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Mark Davis

will be honored with the Green Project's 2011 Green Giant Award at a ceremony on April 16. Davis, the founding director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy, will be honored for his work as the executive director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. In that capacity, he has testified before Congress as to the importance of wetlands restoration along the Gulf Coast.

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The Better Than Ezra Foundation

dedicated a state-of-the-art educational playground for kindergarten and pre-K students at Bethune Elementary. The playground features a music station, climbing wall, slides and a tricycle path. The foundation is a nonprofit founded by the rock band and works toward renewal of the structural and cultural heritage of New Orleans and southeast Louisiana.

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Transocean Ltd.,

the company that operated the Deepwater Horizon rig which killed 11 men when it exploded last April, gave five of its top executives a total of $19.5 million in bonuses — calling 2010 the "best year in safety performance in our company's history." That was the most sickeningly insensitive comment about the disaster since BP CEO Tony Hayward whined about "wanting my life back." Transocean's announcement of the safety bonuses came on April 1, but it was no April Fool's joke.

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Transocean Ltd.

compounded its safety bonus embarrassment by issuing an insulting apology ("We acknowledge that some of the wording in our 2010 proxy statement may have been insensitive"), then said the safety bonuses would be donated to families of the men who were killed. Here's the rub: Forbes reported the "donations" would total only around $250,000 — a fraction of the cash and stock options the oil execs would still pocket.


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