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Nickelodeon,

the children's entertainment company, provided 500 tickets to families affected by the Gulf oil disaster to see its Storytime Live! show July 23-25 at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans. Dora the Explorer, a popular Nick Jr. television character, distributed 150 free tickets to Vietnamese-American families in eastern New Orleans and more than 350 tickets in Plaquemines Parish. Storytime Live! is a theatrical tour featuring characters from four top-rated preschool television shows.



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New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows,

10 university students who each won a $2,500 grant to develop programs to help New Orleans residents, initiated their programs this month. The grants will fund school-based gardens; music, poetry and drum therapy projects for youth; disease prevention among homeless veterans and more. The fellows include graduate students at LSU, Loyola, Tulane, and Xavier universities. The New Orleans Schweitzer Fellowship seeks to provide service programs in the city while cultivating community leadership skills among its fellows.



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Lutheran youths

from all over the United States worked on more than 100 service projects in New Orleans last week, including cleaning up neighborhoods, schools, churches and parks, scraping peeling paint from homes and helping service organizations. About 23,000 young people attended the 11th triennial Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's National Youth Gathering at the Louisiana Superdome. A goal of the convention is to teach young people the value of community service.



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BP and Transocean

continued their pattern of arrogance last week when supervisors for the companies were no-shows at the federal panel looking into the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. An entire day of planned testimony on July 21 was canceled when it was clear that higher-ups from BP and Transocean would not appear voluntarily. Such obstructionism is a slap in the face to Gulf Coast residents — particularly the families of the 11 men who died aboard the rig. Their families deserve answers.

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