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Bouquets & Brickbats 

They get what they deserve


Hogs for the Cause
and its supporters donated more than $60,000 to help open two pediatric bone marrow transplant patient rooms at Ochsner Hospital for Children. Hogs for the Cause is an annual nonprofit barbecue cook-off that raises money to support families battling pediatric brain cancer. The hospital held a ceremonial "bacon cutting" instead of a ribbon cutting to open the facilities.


Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy
was the top school in Louisiana in the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Kids from every state and 28 countries participated in the ninth annual competitive reading contest, which encourages children to read for pleasure during summer months. Cumulatively, Kenner Discovery students read more than 34,500 hours this summer — placing the school 14th in the world for most minutes read..


36 New Orleans-area firefighters
were honored this month when their names were added to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The memorial near Pikes Peak "honors the sacrifice made by IAFF members who have given their lives in the line of duty." To see the complete list of honorees, visit


Gov. Bobby Jindal
continues to show a high tolerance for hypocrisy. When Democrat Hillary Clinton held a rally in Baton Rouge last week, Jindal released a letter inviting her to debate health care with him. "Instead of the carefully controlled campaign events that Secretary Clinton prefers," Jindal wrote, "let's give the American people a real live discussion." As governor, Jindal has refused almost all live interviews in his home state and "carefully controls" his every public appearance.


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