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State Police from Troop C,

based in Houma, recently donated 17 new cypress rocking chairs — 15 for adults and two for kids — to Children's Hospital in New Orleans. Retired and active troopers delivered the rockers throughout the regional hospital, including an intensive care unit for ailing infants. The rockers were crafted by Ray Dauzat of Marksville, who donated the two children's chairs. Funded by Troop C's Grant-a-Wish program for seriously ill youth, the rocking chair roundup is a gentle reminder of the unifying power of acts of good will.

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Barbara Lacen-Keller,

director of constituent services for City Council District B, was named by Ford Motor Co. as one of 20 "New Orleans Freedom's Sisters," an award given to African-American women who have helped shape the civil rights movement. Lacen-Keller, a 40-year veteran of local government, serves on the board of the Dryades YMCA, is the chair-elect of the Central City Partnership and is co-chair of the Central City Comeback Committee. District B Councilmember Stacy Head says Lacen-Keller is "tireless in her efforts ... to help neighborhoods."

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Operation NOAH Rebuild,

a cooperative ministry of Southern Baptist organizations, has extended its mission to help rebuild New Orleans until December 2009. Begun in 2006, Operation NOAH Rebuild has brought more than 25,000 volunteers to the city to help rebuild storm-damaged homes. To date, the effort has helped rebuild more than 1,800 residences, and the new commitment means 70 more houses will be completed by year's end. Pastor David Maxwell, who serves as mission coordinator, told the Baptist Press, "Contrary to what local politicians may say, it's not over. We've just scratched the surface."

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Audra Shay,

vice-chair of Young Republicans National and former chair of the Louisiana Young Republicans, got in trouble on Facebook when she responded "You tell em Eric! lol." to a friend's post referring to President Barack Obama that said, "need to take this country back from all of these mad coons." When criticized, Shay "de-friended" those who objected to Eric's words, but kept him as a friend. She later claimed that her reply was in response to another message, but still did not apologize, saying, "It is a disgrace that these types of political attacks are taking place." Ms. Shay, you're not the victim here — you are the disgrace.


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