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New Orleans student chess players

earned top honors at the recent National Scholastic K-12 Championship tournament, held by the U.S. Chess Federation Dec. 10-12 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The National Scholastic Championship is one of the most respected in competitive chess. Trophies awarded include first place in fourth grade for Stuart Hall School for Boys and third place in K-6 Blitz Chess for students from Lusher Charter School.

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Mac Rebennack,

better known as Dr. John, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, it was announced Dec. 15. Rebennack, who has been performing for more than 50 years and emerged as a defender of Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster, will be honored with fellow inductees Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Tom Waits. It's a long-overdue accolade for the New Orleans native.

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The New Orleans Hornets

held their annual Senior Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 14 at Westwego's Alario Center. More than 1,000 senior citizens were served lunch by the entire Hornets staff. The event also included raffle giveaways, a Christmas carol sing-along and performances by the Honeybees and the team's popular senior women's booster organization, the Used to Bees.

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Entergy Corp.

was found to have overcharged its customers in four states, according to a ruling by an administrative law judge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The ruling, which covered the years 2000-2009, affected several of the energy giant's subsidiaries, including Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, Entergy Louisiana, Entergy Mississippi and Entergy New Orleans. Entergy says it will file a request to have FERC review the decision.

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