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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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Research park design in works

With land chosen, but not yet revealed to the public because of concerns of throwing kinks in the works of land acquisition, the university has moved closer to realizing the project, which began with university leaders bulldogging in the Louisiana Legislature for funding.
Half came in the 2007 Legislative session, in the form of $12 million in appropriations.
The other half came from a line of credit from the state bond commission last fall.

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Giants: A super-sized upset

“An unbelievable game and an unbelievable feeling,” Manning said.
“The greatest victory in the history of this franchise, without a question,” said owner John Mara.
It was a scintillating closing chapter to a crazy week that seemed to have everything: the perfect team; the upstart underdogs; the cover boy quarterback in Tom Brady; the kid brother in Manning.
America loves an underdog, and the Giants, with their stirring victory, etched themselves as one of the best this game — or any sport — has ever seen.

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Wear red this month for heart health

The national Go Red for Women campaign encourages women to wear red and make a donation to the American Heart Association to support research and education about women and heart disease. Wearing eye-catching red is more than a fashion statement, it’s meant to raise awareness about the heart disease epidemic that afflicts women — and men — around the country.
The campaign has three basic health messages:
• Know your risk factors for heart disease and stroke, which include obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, physical inactivity, smoking and high blood pressure.

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Tech calls for more recycling

As part of the project that year, a 30-minute presentation was made to over 1,000 area sixth-graders about recycling. The students were shown a short video and then turned old newspapers into paper in a hands-on project.
A recycling curriculum guide was developed, printed and distributed to all sixth grade teachers in the five-parish target area.
This education was great in theory, but where is the action?

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Dean going to Canton

“One of the members of the voting committee this afternoon recalled the numerous times that Walsh would be telling one of his young defensive linemen, ‘If you work hard enough and dedicate yourself, you can be another Fred Dean,’ “veteran sportswriter Peter Finney of The New Orleans Times-Picayune said late Saturday afternoon from Phoenix, Ariz. “He said that, every chance he got, Walsh would make a reference to Dean and how he was one of the most dominant pass rushers the game has ever seen.

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