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The Best and the Worst of the Week

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Ted Ludwig ,
a graduate student in the University of New Orleans' Department of Music, has won the national ASCAP Foundation/Louis Armstrong Scholarship for 2002-2003. Ludwig, a jazz guitarist from St. Bernard, has performed with many notable musicians and has been asked to contribute to the Mel Bay Publishing Company's "Masters of Jazz Guitar" series.

The Ochsner Cancer Institute
has developed a radiation therapy for breast cancer that has shown promise in reducing the treatment time and side effects for some patients. Dr. Robert Kuske, a project leader who presented the study last week to the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, said patients who have undergone the "brachytherapy" technique, which delivers high doses of radiation to the tumor site, have had low recurrences of cancer.

Louisiana legislators
began receiving the $4-per-day pay raise they gave themselves last session on Oct. 1 -- at the same time Louisiana hit bottom on two national lists. Last week the national disability rights group ADAPT ranked Louisiana the worst state for providing community and home-based care to seniors, and the Corporation for Enterprise Development called Louisiana the poorest state in the United States with few resources to help residents improve their status.

Political candidates
whose campaign signs littered neutral grounds across the city during last week's election created a tacky mess and blocked motorists' vision in many areas. Political signs are not even allowed on public property. Many of the signs stayed up for days after the election. We hope that during next month's runoff, candidates will use less intrusive means to advertise their candidacy.

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