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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

The Times-Picayune
won two very well-deserved Pulitzer Prizes last week. The Pulitzer board awarded the T-P a gold medal for public service "for its heroic, multi-faceted coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath." The paper also won in the spot news category for its "courageous and aggressive coverage of Hurricane Katrina, overcoming desperate conditions facing the city and the newspaper." Columnist Chris Rose was a Pulitzer finalist in the commentary category for his columns on the aftermath of Katrina.

Tim Morales,
a student at NOCCA/Riverfront and Ben Franklin High School in New Orleans, ranked first in a nationwide blind jury portfolio review to win a prestigious scholarship to the arts conservatory Kansas City Art Institute. Morales applied for the competition and mailed in samples of his artwork while his family had relocated to San Antonio because of Hurricane Katrina. The first-place finish for Morales gives him a four-year renewable full scholarship to the institute.

Edward Jones,
an international financial services firm, has contributed $300,000 to 14 non-profit organizations in metro New Orleans, southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast to help reestablish community programs after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Among the local non-profits benefiting from the contributions are Habitat for Humanity, the Florida Parishes Chamber of Commerce, the Greater New Orleans United Way, the Gretna Food Bank and the Lafreniere Park Soccer Association.

The state Department of Environmental Quality
wasted valuable time trying to let a financially strapped venture qualify for a multi-million-dollar contract to haul away storm-ravaged cars and boats all over south Louisiana — only to admit last week that it was all in vain. The bidder, a joint venture between TruSource Facility Services (a George janitorial firm) and L&L Steel (a flooded-out Ninth Ward contractor) couldn't secure a performance bond even after the bar was lowered. Now it's back to square one.

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