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Billy Nungesser

was named ABC News' "Person of the Week" for his work sounding the alarm on the Gulf oil disaster. The president of Plaquemines Parish has been a quotable, down-to-earth spokesman for Louisiana on the national news and has put a human face to the suffering of coastal residents. He also has used his Facebook page to put a thorn in the side of BP, posting an executive's email and urging Americans to demand more action from the oil giant.

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Semolina and Zea Rotisserie & Grill

locations throughout Louisiana raised more than $30,000 for Haitian earthquake relief with the restaurant group's "Dining for a Mission" program. Each Tuesday in April, the restaurants donated part of their dinner proceeds to Catholic Charities Haiti Relief, making the point that though the headlines from Haiti may have receded, the need for humanitarian aid has not.

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Mac McClelland,

human rights reporter for Mother Jones, blew the whistle on BP's attempt to keep media away from seeing the environmental catastrophe at the Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge. Her photos — and descriptions of BP's seeming authority over Grand Isle and Jefferson Parish authorities regarding access to public land — focused international attention on BP's crackdown on the media and put the oil giant on the defensive.

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Tony Hayward

continued to insult and outrage Gulf Coast residents last week nearly every time he opened his mouth. The BP CEO speculated that hospitalized oil cleanup workers who suffered from respiratory ailments might instead have "food poisoning" and told an interviewer, "I would like my life back." So would the 11 men who perished on the Deepwater Horizon. Heckuva job, Tony. Have you met Michael Brown?


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