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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

The New Orleans Zephyrs
will accept donated office supplies on behalf of the West Bank Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Louisiana at home games for the remainder of the season. (Fans who bring donations to the Zephyrs ticket office will receive a $5 ticket to the Zephyrs game.) Earlier this year, the Zephyrs teamed with the Magical Builders to help renovate the club, which will open soon. The Zephyrs and Magical Builders raised nearly $50,000 in labor and supplies for the renovation.

The New Orleans Worker Resource Center
opened last week by offering its first class on construction workplace safety. The 10,000-square-foot center, located at 3500 Canal St., becomes fully operational this week and will provide training for jobs in construction and health care. Training will be provided by the Service Employees International Union and the Laborers' International Union of North America, which joins local community groups in recruiting to the center returning residents and those who remain displaced.

Jimmie Robison,
former assistant director of the Louisiana Fire and Emergency Training Institute, paid just $500 for a state backhoe that was worth at least $5,000 — and possibly as much as $15,000 — according to an inspector general's audit. The backhoe had been given to the fire academy in 2002. Robison denies paying money for the backhoe, but state auditors stand by their claim. The audit, most of which Robison does not dispute, also alleges that he used state equipment and resources for his personal benefit.

Cherlyn "Cookie" Armstrong and Dr. Suzette Cullins
were convicted in federal court last week of running a cluster of "pill mills" that masqueraded as local pain clinics. Armstrong, a registered nurse and owner of Scherer's Medical Center and two Mia's Pharmacies, was convicted of conspiracy, money laundering and 23 counts of illegally dispensing narcotics without a medical purpose. Cullins, the chief physician at the clinics, was convicted of conspiracy and five counts of illegally dispensing narcotics.

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