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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

The American Association of Zoo Keepers Inc.
provided 100 Sam's Club/Wal-Mart gift cards worth $100 each to Audubon Zoo employees affected by Hurricane Katrina -- regardless of their current employment status with the zoo. The national group was scheduled to hold its annual convention in New Orleans the week of the hurricane.

Tyler Curiel,
professor and chief of hematology and medical oncology at the Tulane University School of Medicine, will be profiled on the PBS program NOVA scienceNOW at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The segment credits Curiel's efforts to preserve research conducted by his late friend, Andy Martin, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA)
unleashed a set of programs designed to protect animals, offer shelter and improve what it calls "the animal ethic" statewide. Among the programs included the launch last week of the Lily Project, which provides free collars and ID's for pets. (Call 800-HELP-4-PETS for more info.)

Gilbert Jackson,
engineering executive and New Orleans political fundraiser, made a plea deal in federal court last week in which he admitted accepting nearly $20,000 in unreported income via a consulting business he established. The plea is but the latest conviction for Jackson, who already is in federal prison for nine public corruption convictions.

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