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Rohan Padmakumar, a Lusher Charter School student, will travel to New York City April 23 to participate in the English in Action National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center. High school students from around the country compete in reciting sonnets. Padmakumar is one of 57 from around the U.S. chosen to compete. First prize is a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Young Actors' Summer School.


American Humane and Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food delivered 71,000 pounds of food to the CATNIP Foundation at Big Sky Ranch in Folsom. CATNIP (Care, Advocacy and Treatment of Neglected and Indigent Pets) is a no-kill shelter that cares mostly for cats, but also other animals that have been neglected or abused. Big Sky also provides foster and adoption services for domestic and farm animals in need.a


New Orleans Online, the city's official tourism website, described the recent Freret Street Festival with these words: "Some New Orleanians locals [sic] refer to Freret Street as 'The Middle Passage'." No one does, but surely someone at the city's tourism board should have known that the Middle Passage was the main route that brought slaves from Africa to America. Mark Romig, president of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, had the phrase removed and offered an apology.

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