Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
will donate $240,000 to a variety of New Orleans nonprofit organizations including the Tipitina's Foundation, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity Musicians' Village, New Orleans Music Clinic and New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Part of the funding was raised through donations made at last year's Bonnaroo festival in the "Somethin' Else — New Orleans" tent, which was modeled after some of the city's music venues and featured Big Easy musicians.
a nationally acclaimed food writer and former Gambit restaurant critic, has been honored by One Book One New Orleans, a nonprofit literacy campaign. Her book, Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table, has been selected as the group's 2009 community-wide reading selection. Gumbo Tales is Roahen's first-person account of moving to New Orleans and discovering the city's culinary heritage, revealing the rich history, geography and people behind this part of New Orleans culture.
Deloitte & Touche,
the New Orleans office of the worldwide accounting firm, donated more than 500 volunteer hours from its 75 employees to Archbishop Chapelle High School in Metairie. Deloitte & Touche staff worked on a number of projects including creating a garden space on the campus, clerical assignments and painting science labs and hallways. The day of service was part of the firm's annual Impact Day, and was dedicated to the memory of former colleague and Chapelle alumna Valerie Navarro, who died recently.
Cornell Farlin and Shawn Henry,
Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies, were fired and then arrested for the alleged beating of two Marrero teenagers. Police had detained the two 17-year-olds, James Shoulders and Khrystian Thompson, outside of an abandoned apartment complex, where they had been playing with paintball guns. According to the boys' account, while they were handcuffed, Farlin and Henry reportedly punched and kicked the teens. Later, other sheriff's deputies who were present at the scene corroborated the teenagers' story.