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Strategic Petroleum Reserve
of New Orleans, and its contractor DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations Company, have received the federal Department of Energy's Pollution Prevention Award. The facility was recognized for an innovative project aimed at reducing hazardous waste from industrial paints, which it developed as a way to meet the DOE's pollution prevention goals.

Anna Beth Goodman
is using her noted business skills to reclaim New Orleans' role as a top-flight boxing town via her new company, Kingfish Boxing Promotions. Recent events have included the International Boxing Association's Americas Junior Welterweight championship and the Louisiana Junior Middleweight championship bouts held at the Sheraton Hotel and Municipal Auditorium.

Ronald McDonald House Charities
of Greater New Orleans has awarded $10,000 to the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. The money will go toward NOCCA's financial aid program. Nearly half of NOCCA's students are considered disadvantaged and in need of financial assistance. Ronald McDonald Charities has a long history of philanthropy toward programs that enrich the lives of children.

Bill Simmons ,
a writer for ESPN, admittedly didn't spend much time in New Orleans or venture far from Bourbon Street before submitting his portrayal of the city to's "Page 2" section. His article, "Growing Queasy in the Big Easy," supports tired stereotypes, including that of natives as unsophisticated yokels who speak "Creole jibberish."


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