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The Emeril Lagasse Foundation distributed more than $150,000 to several Gulf Coast organizations: Second Harvest Food Bank and its Summer Feeding, Kids Cafe and School Pantry programs; Liberty's Kitchen's Youth Leadership Center; the Louisiana Restaurant Association's Education Fund; the Ingram Lee Foundation; Broad Community Connections' ReFresh Kids' Camp; and Florida's Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center.

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Design Management Group awarded the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children a $55,000 building upgrade through its 2016 "Building Better Renovation" initiative. The center serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The project will renovate the intake room at its Jefferson location, which offers free therapy sessions for children.

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Darryl Stewart, a former Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office supervisor, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court June 1 to directing two U.S. Department of Justice grants to his own paycheck — grants intended for overtime work for the Narcotics Unit he managed. He also claimed grant-funded "overtime" for work he did with private security details. He faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced Sept. 7.

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