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TV show's prize: A trip to New Orleans

By Times staff writers
Published September 9, 2005

A ripple in the blogosphere on Thursday.

Observant channel flippers and game show fans noticed that one of the big prizes on today's airing of The Price Is Right was a ski boat - and a trip to New Orleans.

Most bloggers commented on the cruel irony of such a prize. Some linked to a database of episodes from the Price is Right yes, there is such a thing. According to the database, Thursday's show originally aired on Dec. 7, 2004. Neither contestant in the Showcase Showdown won the trip.

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Every year, the National Hurricane Conference draws experts from across the country to talk about their experiences and how to prepare for the upcoming season. Next year's conference is scheduled for Orlando.

This next fact is not intended to spook Orlando, but the 2005 conference, held in March, was in New Orleans. The focus was mostly on Florida and its four-hurricane season from the year before.

Presumably the talk in Orlando next year will be about New Orleans.

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The University of South Florida has accepted as many as 70 undergraduate students from Gulf Coast regions affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The students, who will pay in-state tuition costs, are enrolled for just one semester, university president Judy Genshaft said Thursday. That's so storm-damaged universities such as Tulane don't think their students are being "stolen" when those institutions rebound.

Two USF professors are contributing to the recovery efforts. An engineering professor supplied rescuers with an unmanned aircraft that could search the ruins, while an education professor is in Louisiana helping children cope with the disaster, which is her specialty.

The USF Health Department also opened its clinics and services to disaster victims who have moved to the Tampa Bay area. Twenty-six patients received help Wednesday, university officials said. Services are available on a walk-in or appointment basis on Wednesdays and include nutritional services, pediatrics, immunizations, family planning, prenatal and adult health.

The clinic, open from noon to 5 p.m., is at the University Area Health Center, 13601 N 22nd St. Call (813) 307-8058 for information.

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TALLAHASSEE - Florida has created a Web site to help residents of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi displaced by Hurricane Katrina find information on storm recovery and relief.

The site unveiled Thursday at details services available for the estimated thousands of evacuees in Florida and has direct access to relief organizations for donating supplies, services and money.

The site carries information on such things as temporary housing, job assistance, enrolling displaced students in schools, replacing a driver's license, crisis counseling, food stamps, medical assistance and residential placements for persons with disabilities.

Times staff writers Justin George, Matt Wait and Susan Taylor Martin contributed to this report.

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