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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

ALS Association Louisiana Chapter
raised more than $25,000 through its annual "Walk to Defeat ALS," which was held recently at Zephyr Field. Eleven teams with 250 walkers participated, raising funds through online donations, raffles and letter writing campaigns. The money will be donated to the ALS Association, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to finding the cause and cure of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems
donated 1,200 laptop computers to the Recovery School District. The donation allows the RSD to provide every eighth grade student a laptop to use at school. Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, a nonprofit computer recycler in Baton Rouge, received the surplus laptop computers from Lockheed Martin, refurbished the equipment and loaded the operating system and software. Lockheed Martin also gave the RSD $95,000 to purchase additional software.

New Orleans restaurants
helped our city win the national Food/Dining title in the annual "America's Favorite Cities Survey" by CNN Headline News and Travel+Leisure magazine. More than 125,000 travelers completed an online survey that asked participants to rate their choice of one or more cities from across the country in 45 different categories including culture, shopping, people, food and other attributes. New Orleans also was voted best in the subcategories of live music and vintage stores/flea markets.

State Rep. John LaBruzzo
says he is considering an idea to reduce rising welfare rates by offering $1,000 to poor women who volunteer to undergo surgical sterilization. LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, is concerned that poor people are reproducing at a higher number than better-educated, affluent people. Besides the obvious fascist sentiments inherent in such a proposal, LaBruzzo should do his homework: The number of welfare recipients in the state's family assistance program has dropped dramatically in the past 18 years.

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