The Marsalis family
received the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters award last month at a ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center. The NEA remarked that patriarch Ellis Marsalis and his sons Branford, Delfeayo, Jason and Wynton have "made significant contributions to the preservation of jazz, the furthering of the art form and the education of students of the music."
The University of New Orleans
was named one of the 20 most popular national universities in U.S. News & World Report. The ranking is based on the highest percentage of accepted students; according to 2009 figures, the university enrolled 1,259 first-year students from the 2,130 that were accepted. Topping the list is Provo, Utah's Brigham Young University, with 5,421 students enrolled of the 7,049 accepted.
Old Ship Meeting House,
a Unitarian church in Hingham, Mass., will send 29 people to New Orleans Feb. 19 for a week of volunteer activities with local groups, including the New Orleans Food & Farm Network and the Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association. The group includes 17 school-age students who will spend their February vacation week in service.
The New York Times
missed the mark when the paper responded to a Levees.org petition requesting a correction to a December 2010 story, which had ascribed the 2005 floods to "Hurricane Katrina" and not the federal levee failures. Senior editor Don Hecker wrote that the error was cited "out of context." Those are the sort of weasel words a newspaper is supposed to debunk, not use to defend its own mistakes.