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United Health Foundation

has committed to a three-year, $3.3 million grant to support and expand Daughters of Charity Health Center-St. Cecilia, a new clinic and health center that opened last month to serve residents of the 9th Ward and Bywater. Located at North Rampart and France streets, St. Cecilia is a 24,000-square-foot medical center with primary care, dental and pharmacy services, as well as case managers, preventive health screenings and help for people with chronic conditions.

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Maryland Community Church

of Terre Haute, Ind., sent 13 volunteers last month to help gut and repair damaged houses on North Tonti Street. Members of the church have come to New Orleans numerous times since Hurricane Katrina as part of "Samaritan's Purse," a nondenominational Christian disaster relief group that repairs houses and constructs new ones. Samaritan's Purse has renovated or rebuilt 13 homes in the 8th Ward, and intends to complete 15 more by September.

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Rand Paul,

who won the Kentucky Republican Senate primary May 18, criticized the Obama administration's stern words for oil giant BP three days later. On ABC's Good Morning America, Paul said, "I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business," and added, "Accidents happen." A U.S. Senate candidate siding with a foreign corporation rather than his fellow Americans whose livelihoods have been destroyed? That's not being pro-business — that's being un-American.

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Clark Hoyt,

public editor for The New York Times, received a petition asking the paper to stop referring to the failure of the federal levees around New Orleans as a "natural" disaster. "Like it or not, 'Katrina' has become shorthand for a lot: the hurricane itself, the failed levees, the neglect that followed," Hoyt wrote in the May 14 Times. If the issues have been conflated, much of the blame is with major national media who haven't distinguished wind and water damage from a colossal federal engineering failure.


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