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January 23rd

Game-show hosting a good gig

So many choices, so little time, and so little money makes Susie Q. Bookbender a little less navigationally confident. Pre-med, ed, library sci or poli-sci may be the ingredients to the good life, but what does a student do when their avenue to Xanadu isn’t listed? I’m speaking of the world of whammies that steal your dough and mountain climbers that fall off K-2 because you guessed the wrong price of an appliance. Enter the aspiring college student who wants more than anything to receive his bachelor’s...in game show hosting.

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International Scholarship Dinner

“It’s a great evening to get to see the beautiful costumes and the effort the students put into the event,” Chakraborty said.
The event is always a sell-out.
The dinner is held to raise scholarship money for international students who are not eligible for financial aid. Those who wish to attend the event may want to purchase tickets well in advance.
“We always sell out three or four days before the event,” Chakraborty said.
 See for yourself

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January 22nd

Tech recruits have impact quality

With the always highly-anticipated National Signing Day arriving on Feb. 4, the only Western Athletic Conference team to win a bowl game this past season is scheduled to have its best recruiting season since Derek Dooley became head coach two years ago.
There’s 24 verbal commitments on the table, three of them hailing from the junior college ranks.

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Election impact far-reaching

Had Hillary won the election, I probably would have been celebrating her victory with tears of joy in my eyes, as many residents have done over Obama’s inauguration. I can only imagine what it must feel like for older African-Americans — who may have endured generations of subtle and not-so-subtle messages that they can’t succeed — to watch someone of their ethnicity secure the spot as our nation’s chief.

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Politicans need to work together

Alexander pledges again to keep his eye on the ball to make good choices that will support the needs of Louisiana and his district. He was re-elected in a landslide vote, and we’ve said before that it speaks volumes about the support he has in the community and whether his actions are those the community wishes to see played out in Congress.

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A dream realized

There were plenty of giant television screens placed throughout the estimated crowd of more than 1 million in attendance, but that still didn’t guarantee a good line of sight.
“We were near a screen, but it was right behind us, so all we could see was the back of it,” Black said. “You could see the people on stage, but they looked like ants.

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January 21st

’Dogs show character in victory

So, with the departure of the former Monroe Richwood High star, all eyes were on Tech (8-10, 2-3) this past weekend when they began their post-Cooper campaign with a Western Athletic Conference home contest against Idaho.
The ‘Dogs delivered an answer with a 74-63 victory.
This win was all about team, with all members of the squad — starters and reserves — making a contribution to help halt a three-game losing streak.
“This was about character,” said assistant coach Curtis Condie afterwards. “That was the theme for this game.”

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The Web is bringing us closer

That those feeds sputtered from moment to moment is only of passing concern.
We were able to see it — here in the Ruston Daily Leader newsroom, where Editor Emily Nelson’s computer became our window to Washington — and across our nation.
That hit home when the Associated Press released information about the numbers who watched online.
CNN.com, to use one example, served more than 21 million individual live feeds beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The big networks served more, but there is debate on how long that supremacy will last.

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Our future is ours to make happen

Obama told us we should reject the notion that our safety cannot be protected alongside the ideals that make our nation great. We cannot cut corners on our democracy and our sense of justice and right to make decisions easier and outcomes more to our liking.
While telling Americans this administration will be refocusing the efforts that have drawn on for years in Iraq, he also told us we are not pulling our heads into our shell because we feel our nation’s internal interests must come first.

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President Barack Obama

Obama’s wife, Michelle, the nation’s new first lady, held the Lincoln Bible as Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the 35-word oath of office taken by every American president dating to George Washington.
The National Mall, which stretches from the foot of Capitol Hill west to the Lincoln Memorial, was jammed with hundreds of thousands of spectators, perhaps as many as a million, who came from across America and the globe to witness the historic transfer of power.

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