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Bouquets and Brickbats 

They get what they deserve

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Anheuser-Busch employees

in town for a conference spent part of Oct. 17 working with the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity on eight new Habitat homes in the Treme neighborhood. The beer company's foundation and wholesalers also teamed up to provide a $50,000 donation for the local group. Anheuser-Busch president Dave Peacock presented the money.

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Nigel Lythgoe,

executive producer of TV's American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, used the show's audition stop in New Orleans last week to donate $10,000 to the Young Artists of Louisiana (YALA) through his Dizzy Feet foundation, which funds dance programs for low-income students. The gift will provide dance lessons for 200 students at Lincoln Elementary School.

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Herman Marshall,

an employee of the local soft drink company Big Shot, was honored for his 63-year tenure as the company celebrated its 75th year. "Mr. Herman" (who took a 21-month leave of absence to serve in the Korean War as a machine gunner) began working at Big Shot right after Mardi Gras 1947 and is now senior mechanic for all machines in the company's plant. Now 80, the embodiment of Big Shot says he has no plans to retire.

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Tony Perkins,

former Louisiana state representative and current head of the Family Research Council, published an essay in The Washington Post Oct. 11 responding to the recent rash of suicides among gay teenagers who had been bullied. Perkins wrote that some young people realize their orientations are "abnormal" — and that it was "not society's disapproval [that] may create a sense of despair that can lead to suicide." Blaming the victim? That's unholy.


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