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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

The Greater New Orleans Clean Cities Coalition
and seven Mardi Gras krewes brought alternative-fuel vehicles into the public eye this Carnival. Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles provided by GNOCC made appearances in seven Mardi Gras parades: Cleopatra, Shangri-La, Alla, Ancient Druids, Babylon, Le Krewe d'Etat and Orpheus. Benefits of CNG vehicles include lower fuel cost, longer engine life, fewer emissions and less dependence on oil than traditional vehicles.

Drs. John E. Lewy, A. Joanne Gates and Donald J. Palmisano
have been recognized with Outstanding Achievement Awards by the Orleans Parish Medical Society. Lewy was honored in the field of Academia/Research; Gates in the field of Private Practice, and Palmisano in Public Service/Public Education. The awards were to be presented at the OPMS' first annual gala on Saturday, March 8.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu
received a Congress Online Silver Mouse Award for an outstanding Web site from the Congress Online Project, an independent research project of the Congressional Management Foundation and George Washington University. Her Web site was among 24 winners out of 610 Congressional sites. The project called Landrieu's site one of the most sophisticated on Capitol Hill.

Local bars, clubs and restaurants cited for fire code violations
apparently didn't take the recent tragedies in Chicago and Rhode Island to heart when they failed to take steps to fix such easily reparable conditions as overcrowding, blocked fire exits and non-working fire extinguishers. New Orleans Fire Chief Charles Parent said more than 400 such violations were found in city establishments when fire officials conducted a pre-Carnival crackdown in response to the deadly nightclub disasters up North.

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