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The New Orleans Solar School Initiative (NOSSI),

a partnership between several companies and the City of New Orleans, has outfitted Joseph A. Craig Elementary School in Treme with a solar array that will provide the school with sustainable energy. It's the second installation by NOSSI, which aims to bring solar power to public schools. Craig Elementary's new building opened in January and replaces one damaged by Hurricane Katrina.



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Mos Def and Ben Jaffe

teamed up to write a song titled "It Ain't My Fault" during the weekend of the Gulf Aid concert in mid-May. The two men then stayed up all night to record it with Lenny Kravitz, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Tim Robbins and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The resulting jam will soon be on sale at the iTunes Music Store, and part of the proceeds will benefit the Gulf Relief Foundation.



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Paddy Power,

an online gambling website headquartered in Ireland, has begun offering odds on which forms of sea life will be the first to become extinct following BP's Gulf oil catastrophe. Visitors can place odds on endangered turtles, fish and even the Louisiana brown pelican. Within the first 24 hours, more than 50 bets were placed. The wages of sin may be death, but these wagers of death are a sin.



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James O'Keefe

and three other men pleaded guilty in federal court May 26 to entering U.S. property under false pretenses. Posing as telephone repairmen, O'Keefe and Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan entered the New Orleans offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu in what they claimed was a bit of undercover stunt journalism. Each man received a $1,500 fine, two years' probation and a mandatory 75 hours of community service.

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