Liz McCartney is CNN's Hero of the Year

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I didn't watch last night's CNN Soledad O'Brien special about crime in New Orleans -- the commercials were too Jerry Springer-ish, and from the immediate reviews, I'm glad I didn't. Instead, I'd rather focus on the fact that Liz McCartney was selected from a field of 10 as CNN's Hero of the Year:

Liz McCartney, dedicated to helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes, has been named the 2008 CNN Hero of the Year.

McCartney, of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, received the honor at Saturday night's taping of "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The telecast airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Thanksgiving on the global networks of CNN.

McCartney, who will receive $100,000 to continue her work just outside New Orleans, was selected from among the top 10 CNN Heroes after six weeks of online voting at CNN.com. More than 1 million votes were cast.

"To the country and the world, I ask you to please join us," McCartney said. "Together we can continue to rebuild families' homes and lives. ... If you join us, we'll be unstoppable."

OK. That I'll watch. Congratulations, Liz.

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