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Altria Group Inc.,
parent company of Kraft Foods, Philip Morris International and Philip Morris USA, has donated $35,000 to the NO/AIDS Task Force to expand its popular 'Food for Friends' program. The money will allow the local nonprofit to deliver an additional 12,600 nutritious meals, plus personal-care items, to about 63 HIV and AIDS patients throughout the New Orleans metro area.

The Deep South Regional Humanities Center
at Tulane University is slated to receive the Chair's Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council on Feb. 4. The center will be lauded for its 'Unsettling Memories: Culture and Trauma in the Deep South' conference held in Jackson, Miss., in June 2004. The conference highlighted the response of artists, musicians, activists and writers to the racial conflicts and the civil rights movement in the South.

Patricia Clarkson,
the Emmy-winning actress from New Orleans, was honored with 'Patricia Clarkson Day' as proclaimed by Mayor Nagin on Jan. 13. The acclaimed actress has performed in about 50 feature films, including Pieces of April, for which she garnered a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Clarkson is in town filming All the King's Men, based on the life of former Louisiana Gov. Huey Long.

Louisiana industrial plants
are responsible for making the state No. 3 in the nation overall for cancer-causing emissions into the environment, according to the nonprofit group Environmental Defense, which based its report on 2002 data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The study said Louisiana was No. 2 in the nation for toxic pollutants released into water, and No. 3 for toxic emissions into the air. Six Louisiana plants were ranked among 100 worst polluters in the United States

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