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Books and basketball

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Local youth had a chance to meet and learn some pointers from a professional athlete, as Cheryl Ford, former Louisiana Tech University basketball star and current Women’s NBA player, hosted a Books and Basketball Weekend with the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
“In Detroit, we were expected to work with the Boys and Girls Club,” Ford said. “But it’s a great organization and during my down-time, I wanted to do something with them, but perhaps somewhere that was a little more close to my heart.”

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Business owners work to revitalize downtown

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Downtown has changed drastically in the past few years, both with revitalization efforts and an influx of new businesses.
And, local downtown business owners want to make sure they’re on top of their game, staying informed of the local happenings and making plans to make it better. Therefore, they have started “Meet Me on Main Street,” a monthly meeting where downtown business owners gather to discuss their concerns.

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Depression, a common treatable illness

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on suggestions for helping a suicidal person. The second part will run July 30.
Recently, you may have heard of the death of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s wife. Mary Richardson Kennedy committed suicide. She suffered with major depression.

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Local resident receives Ph.D.

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Amy Hodges, 2001 graduate of Ruston High School and 2005 graduate of Louisiana Tech University, has obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville). Her parents are David and LaVerne Hodges, of Ruston. Amy defended her dissertation, “Performing Literacy: How Women Read the World in the Eighteenth-Century British Novel,” on July 6.

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Pet of the Week

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Lily is a female Labrador Retriever-mix who is spayed and current on shots. Call 251-DOGS for more information about this dog. Lily’s adoption fee is $50.

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Tech helps give state big Olympic presence

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Louisiana Tech University will help deliver a true “bayou” flavor to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Three members from the school’s highly successful track and field program are among the representatives from the state in the world’s ultimate sporting event that lifts off Friday in London with opening ceremonies.
According to research done by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in recent weeks, the state will have a total of 24 representatives — athletes or coaches — in the Games.

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Maryland joins college football Hall

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Standing behind the bench, Russell Maryland gaped as Vinny Testaverde escaped a sack, dodged five tackles, juked here, faked there and then exploded 10 yards for a first down. Remembering that 1986 game against Oklahoma, Maryland, who was not yet playing for the University of Miami, marked this play as the most influential part of his career.

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Residents benefit from fire rating

Because of the tireless effort of the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 board of commissioners, volunteers, staff and state legislators, Lincoln Parish residents have gradually worked up to saving an estimated 40 percent on their home insurance policies, Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Thompson said.

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Can we find a happy medium?

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This morning, James Holmes, the person responsible for the Colorado movie theater shooting on Friday, was scheduled to appear in court. Hopefully, we will gain more insight into this person’s motives and psychological state. However, at this time, little is know about the suspect who allegedly premeditated a mass killing.
What is known about Holmes is that he graduated from a San Diego high school in 2006 and was a Ph.D. candidate of neuroscience at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora until recently withdrawing from the program. He apparently had some intelligence, and possibly a future, before deciding to commit heinous acts of multiple homicides.

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