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Catholic Charities and the Home Builders Association

of Greater New Orleans partnered for a fundraiser to benefit Louisiana fishermen and families affected by the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and BP oil disaster. The organizations will raffle white shrimp boots designed and autographed by Saints coach Sean Payton and chefs John Besh and Emeril Lagasse, among others, during the inaugural New Orleans Home + Interior Design Show Sept. 17-19 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.



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Harold Baquet,

Loyola University's photographer since 1989, was awarded the school's highest honor, the President's Medal, at the university's fall 2010 President's Convocation last month. Baquet has documented incoming and outgoing classes at Loyola for 21 years and the campus' damage and renewal following Hurricane Katrina and the floods of 2005, as well as many other historical views of New Orleans.



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Mayor Mitch Landrieu

announced this month a new policy for city employees with take-home cars. It will eliminate 464 automobiles from the city's fleet. Municipal departments, the City Council and the DA's office now have 59 cars (down from 179), and public safety lost 344 vehicles. The total city reduction went from 758 cars to 414. In a statement, Landrieu's office said the cuts will help correct the city's $79 million budget hole left by Ray Nagin.



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Dan Hampton,

NFL Hall of Famer with the Chicago Bears, told the Pro Football Weekly radio show that the Minnesota Vikings, en route to New Orleans for last Thursday's match against the Saints, should "hit that town like Katrina." Hampton later apologized, saying it was a "spur-of-the-moment" comment meant to be a metaphor for intensity, and that he was "horrified" anyone would make the connection between his words and the "terror Katrina wrought."

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