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Ella Brennan,

the doyenne of Commander's Palace, was honored by the James Beard Foundation with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony May 4 at New York City's Lincoln Center. Brennan took over the 129-year-old restaurant in 1969 and established it as one of the finest in the nation, earning it a Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant in 1996. She began her career during World War II at age 18, and under her guidance Commander's launched the careers of chefs Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, the latter of whom presented her with the award.



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Tremé Under the Bridge,

a new community investment fair and monthly market, kicks off Saturday under the I-10 Claiborne overpass between Ursuline and Gov. Nicholls streets. Tremé residents planned the market during a series of community meetings and hope to involve neighborhood youth in beautification, musical performances, history and culture workshops, health and employment services and after-school and summer camp programs. The market also will feature local vendors and artists on the third Saturday of each month.



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Biren Ealy and Kolo Kapanui,

two New Orleans Saints, were arrested by Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies in the early hours of May 3 after allegedly urinating in a Metairie parking lot and exposing themselves to two women motorists. Both were charged with obscenity, disturbing the peace by being drunk in public, and lewd conduct. Two days later, the Saints front office summarily waived both players. Once again, we're reminded how lucky New Orleans is to have Saints like Drew Brees and Reggie Bush, who represent the city well both on and off the field.



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Time magazine

this week ran a story about conditions in Iraq headlined, "Is Baghdad Safer Than New Orleans?" After comparing per capita death rates of several world cities (not just New Orleans), writer Mark Kukis noted that, in Baghdad, "at least 150 people died in a series of bomb attacks over a 24-hour period just last week. None of the world's most violent cities see carnage like that on a regular basis." Indeed, and the cheap shot at New Orleans was egregious enough that the city's Convention and Visitors' Bureau plans to write a letter to the editor this week.

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