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Camp Salmen House,
a 200-year-old French Creole cottage located on 105 acres in St. Tammany Parish, was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. The mostly wooded property on Bayou Liberty near Slidell was purchased by the parish in 2004 from the Trust for Public Land, which purchased it in 2001 to preserve the property's natural beauty. The property is considered rich in natural and archaeological resources. Preparations to open the site to the public as a passive recreation area were slowed by Hurricane Katrina.

Comic Relief,
founded 20 years ago to help the homeless, is returning after an eight-year hiatus to help children and animals recover from Hurricane Katrina. A live performance Nov. 18 will be broadcast simultaneously on HBO, TBS and AOL. Comic Relief founder and president Bob Zmuda says the eight previous performances raised a total of $50 million to fight homelessness. Zmuda was in New Orleans recently to look at flooded schools, a medical clinic and other possible recipients of aid.

The Airborne Museum
in Sainte Mere Eglise, France, has donated $100,000 to the National World War II Museum (formerly the National D-Day Museum) and next month will donate artifacts from the Normandy invasion. The money and artifacts will complete an exhibition of a C-47 aircraft, which flew over Normandy on D-Day and will be on permanent display at the museum. American paratroopers landed in Sainte Mere Eglise on D-Day, and it became the first French town liberated from the Nazis.

David Vitter,
Louisiana's junior U.S. Senator, engaged in blatant and reprehensible gay-bashing last week when he said of the Federal Marriage Amendment, "I don't believe there is any issue that is more important than this issue." Such comments not only demonize law-abiding gay Americans but also insult the intelligence of millions of others by ignoring such issues as Louisiana's slow recovery after Katrina, the war in Iraq, massive federal debt, 11 million illegal aliens and other issues.

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