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Entrepreneur Al Copeland: His Fight Against Cancer Continues

When New Orleans-born restaurateur Al Copeland lost his battle with Merkel Cell Carcinoma in 2008, writer Chris Rose wrote, “It’s impossible not to admire the guy, what he did, how he did it and who he made himself to be. That song “My Way”? Yeah, that was his song. Except...

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The Dean Who Made a Difference

August (Gus) J. Rantz III was at the end of his rope. It was the mid-70s and, like so many other Vietnam War veterans, he was struggling. In Gus’ case, he was struggling to support a wife and two kids while attending nursing school at LSU full time. The bills...

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Just Dance from the Heart: Faculty Family Gives Back

According to Susan Leary, her husband, Dr. Richard Culbertson, was “a more serious person” when they moved to New Orleans 20 years ago. Then, one night while they were attending the popular event, Art for Art’s Sake, a samba band passed by. Before Susan knew it, Richard was following the...

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