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Tuna Seither,

the New Orleans artist known for his sports-themed paintings, has created a new line of silkscreens and serigraphs to benefit the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's Save Our Coast program. Underwritten by Coastal Shoring, Seither's painting, Coastal Paradise, features a pelican flying over Louisiana. The artwork was unveiled July 1 at a party in the Davenport Lounge in the Ritz-Carlton.



Mayor Mitch Landrieu

ordered a halt June 23 to demolition of all historic properties in the Veterans Administration district construction zone in lower Mid-City. The moratorium, which preservation groups had been pleading for (and which had been ignored by former Mayor Ray Nagin), was issued 48 hours before U.S. Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki broke ground on the project. Up to 100 historic structures will be saved and relocated as a result.



Cheryl Gerber,

Gambit contributing photographer, has published a book of photographs filled with images of our state bird to benefit avian rescue efforts in the wake of the BP oil disaster. The book, Love Pelicans, is a small keepsake volume of original photos juxtaposed with appropriate quotes. It's available at www.blurb.com, and profits go directly to the International Bird Rescue Research Center.



John Stossel,

former ABC journalist-turned-libertarian commenter on Fox News, referred to the $20 billion escrow account set up to mitigate damages to Gulf Coast residents as a "thuggish Chicago shakedown" by one "Vladimir Obama." Host Bill O'Reilly disagreed with him, but Stossel insisted, "We have rules in America!" — sidestepping the fact that BP seems to have flouted many of America's safety rules in the Gulf.

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