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Sustainable Environments for Health and Shelter,
a Washington-based non-profit benefiting disadvantaged children worldwide, will hold a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 23) at Tipitina's in the French Quarter, 235 N. Peters St., for the rebuilding and sustainable restoration of Covenant House. The concert will feature artists in Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz and World Fusion as well as surprise guest appearances by New Orleans musicians. A multi-artist CD, See With Your Heart, also will be released at the concert to benefit Covenant House.

Cisco Systems
is investing $20 million over three years in Jefferson Parish public schools to bolster education rebuilding activities. Cisco, one of the world's leading technology companies, will provide a combination of cash, personnel and technology, including highly secure broadband networks that improve communication between schools, parents, local businesses and the community. The cash contribution will be distributed to local schools through a grant program run by the Jefferson Parish Education Foundation.

Seventy-six LSU med school graduates

have chosen to complete their medical training in Louisiana, despite challenges posed by Hurricane Katrina. Last year, 85 LSU Health Sciences Center graduates chose Louisiana residency programs. Last week, at the annual "Match Day," Louisiana attracted nearly 90 percent of the number that stayed a year ago. National studies have found that a high number of physicians set up permanent practices in the areas where they have completed their residency programs.

Kimberly Williamson Butler,
the embattled clerk of Criminal District Court, continues to find new ways to demonstrate her incompetence and arrogance. Last week, WDSU-TV reported that state elections officials had to work through the night to complete a revised list of polling places for the April 22 elections — because Butler's office had failed to confirm that the 83 polling places it had designated were in fact usable. Many were not. In typical fashion, Butler blamed the Council and the Secretary of State's office.

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