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They get what they deserve

Dr. Ivor van Heerdeen, Brenda Square and Vincent Sylvain
received Decade of Community Service awards from the African American Leadership Project Aug. 22. Van Heerden is the former deputy director of the LSU Hurricane Center and a critic of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Square is a historian and pastor at Beecher Memorial United Church of Christ; and Sylvain publishes The New Orleans Agenda digital newsletter.

Dr. Peter Fos and Lori Fos
last week announced the establishment of an endowed scholarship for female students in education at the University of New Orleans (UNO), where Dr. Fos has served as university president since 2012. The $25,000 scholarship fund was created via a donation from the couple and from donations by friends of UNO. Scholarship awardees will receive $500 scholarships for the fall and spring semesters. Last week Dr. Fos also announced he will step down as UNO's president in January 2016.

Harris Rea
CEO and founder of Louisiana Red Hot Records, received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cutting Edge CE Conference Aug. 27 at the House of Blues. The annual music business conference honored Rea, who founded the New Orleans-based Louisiana music label in 1996 and has gone on to release more than 200 albums.

Michael Thomassie,
a 13-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), was found guilty Aug. 20 in Orleans Criminal District Court for the 2003 aggravated rape of a 7-year-old girl. NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison placed Thomassie on emergency suspension. He had been on administrative reassignment since 2014 after the Public Integrity Bureau and Child Abuse Unit investigated the case. Thomassie faces mandatory life in prison.


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