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Lionel Ferbos,

the legendary jazz trumpeter who began his career as a "society jazz" player in the 1920s, will celebrate his 100th birthday July 17. Generally acknowledged as the world's oldest working jazz musician, Ferbos is still a fixture at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe each Saturday night. The club will host a sold-out party for him on his birthday, but at press time tickets were still available for his regular Saturday gig July 16.


Mike McKenzie,

former cornerback for the New Orleans Saints, spent part of his Fourth of July weekend helping New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) build a house in the Carrollton neighborhood. The effort represented a partnership with McKenzie's nonprofit 34 Ways Foundation, which provides guidance and support for impoverished children. Current Saints Danny Clark and Mark Ingram lent NOAHH and McKenzie a hand.


American Standard Brands,

the New Jersey-based manufacturer of kitchen and bath plumbing products, is donating more than 1,500 fixtures and accessories to the St. Bernard Project (SBP), the group that has served as a rebuilding model in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The donation includes toilets, faucets, showerheads and accessories. To date, SBP has built 352 homes in the area and has another 47 projects in progress.


Judge Reginald T. Badeaux III,

a state district court judge in St. Tammany Parish, was publicly censured by the Louisiana Supreme Court for not recusing himself in a divorce case in which the divorcing couple were friends of his. The court found he continued to socialize with the husband and "engaged in ex parte communications with him regarding child custody." The court noted that Badeaux did not gain any "personal advantage" as a result of the improper conduct, but it assessed him more than $1,400 in court costs.

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