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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Wendell Pierce,
the local actor noted for his role on HBO's The Wire, received a Weiss award for his civic and humanitarian efforts from the New Orleans Council for Community and Justice. Pierce grew up in Pontchartrain Park, the historic community of African-American homeowners, and as president of its neighborhood association following the levee failures has worked diligently to resurrect it. Most notably, Pierce managed to place the park's Joseph Bartholomew Golf Course on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kesia Williams-Mathis,
a graduate student of physiology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, became one of only five students nationally to be awarded a 2008-2009 Porter Physiology Fellowship for Minorities by the American Physiology Society. Williams scored highest out of 18 new applicants for the fellowship and has been designated the 2008-2009 Merck Fellow. Additionally, Williams-Mathis has shared her knowledge with public school students as part of an LSU partnership with New Orleans Public Schools.

Dr. Peter DeBlieux,
director of emergency services at LSU Interim Hospital and a professor at LSU Health Sciences Center, was named a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians. In the aftermath of the levee failures, DeBlieux provided care for patients and employees at Charity Hospital, and then helped direct emergency medical services during recovery efforts at a number of temporary sites, including a U.S. Navy ship, the University Hospital parking lot and the Convention Center.

Timmy Teepell,
Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief of staff, wrote a letter questioning the "objectivity" of Gen. "Buddy" Stroud, who served 17 years as state adjutant general and led the Louisiana National Guard during Operation Desert Storm. Jindal asked Stroud and other retired generals to evaluate the Louisiana Guard, then ignored their recommendations — including their choice for adjutant general. Even if he disagrees with the committee, Teepell should not have disparaged Stroud in a cowardly missive. He owes the general an apology.

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