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The Visiting Pet Program,

a New Orleans animal-assisted therapy program, received the 2013 Service Animal of the Year Award from the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs during its 2013 Governor's Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities Awards ceremony Nov. 6. The program consists of 120 volunteers and their pets visiting 25 area hospitals and nursing homes several times a month.



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Louisiana Ophthal- mologists Association

donated $150,000 to the New Orleans Council on Aging and Aging Disability Resource Center/Louisiana Answers.com on Nov. 18. The grant will be used with partner organizations and medical schools to offer vision screenings for adults older than 21 in Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.



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The Humana Foundation,

the nonprofit arm of health insurance company Humana, gave the ARC of Greater New Orleans a $100,000 grant on Nov. 7 to fund renovations for a community and health center in St. Bernard Parish. The organization was founded in 1953 as the Association for Retarded Citizens. Every year it serves more than 900 people with intellectual disabilities.



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Lindel Toups,

chairman of the Lafourche Parish Council, said of the parish libraries' Latino users, "Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico." In his argument to The Tri-Parish Times to divert funding from libraries to new jail construction, Toups added, "Them junkies and hippies and food stamps (recipients) and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps (on the Internet)."

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