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The Old U.S. Mint
will get $12 million to create a "world-class jazz museum" as part of a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service. The Mint was among 201 successful applicants for federal grants to become part of the celebration. Half the money will come from the state and the rest from the feds. When completed, the museum will become a 20,000-square-foot "satellite campus" of the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park and will feature interactive exhibits, performance media and on-line classrooms.

Romaguera Photography,
in conjunction with Eastman Kodak and Gulf Coast Bank and Trust, will present the "Roma 101" this Wednesday (Sept. 5) at a reception in the Kenner Airport Hilton. The Roma 101 honors high school seniors from more than 30 area schools by including them in a 25-foot panoramic portrait celebrating diversity. Seniors featured in the portrait are selected by their own school communities. The portrait will be displayed at the Imagine USA Convention in Tampa in January and will be seen by more than 20,000 participants.

President George W. Bush
came to New Orleans for the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina but refused to take questions from the media or from citizens. If there's any place in America where people have legitimate questions to put to the president, it's New Orleans. By snubbing the press and public again, Bush insulted Katrina survivors as well as the memory of those who lost their lives in a flood that the federal government caused. In the immediate aftermath of Katrina, his first "visit" was a flyover; now, two years later, we get a drive-by.

New Orleans police
failed to respond to frantic calls for assistance after a would-be rapist attacked a high school coed who was working at a French Quarter jewelry store on Aug. 12. The attacker was scared off by artist Terrence Sanders, who was working next door and saw the suspicious-looking man enter the store. Sanders shouted at the suspect to get him off the young girl, then called 911 and followed the attacker for blocks in the Quarter as the attacker blithely walked away, sometimes taunting Sanders about the cops' failure to respond.

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