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Ride 2 Recovery veterans

began a weeklong bicycle ride that will take them from New Orleans to Tallahassee, Fla. The challenge, which is open to injured vets who raise money for the 450-mile ride, kicked off at the National World War II Museum in the Warehouse District. Monies raised from the ride will go toward establishing cycling programs at Veterans Affairs hospitals around the country.


Simmons Bedding Company

donated 850 mattresses to an effort to break the Guinness World Record for "human mattress dominoes." Hundreds of people strapped mattresses to their backs at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to break the old record of 550. After the event, the mattresses were donated to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's homelessness task force and other local charities.


Adam Shankman,

director of the musical film Hairspray and a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, has overseen the donation of $20,000 to Young Audiences of Louisiana through his Dizzy Feet Foundation. Young Audiences participants learned dance routines this year and performed for Shankman March 3. The group also will demonstrate its footwork with a performance at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.


Rokeisha Barrios

pleaded guilty in federal court this week to one count of wire fraud after investigators charged her with filing a false claim from the BP oil disaster victims' fund. Barrios received more than $33,000 after she claimed her husband, Robert Barrios, was a fisherman who lost money after the disaster — but he was actually one of the five NOPD officers who pleaded guilty in connection with the Danziger Bridge shootings. Rokeisha Barrios faces a potential $250,000 fine and 20 years in prison.

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