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Stephen Bradberry,
lead organizer of the New Orleans chapter of ACORN, received the 2005 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award on Nov. 16 for his work on behalf of local low- and middle-income families. The Kennedy Memorial cited Bradberry's campaigns to promote a living wage, to prevent predatory lending and lead poisoning in children, and to increase voter participation. The award was presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 16, the date RFK would have celebrated his 80th birthday

The National Endowment for the Humanities
has awarded six special grants totaling $175,000 to area cultural institutions in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The NEH funds will help the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the local office of Notarial Archives, Notre Dame Seminary Library, Tulane University and Xavier University recover from the storms' devastating impact.

Bourget's of the South,
a motorcycle shop owned by the father and uncle of state Rep. Gary Smith, D-Norco, didn't have a license to sell travel trailers when it started providing $108 million worth of post-hurricane housing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Louisiana Recreational and Used Motor Vehicle Commission recently concluded that Bourget's violated state law when it sold trailers to FEMA without proper credentials.

The Audubon Zoo
will reopen to the public — free of charge — for a special weekend of activities this Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 26-27). Zoo officials say they hope the free admission will help promote the city's comeback by encouraging families to return to New Orleans. After Sunday, the zoo will open Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 1, 2006, with regular admission prices in effect. The Audubon golf course has already reopened, and the Aquarium of the Americas is slated to reopen in the summer.

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