Joe Johnson ,
the former New Orleans Saints defensive end, two-time Pro Bowler and current Green Bay Packer, is holding his third annual youth football skills camp in New Orleans this Monday and Tuesday, July 1 and 2. Johnson, whose Joe Johnson Foundation puts special emphasis on working with underprivileged youth and minority communities, serves as coach for the teen-age campers.
The New Orleans City Council
has adopted a long-overdue policy to strengthen animal cruelty laws in the city. Last week, the council voted 7-0 to establish stronger minimum standards of care for domestic animals. The ordinance includes stricter requirements for the shelter, transport and confinement of domestic animals -- and makes it illegal for animal owners to provide inadequate food, water, veterinary care and other basic necessities.
ranks 49th in the United States in funding home and community-based care for the elderly, according to the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Data compiled by the committee shows Louisiana spends $109 per capita on nursing home care per year, compared to $1.33 per capita on alternative care. Committee chairman Sen. John Breaux, D-La., urged his home state to end what he calls an expensive and unpopular bias against alternative care-giving for the elderly.