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Louisiana Student of the Year district winners for Orleans Parish include Lusher Charter School senior Samyra Cambrielle Miller, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School eighth-grader Niani Gibson, and Lusher fifth-grader Keiffer Bartlett Ary. Jefferson Parish finalists include Bissonet Plaza Elementary fifth-grader Anthony Fisher and Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy eighth-grader Myles Mackie and senior Stefan Suazo. The district winners will advance to the statewide contest.

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The Tipitina's Foundation delivered seven sousaphones to McDonogh 35 High School Feb. 22. The donation, part of the foundation's Instrument Repair Initiative, is valued at $30,000 and was made in time for the band's Carnival parade performances.

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The New York Times in a Feb. 17 story ("Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis"), blamed New Orleans for the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina because of the city's alleged failure to adapt to climate change. The city — not the state or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — "ignored countless warning signs, destroyed natural protections, gave developers a free pass and failed to reinforce levees." The levees, in fact, were and still are a state and federal responsibility.

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