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The Best and the Worst of the Week

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Dr. Henry Clement Pitot III,
who received both an M.D. and a Ph.D. from Tulane University, has won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the university's Medical Alumni Association. Pitot, a noted oncologist whose research has covered both prevention and treatment of cancer, was recognized for his notable body of work including more than 400 research papers, review articles, book chapters and four editions of the text Fundamentals of Oncology.

The Louisiana SPCA unwittingly
answered the New Orleans Police Department's public plea for the safe return of Carlos, the missing K-9 officer. While on their rounds, animal-control officers captured Carlos – a Belgian Malinois trained in drug recovery and criminal apprehension – thinking he was another stray. The dog was returned in good condition after two days on the streets. Such K-9 officers are valuable to police departments, requiring years of extensive training.

Rep. Jack Smith,
D-Jeanerette lied to fellow House members last week about a controversial amendment to a bill originally designed to help problem drinkers. The last-minute addition, pushed by the liquor lobby, would have let gas stations, convenience stores and other beer merchants also sell frozen daiquiris. Smith assured his colleagues, who knew little about the amendment, that it did no such thing. House members passed the bill, then scrambled to recall it, once they realized what it really said.

The Housing Authority of New Orleans
last week admitted what many residents have long known: HANO bungled the relocation of hundreds of families when it closed the St. Thomas housing project. Over the objections of community leaders, the agency had moved some residents into the volatile St. Bernard development and others into the costlier private housing market. HANO chief Nadine Jarmon, who inherited the agency's problems in April, says HANO has learned from its mistakes.

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