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Brad Pitt,
the actor and part-time New Orleans resident, announced plans for a 150-home community in the Lower Ninth Ward last week. The homes will be the first effort of Pitt's "Make it Right" project, which he hopes will serve as a catalyst for rebuilding the storm-ravaged neighborhood. Pitt and his partner in the project, movie producer Steve Bing, made the announcement at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, where Pitt and Bing pledged to match up to $10 million in contributions for single-family housing in the Lower Ninth Ward.

Pascal Calogero Jr.,
the Chief Justice of Louisiana, has been awarded the Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence by the American Judicature Society, a national organization that works to improve the American justice system. Calogero was selected by a panel of judges in recognition of his service in rendering decisions and advancing the administration of justice during his 34 years on the state's highest court — including 17 years as Chief Justice. The award will be presented on Tuesday (Oct. 2) at Loyola Law School.

Lord & Taylor,
the upscale apparel and accessories department store, is presenting an exhibit titled, Katrina Kaleidoscope, in the windows of the store's flagship location on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The exhibit commissioned works from 12 New Orleans artists for the windows' display. The works are available for sale, with proceeds going to the artists. Lord & Taylor also made a donation to the SweetArt Katrina Fund, which supports local artists who suffered losses from Hurricane Katrina.

President George W. Bush
has threatened to veto a bill expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides health insurance to kids in families that earn too much for Medicaid but not enough for private insurance. The House and Senate approved a compromise of the bill, which received substantial bi-partisan support. Bush worries the bill is a step toward government-run health care. Currently, 6.6 million kids receive health insurance from the program, and the proposed bill would cover another 4 million.

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