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Homeowner Mary Jones celebrates with her 10-year-old son, Paul Williams, during a dedication for their newly renovated home in New Orleans.

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Joplin and New Orleans: Unlikely partners unite after natural disasters

One is a low-lying river city built on a swamp basin, a multicultural melting pot known the world over for legendary excesses, from lung-searing food to French Quarter flashers. The other lies square in the buckle of the Bible Belt, an old Tornado Alley railroad hub best known as a Route 66 stopover for everyone from RV campers to the outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.

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