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The Youth Rescue Initiative

raised donations of more than 4,500 books via "Power Through Reading," a recent communitywide drive. The program was led by former FBI special agent-in-charge Jim Bernazzani and jazzman Irvin Mayfield Jr., who doubles as chair of the New Orleans Public Library. Loyola University students Andy Beal and Chris Zimny came up with the idea for Power Through Reading, which pairs library branches with neighborhood nonprofit reading programs to serve at-risk children.

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Paul Prudhomme,

the legendary local chef and owner of K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, was honored earlier this month by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) at the group's national convention in Orlando. Prudhomme received the group's Leadership Award for his many contributions to the American culinary landscape since opening his iconic French Quarter restaurant in 1979, which helped introduce the rest of the country to Cajun cuisine. The ACF, established in 1929, is one of the leading professional organizations for chefs and culinarians in North America.

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Stocker Fontelieu and John Wilmot

received Star Awards from the New Orleans chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Both are decades-long veterans of the local theater and television scenes. Fontelieu is a native and Tulane graduate who has appeared in productions at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre since the 1940s and played "Dr. Walrus" in the Maison Blanche "Mr. Bingle" specials, while Wilmot, a Loyola grad, was active at Le Petit in the 1960s. Both men are former AFTRA New Orleans board members.

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Ray Nagin

urged former city residents who want to return to claim New Orleans as their residence on the 2010 U.S. Census — a scheme that, according to the Census Bureau, is illegal. The mayor's spokesman, James Ross, told The Wall Street Journal that the mayor's advice was only for "people who are really close to coming back," but lying on a census form is punishable by a fine of up to $500. "Our hands are tied as far as what he [Nagin] tells his constituents," said Katherine Smith of the Census Bureau, adding the agency has "had our challenges" with the mayor. So have we.


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