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Best Friends Animal Shelter

has donated 20 tons of dog food to shelters impacted by the Gulf oil disaster. New Orleans animal advocate Ken Foster helped coordinate the campaign, which resulted in Del Monte foods giving Best Friends the truckload of canine chow. The food arrived July 1 at animal shelters in affected regions, ensuring cash-strapped dog owners wouldn't have to worry about feeding their families' best friends.

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the program that fuses arts education with existing curricula in metro New Orleans public schools, was given the 2010 Arts Education Award by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the arts. KIDsmART, which is celebrating its 11th year, plans to work this fall in 15 Orleans and Jefferson parish elementary schools, serving 3,000 students.

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The New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society

created a limited-edition oyster shucker's bar towel to be sold during this year's Tales of the Cocktail festival July 21-25. All proceeds will go to shuckers who have been laid off in the wake of the Gulf oil disaster. The towel's slogan: "Cleans up bars, tables and the Gulf Coast."

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The U.S. Coast Guard

has enacted a rule establishing a 65-foot "safety zone" around Gulf cleanup areas of its choosing. Reporters and photojournalists who breach the zones are subject to a $40,000 civil penalty and a class D felony charge. It's the latest attempt to restrict media access, and the National Press Photographers Association is appealing directly to President Barack Obama to lift the ban on First Amendment grounds. We support the group's efforts.


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