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Tulane University School of Medicine

raised $59,185 at an event for the St. Baldrick's Foundation on Feb. 18, the annual fundraiser where volunteers collect donations for having their heads shaved. All proceeds go to fighting childhood cancers. St. Baldrick's will host several more "shave-a-thons" in Orleans around St. Patrick's Day; visit for places and times, or to donate to the cause.

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John Besh,

along with local philanthropists Jessica Bride and Nick Mayor, is now taking applications for the new John Besh & Bride Mayor Scholarship, which will provide one minority recipient a nine-month course of study at the French Culinary Institute in New York City and a two-month paid internship at a restaurant in the John Besh Restaurant Group. More information is available at; the application deadline is April 30.

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Ken Smith,

a New York architect, will transform a vacant lot on Central City's Simon Bolivar Avenue into "Planters Grove," featuring 16 bald cypress trees, a swamp garden and solar lighting. Smith is constructing four of what he calls "urban oases" around the country, with New Orleans being the first. Planters Grove is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.

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Rush Limbaugh

became the latest ideologue to take aim at first lady Michelle Obama's "Healthy Kids" initiative, aimed at reducing childhood obesity. Limbaugh said on his radio show, "It doesn't look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary [sic] dietary advice." He added, "Our first lady does not project the image of women you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue." You can't make this up.


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