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LSU and Ohio State fans joined forces the day before their Bowl Championship Series showdown in the Superdome to restore and improve the New Orleans Recreation Department's Rosenwald Center. Led by LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe and Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, teams of volunteers rebuilt two baseball diamonds, painted, planted gardens and made blankets for the homeless.

Lt. General Russel Honore, the 37-year U.S. Army veteran and Louisiana native who led federal troops into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, is retiring. Honore will forever be remembered for taking charge of disaster relief efforts in the stricken city even before most of his troops arrived, barking orders and admonishing reporters, "Don't get stuck on stupid." Honore plans to spend his retirement helping prepare America for future disasters, natural and manmade.

Superdome managers at the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District (also known as the Superdome Commission) and at SMG, the Dome and Arena's management contractor, had a busy and very successful holiday season. The Superdome hosted two Saints home games, the New Orleans Bowl, the Sugar Bowl and the BCS National Championship. With $193 million spent in restoration and more improvements to come in 2008, the Dome never looked better.

Criminal Court Judge Julian Parker last month granted an expungement request from former Civil Court Judge C. Hunter King, who pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit payroll fraud and public salary extortion. King was charged with far more serious offenses before former DA Eddie Jordan cut him a sweetheart deal. Parker gave King six months of inactive probation in May, and six months later wiped out King's criminal record.

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