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Bouquets & Brickbats 

They get what they deserve

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The New Orleans Rugby Football Club

won the USA Rugby national championship June 5 in Colorado, bringing the title home for the first time in its nearly 40-year history. New Orleans defeated Tampa, Fla., the defending 2010 national champion, in a 27-21 game. Led by coach Jerry Malina, the club rose to the top in a field of 137 teams from across the country competing for the championship.

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Hyatt Regency New Orleans

and representatives from the Hyatt Corporation presented $300,000 to the Make It Right Foundation June 14 at a ceremony at the foundation's eco-playground in the 9th Ward. The donation will enable Make It Right to construct two more of its green, affordable houses for people who lost their homes in the flooding after Hurricane Katrina. Make It Right is the nonprofit founded by actor Brad Pitt.

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The Trinity Wall Street Choir

of New York will perform June 28 at Trinity Episcopal Church on Jackson Avenue as a benefit for All Souls Episcopal Mission in the 9th Ward. It's the third annual visit from the group, the members of which also will conduct a children's choir camp during their stay, and the children of All Souls will perform their own concert July 1. Admission to both is free; donations are suggested.

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Michael "Brownie" Brown,

the feckless head of the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) during Hurricane Katrina, returns to the scene of the crime this week to peddle his new memoir Deadly Indifference. The irony of the title surely escapes Brownie, but isn't likely to be missed by New Orleanians. "Indifference" sums up how we feel about Brownie coming to New Orleans trying to make a buck off his epic foul-up.


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