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April 21st

Bradshaw: top ranked ex-pro for consumers

Nobody scored higher than the former Shreveport Woodlawn High School star who became a No. 1 NFL draftee out of Tech in 1970 and then went on to Super Bowl acclaim with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bradshaw’s popularity is a result of the down-home, laid-back and disarming demeanor that he delivers as an award-winning analyst on the FOX Sports Network pre-game NFL show and for the various products he has endorsed through the years (from Red Man chewing tobacco in his early years to Radio Shack commercials).

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Cell phone users invite danger

The numbers now are startling. The head of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission has said drivers 15-17 years old make up 2.7 percent of the whole driving force in the state, but are involved in at least 7 percent of the crashes that cause injury.
One of the things about the bill that might put young people who are attached to their cell phones at ease is the offense would not be cause for a traffic stop by itself. It would be treated as secondary, meaning a motorist caught speeding could also end up with a ticket for cell phone use if caught.

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Confessions of a library lover

I’ve done my fair share of moving around this state, having lived everywhere from here in north Louisiana, to Cajun country, New Orleans, Baton Rouge and tiny dots on the map in between.
In every city I’ve lived in, though, I’ve taken advantage of the public library. I’ve even worked at several of them.
Libraries across the country marked National Library Week this past week. It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.
I have my mom to thank for my love of libraries and books in general.

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Road work revs up

When the project is complete, the North Service Road will transform from a two-way road to a one-way going west tying in with Woodward Avenue, the street that connects Vienna and Trenton streets. A $3 million bridge will connect the North and South Service Roads.
City Public Works Director Lewis Love said the North Service Road construction has been a challenge because of all the businesses located on it and accompanying high traffic.
“We appreciate everyone being patient during this time,” he said.

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Techsters: Turnaround season

Don’t bet against these Lady Techsters, even if you look back at the preseason polls and see where they were picked to finish last in the WAC for a third straight year.
Or that they went 22-38 overall in 2007 at the same time they were totaling only three victories in 20 league games.
“At the end of last year, we all felt we should have fared better and that we all needed to step it up when this season began,” recalled junior pitcher Krissi Oliver. “Our attitude has been, ‘if you think you can do it, anything is possible’ and that you’re only as good as you believe you are.

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Cleaning up parish is time well spent

The results of last month’s cleanup were promising: In Dubach alone, volunteers cleaned up one ton of trash from their area.
That just goes to show the need for cleanups and organizations like Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful.
The group isn’t just picking up litter. They’re also focusing on educating local residents and students. Schools are collecting recyclable plastics and urging kids to get involved in cleaning up their community.
The education aspect is a key element of initiating change in Lincoln Parish.

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Hearing loss is measureable

• Difficulty understanding speech, not so much hearing speech. This is a very common symptom of high frequency hearing loss. Women and children’s voices may be particularly difficult to understand. If you add in some background noise, speech discrimination may become nearly impossible. Poor speech discrimination is a reliable sign of significant hearing loss.
• Listening to the TV or radio at levels that others find too loud. To help increase speech intelligibility, people with hearing loss will turn up the volume so that they can understand more.

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Lives Lost to Alcohol

“These silhouettes represent real lives that have been tragically lost — college students, high school students, children, parents, brothers, sisters, sorority and fraternity members and friends,” said Addie Smith, coordinator of the North Central Alliance Partners in Prevention, one of the groups collaborating on the project. “The silhouettes could represent a pedestrian hit by a drunk driver, someone riding in a vehicle with someone drunk or the driver themselves. The goal of this project is to prevent these types of crashes and to serve as a reminder of the loved ones we’ve all lost.”

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April 17th

’Dogs can identify with Detroit

Then there are the Bulldogs, everybody’s choice to press defending champion Fresno State University for first place in the Western Athletic Conference this season.
Not only that, but with the league’s annual postseason tournament set for J.C. Love Field late next month, even more reasons were pointed in Tech’s direction for being a major contender for the title and an NCAA postseason berth.
If only things could be that clear-cut.
Tech is struggling big time as they prepare for a four-game WAC series at San Jose State starting Friday.

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Municipalities must become self-sufficient

While Mayor Willie Hendricks and the council are sensitive to residents’ financial situations, they realize that something needs to change to prepare for the future.
As our state legislators have said, there’s only so much money that will continue to be made available for local projects. Hendricks acknowledges the need for each municipality, no matter how small, to create funds for emergencies, repairs and upgrades for the services it offers.

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