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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
recently won three awards from the International Festivals and Events Association. FQF was cited for events in its size category for Best Event Program, Best Commemorative Poster and Best T-Shirt Design. The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards contest honors quality and creativity in the promotional materials and programs produced by festivals around the world. The competition drew more than 1,300 entries.

Richard Campanella ,
author of Time and Place in New Orleans: Past Geographies in the Present Day, has won the 2002 Joseph A. Arrigo Local Book of the Year Award. The honor is presented by the New Orleans-Gulf South Booksellers Association. Campanella, of New Orleans, is the assistant director of environmental analysis at the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier universities.

Harry Blumenthal Jr.
has been named the top volunteer of the year for the United Way of Greater New Orleans. Blumenthal, president of Blumenthal Print Works in New Orleans, will receive the Alexis de Tocqueville Award for outstanding service at the organization's annual celebration Dec. 11 in City Park. The United Way of Greater New Orleans supports 135 community-building programs and 62 member agencies in the metro area.

Brian Prince ,
an independent consultant hired by the state Department of Natural Resources to certify houses as energy-efficient, apparently submitted padded figures and falsified homeowner signatures to the DNR, according to Legislative Auditor Dan Kyle. The audit says Prince overcharged DNR's Home Energy Rebate Option program by nearly $20,000. The program gives rebates to people whose homes meet efficient energy standards.

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