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January 11th, 2013

Soccer sign-up deadline approaching

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Children who dream of running down the field dribbling a soccer ball will have their chance as spring soccer begins in mid-February.
While the games won’t start until Feb. 16, the deadline to sign up is quickly approaching.
Ashlynn Shell, Ruston Parks and Recreation recreation supervisor, said those interested in playing the sport this season have until 5 p.m. Jan. 25 to become a part of the action.

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Jindal proposes nixing income tax

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing to eliminate Louisiana’s personal and business income taxes in exchange for higher state sales taxes and the removal of some tax breaks currently on the books. The ideas are the centerpiece of the governor’s planned tax code rewrite for the next legislative session.
Jindal’s shopping the tax swap to lawmakers, who will consider it in the regular session that begins in April. He described the proposal Thursday as a way to save Louisiana families money and make the state more appealing to business and industry.

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‘Come and See’ the show, with opening reception tonight

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Louisiana Tech University’s Enterprise Center Gallery presents “Come and See: An MFA Show.” The exhibition will run fromFriday until Feb. 15, with the opening reception from 6-8 p.m.tonight. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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Recognize the signs of stalking

Although some may not consider stalking a major crime, the disturbing behavior is much more serious than perceived and should not be approached with indifference, as the behavior often escalates into a more threatening situation.

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Shrinking height with age

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For as long as I can remember, I have been wearing the same jean and pant length. The proper word here is inseam.
After a few recent wardrobe rotations of blue jeans, my cuff length appears to be growing longer than my legs. I’m still wearing the same number on the little white tab inside, but I don’t know, apparently the area code is incorrect or something.

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The importance of Braille

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Jan. 4 marked the birthday of Louis Braille, the Frenchman blinded as a child who developed the Braille code, a completely tactile reading medium. His system continues to transform the lives of blind people around the world today. I reflected on what Braille means to me and how important it is that we continue educating others about its importance to all blind people, particularly to those with residual vision.

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Techsters make it 500 at home

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Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters seized the moment on Thursday night.
But only after achieving “The Moment.”
Leading into the Western Athletic Conference game against Texas State University (6-9, 0-5) at the Thomas Assembly Center, no way you would have gotten an idea about its special significance.
At least not from the Techsters or their Hall of Fame head coach, Teresa Weatherspoon.

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Prep hoops

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This weekend’s Lincoln Parish high school basketball schedule, plus a look at each team’s record:
HIGH SCHOOL
(Boys)
• CHOUDRANT: Tonight, home, vs. Downsville; CEDAR CREEK: Tonight, home, vs. Grambling; RUSTON: Tonight, home, vs. Bastrop; GRAMBLING: Tonight, at Cedar Creek.
(Girls)
• GRAMBLING: Tonight, at Cedar Creek; CHOUDRANT: Tonight, home, vs. Downsville; CEDAR CREEK: Tonight, home, vs. Grambling; RUSTON: Tonight, home, vs. Bastrop,
THE RECORD BOOK

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I.A. Lewis teams close out play

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Ruston’s I.A. Lewis basketball squads brought their curtain down on their 2012-13 season recently with several victories.
The Rams took wins of 44-31 over Shreveport St. Mark’s, 30-14 over Cedar Creek and 43-14 over Monroe St. Frederick’s and lost to Shreveport Evangel Academy 66-50.
In that defeat to Evangel, Ramarian Parker had 27 points to lead the Rams after having totaled 15 versus St. Mark’s, 12 against St. Frederick’s and eight against Cedar Creek.

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Bulldogs knock off Bobcats, take WAC lead with 4-0 mark

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SAN MARCOS, Texas — Louisiana Tech had 11 different players score, led by guard Cordarius Johnson with 17, as the Bulldogs took down Texas State 84-67 on Thursday night at Strahan Coliseum.
The victory marked Tech’s fifth straight and improved their overall record to 13-3 and a perfect, league-leading 4-0 mark in Western Athletic Conference play.
Both teams started off cold from the field, shooting a combined 2-for-13 with the score knotted up 2-2 four minutes into the contest.

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