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The City of New Orleans
is replacing 205 school-zone flashing beacons damaged by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina with new solar-powered beacons, which will reduce energy consumption and save money. The city's Department of Public Works is coordinating this $1.4 million project, which is expected to be completed by early 2009. The beacons alert drivers to slow down during the appropriate times in areas near schools and are programmed to flash each weekday morning and afternoon.

The Louisiana Recovery Authority
donated a large supply of cookware and dishes to the Community Center of St. Bernard, which distributed the supplies this past Friday through its Mustard Seed Distribution Program. The program provides food, clothing and household items to low-income residents. The cookware and dishes were part of $85 million in FEMA supplies that originally were intended for the Gulf Coast Katrina recovery, but were stored in Texas warehouses for two years before being returned to Louisiana in June.

Dryades YMCA,
Feed the Children and the N.O. Hornets teamed up to distribute 20,000 pounds of food to needy families in Central City on Sept. 12. Following Hurricane Gustav, Feed the Children, a nonprofit relief organization, contacted the Hornets to sponsor a food giveaway for those affected by the hurricane and the financial stress of the evacuation. The Hornets agreed to pay for the food, and the Dryades YMCA in turn became the distribution site.

Vernon Palmer and John Levendis,
a comparative law professor at Tulane and an assistant economics professor at Loyola, respectively, committed numerous errors and used faulty methodology in authoring a study about the Louisiana Supreme Court that said campaign contributors received "favorable status" from the court. Before the Tulane Law Review published the study, Palmer and Levendis gave several interviews to the media without giving the court a chance to respond to the allegations.

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