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Robyn Isemann,

a registered nurse at West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, was presented with a DAISY award Sept. 25 "for nurses who go above and beyond the call of duty." The DAISY is sponsored by UnitedHealthcare and was begun in 2000 by the family of Danna Barnes, a Louisiana native. Its umbrella group, the not-for-profit DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation, is dedicated to fighting disorders of the immune system and honoring health care workers, who are selected for the DAISY by their peers and hospital administrators.



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The City Park Mow-Rons,

a local group of seven volunteers, took part in National Public Lands Day Sept. 26 by doing what they've done since July 2006 — cutting the grass at New Orleans City Park. They began by bringing their own mowers to the park after the 2005 floods and now have 12 push mowers and two riding mowers permanently stowed on the park grounds. The group, whose motto is "Weeding By Example," meets Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art and is always looking for volunteers who can help keep the park tidy.



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Jeff Becker,

a visual arts faculty member at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), received a $25,000 grant from the career development program of the Theater Communications Group, which provides annual monetary awards of excellence for directors and designers who work in nonprofit theater. Becker is a designer/sculptor who has worked with stage groups including the Cuttingball Theater and Mondo Bizzaro. The award will allow him to spend six months training, further developing his theatrical skills and expanding his knowledge before returning to NOCCA.



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Sen. David Vitter

calls himself the "most outspoken critic of ACORN" — the New Orleans-based housing advocacy group that made big news lately for alleged improprieties caught on camera. Earlier this month, Vitter joined a group of GOP lawmakers calling for a Senate investigation into ACORN, and he requested the U.S. Department of Justice investigate whether the group violated racketeering statutes. He urged his fellow lawmakers to cut off all federal funding for ACORN, but when it came up for a vote Sept. 14, he was one of only nine senators not voting — because he wasn't there. His office called it a "scheduling error."

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