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January 20th

Inauguration day one for history books

Whether you traveled to Washington, D.C., were at home watching TV or caught live streaming online video, the inauguration of Barack Obama today was a historic moment.
The excitement about the election and inauguration of the first African-American president has been building for months. Expectations of what Obama will do for our nation and our world are sky-high.
The truth is that there is a lot of hard work ahead for us. Obama has acknowledged this, and it is the reality of the current situation.

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City wins at Chamber gala

“It’s been a great night with a good turnout and a great group of award winners,” Terry said. “Every year it seems we get a better and better group of winners who do an excellent job of serving our community.”
The Chamber held its annual gala last week at the Ruston Civic Center, handing out awards to an impressive group for their service to the community.
Winner of the Robert E. Russ Award for community was Tommy Folk.
Folk, a Ruston native and retired president of construction operations for T. L. James &

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I-Bowl champs appreciate support

“That was pretty neat and very much appreciated,” said junior defensive back Antonio Baker. “It was a great honor for all of us to be able to walk out and hear that kind of response from our fans. They were a big reason why we had a good year. Without them, it would not have been possible.”
The 10-minute ceremony featured a proclamation announcing a “Tech Football Day” throughout the city by Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and the presentation of the sparkling Independence Bowl trophy to coach Derek Dooley and Tech President Dan Reneau by bowl Chairman Keith Bergeron.

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Excitement builds for historic event

In fact, Higgins felt so good about the city council passing the motion that she already had a draft version of the proclamation she read aloud during the Jan. 8 meeting.
“We knew we didn’t have a lot of time, so I got together with some others and we came up with the letter,” Higgins said.
“I had talked to a couple of the councilmen about how we needed to present a statement from the city for the president-elect, and they were positive about it so we went ahead and prepared a draft.”

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January 19th

Rookie QB leads Ravens vs. Steelers

Only last week, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger quick kicked, of all things. If that’s not something out of a Sammy Baugh playbook, what is?
The Ravens and Steelers are so alike in style, attitude and makeup that it’s difficult to tell one from the other, so perhaps it’s fitting the two rivals will play for the AFC championship tonight. If this isn’t the NFL’s version of a backyard brawl, what is?
May the nastiest team win.
“When you get two bullies going up against each other, it’s about who is the strongest bully,” Steelers linebacker James Farrior said.

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Missile Defense tabs Tech firm

“Our proprietary technology is really an anti-tamper method,” he said. “What we are seeking to do on our programs is to prevent people from being able to disassemble components of critical technology.”
Reverse-engineering, he said, can be thought of as taking something apart to determine how it works.
“It’s akin to breaking the encryption on a piece of software, which lets you read what’s going on,” he said.
The proposal submitted to the MDA is for a “capacitive fabric” that would theoretically protect sensitive intellectual property and technology.

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Become a part of the green

Becoming more environmentally sensitive is not just a trendy concept to me; it’s something I’m consciously trying to do in my own life. I’m not alone in this, although sometimes it feels that way, especially in this area.
Point in case: In the week or so after my column ran in the paper, I received some negative feedback about it. This was incredibly disappointing to me and also helps explain why Lincoln Parish has made such little progress in its attempt to clean up, resolve the trash situation and generally be more aware of waste and what happens to it once it leaves a home or business.

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Take notice of those who give to area

Folk was awarded with the 2008 Robert E. Russ Award for community service during the Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s annual gala. Freasier was honored with the Ruston Rotary Club William “Bill” Best Humanitarian Award.
Brent Shuff was honored by the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau as the 2008 Lincoln Parish Hospitality Award winner.

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Lady Techsters topple SJSU

It was an important victory for Tech, which had lost four of its previous five games.
“It was a good win for us, but give credit to San Jose State for the effort they gave,” said Techsters’ coach Chris Long. “They played hard and they played loose. They zoned us the entire game, which surprised us because they had been using a man-to-man defense a lot. But they packed the paint against us and kept attacking us as the game went on.”

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People are what they drink

Wake up, people. Think again, pick up a book, and get informed. This is your health and your life that you are leaving in the hands of corporations who want only to sell their products for profit — lots of it. Believe it or not, they don’t care about your health. Apply this logic to all facets of the food industry, and you’ll be better off.

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