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is building its 135th and 136th playgrounds on the Gulf Coast to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The national nonprofit group, which constructs play spots for kids from Houston to Mobile, Ala., built its first post-Katrina playground in December 2005, just three months after the storm, when the city was still reeling. KaBOOM! and its volunteers have built 57 playgrounds in New Orleans.

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Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi),

an international fraternity of Jewish college students, brought together 500 of its members from around the world Aug. 5 to perform a service project in New Orleans City Park, when AEPi volunteers painted and landscaped around Tad Gormley Stadium. AEPi, which has 141 chapters and colonies in the U.S., Canada and Israel, gathered in New Orleans the first week of August for its 97th anniversary convention.

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Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR),

a Washington D.C.-based group, holds an annual "Unite for a Bite" fundraiser to support women in the culinary arts. This year's event, to be held Thursday, Aug. 19, will benefit the Gulf Restoration Network. WCR is working with member/chef Susan Spicer to direct funds raised to restaurants and other food service operations affected by the oil disaster.

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Vogue Italia,

the fashion magazine, featured in its latest issue a spread by photographer Stephen Meisel in which model Kristen McMenamy (dressed in haute couture) was covered in black goo, striking corpse-like poses on oily rocks and beaches. McMenamy even sported black feathered gloves resembling dead seabirds. Funny, we don't remember Vogue spreads at New York's Ground Zero.

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