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They get what they deserve


Steven Fielkow,

son of New Orleans City Council Vice President Arnie Fielkow, has been selected as a member of the United States baseball team to compete in this summer's 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel. Fielkow was selected after a series of national tryouts involving more than 500 Jewish athletes from across the country. The Maccabiah Games is one of the world's largest sporting events, and this year's games will have more than 9,000 athletes representing more than 60 countries.


LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans

was awarded the Henry Hynes Award, which honors outstanding clinical oncology research in communities, by the National Cancer Institute. The award recognizes the efforts of LSUHSC's Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology program and its work after Hurricane Katrina with cancer patients and promoting cancer prevention and control. The MB-CCOP is led by Dr. Robert Keith, principal investigator, and Dr. Augusto Ochoa, associate principal investigator.


Sarah Devlin,

a freshman at Benjamin Franklin High School, won three awards in the student division at the Fifth Annual Louisiana Film Festival held in Shreveport. Devlin's film, Writer's Block, was awarded best animation/experimental film, a special jury prize and the Jefferson Hendricks Achievement in Film Award, which is the festival's highest honor. Devlin also received $900 in monetary awards from the competition that involved more than 50 short films from students from second grade through 12th grade.


John LaBruzzo,

state representative from Metairie, on the heels of his idea last year to pay welfare mothers to be sterilized, now proposes legislation to drug test all recipients of public assistance. He claims his impetus is to save the state money, but Louisiana already annually spends $4 million screening welfare applicants for drugs, and individual testing would be much more expensive. LaBruzzo's idea smacks of racial and economic demagoguery.

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