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Chris Paul
of the New Orleans Hornets received the NBA Cares "Community Assist Award" in September for work he has done in his hometown of Winston/Salem, N.C., and in New Orleans after Katrina. Paul, who won Rookie of the Year honors last year, established the CP3 Foundation to raise money for various charitable causes. He came to New Orleans after Katrina with other NBA stars to work with Feed The Children and Habitat for Humanity — two of the NBA's favorite charities.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 164,
based in Paramus, N.J., traveled to New Orleans for a week this month to rewire and restore full electrical service, free of charge, to four residences in the Katrina-devastated Lower Ninth Ward. IBEW and Rebuilding Together Bergen County (in New Jersey) brought 19 volunteers to the city to work on the houses as part of REBUILD 1000, a national program to rehabilitate 1,000 houses on the Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita.

Five Louisiana schools
were named 2006 No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education for their efforts to improve student performance on state tests. Schools that received the designation are Belle Chasse Primary School, George W. Welch Elementary School in West Monroe, Patterson High School in Patterson, Shenandoah Elementary School in Baton Rouge and Stockwell Place Elementary School in Bossier City.

Jerry Coogan,
a Mandeville City Councilman, borrowed a marked city police car and drove it to Florida to visit his family days after Hurricane Katrina. Coogan says he stayed behind to help his city weather the storm, paid for the gas and only took the squad car to get past official roadblocks on his return. That's not the point, however. Many people stayed behind but didn't get to use public vehicles to visit evacuated loved ones out of state. Coogan also gave conflicting accounts as to who gave him permission to use the vehicle.

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