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Middendorf's Seafood Restaurant raised $20,100 for Child Advocacy Services at its ninth annual Middendorf's Manchac Run. More than 600 people participated in the run, which began and ended at the seafood restaurant famous for its thin-sliced fried catfish. It was the most money ever raised from the event, which features a 5K, a 10K and a 10-mile course.

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Common Ground Relief planted more than 5,500 bottomland trees and thousands of marsh grass plugs along the Louisiana coast in 2017, helping to stabilize 5 miles of eroding coastline. The work was done by hundreds of volunteers and students, and uses plants from the group's nursery facility in the Lower 9th Ward.

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Ajit Pai, head of the Federal Com-munications Commission (FCC), not only led the fight to repeal net neutrality (in opposition to 83 percent of Americans' wishes), but created a smug, condescending video in which he assured people they still could upload pet and food photos. People are more concerned with freedom of speech. Pai should leave the would-be viral videos to the professional comedians.

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