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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Tulane Emergency Medical Service,
a first responder team comprised of trained and certified student volunteers, was awarded the "Outstanding Service of the Year" honor by the National Collegiate EMS Foundation at its annual conference. The Tulane EMS was formed in 1981 and currently has 44 active members and two ambulances. It was selected by the foundation, which has a membership of 234 college-based ambulance services throughout the United States and Canada. The foundation also presented the team with a "Striving for Excellence Award."

Dillard University
rededicated the Will W. Alexander Library, which is opening for the first time since the levee failures. The building has been significantly renovated with more natural lighting and videoconference and group study rooms. The library's collection has expanded to 106,500 volumes, 55,000 electronic books and thousands of full-text, online and print journals. The library also houses many first-edition works of prominent African-American writers, including Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and Frederick Douglass.

Gloria Asumnu,
the Tulane University senior sprinter, was named an All-American by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. This is the fourth All-America honor for Asumnu, who also holds a total of six school records, has won eight conference championships in both indoor and outdoor venues and is the only athlete in Conference USA history to win four conference championships in a single event — the indoor 60-meter dash. She will compete in the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

ICF International,
the company hired to administer the state's Road Home program, faces an $800,000 fine by the state Office of Community Development, the state agency that initially wrote Road Home rules, if ICF doesn't offer more evidence that it has resolved homeowner disputes from July, August and December 2007. This news follows the announcement that former Gov. Kathleen Blanco gave ICF a $156 million raise during the last month of her administration — for handling more claims than expected.

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