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New Orleans' tourism industry is seeing its work pay off as Travel + Leisure magazine last week honored the Big Easy as the 10th best city to visit in the United States and Canada. The magazine's 2005 World's Best Awards also recognized the Windsor Court Hotel as the No. 11 hotel in the U.S. and Canada, and 54th in the world.

The CRESTOR Charity Challenge, a partnership between the PGA Tour and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, has donated $50,000 to Ochsner Children's Hospital. The fundraising challenge was held during this spring's Zurich Classic of New Orleans event at the Tournament Players' Club. The fundraising effort will support programs at Ochsner that fight youth obesity.

Justin Conner, a Concordia Parish justice of the peace, was stripped of his judicial duties last week by the state Supreme Court in the wake of criminal charges of voter fraud. Conner, a local NAACP leader, is under indictment on charges he tampered with absentee votes. The same week, another J.P. from Plaquemines Parish was arrested in an alleged undercover drug sting in Gretna.

U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodham, acting on behalf of the George W. Bush administration, is pressuring Congress to cut funds dedicated to restoring Louisiana's eroding coastline. The federal energy bill contained millions of dollars for coastal restoration secured by Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal. Gov. Kathleen Blanco correctly calls Bodham's actions "shortsighted" and "irresponsible."


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