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January 12th

Sounds of success

“What’s so important this time, for this event, is that we’ve played big events before that has brought us worldwide attention,” GSU Band Director Larry Pannel said. “But this is so historically important because not only is this the inauguration of a president, it’s the inauguration of the first president of color.
“History books will tell the story as it was. And no one will be able to write the Grambling State Tiger Marching Band out of the history books, because that’s what we’re about to do — we’re about to become a part of history.”

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City needs immediate changes

Residents are wondering how much longer this farce will be allowed to continue. When the mayor is changing the locks to offices at city hall, municipal workers are bringing bodyguards to council meetings and residents are heckling councilmen as they try to conduct the city’s business, it becomes clear that few if any people are taking the city of Grambling seriously.

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Anticipating headlines for this year

In the spirit of optimism that January brings, last year I wrote a headline wish list for 2008. These were the headlines I wanted to write for the Ruston Daily Leader in 2008. It was my hope last January that once the headlines were out there, maybe the news would follow.
Let’s see how I did with my headline predictions:

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Parish leads Hall class

“This seems to me to be one of the more fascinating classes chosen for induction,” said Hall of Fame Director Doug Ireland. “The football players have amazing credentials, even in our football-rich state. Coach Hogg is the architect of one of the iconic programs in her sport. Hal Sutton is one of the predominant figures in his era of golf. Carrice Russell Baker is clearly among the greatest high school coaches in any sport in our state’s history. Marty Broussard was the heartbeat of LSU athletics, in the eyes of many of the athletes themselves, for five decades.

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Consultant intertwines humor, parenting tips

While teachers were helping children in a back room with their homework, local parents listened to Pierson’s humor-filled tips on effective parenting and fostering strong relations with a student’s teachers.
Accompanied by her two children, Angelina Gilbert registered for the event at a row of tables set up inside the Ruston Civic Center.
“I heard they had a good motivational speaker tonight, and I wanted to see what she had to offer to education,” Gilbert said.
Tanika Ally and Natoria Womack — both parents of pre-school children — showed up together for the event.

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January 9th

Gators chomp down on BCS title

No matter to the Gators. They finished far ahead of the Utes in the final Associated Press poll Friday, receiving 48 of 65 first-place votes.
“I’ll tell you, we’re going to enjoy a big win, we’re going to enjoy the national championship,” coach Urban Meyer said. “Let someone else worry about that. Gators are No. 1.”
Beaten out for the Heisman this season by Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, Tebow outplayed him and was picked the game’s most outstanding player.

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Conservatives had their shot

An era is ending. It’s a good time for reflection: What did conservatives accomplish?
No, we did not shrink the size of government. Federal government spending has grown from almost $600 billion per year in 1980 to almost $3 trillion in 2008.
The greatest achievement of my lifetime is the defeat of communism. Jihadism has its terrors, but they are limited (as President-elect Obama pointed out in the campaign) compared to the old communist threat. Today, no foreign force currently on the planet can credibly threaten to topple the democracies of the world, including the United States.

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Innovation crucial for area’s future

The same applies for the concept of commercializing these innovations — turning ideas and concepts into viable profit engines. If anything, the private world of commercial industry and business is even more guarded and cautions, so having clear and convincing arguments, evidence of why support is beneficial for both parties and persuasive people behind all of it are key.

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Christians ‘retreat’ to ashram

Guest speaker at the three-day ashram is Sandra Richter, associate professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Harvard University. Evangelist Bill Ury, a professor of systematic and historical theology at Wesley Bible Seminary in Jackson, Miss., will also speak.
The schedule of events includes time for group prayer requests, singing, learning and healing. The community, Hurst said, is invited to the free Christ-centered healing service that begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 16.

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January 8th

Bulldogs host tough Utah State

This evening, however, the Aggies (13-1, 1-0) will be on the other team’s court and trying to keep another streak alive: coming off of a 70-61 home league victory against Idaho on Monday night, Utah State will face Tech with eight consecutive wins, the best current success stretch of any WAC member.

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