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The Best and the Worst of the Week

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Tom Piazza
became a two-time winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for music writing when he was named a 2002 recipient of a Special Recognition Award for his article about collecting 78s titled "Note in a Bottle," published by The Oxford American. Piazza previously won the award, which is sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers, for his 1995 book The Guide to Classic Recorded Jazz.

Todd Gee ,
a third-year law student at Tulane's Criminal Law Clinic, recently argued and won a case before the state Supreme Court on behalf of a man convicted of murder. Gee was asked in his first week of school to represent Corey Guise, whom he argued was convicted without knowing his co-conspirators had cut a deal with prosecutors. The high court agreed that Guise was denied effective legal counsel, and remanded his case back to the trial court.

Regional Transit Authority managers
were asked to resign last week in a long-anticipated overhaul of the troubled agency. The RTA's new chairman, James Reiss Jr., requested the resignations of RTA general manager Dwight Ferrell and administrators Jerry Reynolds, Mary Ann Jackson, Michael Darnell and Lisa Bell Burns. Reiss, a Ray Nagin appointee, said financial and legal problems at the RTA had accelerated under the team's management.

Otis Henry ,
the Saints fan who ran onto the field during last week's Saints-49ers game to try and sign the jersey of a San Francisco player, was apparently mocking 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens, who autographed a football post-touchdown during a recent 49ers-Seahawks game. Henry's stunt earned him a disturbing-the-peace charge and proved that fans can be no less obnoxious than hype-happy pro football players.

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