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April 25th

Leaders shocked over UP jury move

According to the state Legislature Web site, a bill calling for the separation of the judicial district was authored by State Sen. Charles Jones, D-Monroe, and will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Legislators said they were not made aware of the resolution until Friday afternoon.
“I’m stunned to be honest with you,’’ state Sen. Robert Barham R-Oak Ridge, said. “I found out after the fact. I had not heard a word. I can’t imagine something like this being proposed without some conversation with the senator who represents Union Parish.’’

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Tech family remembers Hokie victims

Hart said two of her friends were victims in the massacre, but she was thankful so many Tech students showed up Monday to show their support.
“It’s a blessing to see this many unite for a college so far away,” she said. “(The tragedy) hurt my heart.”
Hart said she had always grown up believing she would go to Virginia Tech, but life took a different turn and brought her to Louisiana Tech, 888 miles away.
“I could have been in that classroom that day,” Hart said. “God brought me here instead. I had two friends that died, and I could have been in there with my friends that day.”

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April 24th

’Cats, Rebels decide 1-5A crown

And to the winner not only goes first place in the standings, but also an All-Sports Trophy for overall success-boys and girls’ teams, included, during the 2006-2007 season.
A junior varsity game is set for 4 p.m. and then followed by the 6:30 varsity showdown that will feature two teams who have been among Louisiana’s hottest clubs over the past several weeks.
Ruston has a five-game winning streak and has prevailed in nine of its past 10 games.

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International Day benefits everyone

Nouha Salim, of Lebanon, agreed that this was a great way for all the different cultures of the area to come together.
“I do this every year with Tech,” Salim said. “I went to Tech, and they do a great job. This is one of the best programs for international students. It gets everybody involved.”
Residents agreed.
Many got to sample food and learn about various cultures, religions, customs and even clothing styles.
Ruston resident Erik Rasmussen visited the Indian booth and said he was interested to learn about the different world cultures.

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It only takes one person

When did it happen?
Where did the shootings occur?
Why did it take the university so long to respond?
How many are dead?
What’s happening?
Over the course of the week, the plot thickened, and we got a glimpse of English senior Cho Seung-Hui, who, police say, went on a shooting rampage, killing 32 people before taking his own life. He was a loner, roommates said. He wouldn’t respond if someone talked to him, his neighbors claimed. He had previously stalked two girls, authorities said. He wouldn’t meet your eyes, teachers said.

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Louisiana National Guard lends hand

As part of the task force, four schools will be built in Belize; medical, dental, veterinarian and optical services are also provided through the project.
Spc. Anglea Fry, public affairs officer for the 527th Battalition who was part of the second rotation of personnel who traveled to Carmelita, said the project fell under annual training, which requires two weeks a year from Guard members.

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April 23rd

Tech spring game: perfect script

Just as Derek Dooley told a dejected honorary head coach for the Blue team as he sprinted off of the Joe Aillet Stadium FieldTurf and towards the Bulldogs’ locker room, the annual Louisiana Tech University spring showdown couldn’t have been scripted much better on Saturday afternoon.
A Madison Avenue p.r. executive couldn’t have penned a better ending to this “bragging rights” meeting that matched up the White team against the Blues.

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Club needs local support

Last week the club celebrated Boys and Girls Club Week as a way to raise awareness within the city about the club and give the children the opportunity to celebrate.
“Every club celebrates Boys and Girls Club Week,” Jimmy Williams, unit director, said. “It’s just a time to boost awareness, get all the club kids talking about the club at the school playground and get parents talking about it when they go to work.”

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Violence hurts everyone

If the above statistics from the RADAR Media and CDC Sexual Violence Fact Sheets and the National Domestic Violence Hotline startled you when you read them, that’s good.
It’s good that they affected you because the numbers represent actual citizens who have been raped, assaulted or otherwise abused.
The most important thing to remember is that though the “victim” or “survivor” of these heinous acts takes the brunt of the abuse, violence of any kind affects us all.

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Parents play role in prevention

Almost five years after the life-changing incident, Russell presented his story Thursday night before a small crowd of parents and teens at Dubach High School.
“I was living a double life while in high school,” Russell said. “I was a Christian on Sunday through Thursday.”
Russell was the guest speaker at an underage drinking awareness meeting aimed at parents presented by the Dubach High School Parent-Teacher Association in partnership with the North Central Alliance Partners in Prevention, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

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