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Mike Schline
general manager of the New Orleans Zephyrs baseball team, has been named Executive of the Year by the Pacific Coast League. In Schline's second year as GM, the Zs were the first professional team to open in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The team also raised attendance for the second straight season, to more than 361,000. Schline will be presented with the award at the baseball winter meetings in December. The Zs will open their 15th season in New Orleans on April 13, 2007 — as part of the New York Mets organization.

Cold Stone Creamery
hosted what it called "the world's largest ice cream social" last Thursday by serving free ice cream to the public while seeking donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The ice cream store, located in the Riverbend area, was about to open its doors for the first time when Katrina hit. The opening was delayed until this past August. Each visitor at the social received free ice cream made by one of the Make-A-Wish kids.

Shell Oil Company
joined state officials to bring an industrial ice-making facility to Chalmette to help area fishermen resume operations. Ice is essential for preserving the catch on boats, at shore facilities and during transport to market. Since Katrina, ice-making facilities for nearly 100 miles of coastal shoreline have been virtually non-existent. Louisiana is home to three of the 10 largest U.S. fishing docks, yet no federal funds have made it to the industry for infrastructure restoration.

Candidates for statewide office,
specifically those running for commissioner of insurance and secretary of state, insulted the intelligence of voters and lowered the already minimal standards of political decency in Louisiana by waging lowbrow media warfare in the closing days of the Sept. 30 special election. Voter interest was already waning in the low-profile contests, but the mudslinging probably reduced turnout even more because it was such a turnoff. Sadly, the Nov.7 runoffs are likely to see things go from bad to worse.


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