundation also gave the Coastal Champion Award to state Reps. Walt Leger III and Simone Champagne, who both serve on the House agriculture and forestry committee.

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Orleans Parish Prison
was the subject of another shocking video, this time filmed by federal consent decree monitor Susan McCampbell, who filmed the jail at a surprise inspection June 14. The video, shown during consent decree hearings at U.S. District Court July 14, showed deteriorating conditions at the Templeman 5 facility, where mentally ill inmates are housed.


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