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Qiana Lewis provided 70 "gently used" prom dresses for 25 girls at Algiers Technology Academy to wear to their senior prom. Lewis, an official in the New Orleans Police Department's Fourth District, also recruited volunteers to help the girls with hair, makeup and other details to make their prom night memorable.

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U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins drew fire for his over-the-top rhetoric in a Facebook post in which he called Islamic radicals "heathen animals" and urged, "Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all." That sort of bellicose talk made the New Orleans native famous when he was a cop in St. Landry Parish, but viral tough-guy boasting is counterproductive coming out of the mouth of a member of Congress.

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Louisiana is the worst state in the nation for child-ren's welfare, accord- ing to Save the Children. The respected nonprofit group used five metrics (homi- cides/suicides, infant mortality, graduation rates, food insecurity and teenage preg nancy) to rank all 50 states. Louisiana trail- ed Mississippi and New Mexico. The best states for children were New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

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