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Robert Garry,
a Tulane University School of Medicine immunologist who helped develop a rapid Ebola test, was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Global Thinkers of 2015. The test produces a diagnosis within 15 minutes and has been used in West Africa to combat the virus.

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Benjamin Watson,
tight end for the New Orleans Saints, was nominated by the team for the NFL's annual Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Watson's book Under Our Skin, which examines race relations in the U.S. and how to heal, was released last month. Nationwide and the NFL Foundation gave Watson a $5,000 donation to a charity of his choice for his nomination.

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Gov. Bobby Jindal
has once again papered over Louisiana's huge structural deficit, now estimated to run nearly $500 million in the current fiscal year. Once again, Jindal proposes doing the same things that got Louisiana into the fiscal ditch in the first place: using short-term, stopgap measures that rely heavily on one-time money to pay for recurring expenditures.

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