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The Best and the Worst of the Week

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The NBA All-Star Game
Host Committee, led by the New Orleans Hornets and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, proved once again that New Orleans is the ideal site for a major sporting event. The committee coordinated community service projects and numerous gala charity events with the All-Star game — a high-scoring contest whose real winner was the city itself.

Loyola University New Orleans
received an "A" rating in Reader's Digest's March issue for its safety record and was listed as one of the safest universities in the country. The magazine conducted a survey of 291 of the nation's top campuses on important protection issues ranging from residence halls having security cameras to round-the-clock security personnel and emergency plans. The schools were ranked according to how prepared they were to respond to various safety and security issues.

Timmy Teepell,
Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief of staff and former campaign manager, snagged three free tickets in the governor's suite of the New Orleans Arena for a recent, sold-out Hannah Montana concert. Teepell gave the tickets to his brother's children, which sounds like a nice gesture, but the freebies came just as Jindal was pushing an "ethics reform" package through the Legislature that would prohibit lawmakers from getting free tickets to concerts and sporting events.

LaLeshia Walker Alford,
a Shreveport City Court judge, was removed from the bench by the Louisiana Supreme Court and ordered not to seek a judgeship again for at least five years — and then only if the court deems she is eligible. The High Court concluded that Walker Alford was excessively absent from her duties and that her abuse of prescription drugs adversely affected her conduct on the bench. She also was ordered to pay $5,000 in court costs.

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