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Doris Hicks

will be presented with the Leo B. Marsh Award in New York City March 17 as one of the honorees at the 41st National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry gala. Dr. Hicks, the principal at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology, led the fight to reopen the school after the floods of Hurricane Katrina. She is a graduate of Dillard University and the University of New Orleans.


Ken Thompson

was recognized by President Barack Obama and the disaster relief charity ShelterBox USA for his work helping survivors of the Haitian earthquake. Thompson, a Slidell resident, raised more than $27,000 to supply Haitians with ShelterBoxes, which contain a tent, a cookstove, water purification tablets, blankets, groundsheets, a toolkit and other necessities.


Wishing Well Foundation, USA,

a Metairie-based charity providing "wishes" to terminally ill children, only uses five cents of every dollar raised to provide wishes, according to an investigation by WWL-TV. In 2008, Wishing Well took in more than $1.3 million, but only spent $36,000 to grant wishes. The nonpartisan charity analyst Charity Navigator has given Wishing Well its lowest rating for six years in a row.


RJ Reynolds

issued a limited-edition run of "Camel New Orleans" cigarettes, featuring a redesigned pack showing our skyline and a Mardi Gras-themed ad campaign referring to the city as "N'awlins." Mayor Mitch Landrieu rightly sent a letter to Reynolds accusing the company of "exploiting both our city's name and our proud history." Turned out the campaign was already over — but let's hope it doesn't make a return visit.


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