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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

Ursula and D.J. Markey,
a New Orleans couple who launched the nonprofit Pyramid Parenting Training Program in 1991, were selected from a field of nearly 500 nominees for the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program Award. The Markeys were chosen to receive the $120,000 award based on their commitment to educating their disabled sons and their ability to help other families facing similar challenges.

Community Build!,
a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, brought together more than 60 employees from New Orleans financial institutions recently to work on a Habitat for Humanity house. Workers from AmSouth Bank, Bank One, Citigroup, Hibernia National Bank, Regions Bank, State Farm Insurance and Whitney National Bank laid the foundation for a Habitat home in an effort to demonstrate the importance of homeownership in a community.

Eddie Jordan,
the former U.S. attorney who is now a candidate for district attorney in New Orleans, used photos of Police Chief Eddie Compass and District A Councilman Jay Batt in his campaign literature without their permission. Jordan's campaign flier gives the impression that Compass and Batt support Jordan in the DA's race, but to date neither has issued a formal endorsement. Jordan announced last week that he will stop using the offending flier.

Deputy Chief Knot Farrington,
a supervisor with the Jefferson Parish sheriff's office, was fined $1,000 by the state Board of Ethics for letting the sheriff's office contract with an auto mechanic business that paid monthly mortgage notes to him. Farrington, commander of the fleet management bureau, did not disclose his financial ties to the auto shop during the contracting process. The sheriff's office paid the business more than $230,000 over two years.


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