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Kim Bergeron & Donna O'Daniels,

both of St. Tammany Parish, organized "Train of Hope," a drive to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The two collected relief supplies and loaded them onto Amtrak's Crescent, which stops in Slidell on its way to Newark, N.J. In a statement, Bergeron said that, as residents of a suburban area, they felt compelled to help towns in the Northeast that might be otherwise overlooked.

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John Biguenet

received the Louisiana Writer Award last month at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge. Biguenet, a novelist, poet and instructor at Loyola University, is also the author of the Rising Water trilogy of plays about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina. The final play in the cycle, Mold, will premiere next year at Southern Rep.

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presented Cafe Reconcile with a $25,000 grant. Cafe Reconcile, which provides young people with culinary and hospitality industry training, is building a new facility at its Central City location, which will eventually double the number of people it can train. The grant will underwrite training costs for a class of 15 people.

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Rudy Giuliani

overtly attempted to politicize the Hurricane Sandy tragedy last week when he said "FEMA has dropped the ball, certainly as big as they did with Katrina, maybe bigger." Even some of his fellow Republicans objected. N.J. Gov. Chris Christie said the federal response has been "great," while GOP strategist Ed Gillespie, an advisor to Mitt Romney, said, "There's a good working relationship between the state and the federal government."


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