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The Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots
donated 1,957 pounds of canned goods and nonperishable food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. The Fair Grounds collected food at the track and at 10 off-track betting locations in south Louisiana. The Fair Grounds also donated $1,000 to Second Harvest, which helps serve more than 22 million meals each year.



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The National Endowment for the Humanities
awarded grant funding to Dillard and Xavier universities and Southern University at New Orleans. Dillard received $100,000 for its Defining, Documenting and Teaching New Orleans Creole Culture program; SUNO received $50,400 for its "New Orleans, Literature and the Transatlantic World" project; and Xavier received $6,000 for a workshop on the "Preservation and Care of Photographic and Newspaper Collections."



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One More,
a charitable organization from New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, sponsored The Big BENefit Dec. 9. The event gave 25 families seeking assistance from the New Orleans Family Justice Center an opportunity to shop for gifts and household items at Walmart in Harahan.



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Ryan Mast,
a former New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) firefighter, pleaded guilty in Orleans Parish Criminal Court Dec. 10 to aggravated assault and simple criminal damage of property. Mast was arrested after threatening a cab driver with a gun in 2012. He was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution. Mast resigned from NOFD Dec. 10.

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