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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding more than $118 million in grants to 46 local projects to conduct a wide range of activities that include eliminating lead hazards in more than 9,000 homes; training workers in lead safety methods; increasing public awareness about childhood lead poisoning; and evaluating outreach on controlling housing-based hazards.The awards were announced by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on October 4 at the Council on Foundations conference in San Antonio, Texas. Lead is a known toxin that can impair children's development and have effects lasting into adulthood and other materials in the home can trigger allergic responses and asthma. News

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The Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Services to the Public Committee has presented its fifth annual Judge's Award to Judge Alan D. Hertzberg of the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas. The award recognizes a Pennsylvania jurist who has made exceptional contributions to the improvement of civil legal aid.

The committee also presented Civil Legal Aid Attorney of the Year awards to Stefanie Fleischer Seldin, managing attorney for Philadelphia VIP, and to Barbara L. Payne, an attorney in the Family Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. The awards recognize the exceptional contributions of legal services and other public interest lawyers to the improvement of civil legal aid.

Pro Bono Awards, which recognize the direct legal services and exceptional public service of Pennsylvania lawyers, were also presented to attorneys from around the state.