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The Best and the Worst of the Week

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Garden District Needleworks
Shop recently battled with another sewing shop in Alabama to see which store could knit the most hats for premature infants. Garden District's team was made up of shop employees, customers and friends, and the local squad completed 900 tiny hats. While the local store lost the competition, premature babies won because all the hats were donated to New Orleans-area hospitals with neonatal intensive care units.

Dona Jackson,
wife of New Orleans Hornets guard Bobby Jackson, is spearheading "Sole to Sole" — an effort to provide shoes to all Kenyan children who are currently being assisted by the Feed the Children charity. To raise money to purchase shoes for the estimated 92,000 Kenyan kids who need them, Jackson's group is auctioning off shoes autographed by NBA players. Visit www.soletosole.org for more information.

Ryan LeBoeuf,
a NOCCA student, won the Audience Program Award for the best experimental film at the recent Big Easy Shorts Festival, which showcased short films. The experimental category was open to all filmmakers, not just students, and there were a total of 63 entries in his category. A jury of professional filmmakers from across the country judged the films, and they declared LeBoeuf's A Game of Pool the winner.

Gov.-elect Bobby Jindal
recently wasted an opportunity to make a major policy statement and instead gave a warmed-over campaign speech at the annual meeting of the Council for a Better Louisiana, one of the state's leading reform groups. Worse, Jindal took no questions from the audience or the press afterward. During his race for governor, Jindal avoided "uncontrolled" news conferences, but he cannot expect to get away with a "Rose Garden" media strategy while governor.

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