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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Dr. James Riopelle
was awarded Humanitarian of the Year by the Humane Society of Louisiana for staying behind at the Lindy Boggs Hospital to care for 17 critically ill patients and 72 pets, which belonged to hospital employees. The pets included 20 cats, 50 dogs and 2 guinea pigs. All of the patients and the 72 pets were safely evacuated several days after Katrina landed.

The Historic New Orleans Collection
is now open on Sundays (from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.) to give locals and visitors another reason to spend a Sunday in the French Quarter. The non-profit collection is otherwise open Tuesday through Saturday, with extended hours on Wednesday (until 7:30 p.m.) and free admission to Louisiana residents. The latest exhibit, Common Routes: St. Domingue-Louisiana, traces the shared colonial and revolutionary-era experiences in Louisiana and Haiti.

The University of New Orleans
is the first Louisiana university to be recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in the field of information systems security education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The recognition begins with the 2006-07 academic year and continues through 2009. UNO is one of just 12 U.S. universities to be certified during this year's competition, and one of 67 Centers of Academic Excellence nationwide.

City officials,
including City Council members and Mayor Ray Nagin, need to get on the same page — immediately — with regard to the city's neighborhood planning process. The mayor's Bring New Orleans Back Commission recommended a uniform neighborhood planning process months ago, but the effort so far has been fragmented between citizen initiatives and council-driven processes. As a consequence, the city's overall neighborhood recovery plan has stalled.

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