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Thomas Morstead, punter for the New Orleans Saints, inspired Minnesota Vikings fans to donate to his charitable foundation What You Give Will Grow — and in return, Morstead announced he would donate the funds to Children's Minnesota Child Life Program, which assists hospitalized children. The support was so appreciated that Children's Minnesota asked that additional donations be raised for Child Life programs in Louisiana. At press time the fundraiser had brought in $221,143.

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Dong Phuong was one of five restaurants to win an "America's Classics" award from the James Beard Foundation. Opened in 1982, the bakery and restaurant became a gathering place for New Orleans' Vietnamese community and introduced many locals to Vietnamese cuisine and pastries (including the shop's excellent king cakes). Announcing the award, the foundation wrote, "Dong Phuong exemplifies how thoroughly the Vietnamese community has become a vital part of the local culinary landscape."

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Tony Perkins, former Louisiana state legislator and current head of the Family Research Council (FRC), told POLITICO the group was aware of President Donald Trump's irreligiosity and his rumored affairs (including with Baton Rouge-born porn star Stormy Daniels), but "We kind of gave him — 'All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here,'" Perkins said.

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