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Freeport-McMoRan Foundation
has donated $100,000 to Ducks Unlimited to restore critical wintering waterfowl habitat in coastal Louisiana, where up to 20 percent of the nation's waterfowl — more than 10 million ducks and geese — migrate annually. Ducks Unlimited, the nation's leading wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization, committed to raising $15 million after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita for conserving and restoring Louisiana's coastal marshes. The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation gift will help DU reach that goal.

David Boies,
one of the nation's most prominent trial attorneys, has donated $1.5 million to Tulane's law school to establish the David Boies Distinguished Chair in Law. The chair will be filled by an eminent scholar and will support Tulane's research and other academic endeavors. A Yale law alumnus and the father of two Tulane law grads, Boies has handled numerous high-profile, precedent-setting cases, including former Vice President Al Gore's litigation relating to the Florida vote count after the 2000 presidential election.

Edward "Scott" Weiler,
a 44-year-old former state probation officer in St. Tammany Parish, admitted that he helped a 19-year-old woman under his supervision pass a drug test in exchange for telephone sex. Weiler was sentenced to two years in prison last week after pleading guilty to malfeasance in office and obstruction of justice. Weiler admitted that he substituted his own urine for that of the woman he was supposed to supervise. The young probationer secretly recorded their illicit phone conversations.

Road Home officials
have once again added to the frustration of homeowners displaced by Hurricane Katrina, this time by disseminating inaccurate information about the "assignability" of Road Home grants. Homeowners had been told that the sale prices of any homes sold would be subtracted from their Road Home grant amount. Last week, program officials admitted that that information is incorrect — and that buyers of flood-damaged homes can keep the entire grant amount if they properly complete the "assignment" process.


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