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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Eli Manning,
the New York Giants quarterback, Super Bowl XLII MVP and New Orleans native, proved he is nobody's kid brother anymore — at least not on the gridiron. Just one year after his older brother Peyton led the Indianapolis Colts to the NFL Championship, Eli drove his team down the field on a late-fourth-quarter drive against the heavily favored New England Patriots, capping off the drive with a touchdown strike to Plaxico Burress with only 35 seconds remaining in the game.

Bruce Landry,
a senior musical theater student at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts|Riverfront and at Grace King High School in Metairie, was one of 150 young artists nominated from a field of more than 6,000 students to be a finalist in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Recognition and Talent search. As a finalist, Landry will be competing to be a Presidential Scholar, an honor determined by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.

Byron Scott,
head coach of the New Orleans Hornets, has been picked to coach the Western Conference All-Stars for the 2008 NBA's All-Star Game, which will be held in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the New Orleans Arena. Scott becomes the first Hornets coach to lead an NBA all-star squad and the sixth coach in NBA history to have coached both the Eastern (Scott did this in 2002) and Western Conference all-stars.

NOPD,
despite having approved a Lundi Gras parade permit for the Social Aid and Pleasure Club Task Force last August, revoked the group's permit on Jan. 29. The task force, which includes 17 social aid and pleasure clubs, had already spent more than $7,000 preparing for the event. The organization took NOPD to court with the aid of the ACLU, and a federal judge agreed with the task force. The group's parade rolled on Lundi Gras with police protection.

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