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Bouquets & Brickbats

They get what they deserve

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Bo Dollis,

chief of the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian tribe since 1964, received a National Heritage Fellowship and a $25,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts for taking New Orleans traditions "from community gatherings to festivals and concert halls in cities all over the world." Dollis will receive his awards in September at a Washington, D.C., banquet at the Library of Congress.



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Syrena Johnson

received the inaugural scholarship from Chefs Move!, a division of the John Besh Foundation, which offers culinary students a yearlong full scholarship to the French Culinary Institute in New York City, along with housing, travel, job placement assistance and a mentorship with Besh. Johnson, 21, worked in construction after Hurricane Katrina and has been training at Liberty's Kitchen in Mid-City.



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220 librarians

from across America took part in "Libraries Build Communities," a day of service held June 24 during the American Library Association (ALA) convention in New Orleans. The volunteers fanned out to public and school libraries, assisting with everything from landscaping and construction to cataloging and organizing books. The ALA was the first national organization to hold a conference in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.



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Joe Stagni,

a Kenner City Council member, had his own "Anthony Weiner" moment last week when it was revealed that he sent a photo of himself in his underwear to a woman with whom he said he had "an inappropriate but consensual relationship." The photo was discovered on a city government computer system. Stagni, who is married, apologized to his family and asked God for "mercy and forgiveness."

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