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They get what they deserve


Bob Barker,

the retired game-show host and longtime animal activist, has donated $230,000 to Chimp Haven in Keithville, La., to help support a group of chimpanzees that came from a now-defunct Texas research laboratory. The chimps have lived their entire lives in cages, but Barker's generosity means they can now live out their lives on Chimp Haven's 200-acre wildlife habitat.


Whole Foods

will donate 5 percent of its net sales Aug. 10 to YMCA educational services and the Greater Baton Rouge Literacy Coalition in order to spur literacy and reading programs in south Louisiana. Singer Irma Thomas and WDSU-TV meteorologist Margaret Orr will be on hand at the Uptown store to read Cornell P. Landry's children's books One Dat, Two Dat, Are You a Who Dat? and Goodnight NOLA.


The Youth Rescue Initiative's (YRI)

third annual "Power of Reading" community book drive collected more than 6,600 books for pre-K through middle school Louisiana children. YRI president James Bernazzani once again partnered with trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, chairman of the New Orleans Public Library Foundation, and Petrice Sams-Abiodun, executive director of Loyola University's Lindy Boggs Literacy Center.


The Kenner Convention & Visitors Bureau (KCVB)

had its contract terminated by Mayor Mike Yenni after an internal audit revealed the KCVB "had not had a valid board meeting in three years," yet "loans, salary advances and bonuses" had been given out to KCVB employees. The city had been paying the KCVB more than $200,000 per year, but according to the audit, the KCVB admitted its paid consultants had done "little or no work" to earn the money.

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