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Le Krewe d'état,
the carnival parade best known for its biting satire, has raised $20,000 for the New Orleans Police and Firefighters Relief Fund, a local charity devoted to helping individual cops and firemen rebuild their homes after Hurricane Katrina. The funds were raised by personal and matching donations from the 400 members of the krewe in appreciation for the work local first responders did during and after Katrina. Next month, the krewe will join Uptown residents in a tree-planting project on Maple Street.

Dr. Wayne Riley,
a New Orleans native, has been named president and CEO of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. Meharry is one of the nation's largest historically black medical schools, and its graduates include Riley's late father, Dr. Emile Edward Riley Jr., who graduated in 1960 and settled in New Orleans. Wayne Riley has previously served as vice president and vice dean of the Baylor College of Medicine. He holds degrees from Morehouse, Yale, Rice and Tulane and completed his residency at Baylor.

The San Francisco 49ers Foundation
helped paint the school cafeteria at Bunche Accelerated Academy in Metairie last Saturday, a day before the 49ers faced the Saints in the Superdome. The team's owners, foundation board members and staff joined students at the school in painting a mural depicting the New Orleans Crescent City Connection and the Golden Gate Bridge, symbolically linking the two cities. In addition to painting, the foundation and its supporters donated $15,000 to the school.

Dennis DiMarco,
Jefferson Parish's registrar of voters, improperly participated in two public retirement systems at the same time between 1998 and 2005, says the state's legislative auditor. DiMarco joined a state retirement plan when he got the registrar's job, but he also remained in the parish retirement system after leaving his gig as top assistant to the parish president. State law prohibits such double dipping, and the legislative auditor suggested a malfeasance investigation. DiMarco says it was an honest mistake.

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