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January 16th

Inclusive prayer bars Christ

Then something wonderfully and distinctively American happened: “Mr. Samuel Adams arose and said that he was no bigot and could hear a prayer from any gentleman of piety and virtue who was at the same time a friend to his country.”
So the next morning America’s founding fathers bowed their heads as an Episcopal clergyman prayed fervently “for America, for the Congress, for the Province of Massachusetts Bay and especially the town of Boston” (then under attack).

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Community concern is apparent

From the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama to the national economy, there are issues bigger than the city’s strife on the table. Still, the organizers of the vigil are looking for some sense of direction and a feeling of peace about the back-and-forth that has been going on in the city for some time.

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‘Better than Broadway

“The first year, they did drama sketches and music, entertaining the crowd while they ate,” Nelson said. “The second year, we just kind of raised the bar a little bit and did a choreographed show with a focus on dancing and some singing.”
The two-performance fundraiser last year earned the group $6,000-$7,000, affording the college students money for their Chicago mission trip.

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January 15th

Techsters ready to make impact

“Our team is close to really getting on a positive streak,” he said during a media luncheon earlier this week. “We’ve lost five of our games this season by 10 points or less. There’s been some disappointing losses, but the effort has been there.”
One of those disappointing losses was a 64-57 defeat against Nevada in Reno last week.
But two games later, the Techsters survived an overtime against Utah State and left Logan, Utah, with a 90-82 victory.

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Speaker's advice rings true

Rita Pierson told a roomful of parents at the Ruston Civic Center that chores are important, and parents should not be “martyrs” by eventually doing the chores for children if they don’t get up and do them in a timely manner.
“If little Jessica doesn’t clean up the kitchen, wake her up at 2 a.m. and say it’s time to wash the dishes,” said the former special education teacher and assistant principal from Houston. “Kids these days when you ask them to clean up around their desk (at school), they think that’s the janitor’s job.”

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New PSC rule is ethics model

Because of that, establishing fair and equitable pricing regulations is of utmost importance. Wednesday’s vote, which prohibits members of the PSC staff from accepting free meals from utility companies, removes a subtle but significant road block in the path of unbiased and ethical representation of Louisiana’s residents.

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Jury names new president, VP

Several jurors spoke at once to nominate Annie Brown for the vice president’s post. Joe Henderson then moved that nominations cease, and Levy again asked for opposition.
Hearing none, he declared Brown the vice president.
Brown moved to nominate Dennis Woodward as administrator, and David Hammons moved to close nominations after Brown’s motion was seconded. Levy asked for opposition, and hearing none, closed nominations and declared Woodward the administrator.
It is unclear whether the selection procedure will require a second look.

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January 14th

DWI case highlights problems

We have to figure out better controls for the problem, because it’s not going to just control itself.
One particular driver was arrested over the weekend on Louisiana 33 — a construction zone, and one of the heaviest traffic areas of the city, feeding commuters and businesspeople both headed north and those bound for Ruston.
The more concerning part of the story is that he has been convicted of driving under the influence nine times. This one, if it sticks, will be his 10th conviction. That is absolutely ridiculous. His addiction is in black and white on his rap sheet.

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Police Jury needs focus

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury, for all of the good intentions that bounced from juror to juror during their meetings, was a bit off the mark last year on a few fronts.

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Bulldogs looking for answers

Here’s what has happened:
• Last Thursday night, in a league home opener against Utah State, Tech held a nine-point (19-10) lead late in the first half. A 3-point field goal by senior guard James Loe early in the final half left the ’Dogs ahead by 24-18 before the Aggies came roaring back, finally building up a 13-0 run that resulted in a 50-37 victory.

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