a group of young professionals in Acadiana, is raising funds to sustain the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), a state agency which saw its budget slashed by Gov. Bobby Jindal last month. FrancoJeunes is asking 100,000 Cajuns, Creoles and supporters of the French language in the state to contribute a dollar apiece to keep CODOFIL alive. In the first 48 hours of its campaign, FrancoJeunes raised more than $5,000.

Ben Crane,

a PGA Tour golfer, won the first Zurich Charity Cup, a fan- and social media-based award decided by online voting on the Zurich Classic website. Zurich and Golf magazine will make a $30,000 donation in Crane's name to the St. Bernard Project, the charity that has rebuilt hundreds of homes in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods.

Derrick Shepherd

was permanently disbarred from practicing law in Louisiana by the state Supreme Court June 29. Shepherd, a Democrat from Marrero who had served in both the state Senate and House of Representatives, pleaded guilty in 2010 to one count of money laundering and was sentenced to three years in prison. He was released into a halfway house in November 2011 and had fought the disbarment.


launched a new series about American cities last week by featuring New Orleans. The report began, "New Orleans became a blank slate after Hurricane Katrina struck." Ouch. We agree with resident Beth Blankenship, who commented on NPR's website, "New Orleans most certainly did not become a 'blank slate' in 2005. More than 350,000 people live here ... and continue the lives we lived before 2005, in the traditions of this very old, very non-blank city."