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Robert Hernandez,

a traveler from New Orleans, redeemed more than 483,000 of his frequent flyer miles to join 50 Delta Air Lines employees in Pinghu, China, for the seventh annual international Habitat for Humanity Build. The project helped build five homes in the region near Shanghai, where many families live without proper sanitation in mud-brick homes.



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Reconcile New Orleans,

which provides job training for at-risk youth through Cafe Reconcile, was awarded a $268,000 grant from Baptist Community Ministries. The grant will aid the Reconcile's mental and physical health care programs and support program graduates. Since 2000, more than 600 graduates have completed the Cafe Reconcile Culinary Training Program and gone on to jobs in local restaurants.



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Chef Greg Reggio

of Restaurant Zea, along with fiddler Amanda Shaw and 25 volunteers, packed seven trucks with fresh Louisiana seafood headed for residents of tornado-stricken Joplin, Mo. Once there, Reggio and other chefs served Louisiana dishes to thousands at Joplin's Landreth Park. The gesture was featured on that evening's NBC Nightly News in the show's "Making a Difference" segment.



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Joshua Hunt,

a New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officer, resigned following accusations that he was at a dental appointment while a police report shows him arresting a suspect in possession of crack cocaine. Before Hunt resigned, the NOPD's Public Integrity Bureau told WDSU's I-Team that Hunt and another officer involved were reassigned "pending investigation of allegations of perjury and neglect of duty."

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