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The Best and the Worst of the Week

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Rick Jones,
Tulane University's head baseball coach, has been named the head coach of the 2009 USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate). Jones has coached the Green Wave for the past 15 years and has tallied a record of 639-306-2, including a 257-127-2 mark in Conference USA play, which is more wins than any other team in the league. Next summer, Jones will take the national team to games in Japan, Taiwan and the Netherlands.

John Albert Marque
left a donation of more than $20 million to the Greater New Orleans Foundation, which is the largest donation the foundation has received in its 25-year history. Marque, who died on March 28 at age 79, established the Theresa Bittenbring Marque and John Henry Marque Fund in honor of his parents. The fund will be used to support annual scholarships for top graduates in local nursing schools, assist families facing financial difficulties due to illness, and for awarding grants to numerous organizations.

Arthur Q. Davis,
a renowned local architect, has been selected by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art as the recipient of its 2008 Opus Award. Davis studied at the Tulane School of Architecture and later at Harvard University. He has worked on a number of local landmarks including the Louisiana Superdome, Omni Hotel, Rivergate Convention Center and the New Orleans Arena. The Opus Award is given each year to a member of the arts community whose life's work constitutes a major contribution to the cultural landscape.

ICF International,
the contractor that runs the Road Home program, has been fined more than $1 million by the state for failing to aid an agreed-upon number of applicants as well as missing other performance measures. ICF was supposed to close 116,000 Road Home cases by June 30, but missed that mark by more than 1,300 cases. ICF was penalized $500 for each closing it did not hold, resulting in a $692,500 fine. For its other failures in performance measures, ICF was penalized $356,879.

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