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'Annie' and tomorrow

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The woman I promised to love, honor and take to certain cultural events, especially when they’re performed by such outstanding local talent, persuaded me, along with my mother-in-law and granddaughter, to attend the matinee performance of “Annie” this past Sunday afternoon.
What a delightful way to spend an afternoon. The acting and the role-playing of the actors were simply outstanding. Talk about some good voices, good music, some laughs along with some lumps in my throat; I had a wonderful time!

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Thoughts on nation, Tea Party

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The Tea Party has won the budget debate argument. The group has certainly forced politicians in Washington to focus on the fiscal health of the country. 
This is a good thing for the country, but the question for a lot of Americans is ... where was the Tea Party when George Bush was doubling the national debt and presiding over America’s worst economic expansion in 50 years? Where was the Tea Party when Mr. Bush, John Boehner and Eric Cantor were passing a new entitlement prescription drug bill, implementing No Child Left Behind, presiding over two wars that were not paid for and pushing the bank bailout bill that a large majority of Americans abhor?

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Right retirement income strategy crucial

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Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series Bobby Conville provided about retirement income strategies.
Will I have enough money in retirement?
It’s a question more and more Americans are asking. Baby boomers in particular wonder if they’ll be able to live comfortably and securely when they leave the workaday world.
The good news is that you may be able to retire with confidence and enough assets — if you get organized. That means thinking about what you want retirement to be, reviewing your current investments and benefits, and taking maximum advantage of some investment vehicles designed to provide retirement income. As with so many things, the key is to set clear goals and then pursue them.

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Williams: Home again at GSU

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Former Super Bowl MVP back in familiar territory
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Special to the Daily Leader
Doug Williams was all set to return to work for the Washington Redskins, the franchise which made him famous as the winning MVP quarterback of Super Bowl XXII.
Instead, he wound up returning to Grambling, the school that helped make him the man he is today.
“I always feel responsible for Grambling because Grambling was good to me,” Williams said. “I hope that by coming back I’m giving back.”

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Boat’s Buzz

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I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the way the New Orleans Saints have been able to do some addition by subtraction this offseason.
And I think it all could bode well for the Who Dat Nation.
Yes, I was sorry to see Reggie Bush take his skill set to Miami because of the intangibles his various abilities added to the team. But then the Saints brought in a veteran talent with the same kinds of skills in Darren Sproles.

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Ex-Tech golfer Shepard slated for U.S. Amateur

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Former Louisiana Tech University golfer Clinton Shepard has qualified for the 2011 U.S.
Amateur after recently shooting a two-round total of 137 (70-67) at Lake Charles Country Club at the sectional qualifier.
Shepard, who led the Bulldogs to their best season in more than two decades this past year while earning second team all-Western Athletic Conference honors, finished in the top two at the event in Lake Charles to earn an automatic spot in the upcoming event.

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Like the weather, hot investments can cool off

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We’re in the “Dog Days” of summer — traditionally the hottest, steamiest time of year. But in a few weeks, the temperatures will begin to cool down. Nature isn’t alone in this heating-and-cooling pattern — you can also find evidence of it in the investment world. To be specific, today’s “hot” investments can lose their sizzle quickly — which means that, as an investor, you’ll need to take steps to avoid being left out in the cold.

An investment can become “hot” — that is, its price can shoot up — for any of a number of reasons. For example, a company that provides a well-known product or service may decide to “go public” by making its shares available to investors; when this happens, the stocks become “hot” for a while.

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Path from poverty to prosperity begins with a job

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Question: With the rich getting richer in this country, how is the little guy supposed to get ahead?
 
Answer: Get older and get a job.
No, that isn’t a joke or a sarcastic remark. It is the most obvious and most verified path from poverty to prosperity.
“Talk about the poor getting poorer,” columnist Walter Williams wrote in a 2005 editorial, “tugs at the heart of decent people and squares nicely with the agenda of big government advocates, but it doesn’t square with the facts.”

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Employers honored by National Guard

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Jack Humphries, Louisiana state chairman of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, (ESGR) presents the “Patriot Award” to (left to right) Mike Milstead from Ruston High School and Spc. Christopher R. Taylor. The Patriot Award was created to publicly recognize individuals who provide patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the other guardsmen before them, have served in the National Guard.

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Prep practice set to roll

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Monday first official day for workouts
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Preseason preparations for Lincoln Parish high school football teams literally start heating up on Monday, whether it’s dealing with triple-digit temperatures or concocting schemes for their 2011 schedules.
That’s when Ruston, Cedar Creek, Grambling and all other members of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association can officially kick off on-the-field practices.
The Bearcats will have their initial workout session at 7 a.m. and then come back for another practice at 4 p.m.

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