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Nathan and Priscilla Gordon

donated $25,000 to the University of New Orleans (UNO), creating the Gordon Scholarship in Brass, which will support undergraduate jazz majors who perform with brass instruments. The scholarship will be awarded each spring and fall semester, beginning this fall. The Gordons previously sponsored an installment of UNO's Jazz at the Sandbar concert series.



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Matt Murphy,

owner/chef of the Irish House, won last week's episode of the Food Network's cooking competition program Chopped, making him the third New Orleans chef in recent weeks to take home the $10,000 prize. The program tasks four chefs with creating a dish using mystery ingredients in timed segments. Murphy impressed judges with a lamb dish topped with grenadine-soaked fried shallots. He celebrated at a viewing party at his St. Charles Avenue restaurant.



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Whole Foods Markets

in New Orleans and Metairie will donate 5 percent of their sales on Aug. 8 to the Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park. Grow Dat introduces youth and young adults to sustainable agriculture. In its first year, Grow Dat members produced nearly 10,000 pounds of food. Sixty percent of the produce is sold at local markets and restaurants, and 40 percent is donated.



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Richard Hall

pleaded guilty to conspiracy and theft for stealing federal funds through New Orleans Affordable Homeownership (NOAH), which awarded home remediation grants after Hurricane Katrina. Hall, a contractor from Harvey, received more than $360,000 between October 2005 and July 2008 and did little to no work on damaged houses. Hall is the last of five current defendants in the NOAH scandal. Three others have pleaded guilty, and another is working on a deal with prosecutors.

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