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Patti Smith,

the poet, singer-songwriter and artist who rose to prominence during the genesis of the New York punk scene, came to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) last week in conjunction with the museum's new exhibit, Patti Smith: A Donation to NOMA, and gave a free talk, "On Photography." Smith's gift to the museum includes 45 silver gelatin prints of images she took with her antique Polaroid land camera, along with some original photos. The exhibit is on view through July 3.


Click for Kids,

a nonprofit organization founded by Baton Rouge teenager Carrie Weitz, donated 10 laptop computers to New Orleans Children's Hospital. Weitz, 15, formed the nonprofit to ensure hospitalized kids could connect with the outside world. She raised funds on Facebook and other social media. Her inspiration came, Weitz says, during a flight layover on the way to visit her hospitalized grandmother in California. In only six months, Weitz has raised more than $10,000 for her cause.



bestowed a $5,000 grant on the Beacon of Hope Resource Center, founded to assist with recovery following the 2005 floods. Denise Thornton started the center in February 2006 out of the partially rebuilt Lakeview house she owns with her husband Doug. Beacon of Hope has coordinated volunteers and worked with government agencies to prioritize infrastructure repair and blight elimination and today continues to work on recovery in 20 different New Orleans neighborhoods.


Gov. Bobby Jindal

was named one of 11 governors "who champion their personal interests over their states" by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a non-partisan ethics watchdog group. The "Worst Governors" list consisted of two Democrats and nine Republicans. It cited Jindal for weakening the state ethics board, fighting legislation to make his office more transparent and rewarding campaign donors with positions and contracts, among other things.

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