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The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
awarded the Loyola University New Orleans Institute for Ministry a $900,000 grant to help Catholic sisters in the U.S. and Africa. Members of four communities in the U.S. and three in Africa will receive graduate-level education through Loyola, and the grant also will provide computers, Internet access and solar power to its communities in Africa.

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Patrick Robinson,
New Orleans Saints cornerback, received the organization's 2014 Ed Block Courage Award, recognizing perseverance through adversity. Robinson suffered two knee injuries last year and completed surgeries and rehabilitation in time for the 2014 season, in which he made 19 tackles, one interception and four special teams tackles.

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Royal Sonesta New Orleans
brought its seventh annual Royal Teddy Bear Tea to Children's Hospital on Dec. 11. The event featured a parade and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and each child received a bear. The hotel's annual event in its Grand Ballroom also includes a holiday toy drive, and local artists are commissioned to create tree ornaments, with proceeds benefiting the hospital.

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Mark Morad and Divini Luccioni,
pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Dec. 17 to a Medicare fraud scheme that paid out more than $50 million. Morad ran the scheme through several New Orleans-based companies he owned (and which he claimed performed services that were not provided), while Luccioni wrote the prescriptions and referrals to support the scheme. They will be sentenced April 1.


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