helped collect 250,000 books for New Orleans' Recovery School District with his "Epic Book Drive," which he launched last spring. The rapper encouraged his fans to hold community book drives for the public schools in New Orleans and gained the support of more than 100,000 people in the process. The largest contributor was Central Bucks East High School in Doylestown, Penn., which collected 16,000 books.
president of Nonesuch Records, was honored with a central walkway in his name at the newly opened Musicians' Village Toddler Park in the Upper 9th Ward. "Hurwitz Way" is a keyboard- and treble clef-shaped path in the middle of the park. In the month after Hurricane Katrina, Nonesuch rush-recorded a benefit album, Our New Orleans, which raised $1.1 million for the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity. Nonesuch is a division of the Warner Music Group.
New Orleans cops
issued several tickets to drivers who created wakes while driving down flooded streets during Tropical Storm Lee. Laws against it had been on the books, according to Superintendent Ronal Serpas, but were publicized and enforced for the first time in years. Nothing is worse for a homeowner or renter than to escape street flooding — only to have a motorist unnecessarily push water into a dry house. If it takes a few tickets to get the message across, so be it.
failed to disclose to his listeners the fact that his family obtained a $250,000 interest-free loan from River Birch Landfill co-owner Fred Heebe, who is now reported to be the subject of a federal investigation. When news of the loan broke earlier this month, Robinette promised to explain it all, but on his first day back on the air, the WWL-AM host whiffed. "I've been asked to refrain from discussing these matters," he said. Garland the radio host wouldn't settle for that. Neither should his listeners.