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The Best and the Worst of the Week 


James Sefcik
last week was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities. Sefcik, director of the Louisiana State Museum, was cited for the honor based on his "leadership and tenacity" in sharing Louisiana's history and culture through a variety of exhibits. Sefcik played an integral role in this year's Louisiana Purchase events and exhibits throughout the state.

Longue Vue House and Gardens
was recently named as "One of the 10 Great Places to Steal Ideas for Your Garden" in USA Today. The national newspaper cited the landscaped gardens, live oaks, and variety of plant and tree life at the 8-acre historical estate museum. Longue Vue credits its majestic grounds to the late Ellen Biddle Shipman, a pioneering landscape architect who designed the plans for the mansion's original owners, Edgar and Edith Stern.

LSU Health Sciences Center
played a key role in the launch of a new online database designed to help people without prescription drug coverage obtain information about programs that offer free medications to qualified patients. Last week, the Web site www.helpingpatients.org went online, listing more than 1,400 medications available through patient-assistance programs run by pharmaceutical companies and helping users qualify for such programs.

Mayor Ray Nagin
showed an inexcusable disregard for the legal and professional impropriety of discussing an employee's medical history when he revealed details of alleged health issues suffered by his outgoing chief administrative officer, Kimberly Williams Butler, at a news conference. Nagin's remarks came just days before the federal government passed a new law aimed at better safeguarding medical privacy.
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