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Gary Chouest,
a businessman from Galliano, purchased a 25 percent interest in the New Orleans Hornets NBA team last week. Chouest has been a devoted fan of the team since the Hornets arrived in New Orleans, and his investment will help ensure the team's success here. Majority owner George Shinn says he is talking to other potential investors who are interested in buying additional minority shares. Chouest expressed confidence in the move, saying, "I know this will work. I see the city of New Orleans becoming stronger."

Salvatore Ristorante
and Chef Saul Bollat will donate up to 15 percent of sales in July, September and November to Girls and Boys Town of Louisiana, with a goal of raising $250,000 for children in need. The Metairie restaurant and banquet hall will contribute directly to the fundraising campaign, and its customers will also be asked to donate via small envelopes they receive with the bills. Girls and Boys Town of Louisiana provides abused, abandoned and neglected children with a safe haven where they can learn key life skills.

The Audubon Nature Institute
continues to rebound after Katrina. The Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center recently sent whooping crane eggs that were laid at the center to two wildlife facilities in other parts of the country — and all four eggs hatched. Three whooping crane chicks survived the hatch and all are thriving. The Audubon eggs were produced via artificial insemination at the Algiers facility, and the three birds will be released into the wild where it is hoped they will follow established migratory patterns.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
has apparently lost a post-Katrina report noting soil erosion on the Metairie side of the 17th Street Canal. The East Jefferson Levee District detected the erosion during its quarterly levee inspections and notified the Corps. The Corps already knew about the damage because district engineers had noted it during an assessment after Hurricane Katrina. The Corps says it sent a report to the levee district, but there's no record of that. Now the Corps says it can't find the report.

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