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September 12th

Seat belts must be a priority

It’s a problem of negligence, of not thinking about the seat belt while turning the ignition and starting the motor.
And for a Grambling State University professor this week, the decision to run from Point A to Point B without a seat belt provided a negative example for four of her children in the car with her.
The professor died, along with one of her children. Two others are under vigil at Shreveport and Minden hospitals. The situation could have been avoided.
It should have been, based on information GSU spokesmen have told the Daily Leader.

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This city loves its newspaper

Credibility has been questioned since the whole media world began to turn. We in the business learn to take the questions as a good sign that readers care about what we’re doing.
People have a love-hate relationship with the “fourth estate,” the journalists that tell the news. It’s a hard-to-define business that deals only in people, with a little bit of natural disaster thrown in from time to time. That makes journalism a daily battle.

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Names of victims read for 9/11 anniversary

Felicia Dunn-Jones, an attorney who was working a block from the World Trade Center, became the 2,974th victim linked to attack sites. The four hijacked airliners hit the twin towers, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pa., where federal investigators say the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 fought the hijackers on the rallying cry "Let's roll!"
A memorial honoring Flight 93's 40 passengers and crew was to begin shortly before 9:55 a.m., the time the airliner nosedived into the empty field.

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September 11th

GSU professor, child killed

The 5-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bienville Parish Coroner, Don Smith. Blake was pronounced dead at LSU-HSC.
Among the passengers, an 11-year-old received moderate injuries, a 9-year-old received minor injuries, an 8-year-old and a 2-year-old are in stable, but life-threatening condition.
GSU has been keeping up with the condition of the 8-year-old and 2-year-old.
The two are at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

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RHS, Creek take jump in poll

Ruston received a total of 71 points and now ranks 23 points behind No. 5 St. Thomas More, which has 94 points and is also 2-0 on the young season.
Cedar Creek earned 114 points and now finds itself only three points away from the No. 2 slot for its classification. Kentwood, the previous No. 1 ranked team, fell to the runner-up position with its 1-1 record and 117 points.
The Cougars and Bearcats have both made big moves in each week of the LSWA’s poll.

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Law to aid in convictions

The law does not exclude victims from being called by defense attorneys, but at least they are only called once.
Humiliation, rage and loathing often follow the violation of sexual assault, and sexual assaults on children are especially heinous. Child victims of sexual assault very often suffer developmental difficulties and are predisposed to becoming abusers themselves.

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Make choice to get involved

College is also about choices, and the ones we make will shape our personality and mold us into the person we want to be.
A new brood of “bulldogs” has just begun its journey at Louisiana Tech, and faculty members were present at the First Year Convocation last week at Howard Center for the Performing Arts to shepherd the incoming freshmen.
Speakers urged students to make the most out of their college experience and the message was clear— get involved at Tech.

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Jury back to trash issue

Options the parish has explored include compacting, as is done in Sabine and DeSoto parishes, door-to-door collections, an idea that has been met with some resistance, and consolidating dumpsites, he said.
Currently, the parish applies about $4 million total each year for the current programs. Sales taxes generate about $3.3 million per year and landfill tipping fees are also included, as well as dumpster leasing.

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September 10th

Dooley wants Tech to ‘finish game’

“With 3:20 to go in the first half, we had the football at Hawaii’s 40-yard line. But we did a poor job of blocking on the first and second downs and then we wind up punting. Then, at the end of the game, with about 1:29 left and the score tied in regulation, we had some drops that kept us from getting a field goal that maybe could have won it for us. On a fourth down, the receiver fell down on a route.”

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Don’t fall prey to fraud

In this day and age, fraud takes on numerous forms, and people can never be too careful.
Promises of “free” prizes and vacations, surprise inheritances and money for assembling products at home are other types of common fraud strategies which seek to draw money from victims. Those who fall prey to such schemes may be asked to pay processing or shipping fees and get little or nothing in return.

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