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April 9th

Wear a helmet either way, motorcyclists

If we graduate from bicycles to faster, more dangerous forms of two-wheeled conveyance, it would stand to that same line of reasoning to bring the helmet and pads with you.
The trick riders who make a living through risking their life at high speeds and in mid-air swear by them.
But, the proponent of wind-in-the-hair motorcycle riding might think there is a huge difference between riding a motorcycle professionally and recreationally.

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University news shows future

The reasoning is pretty simple: evidence of our need to develop new and more efficient ways of doing almost everything we do is in front of us every day. Tech’s researchers are reaching for new days, and knowing that gives you a sense things aren’t all so bad.
Ugh. Gas prices. There’s a prime example of a place for technology improvement. Prices, of course, depend on where you are, and around here, we’re not enjoying our $3.50+ gallons. And the prices of bread, eggs and milk are striking because of it. Those costs are passed to us everywhere we look.

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Tech to host Vince Dooley

• Jason Fierman — marketing publications director for the athletic department at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. He spoke on building the brand, visual imagery and the capitalizing on national championships.
• Charlie Jones — former member of the San Antonio Spurs, who has worked in evaluating talent and placing a value on each free agent or player eligible for a draft.

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April 8th

Jayhawks stop Memphis for title

Chalmers’ game-saving 3 came after Memphis missed four of five free throws that would have put the game and the title out of reach. It completed a comeback from nine points down with 2:12 left.
“It’ll probably be the biggest shot ever made in Kansas history,” Kansas coach Bill Self said.
The ending made a mockery of Memphis coach John Calipari’s theory that his players, one of the country’s worst with 59 percent free-throw shooting, didn’t have to be good because they would always come through when the stakes were highest.

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Reach out to teens to keep them safe

As teens plan parties and graduation trips during these next few months, they need to realize what could happen if they drink and drive.
Friends and parents helping to throw parties or organize trips must not provide alcohol to anyone younger than 21.
It’s not just the law; it’s the responsible thing to do.
In Lincoln Parish, North Central Alliance Partners in Prevention volunteers will administer Breathalyzer tests to Ruston High School prom-goers Saturday.

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Race ahead of cancer

My natural father, someone I never actually met, died of cancer when I was young. My maternal grandmother had cancer before I was born. It would be wrong to say that neither of these affected me, but I was never there to witness their treatments and lives with cancer. All of my encounters with cancer were outside my reach, but still each time a medical questionnaire asked if anyone in my family had cancer, I had to check yes.
With raised awareness of cancer, I’ve always feared it was something looming in my future.

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GSU art trickles to area children

Donna McGee, art department head at GSU, said she considers this to be a service and a learning project that allows students to gain required professional experience hours.
Student teachers majoring in special education, elementary, English and music education each integrated their specific training into the children’s classes, said Gloria Rabon, department of education head at GSU.

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April 7th

Tech to add doctoral degree

Industrial and organizational psychology, called “work” psychology by many, is the application of modern psychological theory, research and intervention methods in the workplace. Practitioners are interested in making workplaces more productive while ensuring workers lead physically and mentally healthy existences.

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Dooley likes Bulldogs’ spirit

“We have a come a long way on that. There are guys flying around out there, knocking each other silly, and that’s good.
“Of all of the things we’ve improved on from last year, it’s the physical nature of how both sides are playing and the competitive spirit that they’re playing with.”
He added that “when you’ve got players laying it on the line and playing their hearts out, then it makes for a much more enjoyable experience for everyone. It gives you a chance to win. That’s what you want.”

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Community input must continue

The Library Board has proposed spending $3.4 million in taxpayers’ money for the events center, which will fill about 20,000 square feet of empty space adjacent to the library in the old Albertsons building.
Although managed by the Library Board, the new facility will be the community’s events center and should be used to attract everything from library-sponsored exhibits to small conferences.

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