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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Dr. Edward D. Frohlic,
a professor at Tulane and Louisiana State University's medical schools and an Alton Ochsner Distinguished Scientist at the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation and Ochsner Clinic, recently won the American Heart Association's Distinguished Achievement Award. Frohlich was recognized for his leadership within the AHA, his editorship of the AHA scientific journal Hypertension and his acclaimed clinical studies.

Dan Kyle
resigned his position as legislative auditor on Friday, Jan. 17 -- but not before injuring his office's credibility by staying on the job as he pondered a run for governor. His announcement earlier this month that he might enter the race left room for suspicion that the former auditor's investigations were politically motivated. Kyle said he resigned in order to avoid appearance of a conflict of interest -- but by the time he finally left office, the damage had already been done. As of presstime, he had not yet declared his candidacy.

Sabine Transportation Co.,
an Iowa shipping company, last week admitted it illegally dumped tons of toxic waste into the Mississippi River in 1998. The company pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Water Act when workers dumped the waste from a ship -- which included petroleum and paint residue and rust scale -- near Violet. Court records show the company may have engaged in other illicit dumping.

The federal Maritime Administration
has proposed sinking toxic scuttled ships off the Louisiana coast to act as breakwaters along the shore, in the hopes they would help slow the rapid erosion of the state's coastline. The federal agency is responsible for disposing of the ships -- which contain toxic materials such as asbestos and lead paint -- but dumping them off the coast where they could create new problems for the state is not the answer.

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