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The Best and the Worst of the Week

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Eduardo Aguirre,
a native of Havana, Cuba, who was raised in the United States and educated at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans, has been named by President George W. Bush as the United States ambassador to Spain and Andorra. Aguirre, who still has family in south Louisiana, has held other diplomatic posts under President Bush. He is already in Spain for his new assignment.

 

The Louisiana Bar Foundation
recently awarded $30,000 in scholarships to Louisiana youths whose parents were killed or disabled on the job. Through the foundation's Kids' Chance scholarship program, 18 students won money for post-high-school education. Three of the recipients — Seleigh Simon, Dionne Smith and Drew Sokol — are from New Orleans, while awardees Joshua Thornton and Casey Todesco are from Metairie.

 

Brian, Scott and Patrick Schiedler Jr.,
three Metairie brothers, have shown that a commitment to learning is a family affair — all three have boasted perfect attendance records from pre-K through high school. Brian, the most recent to graduate from elementary school and then Grace King High School without missing a day, plans to continue his impressive attendance streak at either Delgado Community College or the University of New Orleans this fall.

 

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee
ramped up a spat with the Rev. Tom Watson and the New Orleans Coalition of Ministers in public and on the taxpayer dime. Lee is at odds with the group over the controversial May 31 shooting death of a 16-year-old by his deputies and spent $25,000 in public money to lambaste the group in a Times-Picayune ad last week. Lee says he is trying to initiate a dialogue about crime and race, but the sheriff should fund his feuds with his hefty campaign fund, not taxpayer dollars.

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