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Vol. 44 No. 3 Fall 2017 Circulation 20,000 Rep. Scalise Continues on Road to Recovery Congressman undergoing extensive rehabilitation after June 14 shooting left him with multiple injuries T by Megan Celona he nation was shaken when on June 14 gun- man James Hodgkinson opened fire at a baseball practice of the Republican team in Al- exandria, Virginia. Hodgkinson wounded U.S. Representative and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise; Crystal Griner, a Capitol Police officer as- signed to protect Scalise; Zack Barth, a Congres- sional aide; and Matt Mika, a Tyson Foods lobby- ist. The wounded were taken to area hospitals. Scalise was the most grievously injured — ­ a bullet struck his hip and travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding. His status listed as critical, Scalise underwent many surgeries and received several blood transfusions to repair internal damage and quell the bleeding. His status was downgraded to serious on June 17 and then to fair on June 21. On July 5, Scalise was readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit over fears of infection. He was released from the hospital on July 26 and began an intensive inpatient therapy. The shooting made Steve Scalise a household name nationally. He was born on October 6, 1965, in New Orleans to parents Carol Ann (Schilleci) and Alfred Joseph Scalise, both of Italian descent. Scalise attended Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie where he was on the wrestling team. He majored in computer science and minored in political science at Louisiana State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in 1989. While at the university he was a member of the Acacia Fraternity and was twice elected Speaker of LSU’s Student Government Association. Upon graduation, Scalise briefly worked as a systems engineer before returning to public ser- vice. He was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from the 82nd District from 1996- 2008; a member of the Louisiana Senate from the U.S. Representative Steve Scalise has served Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District since 2008. 9th district from January-May 2008; and has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana’s 1st district since May 2008. In Scalise cont. on page 5 AICC Exhibit Celebrates Jazz Greats Clockwise from left: Members of the Olympia Brass Band; drummer Chester Jones sitting in a French Quarter patio; trombonist Louis Nelson performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Photos courtesy of the Luke Fontana Collection T he American Italian Cultural Center is excited to announce the opening of the Luke Fontana Collec- tion featuring photographs and paint- ings of New Orleans jazz greats such as Matthew “Fats” Houston, Louis Nelson, Kid Thomas, and many oth- ers. Fontana’s work will be on dis- play at the American Italian Cultural Center from October 7-December 15. AICC members are invited to a members-only preview on Thursday, October 5 from 5-8pm. The exhibit’s opening reception is on Saturday, October 7 from 6-9pm; it is free and open to the public.