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The Best and the Worst of the Week

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Sondra Arseneaux
has received the American Cancer Society's Terese Lasser Award, which recognizes outstanding volunteers. The organization chose the Chalmette resident based on her determination in bringing "Reach to Recovery," a mentoring program for breast cancer patients, to Chalmette. Arseneaux, one of two people in a six-state region to be chosen for the award, is also a longtime volunteer with the Chalmette Medical Center.

The Apple Computer Corp.
has donated $34,000 worth of computers and technology to A.P. Tureaud Elementary School in Treme. The school is one of 12 pilot sites nationwide to receive the California-based company's "Curriculum Mobile Labs" for grades K-6. The labs include 20 Apple iBook laptops, enrichment programs and accessories. A.P. Tureaud's principal, Mamie Polk, says she expects the computer technology to help improve the students' math skills.

Bryan M. White,
lawyer for restaurateur Al Copeland, admitted he knew about a conspiracy to influence former Jefferson Parish Judge Ronald Bodenheimer in a custody case between Copeland and his ex-wife. White pled guilty to federal charges of covering up a plot involving Bodenheimer and reserve deputy Philip Demma. Bodenheimer is charged with giving Copeland generous benefits, hoping to receive a lucrative seafood contract in return. Copeland admits no wrongdoing.

Juvenile Court Judge Yvonne Hughes
was temporarily taken off the bench last week by the state Supreme Court, acting on the advice of the state Judiciary Commission. A commission report said Hughes likely hired convicted criminals or allowed them access to her section of the court, and released at least 1,072 arrested adults in her two years on the bench -- a possible violation of the state constitution. The report said Hughes' presence on the bench created a "danger to the public."

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