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February 15th

Adios, sayonara and farewell

I’m not being dragged off kicking and screaming. After Valerie’s near-death experience Jan. 18, I knew the time had come. Night meetings would leave her alone for too long a period and due to the nature of her problems, any time is too long. So, Feb. 24 will be my last day at The Ruston Daily Leader.
My tenure in journalism has been brief but rewarding. The walls of my study are lined with plaques, awards, photos and other memorabilia.

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Bulldogs drill Grambling, 21-1

On Tuesday night, he didn’t have to worry.
The Bulldogs (3-4) went out a 6-1 lead in the first inning and never looked back on the way to a 21-1 romp past the Tigers (1-4) in front of 410 fans on a clear and chilly evening.
“I reminded our players of one thing in our talk before the game,” the Bulldogs’ head coach said. “They dog piled on our mound last year and that’s not a slap at Grambling, but I reminded them. It wasn’t just the players. There were 30 or 40 fans out there.
“We wanted to stay focused and be all business the entire game tonight.”

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Black Caucus walks out of session

“All of the protections and safeguards that people complained about in other bills were put in place in this bill,” Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, said. “It was so disheartening.”
Monday began the second week of the special session called by Gov. Kathleen Blanco to deal with issues spawned by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. One of those issues dealt with trying to find a way to allow displaced voters from New Orleans the opportunity to vote in the city’s mayoral election in April.

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February 14th

State needs leadership

You would think the governor would have learned by now that the answer to a problem is not to just throw more money at it — especially if you’re already broke.
Yet calling another special session would be doing exactly that: coughing up more mileage and per diem payments to state senators and representatives when we’re already in the hole financially.
No, the state does not need another special session. What it needs are special leaders — men and women who don’t get their feelings hurt and quit when things don’t go their way.

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It’s the thought that counts

I’m in a very sentimental mood — I think the holidays do that to me — and I happen to recall the first Valentine’s Day that Kyle and I spent together.
It was just two years ago. We had been dating for less than a month, and he was still in that “impress the girlfriend” stage. He had bought sparkling grape juice and had decided to make homemade lasagna for me.

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Tech, Grambling play at Love Field

That was the case in 2005 when the two teams located only five miles from each battled for nine full innings before the Tigers exited with a dramatic game-ending, grand slam home run-winning blast by third baseman Courtney Jones.
Jones is among the Tigers’ chief returnees for this season and he wouldn’t mind playing the hero’s role again.
Neither would any number of other Tech or Grambling players who will play each other for the first of two times this season, this one at the Love facility starting at 6 p.m.; the G-Men will host the ‘Dogs at the same time on April 11.

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Levee consolidation hits snag in Senate

After a Sunday evening session that saw parish after parish amend a bill introduced by Sen. Walter Boasso, R-Baton Rouge, Boasso returned his bill to the calendar instead of calling for a vote. The bill would have brought the state’s levee boards under one head.
Sunday was day six of the Special Legislative Session called by Gov. Kathleen Blanco to deal with issues raised by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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February 13th

Time to give back to club

That money would in turn be utilized to help with day-to-day operations costs at the club, as well as helping solve one of the club’s chief problems — getting children to the club after school.
Since the start of this school year, the club has been without transportation services, eliminated by the Lincoln Parish School Board. Over the past several years, students were allowed to ride parish buses to the club after school.

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Valentine gift ideas for ladies

Towards the end of her column, she threw out a couple of gift ideas that she might get her boyfriend — such as shoe polish, a wrench or
even fingernail clippers.
While all of those are useful gifts — Lord knows all of us men could use a little help in the grooming department — perhaps Laura needs a bit of help, as she suggested in her column.
Here are a couple of items for you women to consider for the big day tomorrow (ladies, if you still haven’t gotten your man a Valentine’s gift, you might be in a little trouble):

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Reneau shows leadership

Without prior planning, those cuts could be catastrophic, especially on top of the 3 percent cuts already levied on the state’s colleges and universities.
What is needed is forward thinking like that shown by Louisiana Tech University president Dan Reneau.
When asked how Louisiana Tech could survive a rumored $6 million slash to its budget, Reneau calmly replied, “We’ve met these types of hurdles before and survived. In the 1980s and 1990s we faced similar budget cuts. We’ll meet them again and survive.”

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