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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Sally Clausen,
president of the University of Louisiana system, has been recognized by the Inside Higher Ed online news magazine as one of the most entrepreneurial college presidents in the United States. Clausen was credited for numerous successes including improving teacher certification standards and presiding over major financial and academic turnarounds at two universities.


The Bureau of Governmental Research
was again recognized for exceptional work by the Government Research Association. The national group honored BGR's report "Funds and Games: Paying for the Saints," a detailed analysis of financial and business information related to the state's negotiations with the New Orleans Saints, with a Certificate of Merit for Most Distinguished Research.


Dillard's Department Stores and Omni Bank
have teamed up to bring beloved New Orleans icon "Mr. Bingle" home for the holidays. Mr. Bingle, the squeaky-voiced snowman, became a Maison Blanche mascot in 1948. Dillard's, which now owns the rights to Mr. Bingle, is collaborating with Omni to create a fund to restore a giant fiberglass figure of Mr. Bingle for City Park's annual Celebration in the Oaks holiday display.


Nicholas Estiverne,
a former New Orleans attorney, must pay restitution and serve probation after admitting he stole an elderly client's life savings. Estiverne pleaded guilty to theft from nursing-home patient Angie Neal. Estiverne had obtained access to Neal's bank accounts from 1997, and by her death in 1999 had drained it of $122,000.

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