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Joy and Boysie Bollinger gave the Audubon Zoo the largest individual donation in the zoo's history. Their $5 million gift will fund a new lion habitat set to open in 2018. While lions were a fixture at Audubon Zoo for decades, the zoo has been without one for three years. The new habitat is expected to have one male lion and two or three females.

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Friends of the Jefferson Public Library, an independent, nonprofit group of volunteers, recently presented the library with a $100,000 check to be used for library services. In its 30 years of existence, Friends has raised $1.5 million for the library. Its next fundraiser is the Big Book Sale at Pontchartrain Center in Kenner Oct. 13-16.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame nominated former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper for its 2017 Hall of Fame class. Sharper, of course, is serving a 18-year sentence for drugging and sexually assaulting several women. An NFL spokesman stressed that Hall of Fame nominations are strictly for on-the-field talent rather than off-the-field character, but including Sharper on any Hall of Fame list disgraces the NFL.

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