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The Roots of Music

are scheduled to march in this year's Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year's Day. Founder Derrick Tabb's student band program, now four years old, has been praised nationally for its success in giving children something to do after school. The Roots of Music will send 140 kids to the annual New Year's parade to represent New Orleans.



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Malcolm Jenkins

held his second annual "Big Easy Holiday Dinner" just before Christmas. Volunteers from the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office and church and community groups prepared holiday meals for 25 families and distributed them at the Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church near Bayou St. John. The New Orleans Saints safety had help from a former teammate, Ricky Jackson.



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Ken Foster,

Bywater resident and founder of the Sula Foundation, had his recent book I'm a Good Dog named as one of Vanity Fair's "Best Books of the Year." The Sula Foundation is a pit bull advocacy group named for Foster's dog Sula, who was featured in his 2006 book The Dogs Who Found Me, and is dedicated to free spay/neuter programs, education and adoptions.



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Louisiana

scored 6 out of 10 in the annual report "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism" from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report says the state isn't adequately prepared for outbreaks of highly infectious diseases, bioterrorism or other health emergencies. Thirty-four other states and Washington, D.C. also scored a 6 or lower. Mississippi, however, ranked as one of the most prepared, scoring 8 out of 10.

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