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    The Radiators played yesterday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Mind your manners

Former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is bringing his American Civility Tour to this weekend’s 2011 Hawaii Book & Music Festival with a free presentation.His talk will consider "how civility requires not just good etiquette, but respectful engagement with other viewpoints and experiences," according to an announcement. Leach will appear at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mission Memorial Auditorium at Honolulu Hale. Call 732-5402, ext. 1, or email


Radiators play festival for the band’s last time

NEW ORLEANS » On the final day of this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, fans camped out early yesterday to get a great spot to hear the set by the Radiators — one of the city’s funkiest blues rock bands — who have been closing the festival along with the Neville Brothers for years.

The band — keyboardist Ed Volker, guitarists Dave Malone and Camile Baudoin, bassist Reggie Scanlon and drummer Frank Bua — formed in 1978 and have been playing together since.

Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil made a guest appearance during the farewell set, as did guitarist Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule. The group walked fans through all their hits including "Red Dress," "Never Let Your Fire Go Out," "Ride Me High" and "Sunshine Down."

The Radiators are calling it quits this year, with final performances set in June.

Sisters come through in ‘Amazing’ finish

LOS ANGELES » LaKisha and Jen Hoffman rode past the Harlem Globetrotters to win "The Amazing Race."

The sisters, both coaches originally from Chicago, crossed the finish line first in last night’s finale to win the CBS reality series’ $1 million grand prize.

The sisters never came in first on any leg of the around-the-world race, but they overcame Globetrotters teammates Nathaniel "Big Easy" Lofton and Herbert "Flight Time" Lang to win the final leg.

The pair of athletic teams battled for the top spot after traveling from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Miami. Father-and-daughter duo Gary and Mallory Erwin lingered in third place after their taxi driver became lost.

The 18th edition featured 11 teams of veteran contestants who had never won the show’s grand prize.

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