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The steamboat Natchez

saved the day earlier this month during Navy Week, when the tall ships were about to come up the Mississippi River to New Orleans. Due to stormy weather, gathered dignitaries were not going to be able to greet the ships as they came upriver, but the Natchez volunteered to pinch-hit, delaying its afternoon cruise so it could ferry more than 100 people to greet the ships.



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NOLA Goes Pink

presented a check for $11,435 to Susan G. Komen New Orleans during the group's annual Salute to Survivors luncheon April 27. Last October, chefs from 37 local restaurants created heart-healthy menus and donated 10 percent of their proceeds from the dishes to the group, which fights breast cancer. The event was founded by Char Thian of the Ritz-Carlton and featured chefs wearing pink jackets to raise awareness. It will be repeated again this October.



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Levees.org

is holding a bike tour of the floodwalls that were breached following Hurricane Katrina. The May 6 event will start at the New Orleans City Park boat rental facility and go from there to the breach sites of the 17th Street Canal and the London Avenue Canal, going through Lakeview and Gentilly along the way. The free tour begins at 9 a.m., so those who want to learn more of the city's recent history can still make the last day of Jazz Fest.



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New York magazine

printed an "Urbanist's Guide to New Orleans" that said in its introduction, "Awful as it was, many say Katrina did much to repoetize New Orleans, if only to remind residents of the downside of stiff-neck Protestant long-range planning." We're still trying to figure out what the second half of that sentence means, but we can assure New York there's nothing poetic about a hurricane and a floodwall collapse that killed thousands of people and left many more homeless.

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