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Jon Cleary
won Best Regional Roots Music Album at the 58th annual Grammy Awards Feb. 15 for his acclaimed 2015 album GoGo Juice. It's the New Orleans pianist and songwriter's first Grammy. Cleary thanked the late Allen Toussaint, who arranged horns on the album. Cleary performed at Toussaint's November tribute at the Orpheum Theater.


Girls on the Run New Orleans
was awarded a $18,400 grant from the Amerigroup Foundation to expand the group's 10-week Heart & Sole program to girls in six New Orleans area middle schools. The program's education, fitness, team building and empowerment initiative culminates in the Girls on the Run 5k.


U.S. Sens. Bill  Cassidy and David Vitter,
following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, both said the president who takes office in 2017, rather than President Barack Obama, should nominate Scalia's successor — in direct contradiction to the U.S. Constitution, which specifies the president has the right and duty to nominate justices. The Senate Judiciary Committee, on which Vitter sits, will hold a hearing on Obama's nomination, which he has yet to announce.


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