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They get what they deserve


Feet First,

a local shoe retailer, collected more than 6,600 pairs of new and used shoes and 2,500 clothing articles during a shoe drive benefit for Haitian earthquake victims. Since the quake, New Orleanians have brought these items to Feet First stores, helping to break the original goal of 5,000 donated pairs of shoes. Shoes4Souls, a Nashville-based charity, will take the footwear and clothing and distribute it in Haiti.


Marvalene Hughes,

president of Dillard University, was presented a 2010 Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investment Mentor's Award during the American Council on Education's (ACE) annual meeting. The award acknowledges the mentors in the ACE Fellows Program, which identifies and prepares faculty and staff members for senior positions in college and university administrations. Hughes, Dillard's first woman president, guided four ACE fellows, and was recognized as a role model for emerging leaders.


JP Morgan Chase & Company

donated $62,000 to the St. Bernard Project through the Chase Community Giving program. The social networking site Facebook hosted the program, which asked people to "virtually volunteer" for their favorite charity. The St. Bernard Project, which rebuilds homes for people displaced by the levee failures, received an initial $37,000 as one of the program's 100 finalists and another $25,000 for advancing to the contest's final round.


The Nagin Administration

failed to pay past-due bills to technology vendor Accela Inc., forcing the company to shut down a computer system that issues city permits. Accela spokesperson Paul Davis says he sympathizes with the public's frustration, but for months Accela sent the city notices and warned that the system would be turned off. Davis says Accela has hundreds of contracts with other municipalities, and this is the first time it has shut off services because the customer didn't pay (services eventually were restored).

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