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Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews

spent his Mardi Gras performing in the East Room of the White House for President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama. Andrews was part of the president's "Red, White and Blues" concert for Black History Month. Among the other performers: B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck. "I hear Trombone Shorty brought some beads up from New Orleans," Obama joked. The concert was taped for later airing on PBS.

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The Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED)

was honored by the Sierra Club Board of Directors for its efforts to restore Bayou Bienvenue, the 12-mile stretch of cypress and tupelo swampland between Orleans and St. Bernard parishes. CSED works for sustainable recovery in the Lower Ninth Ward.

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The New Orleans Police Department

(NOPD) did a sterling job during the final weekend of Carnival. According to Chief Ronal Serpas, crimes against people were down by 9 percent from 2011 and there was a 6 percent decrease in property crimes. Police were immediately on the scene of the few incidences of violence reported and unlike previous years, there were no skirmishes reported between Indians and cops at Fat Tuesday celebrations.

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Bam Margera,

one of the stars of MTV's Jackass, held a breast cancer benefit, the "Boobies Bash," at Republic the night before Lundi Gras. Less than 24 hours later, Margera managed to get himself detained by NOPD at a hotel in the French Quarter. He told photographers he was taken into custody for "swimming in a pool with all my clothes on." An NOPD spokesperson told Gambit that Margera was held at the 8th District station, but the hotel decided not to press charges.


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