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The Landry-Walker High School brass band
won this year's "Class Got Brass" competition at the Congo Square Rhythms Festival. The brass band throwdown, sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, is open to all middle and high schools in Louisiana. Landry-Walker also won last year's competition. The award comes with a $10,000 prize.


donated $51,894 to Ochsner Hospital for Children after a two-week fund drive in its Louisiana stores, followed by the donation of a percentage of king cake sales during the Mardi Gras season. The money raised will go to the hospital's Michael R. Boh Center for Child Development and other medical programs.


The Louisiana Legislature
wasted its recent special session (at a cost of $60,000 per day), failing to address the state's upcoming fiscal shortfall and leaving grave uncertainty about everything from higher education (and TOPS scholarships) to public health. Lawmakers say they'll call a second special session at the end of the regular session which begins this week, but Louisianans deserve better than time-wasting and partisan sniping by their elected officials.

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