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October 6th

Alexander wins 4th term

“I’m just grateful for the vote of confidence people have given me,” Alexander said Saturday.
Alexander’s latest vote coming into this weekend’s election was in favor of a controversial Wall Street bailout bill — equipping the federal government with $700 billion that will go to propping up ailing financial institutions.

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Don't forget about the little things

I’ve been fortunate in my life to have a model of commitment in my parents’ marriage. Logging more than 30 years as a married couple, they’ve stuck together though thick and thin and always provided our family with stability.
But, let’s get back to that question: What have I done for my marriage today?
Well, I set a couple of alarm clocks this morning so my husband would wake up in time for his morning class. I bought his favorite snacks when I went grocery shopping. I apologized when I bit his head off because I was cranky, not because he’d done anything wrong.

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Bailout plan can reassure residents

Understanding the depth of the situation is difficult because the workings of the financial markets and how they trickle into our own lives are obscure. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson and Fed chairman Ben Bernanke painted a dire picture to Congress. Congress, too, picked up a kind of rhetoric that was sure to scare onlookers.
Our local bankers have tried to make it understood that deposits are safe and Louisiana’s banks are some of the strongest around. That’s reassuring.

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Saturday art event canceled

Check the Leader for more information as it becomes available.

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October 3rd

Banks ease customer concerns

“What’s so fantastic about north Louisiana is for the first time in my 26-year career, there’s a significant chance to have a very robust economy,” Mills said, pointing to northwest Louisiana’s Haynesville Shale, the burgeoning Air Force Cyber Command and the possibility of landing a major company at a prepared site near Monroe.

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GSU faces improved Panthers

Among those areas of expertise on the defensive side is scoring defense, where the Panthers have allowed 11.5 points per game and Grambling 17.4 points each contest.
“This has the potential to be a low-scoring game,” said Panthers’ coach Henry Frazier, III during a Monday media conference in Dallas to promote the game. “Grambling has a tremendous defensive team and we’ve been fortunate in being successful on defense, too.
“So if both of the defenses are on their game Saturday night, it could be a game where maybe a field goal decides who wins.”

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Washington has gone insane

People who can’t sell bonds and other credit instruments don’t know what they are worth.
Things that you can’t sell have an immediate real value of “zero,” even if their actual value — in a sane market that’s working — would be considerably higher.
Amid all this mounting uncertainty, one thing has become crystal clear: Our political class stinks.
We face a crisis of almost unprecedented magnitude — a potential Great Depression that threatens the well-being of millions of Americans. And what do our politicians do?

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The decision has been made

Whether you agree with the application of the death penalty at all, examination of the basis for their decision reveals a dubious kind of logic.
The justices in favor of the ban cited a “national consensus” against executing convicted rapists. That’s interesting, because our understanding of the position those justices hold does not involve interpreting a “national consensus” in terms of Constitutional law.
There are other factors beyond that, not the least of which is the incredible brutality of the crime that sparked this debate.

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’Cats train hard

“It’s been a bunch of factors, but I think Coach Hall’s presence is definitely one of them,” Ruston coach Billy Laird said. “With that bald head and his size, he’s a pretty intimidating guy. He’s big and he’s tough, and the players know that if they don’t do something the right way, the way he expects it to be done, that there are going to repercussions.

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October 2nd

’Cats train hard

“It’s been a bunch of factors, but I think Coach Hall’s presence is definitely one of them,” Ruston coach Billy Laird said. “With that bald head and his size, he’s a pretty intimidating guy. He’s big and he’s tough, and the players know that if they don’t do something the right way, the way he expects it to be done, that there are going to repercussions.

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