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the Roots of Music's marching band, was picked to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif, on New Year's Day. The Crusaders is the city's only tuition-free citywide marching band, created by Roots of Music founders Derrick Tabb and Allison Reinhardt in 2007. The group is dedicated to supporting and teaching at-risk youth through after-school musical activities.

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Young Judaea,

a group of Jewish high school students from around the country, came to New Orleans for "Alternative Winter Break." While here, they helped with public service projects at Battle Ground Baptist Church in the 9th Ward and helped elderly homeowners weed and clean up their yards. The group worked in partnership with Green Light New Orleans and the St. Bernard Project. It was the third trip to New Orleans by Young Judaea.

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The Jefferson Parish Library

opened its new Lakeshore Library Dec. 27, more than six years after the floodwall breaks of Hurricane Katrina destroyed the old library. The new building, which replaces a temporary facility, holds nearly 30,000 books, CDs, DVDs and reference materials. It's located at 1100 W. Esplanade Ave. in Metairie and will be open seven days a week.

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Pete Prisco

of CBS Sports wrote a column complaining about Drew Brees and how he continued to throw passes in the New Orleans Saints' Dec. 26 game against the Atlanta Falcons in a successful attempt to break Dan Marino's season passing record long after the Dirty Birds had been roasted. Prisco called the late-game passing "classless," then tweeted, "I'd tell my players to hit Brees in the mouth." Now that's class, Prisco.

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