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The Holy Cross Robotics Team won the 2006 robotics games at Mississippi State University Saturday, Nov. 11, at Starkville, Miss. The team won first place in the robotics competition, the Founder's Award for most impressive robot and a special award for robotic durability. The Tigers advance to the championship at Auburn University, Dec. 8 and 9. This is the second year for the team and its second trip to the finals at Auburn.


Criminal Sheriff Marlin Gusman will once again feed more than 1,500 seniors, first responders and anyone cramped in a FEMA trailer on Thanksgiving Day. The 32nd annual Thanksgiving celebration, founded by former Sheriff Charles Foti Jr., will begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 1 p.m. at the Morial Convention Center in Hall "I." Admission is free, and those with a special need can call 827-8501 for assistance. The celebration will feature performances by Irma Thomas, David Torkanowsky and George French.


Convoy of Hope, a national charity that partners with local organizations to provide relief to those in need, joined area businesses, churches and community groups to distribute more than 35,000 pounds of free groceries to thousands of local residents this past weekend. The "outreach" program of Convoy of Hope gave away the food in a parking lot across from Armstrong Park and in Marrero. The groups also provided health screenings, job fair information, haircuts, games and activities for kids, and live entertainment.


Chef John Folse of Donaldsonville will represent the United States in January as the American judge at the Bocuse d'Or world cuisine contest in Lyon, France. The prestigious international culinary competition attracts 24 of the world's most talented chefs, each from a different country, to compete before a jury of judges from the participating countries. Folse is known for his promotion of Cajun and Creole cuisine, and he is the namesake of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.


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