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The U.S. Department of Justice,
through its Office on Violence Against Women, awarded the City of New Orleans $150,000 to help it better respond to domestic violence cases within its Blueprint for Safety model. The grant was administered through the office's Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program. The office was created in 1995 to implement the Violence Against Women Act.



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Matthew Tarr,
a chemistry professor at the University of New Orleans (UNO), was awarded a three-year, $450,000 National Science Foundation grant to study how sunlight transforms oil on water surfaces and how dispersants affect oil. Tarr joined the UNO faculty in 1995 and received the 2015 UNO Research Excellence Prize.



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Verizon
awarded the New Orleans Family Justice Center a $21,500 grant to help the organization's efforts to spread awareness of domestic violence, as well as its Halloween events for children and an empowerment camp for young daughters of domestic violence survivors. Verizon's HopeLine program connects domestic violence survivors to resources and help. Since its founding in 2001, the program has awarded more than $29 million in grants and donated nearly 200,000 phones to shelters.



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Marina Arnedo Rojas-Zayed
pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Sept. 24 to falsely representing clients in New Orleans Immigration Court. Rojas-Zayed, who had said she was licensed to practice in Alabama, used a fake bar number to represent clients in 42 immigration cases between July 2012 and August 2013. She faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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