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The Best and the Worst of the Week

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UNITY of Greater New Orleans,
a nonprofit organization concerned with reducing, preventing and eliminating homelessness, has been providing housing assistance to the 240 homeless people living in Duncan Plaza. To date, the group has arranged permanent housing for 88 people, which includes all of the children that were living on the public grounds. UNITY recently received approval to spend $3.8 million of Road Home money for the homeless. UNITY hopes to find housing for all of the Duncan Plaza refugees by Dec. 20.

Sammy Hagar,
famed rock singer and owner of Cabo Wabo Tequila, contributed a Cabo Wabo vacation package to Emeril Lagasse's "Carnivale du Vin," an annual culinary event that raises funds to benefit New Orleans children. The vacation, which includes traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, spending an evening with Hagar and Lagasse and a private concert, was auctioned off for $115,000. The entire evening netted $2 million for local children's charities.

LSU's Football Team
will play in the Super Dome for the Bowl Championship Series National Championship game on Jan. 7, despite being ranked seventh in the BCS standings two weeks ago and the potential departure of Head Coach Les Miles to the University of Michigan. The Tigers made the giant leap in the BCS standings after defeating the University of Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Championship.

The Nagin Administration
approved the state's request to fence off Duncan Plaza this week. The plaza, an open area across the street from City Hall, has become a tent city for about 240 homeless people. The city's Department of Property Management office had been in discussions with the state regarding the project since early October but failed to alert the City Council or local homeless advocates about the potential closing of the plaza until Friday, Nov. 30.

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