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August 29th

Let's look at library finances

It’s difficult to say what the outcome will be; will the Events Center project truly be shelved by worries of a budget shortfall in 2009, will the complaint letter filed with the state against the Police Jury stall the project?
We wait on the answers to those questions — the people making the decisions and playing with the numbers have not reached conclusions yet.

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‘Bayou Jamb’ is key test for RHS

The “Bayou Jamb” is going practically head-to-head with Louisiana Tech University’s season opener against Mississippi State University. The two clubs collide starting at 5:45 p.m., just 15 minutes before Ruston and Ouachita lock up.
“I honestly believe that both places are going to have great crowds,” Shows said.”It might influence some fans a little, but I really don’t think either place is going to get hurt that much. You might have a sellout over in Ruston and you’re likely going to have over 20,000 at the ‘Jamb.’ I think both events will be fine.”

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GSU builds on student diversity

“Basically, the international component in education is necessary in today’s world,” Judson said “More and more domestic services are being bought by other countries — the world is working together like it never has and that’s only going to increase.
“We have to find a way to prepare our student bodies for that changing world, and increasing our international student population and thereby being able to provide all of our students with the chance to meet people from and learn from other countries and cultures is very important in this day and age,” Judson said.

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August 26th

Help protect community from violence

It’s a fact of life we can’t afford to ignore.
Local law enforcement officers are more familiar with what goes on behind closed doors than many of us. They’ve seen the damage — emotional and physical — that is inflicted upon women, men and children in these situations.
As discouraging as it must be to see the effects of domestic violence day in and day out,
many times at the same residences, these officers continue to do their duty and work to protect the victims.

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GSU filled with diversity

It’s good for everyone when all countries get together, meet and have a little fun, all for the sake of world unity and making the world a better place.
Fans of the Olympics get it, and so does Grambling State University.
The world is a quickly shrinking one. Days of isolation and xenophobia are pretty much extinct as increased methods of travel and communication through modernization has made working with a country around the world about as hard as it is working with a corporation around the block.

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Parish football getting in gear

Tech officials are expecting a large crowd for their nearly 31,000-seat stadium, which has never had a sellout since opening the turnstiles in the late 1960s.
This game might come close, as ticket sales have been brisk in the past several weeks and the Bulldogs from Starkville are due to have 5,000-plus fans arriving to support their team.
It will mark game No. 10 in a cross-state series that began in Starkville in 1904 and was last played in 1996 when Tech took a 38-23 victory.

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Bringing in dollars and sense

Students from Illinois, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Louisiana, California, Indiana and Maryland were part of the tour.
After attending a President’s Breakfast with Judson, who spoke to the group, they moved on to Grambling Hall to attend an informational program called “A Little About GSU” in the Grambling Hall auditorium.

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Domestic abuse prevalent

Faircloth agreed domestic abuse is “no respecter of persons.”
“I’ve known abusers who were Ph.D.’s and those who didn’t have a GED,” she said. “I’ve had millionaires’ daughters and Welfare moms sit in my support group.”
Faircloth said between 600-700 women and children and around 12 men each year in a five-parish area receive services from DART, which offers shelter, support groups, individual counseling and legal advocacy to victims of domestic violence.
Recent arrests connected to dating and domestic violence include:

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Protecting our elderly calls for vigilance

Unfortunately, many times they are victims of people and circumstances that can have devastating effects.
It’s our responsibility to value and protect the elderly in our area, and sometimes that may mean getting out of our comfort zones.
Elder abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person, according to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. It is generally categorized into physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, psychological abuse, financial abuse and neglect.

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Detoxing clears body, mind

Instead, I’ll fill my plate with fresh fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Omitting processed foods gives the body time to let go of a build-up of gluten, sugar and, in some people’s cases, caffeine overload. Yes, caffeine— my hurdle to overcome— is prohibited.
Carolyne Yakaboski, doctor of naturopathic medicine and bio nutrition, is a proponent of detox diets and regularly gives workshops on the topic at her Natural Wellness Center in West Monroe.
“We live such toxic lives because of the environmental toxins we eat, drink and breathe,” she said.

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