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February 6th

Internet changes the business

In the fall, a call came in from the illustrious University of Missouri at Columbia school of journalism on the issue of Web news. If you’re unaware, Mizzou is where budding reporters and editors are turned into news machines, and they are on the cutting edge. Where Tech, in all of its focus on hard science, is busy figuring out how to teach online journalism and adapting to the way news is delivered today, Mizzou is leaps and bounds further down the path. In fact, they’re drawing the path.
Anyway, the call I got was about a survey of online news credibility and attitudes.

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Pledge to St. Jude will touch lives

The goal for this year’s radiothon, set for live broadcast from Super 1 Foods on Z-107.5 next week, is an ambitious $160,000.
The parents of any child whose life has crossed paths with St. Jude and the Ronald McDonald house will likely tell you this year’s goal pales in comparison to the emotional cost that childhood cancer exacts on a family.

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Council slows OK on subdivision

Access to the development — called Orchard Heights — would be provided by new public streets, which the developer proposes to construct according to city standards.
Mayfield suggested other council members observe the traffic situation in the area where the subdivision is proposed to see the potential dangers.
“With this road coming into Cornell Avenue, we will have excessive amounts of damages and deaths,” he said.
Public Works Director Lewis Love indicated the speed limit around the new development would be 25 mph.

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February 5th

Techsters fall to Fresno State

“It’s a good win for us, but there’s four or five teams in our league capable of winning this thing and Tech is one of them,” said Fresno State’s Adrian Wiggins. “I don’t know if it’s a matter of us being that much better than Tech as it is that we have been able to win some matchups in personnel against them both times.
“But there’s still a lot of games to be played. We’re happy to win this one just, as we were when we defeated Tech at our place (75-52), but we’ve still got four big games remaining for us in the WAC.”

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Parents have opportunity for education

Even Start Family Literacy began in Lincoln Parish in 1994 to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of low-income families.
Graduates of this program have gone on to earn master’s degrees thanks to the confidence and support they received at Even Start Family Literacy.
The Northeast Louisiana Family Literacy Consortium, the umbrella agency under which the Lincoln Parish program falls, was granted a $195,000 funding infusion as part of a federal Congressional spending bill approved in December.

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Stories written, sympathy felt

I hate to hear of crime happening locally, but it’s reassuring to report arrests by the Ruston Police Department or the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office. I’m comforted that law enforcement is taking care of us, and I’m happy to tell you about it.

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Elementary schools weigh benefits of same-sex classes

Closer friendships and better focus have been outcomes of initiating same-sex classes at area elementary schools.
Ruston Elementary piloted the division of boys and girls in the fourth grade in 2006, and this fall Principal Sonja Walker expanded the division to include fifth-graders. She notes strong performances on last year’s high-stakes LEAP exams in the two same-sex fourth-grade classes as compared to the mixed fourth-grade classes.

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February 4th

Government should be energy-aware

His order, however, doesn’t have the details you’d like to see in such an effort. There are no targets for energy efficiency standards or strict guidelines on how to make state government run more cleanly.
It requires the governor’s Division of Administration to develop a three-year plan with state agencies to set energy efficiency goals for state office buildings and facilities. On its face, that would seem to include universities like Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University. That might mean changes in our neck of the woods, but we have yet to see.

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International story touches hearts locally

The country, which is about the size of Texas, is home to 34 million people who are divided into approximately 50 tribes. A disputed presidential election has pitted the Luo tribe against the Kikuyu people, resulting in a month of bloody fighting and the displacement of hundreds of thousands.
Ruston resident Sammy Murimi, director of the Christian nonprofit organization Share International Inc., came to the United States with his wife, Louisiana Tech professor Mary Murimi, from Kenya in the 1980s. They’ve lived in Ruston with their four children since 1998.

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Pro Hall picks Ruston’s Dean

“Gosh, I was so nervous when I heard his voice, and all and he told me where he was from, that I have forgotten the man’s name,” Dean said. “But I guess I’ll be talking to them again.”
Yes, he sure will.
Dean was being informed that he had just been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2008.
“After he told me, I had to grab my heart, it was racing so fast,” he said. “Look, I’m no physician, but I knew my heart wasn’t supposed to be moving that fast. It was pounding, I tell you.”
That’s only appropriate.

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