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Denise Pritchard,

principal of N.P. Trist Middle School in Meraux, was given the 2011 Milken Family Foundation Educator Award. The honor, given annually to recognize outstanding educators, has been awarded to 29 Louisiana educators in the last 10 years. Pritchard also will receive a $25,000 cash prize and a trip to Los Angeles to participate in next year's Milken Educator Forum.



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Heath Evans

and his Heath Evans Foundation gave a $50,000 sponsorship for construction of a new playground at Columbia Parc at the Bayou District, the mixed-income development built on the site of the former St. Bernard housing project in Gentilly. Evans, now an analyst for the NFL Network, is the former fullback of the New Orleans Saints. He has continued his philanthropy through causes benefiting children.



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The New Orleans Clemson Club,

a local group of Clemson University alumni, is organizing the ACC Food Fight, a food drive with six other local college alumni clubs from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Members will gather items to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana at football-watching parties each weekend through Nov. 12. The goal is to collect half a ton of food for Second Harvest.



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Chris Welty,

a part-time reporter for ABC News affiliate KATC in Lafayette, was found to have been a paid campaign worker for Gov. Bobby Jindal while employed at the station. Lafayette weekly The Independent found Welty had been paid almost $2,000 from Jindal's gubernatorial campaign. Welty has since left the governor's campaign, but KATC gets a brick of its own for keeping him on its payroll after this blatant conflict of interest surfaced.

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