New Orleans Public Library
has announced a program to "share the bounty" of donated books with local schools — public, charter public, parochial and private — serving all ages of school children. Schools with flooded libraries can stop by the Algiers Regional location, 3014 Holiday Drive, and select items to replenish their collections. Much of the material is either new or in good condition, say library officials. School librarians can call 596-2601 for more information or to make selection arrangements.
Louisiana State Police
have long tried to halt the barbaric practice of dogfighting in the Bayou State, but recently their efforts have paid huge dividends. More than 120 suspected dogfighters have been arrested in the past year, thanks to stronger laws against dogfighting and stepped-up investigations by State Police. During the arrests, troopers also seized more than 600 fighting dogs and training paraphernalia — including treadmills, narcotics, videotapes of fights and illegal weapons.
Keith and Chandra Calhoun,
professional photographers and residents of the Holy Cross neighborhood in the Lower Ninth Ward, kicked off the rebuilding of their studio at Chartres and Flood streets last Thursday with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, neighborhood block party and temporary exhibit of their works. The Calhouns spent years documenting Lower Nine life and culture but lost most of their life's work to Katrina. When rebuilt, their gallery will be the first business back in the historic neighborhood.
The Regional Transit Authority
not only failed to pay $6 million due last week to bondholders, but the agency also failed to alert the state before defaulting. A bond insurer made the payment, which it was required to do, but the RTA's default — and its failure to communicate — hurt local recovery efforts. State Commissioner of Administration Jerry Luke LeBlanc says the state might have been able to help if RTA officials had said something in advance. After defaulting, RTA brass remained unreachable even to top state budget officials.