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Michael Prados,

a 12-year-old who blogs as "Jr. Food Critic," was the Louisiana winner of Michelle Obama's Healthy Lunch Challenge, in which American children were invited to contribute nutritious recipes. Prados, a Baton Rouge student who often writes about New Orleans restaurants, won for his recipe for Gulf fish tacos. He was seated next to the first lady at the first Kids' State Dinner in the East Room of the White House Aug. 20, and he met President Barack Obama.

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The American Association for Retired Persons (AARP)

will hold its annual Life@50+ convention in New Orleans next month. AARP volunteers will work in the community on 14 projects, from food banks to public schools, and last week the organization announced the volunteer slots on half the projects are completely filled.

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Ron Brocato,

author of The Golden Game: When Prep Football Was King In New Orleans, has teamed up with John and Johnny Blancher of Ye Olde College Inn to create the New Orleans Prep Sports Hall of Fame. Almost 80 inductees are honored on the restaurant's walls as the first class of athletes, coaches and officials. The "Wall of Legends" will have its formal introduction Sept. 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Tony Perkins,

the former Louisiana state representative who now heads the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council (FRC), jumped to the defense of U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, after Akin's statement last week about "legitimate rape." While most of the GOP distanced itself from Akin, Perkins said the FRC supported Akin "fully and completely." Perkins added, "I think that Todd Akin is getting a really bad break here."


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