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Yo-Yo Ma

will hold a free master class for interested New Orleanians at Loyola University Oct. 27, the morning after the world renowned cellist and composer performs with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The master class begins at 10 a.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall. Tickets are free, but must be reserved. Call (504) 865-­2074.

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Dan Gill

will receive Parkway Partners' third annual Green Spirit Award Oct. 21 for his advocacy for green spaces in New Orleans. Gill is an associate professor of horticulture at Louisiana State University and frequently lends gardening expertise to New Orleanians in print, on radio and on his Saturday morning gardening show on WWL-TV.

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Mike Massey & Bobby Johnson

will be honored by the Urban Conservancy as the group's 2012 Urban Heroes at the group's annual fundraiser Oct. 20. Wanting to make a statement about urban redevelopment, the men moved their business, Massey's Professional Outfitters, from suburban New Orleans to a warehouse in Mid-City in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina. Also honored at the gala: residents of the Broadmoor neighborhood.

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The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB)

fell down on the job Oct. 8 when the city's water supply was disrupted for several minutes that morning. It took the S&WB more than four hours to issue a boil water advisory. In the interim, people drank tap water and prepared food with it. The S&WB blamed the delay on a request from the state Department of Health & Hospitals. Regardless, the agency should have communicated with the public in a timelier manner.


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