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Joseph Todd,
a dispatcher for Cox New Orleans, will be honored by Court TV and Cox Communications at Court TV's 10th annual "Unexpected Heroes Awards" breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 17 for his acts of heroism during Hurricane Katrina. Todd, a LaPlace resident, towed his boat to New Orleans after rescuing his wife and then rescued Katrina survivors in several parts of town, including Charity Hospital.

The National D-Day Museum
will make this year's Veterans Day celebration a true New Orleans event by inviting the entire community to an "American Spirit Block Party" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Friday (Nov. 11) outside the museum's grounds on Andrew Higgins Drive. The free event will include music, food, refreshments and a special salute to the troops who secured Louisiana during and after Hurricane Katrina.

Amtrack
restored passenger rail service last Friday (Nov. 4) between New Orleans and Los Angeles aboard the Sunset Limited , providing further evidence that our city is coming back to life. The three-days-a-week service had been suspended since Aug. 27. Amtrack restored service on Oct. 8 to Chicago aboard the daily City of New Orleans and to New York via the daily Crescent .

Tom Benson,
owner of the New Orleans Saints, managed to alienate just about everybody last week. He engaged in an altercation, apparently unprovoked, with a TV cameraman and cursed a disappointed fan after the team's loss to the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 30. Then, days later, he dissed Baton Rouge and security at LSU's Tiger Stadium in an email to NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

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