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Hams for Fams
provided 210 local families with free food baskets over Christmas weekend. Each basket, which costs $100, is packed and hand-delivered to needy families in the days before Christmas. The nonprofit was founded in 2015 by Jesuit High School juniors Davis Martin and Alex Welsh, who now are college freshmen. It also delivers lunches to the homeless all year round.

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Vallery Lomas,
a lawyer who grew up in Baton Rouge and lived in New Orleans, was the winner of ABC's The Great American Baking Show — but she missed her moment of televised triumph when the network pulled the last episodes due to sexual harassment allegations made against host Johnny Iuzzini. Lomas said she was disappointed, but added, "I'm making lemon curd out of these lemons."

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Jeff Crouere
peddled the long-debunked conspiracy that former President Barack Obama is not a U.S.-born citizen on his Dec. 15 "Ringside Politics" radio show. Citing a "bombshell report" from the conspiracy website InfoWars, Crouere said, "Obama's birth certificate was actually created by the CIA." As to whether Obama was born in the U.S., Crouere — former executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party — concluded, "I don't know."

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