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Operation Homefront
distributed free backpacks and school supplies to children from military families Aug. 5. The supplies were donated by Belle Chasse residents and collected at Dollar Tree stores around the area. Since its founding in 2002, Operation Homefront's 2,500 volunteers have helped support thousands of military families.

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Verizon Wireless
donated $15,000 to the New Orleans Family Justice Center (NOFJC) Aug. 5 as part of the company's campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence. The grant will help NOFJC provide emergency housing, counseling and other services to survivors of domestic violence and their families.

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Weilie Zhou,
an associate professor at University of New Orleans' Advanced Materials Research Institute, received a $10,000 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents to develop solar technologies at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. Zhou is joined by UNO doctoral chemistry student Sarah Wozny. They will work on a hybrid solar cell using environmentally friendly components.

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Sports Illustrated
ran its July 28 "Training Camp" issue with a cover story on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who plugs the TRX training system, saying "a full workout on the TRX can absolutely destroy you." Writer Austin Murphy says the TRX "looks like fun," and TRX was featured prominently on the cover. The story, however, failed to mention Brees is an investor in the company.


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