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Chris Paul and Chase Bank

have formed the CP3 Afterschool Zone, a partnership to team up with local schools to offer sports, art, music and homework help for local children, including free transportation. Paul and Chase each donated $500,000 to get the program underway, and the Afterschool Zone was kicked off at a press conference Oct. 28 at KIPP Central City Primary School.

The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium

donated a new piano to the Mahalia Jackson Center, the Central City facility that offers Head Start programs, health screenings and other services with the goal of preparing babies and toddlers to enter school ready to succeed. The piano will be dedicated in an event Nov. 2 featuring a performance by pianist Carmen White.

Liberation Through Education and the Youth Rescue Initiative

gave away more than 1,000 books to local kids Oct. 30 to commemorate Family Literacy Day. At the book fair, held at Borders on St. Charles Avenue, adult storytellers read from their favorite children's stories, and children in attendance were given vouchers and allowed to select their own books.

Tim Profitt,

a county coordinator for Rand Paul's Kentucky Senate campaign, was caught on video stepping on the head of Lauren Valle, an anti-Paul protestor outside a debate Oct. 25, giving her a concussion and spraining her shoulder and arm. After Profitt was fired, he was unrepentant and unapologetic, suggesting Valle should apologize to him instead. It was a low point even in a gutter-level election season.

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