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Loyola University

is responding to the ongoing crisis following the Haiti earthquake by helping several of its Haitian undergraduates with tuition, housing and meal plans, according to Loyola president Rev. Kevin Wildes. This follows Loyola's already-established "Hope for Haiti" program, an effort aimed at long-term needs in the island nation. Jean Montès, Loyola's director of orchestral studies, has also collected musical instruments for Haitian music students, which he delivered to a Port-au-Prince music school in February.

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Donald Link,

chef and owner of the restaurants Herbsaint and Cochon, was honored last week at the annual James Beard Foundation culinary awards in New York with the "Best American Cookbook" award. Link published Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link's Louisiana in 2009, a collection of Cajun recipes he's collected and honed since growing up in Acadiana. Link said he hoped his book would not just share recipes, but also "preserve a way of life and respect family traditions. ... The traditions of that culture are important to me and have shaped me more as a chef than any culinary training."

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Morton's New Orleans

raised enough money at an April 20 charity dinner to grant the wish of a child through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The evening was part of a series of wine dinners at the steakhouse chain to raise money for the foundation and included the auction of a 27-liter bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon created by Peter Mondavi specifically for the event. In 2008, the steakhouses raised $350,000 for Make-a-Wish. The chain hopes to top that amount this year.

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Michael "Brownie" Brown,

former FEMA head and now a radio talk-show host, appeared on Fox News May 3 and suggested President Barack Obama purposely delayed responding to the BP oil disaster in order to lay the groundwork for a ban on offshore drilling: "That is exactly what they [the administration] want," Brown said. It was an accusation as outrageous as saying Brown himself botched the Hurricane Katrina response out of malice — when we all know it was just incompetence.

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