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New Orleans Fire Department personnel

have begun a series of three "Big Easy to the Big Apple" trips to help Northeastern emergency services agencies affected by Hurricane Sandy. The local firefighters will make the trips through Dec. 15 in groups of 12, and Southwest Airlines has donated their round-trip airfares.

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Eden Gorney

will receive the Lindy Boggs Hunger Awareness Award from the New Orleans chapter of Bread for the World, an organization that fights hunger, at a ceremony Dec. 9 at Loyola University. Gorney, the owner of Blue Roof Denim in Mandeville, will be honored alongside Luke's House and St. Peter Claver Parish Religious Education Youth for their efforts to fight hunger in the metro area.

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Ed Blakely,

the infamous, hapless Hurricane Katrina "recovery czar," told an Australian radio station he had been appointed to the New York State Emergency Response Commission to analyze that state's response to Hurricane Sandy. That commission's co-chair, Brad Penuel, the director of the Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response at New York University, later told Gambit Blakely would not be on the commission. Did Blakely make it up, or was he dropped? We may never know.

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Sheriff Marlin Gusman

had three more prisoners escape from Orleans Parish Prison under his watch last week. The three inmates were being held in his "tent city" overflow outside the prison building, which has proved porous. By our count, that makes nine prisoners who have escaped this year alone. All but one were living in Gusman's tents.

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