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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Le Chat Noir,
the cabaret theater in the Arts and Warehouse District, hosted a fundraising event to benefit theater artists from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who were affected by the recent flooding. Local cabaret stars including Amy Alvarez, Trina Beck, Rich Arnold, Lisa Picone, Jefferson Turner, Jessie Terrebonne and Anais St. John performed in "Heartsong Two: A New Orleans Concert for Iowa." The event was co-sponsored by the Contemporary Arts Center and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Stuart Smith,
a local environmental attorney, has donated $1.25 million to Loyola University's College of Law. Smith graduated from Loyola's law school in 1986 and attributes his success as a lawyer to his experience at the school. Smith and his law partner, Michael Stag, also a Loyola alumnus, have won a number of high-profile environmental cases, including one against Exxon Mobil Corp., which was deemed responsible for contaminating private land in Harvey.

Ben Godwin and Gordon Summerlin,
two St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies, rescued 11-year-old Devin Funck after the boy was attacked by a 10-foot alligator while swimming in a pond near a Slidell subdivision. Because the pond was inaccessible by road, the deputies had to run at least a mile to reach Funck — who had lost his left arm to the gator — retrieve him from the bank then race back to their cars, carrying the youngster between them. The deputies took Funck to Slidell Memorial Hospital, and he was later airlifted to Ochsner Medical Center.

Sen. Derrick Shepherd and Thaise Ashford
wasted deputies' time when Ashford called 911 to allege that Shepherd had attacked her. When deputies arrested Shepherd at a house outside of his senate district, he claimed the incident stemmed from threats made against his family. Ashford later recanted her story in federal court, saying the attack never took place — despite scrapes on her arms and stomach suggesting otherwise. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand called them "two immature individuals who want to play games."

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