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The Meters
will receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala concert and ceremony this summer, along with fellow honorees Tina Turner, Queen, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Hal Blaine and Louis Jordan. Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Art Neville, Cyril Neville, Leo Nocentelli and bassist George Porter Jr. formed the group in New Orleans in the mid-1960s. The Meters' song "Cissy Strut" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011.a


Tales of the Cocktail
donated $5,000 to the Beyond Bars Akademia school in Cape Town, South Africa, which provides hospitality training to former women inmates in a country with a 50 percent youth unemployment rate. The school teaches bartending basics and interpersonal skills to help reintegrate the women into society and boost the region's hospitality industry.


The City of New Orleans
wrote parking tickets to some Mid-City residents who parked along a neutral ground Jan. 7 after a flash flood watch was issued for overnight. "Unless notification is given by the city, parking next to a neutral ground is prohibited," City Hall responded in a press release. Given that the city's negligence resulted in hundreds of cars flooding in last August's storm, the city should allow neutral ground parking during flash flood watches until it can guarantee the streets won't flood.


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