donated her 1963 Corvette to Warren Easton Charter High School for auction. The winning bid was $75,200, which will go toward scholarships for college-bound Easton seniors — and Bullock kicked in a personal check for $50,000 more. The actress and part-time New Orleanian has been a financial angel for the school — and a role model of philanthropy in general — since Hurricane Katrina.
was named one of "The World's 7 Most Powerful Educators" this week by Forbes.com. Jacobs, head of the nonprofit group Educate Now!, is a former member of the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The financial magazine noted, "Leslie's ideas are shaping other states' approaches to improve underperforming schools."
"Tigers for Tuscaloosa,"
a project of the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, brought a special dimension of charitable spirit to the red-hot Nov. 5 LSU-Alabama college football matchup. United Way groups around Louisiana collected donations of winter clothes for the people of Tuscaloosa, Ala., the city that was hit by an enormous tornado in April, leaving thousands homeless.
the California hip-hop collective, attacked credentialed photojournalists in the pit at the Voodoo Experience during Halloween weekend. After kicking at the cameras, performer Vyron "Left Brain" Turner slapped photographer Amy Harris. The group's publicist denied the incident happened, but local photographers on the scene confirmed it, and Voodoo officials have rightly issued an apology.