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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

CANstruction,
a joint venture of local architectural firms and organizations, is once again holding its innovative food drive for Second Harvesters Food Bank. Architects, designers, engineers and students create sculptures, made entirely out of canned goods, for competition. The finished structures are displayed at The Shops at Canal Place until Nov. 11. CANstruction is expected to donate about 40,000 pounds of food to Second Harvesters.

Dr. Betsy Dresser,
director of the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species/ Freeport McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, won the Environmental Award and a $50,000 honorarium last week from The Tech Museum for Innovation in San Jose, Calif. Dresser was recognized for her team's groundbreaking research using new reproductive technologies to repopulate endangered species.

St. Augustine High School Marching Band
has been asked to play in the 2002 Rose Bowl parade, the first New Orleans marching band ever to receive such an invitation. It's a second opportunity for St. Aug, which had to decline a few years ago when the school couldn't afford to send the band to California. St. Aug officials still need $75,000 to send the talented young musicians in January. Donations can be mailed to the school's Rose Bowl Fund at 2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave., New Orleans, 70119.

Dr. Paul Verrette
resigned his post as St. Bernard Parish coroner after admitting he conspired to illegally distribute a diet drug. Verrette, an internal medicine specialist and staff member of Chalmette Medical Center, pleaded guilty to signing more than 10 prescriptions for a diet drug without seeing the patients or knowing their medical histories. Verrette faces a fine of up to $250,000, possible jail time and potential loss of his medical license.

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