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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Eboni Price,
the medical director at Tulane's Community Health Center at Covenant House, was named one of "20 People Who Make Healthcare Better" in the current edition of Healthleaders Magazine. The publication recognized Price for her efforts in founding the neighborhood health clinic just weeks following Hurricane Katrina and her continuing advocacy in redesigning and rebuilding the city's health-care system.

Compass Point Books,
a Minnesota-based children's book publisher, has donated $25,000 to the St. Bernard Parish Public School system. The donation represents the first-year sales from Compass' teen-oriented book, Hurricane Katrina: Aftermath of Disaster, which focuses on the storm and recovery efforts. The 2006 book has already sold more than 5,000 copies and has received honors from the National Council for Social Studies and the Children's Book Council.

Dr. Joe Omojola,
a professor of mathematics and physics at Southern University in New Orleans, was awarded a 2006 Presidential Award for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Omojola was honored because of his mentoring of minorities and women in the areas of science, mathematics, technology and engineering. President Bush presented the award to Omojola during a ceremony in the Oval Office.

State Rep. Yvonne Dorsey
of Baton Rouge went overboard in squeezing lobbyists for campaign cash in the late stages of her bid for the state Senate. Asking for the maximum allowed under state law, Dorsey wrote: "Slow or delayed contributions have no value in war or campaigns." She concluded: "I look forward to working with you in the Senate and putting a tick mark by your name as one of my proven friends and tested supporters." Dorsey beat newcomer Jason DeCuir by less than 100 votes in the Nov. 17 runoff.

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