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Dr. Karen DeSalvo
received the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation's 2014 Spirit of Charity Award Oct. 10. DeSalvo is the former health commissioner for the City of New Orleans and served as vice dean of community affairs at Tulane University Medical School. She received a master's degree from Harvard University School of Public Health and worked at Charity Hospital and the Medical Center of Louisiana.

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The Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program
was awarded a $2 million grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help screen low-income, uninsured and underinsured women for breast and cervical cancers. The CDC has funded the program since 2002 but awarded the program its maximum grant funding for 2014-2015. Visit or call (888) 599-1073 for screening locations and information.

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donated nearly 400 laptops to 17 community organizations in Louisiana this month. In New Orleans, 47 computers were distributed among Better Tomorrows, Friends of Joe W. Brown Memorial Park, True Vine Baptist Church and YOUTHanasia Foundation. Since 2012, UnitedHealthcare has donated more than 2,000 computers to organizations in 13 states.

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Vandale Thomas,
former CFO for Orleans Parish Traffic Court, was found guilty in U.S. District Court Oct. 10 on 11 counts of theft, money laundering and embezzling while employed by the city from 2008 to 2011. Thomas' accounting firm collected more than $680,000 in fraudulent billings to the court, which he used on a Bentley GT coupe and casino chips. He will be sentenced Jan. 15.


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