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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Danny O'Flaherty,
Celtic musician and owner of O'Flaherty's Irish Channel Centre and Pub, has been named fundraising chairman of Louisiana's Special Olympics 2003 committee. The event will be held in Dublin, Ireland, marking the first time the International Special Olympic Games are held outside the United States. O'Flaherty's mission is to send as many Special Olympic athletes from Louisiana as possible to compete in the 2003 Games.

Windsor Court Hotel
has been voted the No. 2 hotel in America by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. It was the only Louisiana hotel to make the magazine's "Best of the Best 2001" poll. The hotel, which opened during the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition, was also voted No. 32 in the magazine's Best World Hotels poll. More than 37,500 readers voted in the categories of rooms, service, food and location.


Laura Uli Lee and John Lee,
a former employee of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court trustee and her husband, both pleaded guilty to skimming more than $900,000 from more than 100 bankruptcy liquidation estates and transferring the money to a company the Chalmette couple owned. Laura Lee admitted she used her position as the assistant to a federal bankruptcy trustee to embezzle the money and shift it to her and her husband's business. John Lee admitted he later withdrew much of the money from the business fund.

Cedric Patin,
the major stockholder in a New Orleans company, PR Contractors Inc., admitted he lied to state and federal transportation officials in order to secure federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise contracts. Patin admitted last week in federal court that on three occasions he had concealed a business credit line of $250,000 from the Federal Highway Administration in order to obtain contracts. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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