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They get what they deserve

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Phillip Lopez,

the chef of Root in the Warehouse District, saw his restaurant named one of Bon Appetit's 50 Best New Restaurants in the U.S. Root, which opened last November, has gotten across-the-board raves locally for its showmanship, highly conceptual dishes and the quality of its food.



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The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF)

awarded $40,000 in culinary scholarships at its New Orleans gala Aug. 11. Fourteen south Louisiana high school graduates split the money. Many of them have been accepted at the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University or the Louisiana Culinary Institute.



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The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA)

as well as the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, donated more than $25,000 to the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission to repaint the courts at the rebuilt Oliver Bush playground in the Lower 9th Ward. NBRPA, headed by former New Orleans City Council President Arnie Fielkow, was in town last week for its annual conference.



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The Orleans Parish Assessor's Office

had a major snafu earlier this month when New Orleanians tried to appeal tax assessments. Residents complained of waiting five or six hours to meet with an assessor. Last week, assessor Errol Williams told The Times-Picayune he understands their concerns, but didn't have any better ideas about how to smooth the process. That's an unacceptable response.

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