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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Rep. Karen Carter,
D-New Orleans, received the inaugural John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, bestowed by Harvard University's Institute of Politics and the Kennedy Library Foundation to two young Americans who are 'a model for modern public service.' Sen. Edward Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg presented the awards to Carter and this year's other recipient, Teach for America CEO Wendy Kopp, last week in Boston.

"Champions of Public Health"
for 2004 were recently honored by Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. The school lauded Sally T. Knight, Brobson Lutz, Sherry Cunningham, Warren Lee, Gretchen Glode Berggren, Hazel D. Dean, Sharon Howard, Michael J. Klag, C. Paul Lo, Richard McCarthy IV, Margaret Neuse and Ed Michael Reggie for their contributions to Tulane and to the field of public health.

Orleans Parish Prison officials
let an inmate walk free recently when he posed as another prisoner who had been scheduled for release by the court. Sheriff William Hunter said Erik Keoshgerian was being held on drug charges and parole violation and had a rap sheet of drug, theft and traffic arrests. He escaped after criminal sheriff's deputies inexplicably believed his identity scam.

Baton Rouge-area developers responsible for poorly-planned growth in the metro area have contributed to its designation as one of the worst urban-sprawl cities in the nation. The Smart Growth Network, made up of nonprofits, realtors and urban planners, put Baton Rouge at No. 8 out of 82 cities affected by flawed development. Those living in urban-sprawl areas tend to face more traffic congestion, pollution, auto accidents and crowded schools.

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