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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Helen Hill,
a New Orleans transplant by way of Nova Scotia, won the 2001 Gold Award recently at the 13th annual Louisiana Video Shorts Festival for her film, Mouseholes. The festival is sponsored by the New Orleans Video Access Center.

Deveney Communication
of New Orleans has won 14 annual awards from the Public Relations Society of America, including a top-honor Anvil Award and four out of a possible five Best of Category awards. The Faubourg Marigny business won awards in every category it entered and was lauded for its work on campaigns for the March of Dimes, the NO/AIDS Walk, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the New York company Arxcel.

Naomi Slack
an 8-year-old from New Orleans, was among a handful of winners in the national art contest for the 2002 Kids Club Calendar for the Aid Association for Lutherans. Nearly 250 children submitted artwork for the calendar, which is sent to about 90,000 members of the AAL Kids Club. Naomi's drawing of a flower will be featured on the cover of the calendar with artwork from other winners.

The Department of Economic Development (DED)
scrambled to explain last week why leaders of the agency -- which is charged with promoting Louisiana businesses -- hired an out-of-state company to develop the DED Web site. DED communications director Rand Ragusa steered the $10,850 contract to his former employer, Freestyle Interactive, a computer graphics company in California.

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