House of Blues and Steve Price
presented the annual HOB show "Home for the Holidays," which benefits the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts' Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists. NOCCA awards a scholarship annually to one of its students through this endowment fund, and this year's winner is Ariel Jackson. HOB provides the staffing and venue for Home for the Holidays, and Steve Price takes on much of the organizing and other tasks for the show and fund named in honor of his son, who was murdered in 2003.
has been named one of the 10 best comeback neighborhoods in the South, according to the January issue of Southern Living. In selecting Holy Cross, the magazine cited "the resilience of people determined to save their neighborhood." The article goes on to praise volunteers from Holy Cross and elsewhere, the Preservation Resource Center and other organizations that are saving this historic neighborhood by rebuilding homes and helping residents return to this part of the Lower 9th Ward.
Benjamin Franklin High School
has received a gold medal distinction in the U.S. News & World Report's ranking of America's best high schools. Franklin, a member of the East Bank Collaborative of Charter Schools, was ranked 27th in the country from a list of more than 21,000 public high schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Scores were determined by how schools educate students, the number of minority and disadvantaged students and the percentage of students who are college-ready, which for Franklin was 89.8 percent.
a former Plaquemines Parish judge, was sentenced to three months in jail after his conviction for keeping more than $6,000 in payments he received from the state Supreme Court as reimbursement for judicial expenses. The money should have been given to the parish, because Roe already had received travel reimbursements from the parish for three trips he took to Sandestin, Fla. for annual judicial seminars in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Roe remains free pending the outcome of his appeal of the case.