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July 27th

Celebrity enhances movie theater security measures

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Since a gunman opened fire — killing 12 people and injuring 58 — during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie last week in Colorado, the local movie theater has made a few changes.
“On behalf of the entire Celebrity Theatres staff, our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their family members of this horrible act,” manager Joshua Murdock said in an emailed statement. “Celebrity Theatres is taking action to ensure our customers and staff are safe. We just want our customers to feel safe and free from harm.”

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NCLAC, 102 a Bistro host ‘Captured Transfer’

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NCLAC, along with 102 a Bistro, will be featuring the work of regional artists Kayla Anderson and Brooklyn Bain. An opening reception will be held from 5- 7 p.m. Wednesday for the exhibition titled "Captured Transfer." Wine and appetizers will be served.
Kayla Anderson will be displaying large-scale photo transfers on forms similar to wooden pallets. Kayla is inspired by handcrafted art and elaborate storytelling. She uses these two forces of inspiration to investigate non-traditional photographic methods.

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RPAR gearing up for softball league

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In softball, there is no place like home plate. After a successful summer softball league with 19 teams competing in two divisions, the Fall Softball League is ready to get under way.
Three divisions will be offered: Men’s E Class, Coed and Men’s Church. Softballs will be provided by RPAR and USSSA rules will be followed again this season.
The team fees remain at $280 and are due Aug. 22. Payments can be made at the RPAR office located at 605 James St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Games will begin Aug. 27.

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Coaching youth sports rewarding

In these fast-paced times, parents sometimes have to slow down to make time for their children.
For many parents, a portion of this time is spent tossing around a football or shooting hoops with their young ones. Such activities promote bonding while at the same time providing youth with an opportunity to improve their skills and engage in physical activity.
Each year, Ruston Parks and Recreation Department offers opportunities for adults who hope to create excitement about sports in large groups of youth through volunteer coaching.

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The added value of safe driving

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No matter how dangerous your job may be, there is someone out there who does something that requires a little more risk.
Whether it be someone in the armed forces, a window cleaner in a large city or a Secret Service agent, there are some jobs that require a certain amount of risk that just isn’t associated with other jobs.
With that being said, pretty much every one of us, no matter what we do for a living, is taking a very big chance just by getting on the roads and heading to work each day, especially if we are driving there in our own vehicles.

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The lessons of Aurora

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This is not a good week to be a journalist.
Watching the massive 24/7 coverage of the massacre in Aurora, Colo., coverage that will only serve to inspire some future twisted male mind to seek infamy — to die hated but not unnoticed — one cannot help but be disgusted.

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Carroll’s contributions valuable

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Today is a special day for Claire Carroll. After many years of service (1984-2012) to Ruston’s Parks and Recreation Department, Claire is “going to the house.”
Claire has been instrumental in coordinating all programs for RPAR since she began working for then Director Jimmy Ball in 1984. As assistant director, not only has she been “chief cook and bottle washer” under four RPAR administrations, she has excelled in the position.

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’Dogs set camp dates

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It’s nearing “Camp Out” time for the defending Western Athletic Conference champs.
Louisiana Tech University has announced its annual preseason fall football camp practice schedule, starting with an initial on-the-field session Aug. 3 after players begin reporting in on Aug. 2.
Overall, a total of 26 workouts will be held before the Bulldogs kick off their 2012 campaign on Aug. 30 against Texas A&M University at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

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OLYMPICS TV SLATE

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The television schedule for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, today through Sunday:
Today
NBC: Opening Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.-Midnight (EDT-PDT)
Saturday
NBC: Swimming - Qualifying Heats; Men’s Cycling - Road Race (LIVE); Beach Volleyball - Qualifying Round (LIVE); Women’s Volleyball - U.S. vs. South Korea (LIVE); Women’s Basketball - U.S. Game (LIVE); Rowing - Qualifying Heats, 5 a.m.-6 p.m. (EDT-PDT); Swimming - Gold Medal Finals: Men’s and Women’s 400M Individual Medley, Men’s 400M Freestyle and Women’s 4x100M Freestyle Relay; Men’s Gymnastics - Team Competition; Beach Volleyball - U.S. Qualifying Round, 8 p.m.-Midnight (EDT-PDT); Women’s Weightlifting - Gold Medal Final; Table Tennis - Qualifying Round, 12:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. (EDT-PDT)
NBC SPORTS NETWORK: Women’s Soccer - U.S. vs. Columbia (LIVE); Beach Volleyball - Qualifying Round (LIVE); Women’s Volleyball - Qualifying Round (LIVE); Equestrian - Eventing Dressage; Women’s Fencing - Individual Foil Gold Medal Final; Shooting - Men and Women’s 10M Air Rifle Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Archery - Team Gold Medal Final; Women’s Handball - Qualifying Round, 4 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Lukasewich on awards’ list

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Ex-Tech soccer star nominated for NCAA honor

Due to her work on the field, in the classroom and around the community, former Louisiana Tech University soccer standout Olivia Lukasewich has been nominated for the annual 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Lukasewich is one of 429 female student-athletes, spanning NCAA Divisions I, II and III, to be nominated for the prestigious award that was established in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics.

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