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July 2nd

Veterans share insights

“Right now, we have troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as we speak today some of those men and women are putting their lives on the line,” said the Savannah, Ga., native, who flew 100 combat missions over North Vietnam. “When it’s hard and it’s tough and sacrifices have to be made, the very best we have will step forward.”
Taylor said many people do not know how fortunate they are to be living in the U.S., but visiting places such as The Philippines and Turkey opens one’s eyes.

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July 1st

Lennox: Team change hasn’t hurt

“The last few games, I’ve been slacking,” admitted Lennox after a night in which she made points inside, outside and seemingly everywhere else at the Sun’s arena in Uncasville, Conn. “Maybe this will help break me out of a slump.”
Slump, you mean Lennox is in a slump?
According to the latest league statistical report, the 5-8 guard is ranked No. 3 in the WNBA for scoring average at 19.9. The only two players ahead of her are Diana Taurasi (24.7) and Cappie Poindexter (23.6), both from Atlanta.

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Jindal comes through with veto of raise

It would have made Louisiana legislators the highest-paid in the South and the 14th highest-paid in the country.
In a state famous for its poor roads and rampant illiteracy, boosting legislators’ pay should not be a funding priority.
Louisiana residents immediately recognized this, and an outcry rang out across the state.
Lawmakers tried defending the raise by bemoaning how long it’s been since their base salary has increased. The concept of a pay raise was never the problem; it was the way the Legislature went about it that raised the ire of state residents.

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Thriving despite tough times

While I’ve lived in Ruston for over 20 years now, I’m not a true native — only the son of one. My father was born and spent his first nine years in Farmerville before moving to Ruston. He went on to graduate from Louisiana Tech before moving to New Orleans, where I was born and raised, and lived there 34 years before proudly making a beeline back to Ruston upon his retirement in 1991.

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Attendees eat up Fest fun

Also in line was Skyelar Scott. Recovering from the two minutes of fast peach eating, the 7-year-old looked at her hands and commented, “I’m slimy.”
Ruston High students Linda Cross and Cody McCullin also waited in line, experiencing the feeling of fullness.
“I didn’t eat anything before this,” Cross said. “But I’m full. This was my first time to enter, and it was harder than I thought it would be.”
McCullin said his strategy for eating peaches at an accelerated rate was to start with the center and then move toward the ends.

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