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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Khary Dumas and Michael Piquet,
Joseph S. Clark Senior High students, were chosen to participate in the U.S. Customs Service Martin Luther King Jr. program on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Customs House at 423 Canal St. Dumas was chosen to read a rap he wrote called "I Have a Dream," and Piquet will deliver MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech.

John Kr Tulane University Law School's former dean, was honored for his public service commitment by the American Association of Law Schools. The organization, in town recently for its annual meeting, awarded Kramer the Deborah L. Rhode Award, recognizing a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to public service. As Tulane's dean from 1986-90, Kramer implemented the pro bono community service requirement for Tulane law students.

Steven Arnold,
a toxicologist and ex-Tulane University researcher, admitted he committed scientific misconduct when he falsified data for a Tulane research project whose results were published in the journal Science in 1996. The article was based on the premise that artificially produced chemicals such as pesticides can act like natural hormones. Other scientists challenged the data when they could not reproduce the results. Arnold left Tulane in 1997.

Stephen Ambrose,
historian, author, former University of New Orleans professor and National D-Day Museum founder, admitted he lifted text from other authors without proper credit in at least two, and perhaps more, of his works. Ambrose said he accidentally copied parts of the material in his 2001 book and 1975 book. Plagiarism, intentional or not, is inexcusable for a scholar of Ambrose's caliber.

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