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Bouquets & Brickbats: Local Heroes and Zeros 

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Edna Karr Secondary School

won the "Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge," an after-school entrepreneurship program sponsored by the Brees Dream Foundation and the Idea Village. Nine Karr students were charged with operating a for-profit business for the last six months and won $10,000 for their creativity and results. Runner-up grants of $2,500 each were given to Walter L. Cohen High School, Warren Easton Charter High School and Lusher Charter School.

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Crescent City Christian School

in Metairie created and collected more than 20,000 greeting cards for the American Red Cross' "Holiday Mail for Heroes" program, which provides greetings to active duty members of the armed services, their families and veterans. The program, which is cosponsored by Pitney Bowes, is in its fourth year and has provided 3 million cards to service members and vets.

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Sr. Mary Lou Specha,

executive director of the nonprofit Cafe Reconcile, is the recipient of the New Orleans 2010 FBI Director's Community Leadership Award. Specha was honored for her outstanding accomplishments working with at-risk youth in Central City. In March, Specha will travel to Washington, D.C., to receive the award in person from FBI Director Robert Mueller.

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Linda and Richard Eyre,

online columnists for The Deseret News in Utah, wrote a jaw-dropper of a travel story titled, "Katrina Did New Orleans a World of Good," in which they claimed every local they met here on a recent trip told them, "Katrina was the best thing that ever happened to them." The Eyres added, "Of course, those who lost family members or a dear friend would not be able to say that," but "they wouldn't give up what they learned from them for anything!"

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