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February 2nd, 2013

Marine evaluates role of women

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I do understand Mr. (Lou) Barber’s sentiment about women in the military. I also understand his feelings towards women in general. After all, he is from the generation that witnessed two world wars, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam debacle. It is also a good chance that he and a lot of people close to him served in one or more of these actions.
The role of women in the home and the workplace in Mr. Barber’s time was exactly how he described it. Women were seen as a nice accoutrement; an integral part of the team, but in most ways relegated to a support role. The times have changed.

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School change and then some

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Change, change, change ... and then some!
In the spring of 2012, the U.S. Justice Department ruled that the configuration of our city elementary schools must change in order to meet their desegregation requirements. In addition, Louisiana’s Department of Education also required significant changes for the 2012-13 year — a new teacher evaluation system and the shift from the Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum to the Common Core Standards used by most states. Any one of these changes would have been a challenge in itself; however, all of them at once presented more “new” challenges than we have ever had to face in one new school year.

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Thin persons discrimination

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Have you ever had a feeling of being discriminated against or picked on? A dark, foreboding cloud is lurking on the horizon of our society. Yes, there could possibly be yet a new area of controversy that might lead to litigation and even worse, legislation. The government will be shocked. The topic: discrimination against the fit and healthy.

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SCHOOL NEWS: HICO ELEMENTARY

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ABBIT recognizes students, classes focus on artists

The ABBIT Society
Students making all As and Bs on their report card for the third six weeks were recognized at an ABBIT Society assembly on Jan. 23.

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Reving up to read

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Julie Holmes and her pre-service students at Louisiana Tech University partnered with Lincoln ACHIEVE and United Way of Northeast Louisiana to help facilitate the special kick-off events held in support of the new early grades reading initiative getting underway at Hillcrest and Glen View elementary schools. While the parents and community volunteers worked on reading strategies, the Tech teacher candidates engaged the students in their own small group literacy-based activities.

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Look past ‘fog of uncertainty’ when investing

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In Europe, the financial crisis drags on. China’s economic growth has slowed from “wow” to “ho-hum.” Here at home, we’ve seen heated political debates over taxes, spending and deficit reduction. Taken together, these factors have created a “fog of uncertainty” that has left many investors in the dark about their next moves. But is this “fog” really impenetrable — or can you, as an individual investor, see through it to a place of clarity?

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Alternatives to help meet your investment goals

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In 2006, Congress posed (through the Pension Protection Act) that if an investor has more than 20 percent of a portfolio in one security or industry, the portfolio may not be properly diversified. Your specific risk tolerance may allow for more or less than 20 percent of one security.

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Maybe this time, the pick is right: 49ers

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Here I am pondering whether or not to make a prediction on Super Bowl XXLVII, the reason being is that I flatout muffed it for who was to even make it to the Big Easy for tonight’s game.
Zero-and-two.

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’Dogs rope Mavericks

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If there’s a “Sixth Man” for Louisiana Tech University’s streaking Bulldogs, then somebody go find a jersey for him.
Well, make it “them.”
Just over 5,000 fans were in a Mardi Gras-like spirit and helped charge up the Western Athletic Conference-leading ’Dogs (19-3, 10-0) to a 64-51 win over Texas-Arlington at the Thomas Assembly Center on Saturday night.

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Techsters stop UTA

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ARLINGTON, Texas —Lulu Perry tied her career-high with 21 points and Kelia Shelton and Whitney Frazier both scored in double figures to lead Louisiana Tech to a 78-62 win over Texas-Arlington Saturday night in Western Athletic Conference action at College Park Center.
Perry hit 6-of-7 field goals, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and 6-of-7 free throws as the Benton star helped the Lady Techsters build an early lead and eventually push it out to as many as 31 before coasting to the win.

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