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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Eric Kimbrough, a 17-year-old recent high school graduate from Prairieville, was among 12 Young Naturalist Awards winners honored by the American Museum of Natural History in a ceremony last month in New York City. Kimbrough was recognized for a two-year experiment that explored worm composting as an alternative to cleaning cat boxes.

Tales of the Cocktail, an annual Southern Comfort-sponsored event dedicated to studying and celebrating drinking and dining in New Orleans, has received an Award of Merit from the American Marketing Association for best consumer special event. The next Tales of the Cocktail is scheduled for Aug. 18-20 at the Hotel Monteleone and other French Quarter locations.

Aunt Sally's, the New Orleans-based praline company, is helping to establish free video conferences between New Orleans families and military serving at select locations overseas, via the FreedomCalls Foundation (www.freedomcalls.org). The conference is scheduled for Friday, June 17, at Aunt Sally's French Quarter shop.

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee unceremoniously killed a bill by Sen. Jay Dardenne (R-Baton Rouge) to keep lawmakers from receiving free sporting and cultural events tickets from lobbyists. The bill, passed by the Senate, represented a positive step forward in improving the state's reputation for governmental ethics Ñ the House committee's move amounted to a giant step backward.

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