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Konica Minolta
has promised to raise up to $200,000 to renovate historic McDonogh 15 elementary school in the French Quarter — and to donate more in products to be used at the school. The company also gave McDonogh 15 all of the proceeds from an auction held during the company's recent conference in New Orleans. In addition, Konica Minolta instituted a program to provide annual high school scholarships for the students. McDonogh 15 is part of the national Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) network of charter schools.

Hundreds of volunteers
turned out in the wake of last week's tornadoes to help clear streets and recover damaged property for local families affected by the twisters in Carrollton, Gentilly and on the West Bank. One of the volunteer responders, landscaper Jeff Amann, put his heavy equipment and crew to work in parts of Carrollton to help clear debris so utility crews could restore power quickly and tornado victims could escape their damaged homes. Many others from churches and nonprofits showed up to lend needed helping hands.

Concordia Parish prosecutors,
working with the Louisiana SPCA and the Concordia Parish Animal Welfare Society, convicted the operator of Black River Kennels on state dogfighting charges last week. Kennel owner Clinton B. Schneider Jr. has long been considered a major supplier of fighting dogs for the illegal fights and a principal violator of Louisiana's anti-dogfighting laws. Kathryn Destreza, LA/SPCA director of humane law enforcement, testified as an expert witness at Schneider's trial.

Mayor Ray Nagin and Police Chief Warren Riley
have been held in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier for repeatedly failing to respond to pre-trial "discovery" questions in a lawsuit brought by the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation. Nagin, Riley and the city were sued after NOPD began confiscating guns from private citizens following Hurricane Katrina. Regardless of how one feels about gun control, the mayor and the police chief have an obligation to obey the law and to follow court orders.


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