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The National Endowment for the Arts

selected The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, the Jefferson Parish Public Library, the State Library of Louisiana and the Louisiana State Museum for a Big Read project grant to increase readership among young people. The Faulkner Society selected Ernest J. Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying, and the grant partners will provide New Orleans area students with copies. Gaines also will lecture at the society's annual Words & Music, a Literary Feast in November.

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Commander's Palace

was selected among CNN's 10 "best historic restaurants," noting its "stunning" Victorian architecture, the celebrity chefs at its helm, and a menu of "haute Creole dishes." Other restaurants on the list include New York's Keens Steakhouse (founded in 1885), Philadephia's Ralph's (the purported oldest Italian restaurant in the country), and San Francisco's 100-year-old seafood bar Swan Oyster Depot.

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Longhorn Steakhouse

donated $10,000 to New Orleans City Park during the restaurant's annual leadership conference in New Orleans this month. The donation will benefit the park's rebuilding efforts and improvements following Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 federal floods. The restaurant chain partnered with the National Recreation and Park Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to national parks and conservation efforts.

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Rush Limbaugh,

on his radio show last week, suggested the National Hurricane Center conspired with President Barack Obama to alter forecast models for then-Tropical Storm Isaac as it eyed Florida during the Republican National Convention. "The Hurricane Center is the regime," Limbaugh bellowed. "What could be better for the Democrats than the Republicans to cancel a day of this?" Hey, Rush, your paranoia is showing.


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