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a new nonprofit public health organization providing dental health services to underserved children and seniors in New Orleans, held its kickoff Jan. 9 at New Orleans Charter Science & Mathematics High School. Smiles2Geaux brought its mobile dental clinic to the school and gave students checkups and instruction in oral health. For more information about the group, check out

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Sandra Bullock

was honored at the 2013 People's Choice Awards — not for her film career, but for her contributions to Warren Easton High School. Bullock helped rebuild the New Orleans school after Hurricane Katrina and underwrote college scholarships for many of its graduates. Bullock, a part-time resident of the Garden District, was given the "Favorite Humanitarian" award during the ceremony, which was telecast Jan. 9 on CBS.

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Touchdown for Homes

brought together at-risk students from the nonprofit training program Homebuilders Institute of New Orleans, several former NFL players and professionals from the Louisiana Home Builders Association and Home Builders of Greater New Orleans to work on three houses on North Rocheblave Street in the 9th Ward. The groups began construction Jan. 8 and plan to have the residences completed by the Super Bowl.

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U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo,

a Mississippi Republican, voted against relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy — even though as CFO of the Biloxi Housing Authority, he had pushed for Hurricane Katrina aid for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. "Send us money so we can put families back together," he wrote after Katrina. A spokesperson for Palazzo told Talking Points Memo that the congressman would have voted for Sandy aid had the bill contained spending cuts to offset the cost of the relief. That condition was not a requirement of post-Katrina aid.


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