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Lemonade Day,

a program that recruits thousands of kids to sell lemonade in one day drew close to 5,000 children from south Louisiana to raise money for the charities of their choice on May 7. Lemonade Day began in 2007 and last year drew more than 30,000 kids nationwide. The local sponsors were Georges Enterprises and Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. In addition to connecting kids to local charities, Lemonade Day also fosters entrepreneurship and character development among youth.



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New Orleans City Park

was named one of "America's Coolest City Parks" in the April 2011 issue of Travel + Leisure. The magazine noted City Park's magnificent live oaks and cited several events that take place in the park, including the relatively new Rock 'n' Roll Mardi Gras Marathon. T + L recommended travelers visit on Thursday evenings, "when the Botanical Garden throws genteel parties with mint juleps and performances by ensembles like the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra."



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Allen Toussaint

was honored May 3 for his achievements in Louisiana music. Deacon John Moore oversaw the ceremony as a plaque was installed at the Toussaint family home at 3041 College Court. Toussaint, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, composed many of his songs in the house, including the New Orleans classic "Mother-in-Law." Ernie K-Doe's version of the song reached the Billboard charts 50 years ago last week.



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Joseph Meisch,

who once supervised the NOPD Homicide Division, was fired May 3 by Police Chief Ronal Serpas for his role in the cover-up of the shooting of Henry Glover. After a months-long investigation, Meisch was found in violation of several NOPD rules, including neglect of duty, for not reporting what he knew about the incident to superiors. Meisch had testified in the federal trial of officers in the Glover case under a grant of immunity from prosecution.

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