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The Best and the Worst of the Week

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Larry Lundy,
president of Lundy Enterprises and a past Gambit Weekly New Orleanian of the Year, has donated 3,600 square feet of his company's corporate offices in eastern New Orleans to be used as NOPD's Seventh District police station. Lundy's company owns and operates more than 50 Pizza Hut franchises in Louisiana. The donated space, located at 10555 Lake Forest Blvd., Suite 1J, has been renovated and wired for use by NOPD. Lundy is making the space available, rent-free, for two years.

City Park
announced last week that it will receive $8.6 million in FEMA funding to repair damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. The announcement marks another milestone in the park's post-storm recovery. The FEMA money is in addition to more than $6 million that Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu helped secure from the state Bond Commission to restore the park's golf complex. The park, which was placed under the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism last year, also has raised $9 million in private donations.

Jennifer Williams and Suzanne Buras,
teachers at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans and Lake Harbor Middle School in Mandeville, respectively, have won the 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching — the nation's highest honor for teaching in those fields. They were the only winners from Louisiana, and they are among only 93 winners nationwide. Williams teaches science, and Buras teaches mathematics.

Sen. Don Hines,
the president of the Louisiana Senate, has authored a bill to dilute the power of the state treasurer — in what many see as payback for Treasurer John Kennedy's opposition to a state-financed sugar syrup mill in Hines' district. Kennedy, who by law chairs the state Bond Commission, led the fight to scrap the mill for the past year. Hines' bill, which passed a Senate committee last week, would rotate chairmanship of the commission among the treasurer, the Senate president and the House speaker.

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