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Christopher Schaberg, an associate professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, was awarded a $250,000 Public Humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of his essay and book series Object Lessons. The grant also will support students working on the series.

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Shane Bauer, senior reporter for Mother Jones, won a $25,000 prize from Harvard University for his reporting from Louisiana's Winn Correctional Center. His 2016 expose "My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard" pressed the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to consider ending the use of private prisons.

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Wanda Wells Cornish, former executive director of the Ponchatoula Housing Authority, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court March 7 to charging $27,000 on an agency credit card for her personal use from 2011-2015. Cornish faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she's sentenced June 29.

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