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Cosimo Matassa

was named a recipient of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence last week. The legendary J&M Studios producer was the driving force behind much of the early rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues music that came out of New Orleans in the 1950s. He is being honored along with Glyn Johns and Tom Dowd. The 2012 induction ceremony is April 14, 2012, in Cleveland.

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Entergy Charitable Foundation

has awarded Teach for America a $355,000 grant to help continue the education group's work in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and south Louisiana. The grant was announced at KIPP Central City Primary School in early December. Teach for America, the corps of recent college graduates who commit to teaching in public schools for two years, has 370 teachers in the greater New Orleans area.

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Tamara Morris

was sentenced Dec. 1 in federal court for defrauding the American Red Cross in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Morris received three years' probation after admitting she received assistance eight times in 2005 — fraudulently receiving more than $6,000 in funds. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Morris is responsible for paying full restitution and must forfeit all related assets.

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Jared Allen,

defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings, dissed Detroit and New Orleans last week in an interview. "New Orleans looks like I'm driving through a Third World country every time I get off the plane," Allen said. "I'm like, 'Oh, flak jacket. ... I'm like, 'Ah, crap, I can't carry my gun here. This sucks.'" The Saints travel to Minneapolis to play the Vikings Dec. 18. Kick his butt into Wisconsin, guys.

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