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John Lovell and John Dane III,
both New Orleans natives, sailed their way to Olympic berths in their respective boat classes at the recent Olympic time trials in San Diego. For Lovell and his teammate, Charlie Ogletree, this registers the fourth time the duo will go to the Olympics. Dane, 57, will be competing in his first Olympics, along with partner and son-in-law, Austin Sperry. Dane competed in his first Olympic trials in 1968.

Holy Cross School
broke ground this past week on its new campus in Gentilly. The project marks the first major new school construction in the city since Hurricane Katrina. After Katrina destroyed Holy Cross' Lower Ninth Ward campus, school officials chose to rebuild elsewhere — but remain in the city. That decision, as noted by City Council President Arnie Fielkow, "was the beginning of the (post-Katrina) renaissance of New Orleans."

Shell Exploration & Production Company
was named to the THE BCA TEN: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America, an award list sponsored by Forbes magazine and the Business Committee for the Arts. Shell is being honored for its support of the arts in New Orleans and southeast Louisiana. The company has given to numerous projects, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Habitat for Humanity's Musicians' Village.

Eddie Jordan,
the Orleans Parish district attorney, wants the New Orleans City Council to pay a $3.7 million federal anti-discrimination judgment against him, which was levied after Jordan wrongfully fired 36 office employees when he became DA in 2003. Jordan shouldn't expect to receive the city's help for nothing: If the City Council agrees to pay for this, the first of many Jordan blunders, then Jordan should agree to resign.

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