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Allan Millett,
a history professor at the University of New Orleans and the director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies, has received the 2008 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Four of his books are on the required reading list for officers of the U.S. Armed Services, and he has contributed essays to another 15 books and written numerous articles for scholarly journals. He is a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and served 12 years in reserve infantry units.

Regional Transit Authority
has resumed full service on the St. Charles streetcar line with the reopening of the South Carrollton section of the tracks. Passengers will now be able to travel the entire length of St. Charles Avenue, take the last leg of the journey up Carrollton Avenue and exit at the intersection of Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues, or vice versa. This restored section of the streetcar line marks the completion of a $13 million restoration project. Streetcars will run every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends.

The Louisiana Exiles,
an all-star team of rugby players representing three New Orleans-area high schools, won the under-20 age bracket of the Rocky Mountain Challenge, a premier national tournament held in Denver, Colo. This is the third consecutive year the team has won. It is coached by Jerry Malina and composed of players from the Jesuit, Brother Martin and Archbishop Rummel high school rugby programs, along with players from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge and a number of college players under age 20.

Mandeville Mayor Eddie Price
still isn't giving citizens a full accounting of what happened when he plowed through a Causeway toll barrier in late April. Despite recently released videotapes that indicate this wasn't simply a matter of careless driving, Price continues to dodge the issue. He needs to give the public a complete, unedited account of his actions and his failure to accept responsibility for his behavior, and then make amends for this breach of the public trust.


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