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Benh Zeitlin

collected yet another award for his acclaimed feature Beasts of the Southern Wild when the New Orleans Film Society named him its 2012 Celluloid Hero. The award, which goes to a local person who advances the art of film, will be presented at the society's annual gala on Sept. 27, which is also a fundraiser for the New Orleans Film Festival.


Second Harvest Food Bank

of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana swung into action in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. The agency was ready with 22 truckloads of food, water, canned goods, baby supplies and relief packs for the 23 parishes it serves and began mobile distribution of goods Sept. 2. Second Harvest says it's now planning for long-range efforts in particularly hard-hit areas of south Louisiana.


The Louisiana Tumor Registry

at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center New Orleans was honored by the National Program of Cancer Registries as one of the two best centers to use central cancer registry data for cancer research. The registry's director, Dr. Vivien Chen, accepted the award last month at the 2012 Centers for Disease Control National Cancer Conference in Washington, D.C.


Michael "Brownie" Brown,

the bumbling head of FEMA during Hurricane Katrina turned Denver radio talk show host, grumbled about "mainstream media bias" when power was still out across New Orleans after Hurricane Isaac. "Where's Soledad O'Brien, CNN, et al? Just curious," he wrote on Twitter. In fact, CNN had been all over the power situation — and O'Brien had been stationed in Plaquemines Parish, reporting on Isaac's worst. Let's all say it together: Heckuva job ...

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