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KIDsmART,

the local nonprofit dedicated to arts education in New Orleans public schools, was chosen by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to pilot a professional development seminar on arts coaching. The seminar, which was held Sept. 15-16, will help local teachers this year as they work in residencies in 10 public schools utilizing arts instruction across the school curricula.



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Irvin Mayfield

raised more than $70,000 for local charities with his "Love Sessions," an 11-night "battle" between himself and jazz musicians Kermit Ruffins and Roy Hargrove. More than 1,500 jazz fans attended the shows, which were held at Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel and his newly opened I Club in the JW Marriott. Twelve local nonprofits will split the money raised.



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Sugar Bowl officials

made illegal campaign contributions in 2004 and 2006 to then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco, according to a Sept. 20 report by Bernard Goldberg on HBO's Real Sports. The Sugar Bowl, a tax-exempt charity, bought three $1,000 tickets to Blanco fundraisers in violation of the rules governing 501(c)(3) charities. The bowl's executive director, Paul Hoolahan, characterized it as an "embarrassment."



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Congressman John Fleming,

R-Minden, appeared on MSNBC Sept. 19 to criticize President Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes on the 0.3 percent of wealthiest Americans. Fleming, who represents Louisiana's 4th Congressional District and who cleared more than $6 million in 2010 from his Subway and UPS Store franchises, called the plan "class warfare" and complained, "By the time I feed my family, I have maybe $400,000 left over." His family eats that much? That's a lot of foot-longs.

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