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They Get What They Deserve


Peja Stojakovic,

the New Orleans Hornets forward, raised $60,000 in donations at his second annual Peja's Charitabowl, which hosted more than 220 bowlers and about 100 VIP guests, including numerous Saints and Hornets players. The money will go to Stojakovic's "Courts for Kids" project, which installs new basketball courts, refurbishes existing ones and distributes basketball equipment to economically disadvantaged areas — including the New Orleans Boys and Girls Club on Iberville Street.


Benjamin Franklin High School,

a New Orleans charter school, has been rated the 16th best high school in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The ranking was part of the magazine's "America's Best High Schools" and was based on Franklin's performance during the 2006-2007 school year. The school placed 16th out of more than 21,000 schools from 48 states. It also ranked fifth and fourth, respectively, in the subcategories of "Top Charter Schools" and "Top Magnet Schools."


Tyler Ginsberg,

a trombonist studying at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and Fountainbleau High School, has been selected for the 2009 Grammy Jazz Ensembles. He is the only Louisiana student/musician to receive the honor, which includes traveling to Los Angeles along with 29 others to play at a range of Grammy Week events. Through the Grammy Jazz Ensembles, Ginsberg is eligible for more than $2 million in college scholarships to some of the nation's most prestigious music programs.


Marty Gould,

a St. Tammany Parish council member, was arrested for driving while intoxicated on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Gould was pulled over by a Causeway patrol officer for driving erratically and failed a field sobriety test. Gould was then brought to a state police office, where police administered a breath analyzer test. Gould's blood-alcohol level was .204 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent. Gould has served on the St. Tammany Council since 2003.

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