joined KaBoom! April 11 to help build a new community playground at Oakdale Park in Gretna. More than 600 volunteers from DirecTV and KaBoom!, the national nonprofit group that's constructed many playspots in the metro area since Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, came together to complete the project. At 10,000 square feet, it's the largest of the nearly 2,000 playgrounds KaBoom! has ever built.
returned home to New Orleans after spending 10 days in Japan providing aid to animal victims of the earthquake and tsunami there. Deatsch is a volunteer with Kinship Circle, a nonprofit specializing in disaster rescue for animals, and has traveled in the past to Iowa, Chile and Brazil after natural disasters. Deatsch, a criminal defense attorney, is considering a return trip to Japan in May.
has teamed up with the charity DoSomething.org to promote the Epic Book Drive and get New Orleans public school libraries restocked with books. The rapper and actor, whose real name is Chris Bridges, has recorded public service announcements urging students across the country to collect books for their counterparts in the Crescent City. Nearly 1.5 million books have been pledged so far.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas
outsourced traffic-camera photo duty to a company owned by his friend Cmdr. Edwin Hosli, head of the department's 8th District, WDSU-TV reported recently. Though cops are supposed to review photos on the job, the city was contracting with Hosli, who then hired NOPD officers to do the work as a paid detail at $35 per hour. It may not have been illegal, but it was fishy, and after the report aired, Serpas dropped the deal.