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Bouquets & Brickbats 

They get what they deserve

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donated more than $30,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater New Orleans. Area stores raised the money through sales of its Southern Living Christmas Cookbook, sold exclusively through Dillard's. The stores raised more than $900,000 nationally from 2014 sales of the book, and Dillard's has donated more than $12.3 million to the charity since 1994.

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Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
was awarded a $3.2 million Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant form the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The grant will fund early learning opportunities for young children in low-income families. President Barack Obama proposed the Early Head Start program in 2013.

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Parading Feet,
a pilot program from the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic & Assistance Foundation that connects school bands with foot care resources, coordinated a donation of anti-blister socks and insoles for each KIPP Central City Academy marching band member for Mardi Gras 2015. The socks were from Wrightsock and the Formthotic insoles were from Foot Science International.

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Two Corps de Napoleon riders
threw drug-testing urine-collection cups (thankfully, free of urine) during the krewe's parade Feb. 15. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies stopped the offending float following complaints. Sean Burke, Jefferson Parish Director of Citizen's Affairs, told WWL-TV that "any action by riders that could shock the public" is illegal. The riders and 21 others on their float were kicked out of the krewe.


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