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The Brees Dream Foundation and Latter & Blum
each donated $75,000 to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana on April 23 for its Be The Next One fundraising campaign. The combined $150,000 will aid two American Red Cross disaster preparedness programs in St. John the Baptist Parish public schools, which endured Hurricane Isaac in 2012.



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The Meters,
New Orleans' groundbreaking funk band, was honored by the U.S. Postal Service April 23 by appearing on the 27th annual Jazz Fest postal cachet commemorative mailing envelope. It is keyboardist Art Neville's third appearance on a Jazz Fest postal cachet: He received the honor in 2000 with the Neville Brothers and in 2006 as a solo artist.



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The Tipitina's Foundation
received the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Outstanding Arts Organization Award on April 14, recognizing the foundation's education efforts and resources for young people and musicians. The foundation has put more than $3 million worth of instruments into nearly 100 school music programs and taught more than 1,500 students.



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U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur
criticized New Orleans' rebuilding efforts following the 2005 levee failures as she spoke on the U.S. House floor April 30. "Why don't you leave that open for agriculture so that when you get another big threat from the ocean, you won't harm as many people?" Kaptur asked. The Ohio Democrat added that people in New Orleans didn't want to hear her questions. "Well, God bless everyone, because nature we can't control. She does what she wants."

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