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They get what they deserve

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Entergy New Orleans

presented a check for $25,000 recently to Reconcile New Orleans Inc, better known as Cafe Reconcile, as part of the company's Power to Care Facebook Challenge. More than 10,000 Facebook users voted for the local charity to receive the money. Cafe Reconcile, located at 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., provides young adults with the skills and confidence they need to get and keep local hospitality jobs. It also serves some of the best home-style lunches in town.

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Cafe Du Monde

has launched a two-month effort to aid the Louisiana and Mississippi chapters of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by selling paper sailboats for the cause. The campaign will end on March 29, just before the New Orleans Leukemia Cup Regatta sailboat race at the Southern Yacht Club on April 2 and 3. The society is dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma.

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Ray Nagin,

who has signed up with a speakers' bureau, appeared at Colorado State University-Pueblo Feb. 9, and his characteristic egocentricity was on full display. He told a crowd of 300 students and faculty, "I had to make some tough decisions. A lot of the decisions were popular, and many of the decisions were unpopular. I took quite a beating, but we continued to press forward." He took a beating?

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State Rep. Nita Hutter,

who represents St. Bernard Parish, has been living outside her House district since Hurricane Katrina, according to a WDSU-TV report. Hutter said storm damage and family issues forced her to "temporarily relocate just within the last few months" — but the station found she had purchased her Old Metairie home in 2008. Last year state lawmakers passed House Bill 671 requiring elected officials who had been given a temporary reprieve after the storm to once again live in their districts. The vote was 96-1, with Hutter the lone dissenter.


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