Five years after Hurricane Katrina, Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock returned Sunday to the New Orleans high school she helped rebuild for the opening of an on-campus health clinic.
Bullock, whose adopted son was born in New Orleans, joined a host of educators, school supporters and politicians, including U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, for the clinic's ribbon-cutting ceremony, which coincided with the storm's anniversary.
"We're here to celebrate an anniversary and though that might be hard for some, I choose to emphasize the word 'celebrate.' Sometimes tragedies bring out the very best in people, and it's one of the reasons why we stand in this school of excellence today," Bullock told about 100 people gathered in the auditorium of Warren Easton Charter High School.
Pitt to voice NFL documentary
Brad Pitt is the NFL's voice for its upcoming documentary on the New Orleans' Saints Super Bowl victory.
Pitt narrates "America's Game: 2009 New Orleans Saints," about the team's win over the Indianapolis Colts in February. The film debuts on the NFL Network on Sept. 8, the night before the Saints begin their defense of the Super Bowl title.
The NFL traditionally seeks out a celebrity narrator for its annual Super Bowl documentary. "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm narrated last year's film on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Car crashes into King's gate
Authorities say a car rammed into the security gate outside Stephen King's home in Maine.
Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards says Renee Harris told police that an oncoming car veered into her lane about 9 a.m. Sunday. She swerved and crashed into the custom-made black iron fence. No one was injured.
Police say the accident might have caused $100,000 in damage to the gate. King spokeswoman Marsha DeFilippo says he was not home at the time.
At least two people have gotten in trouble trying to reach the popular horror author at home over the years. In 1991, a man broke in while King's wife was home alone. She ran to a neighbor's house and called police. In 2003, an illegal immigrant charged with stalking King was ordered removed from the U.S.
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Rock musician Jerry Allison (Buddy Holly and the Crickets), 71... violinist Itzhak Perlman , 65... singer Van Morrison , 65 ... actor Richard Gere , 61... singer-composer Deborah Gibson , 40 ... actor Chris Tucker , 38... actress Sara Ramirez , 35.