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Orchesis director suspended

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The director of the Grambling State University Orchesis Dance Company, who has more than 25 years of global dance experience, has been suspended until further notice.
Sources say that both Dianne Maroney-Grigsby and her assistant director Teresa Jacobs were temporarily removed from the company earlier this month by the institution, because of two letters to university President Frank G. Pogue and Vice President of Student Affairs Stacey Duhon that accuse Maroney-Grigsby and Jacobs of mentally and physically hazing dancers.

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Funds for felons

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Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. It is one in a series of articles by PAR that the Daily Leader will print relating to the proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot. Today’s article focuses on Constitutional Amendment No. 5. Articles may be edited for space.
Leader News Service

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Man missing

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Ruston Police are asking for assistance in locating William Michael Lewis, 58, of Ruston.
Lewis was last seen on Sept. 20 possibly boarding a Greyhound bus in Ruston. Investigators have not been able to verify that it was actually Lewis boarding the bus and have been following up on other leads. He has not been seen or heard from since that date.
Lewis is 5’8” tall and weighs 154 lbs. He has been listed in the National Crime Information Center system as a missing person.
According to police, Lewis is currently taking several medications and needs to take them daily.

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Tech grad has an eventful career

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Most of Travis Napper’s career has consisted of selling people on the Ruston experience.
The 2006 Louisiana Tech University graduate has been serving as president and CEO of the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau since April, when his Sigma Nu brother, then-president and CEO Kyle Edmiston, moved to the state level tourism office.
Before this, Napper served as the director of orientation in the Tech Admissions Office for six years.

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Preparing plants for winter temperatures

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The cooler weather last week was a good reminder of the fact that winter is on its way. The average first freeze of the winter season arrives in mid-November, so there are still a few weeks to condition tropical and tender plants for the inevitable move inside for protection.

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Tech fans turn out big

Forget for a moment that Louisiana Tech University’s football team dropped a 59-57 thriller to Texas A&M at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium on Saturday night.
As impressive as the Bulldogs’ super comeback to almost push the game into overtime was the outstanding support shown by the Tech faithful.
An estimated 25,000 fans who wore the school’s red and blue colors filed into the stadium to watch their team play against an Aggies’ squad that is making its debut season in the Southeastern Conference this year.

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4-H pet show fun for all

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This past Thursday night Railroad Park was full of dogs, cats and some other very unusual creatures. It was that time once again for the annual 4-H pet show. This year we were very excited to have the Louisiana Tech University Cheerleaders come out to help us with the pet show. Cheerleaders emceed the event, handled judging the pets and even took the opportunity for several photo opportunities with the 4-H members and their pets.

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Understanding different health choices

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Because I didn’t exactly win the genetic lottery when it comes to health, I’ve done a lot of research on health-related topics. Off the top of my head I can spout out facts on various diseases and conditions I’ll probably never develop, in addition to the ones I do actually have.
At the suggestion of more than one individual and some research I did on the topic, I decided to try a gluten-free lifestyle. It is, by no means easy — especially when dining out. Politely passing up breadsticks and rolls only to watch your friends and family scarf them down a few moments later can be trying.

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Tech foes learn no lead is safe

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By now, everyone should realize that no lead is safe when playing Louisiana Tech University.
Ask Texas A&M.
The Aggies (5-1) had everything clicking and in their favor for the first half of last weekend’s late night duel at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium.
How about a dominating 27-0 lead that was powered by the arm, legs and leadership of redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel (more on him later)?

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Two treated for smoke inhalation

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The Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the Dubach Apartments at approximately 6:46 p.m. Monday.
According to a news release from the LPFD, the first unit on the scene observed active smoke and fire in a second story apartment in one of the buildings in the complex. The apartment building was a two-story structure consisting of eight individual apartments.

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