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May 18th, 2009

What is nanotechnology?

Global nanotechnology sales have grown substantially in recent years, to $50 billion in 2007, according to Lux Research, author of the annual Nanotech Report. And the final tally isn’t in yet, but analysts had predicted 2008 sales to be $150 billion. The National Science Foundation says the industry could be worth $1 trillion by 2015, when it would employ 2 million workers directly.

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Don't forget the cost of irresponsibility

As the state continues to crack down on drunk drivers by beefing up enforcement and toughening penalties, Louisiana roadways continue to be deadly because of people driving under the influence.
May these silhouettes, each one representing a real person who was building a life here in Lincoln Parish, make potential drunk drivers stop and hand over their keys.
The representation of lives lost can inspire even those who aren’t planning on driving. If people speak up and discourage those with judgment impaired by drugs or alcohol from getting behind the wheel, our roads could be safer.

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Jindal: Truth is power

“We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country,” Jindal said. “We have good jobs available here and we’ll bring more. Louisiana is changing — the American dream is alive and well here.
“So we want you in-state graduates to stay here in Louisiana,” Jindal said. “And if you’re from out of state, we want you to stay, too. And if some of your parents don’t want their babies to move away from them, we invite them to come live in Louisiana, too.”

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Bearcats show progress

Traditionally, such a game officially marks the conclusion of spring workouts for the Bearcats.
But not this time.
One of the newest members of Class 4A in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association will have practice sessions Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before a junior varsity spring scrimmage is set for Thursday at the James facility.

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Graduation an important life moment

Nevertheless, these are important moments that stand out in our minds year after year. While we many forget many things about the years we spent in high school or college, that ceremony, which signals one of life’s biggest transitions, usually stands out in our minds.
As for the other four years of high school and college, though, the experiences start to blur after only a little while. But if — like me — you are a yearbook fanatic, then you’ve got it all captured in black and white (with maybe a little color, too).

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Plant will remain alive

It required a change in the state megafund law — approved by both the House and the Senate and signed by Jindal — and the OK of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. Finally last week, though, the state’s end of the bargain — $40 million toward the sale and $10 million for improvements to the plant site — was signed, sealed and delivered.

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May 15th

Dispatch from Afghanistan: Confronting the enemy

It has been an interesting month. The Afghan corps headquarters decided to move the Afghan army battalion we have been working with since November and replace them with another battalion from farther south. The reasons for this move are varied and sensitive. We now have to get to know a new battalion and leadership, how they work, what they are capable of and do all this while conducting missions and reacting to enemy contact.

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Tech students design Downsville pavilion

Architecture student Jaymes Hanus detailed the group’s intention to design the pavilion and bathroom facility in a way that cooperates with its surroundings.
The plan calls for the meeting space to overlook the park’s lake, and the building will be raised off the ground slightly to allow water to flow freely underneath for drainage into the low points around it. Hanus said the design also works to keep constant shade in the facility despite an open-air feel with detached roofs and areas where walls and ceilings do not connect.

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Bearcats host spring game today

Laird and his staff will measure part of the Bearcats’ progress in workouts today with a 6 p.m. spring game against West Ouachita High at James Stadium.
Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased at the gate.
The contest will mark a spring “preview” of two programs that will be among the members of the new District 2-4A, which came about with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s annual reclassification meetings earlier this year.
Also in the league are Monroe Wossman, Franklin Parish, Bastrop and Monroe Neville.

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Grads set to take first steps

Reading, writing and arithmetic were the special everyone ordered once upon a time at a dining table long, long ago. A high school diploma 40 years ago was the ticket to see the world a la Vasco de Gama, and the only artillery you needed to shell opposing forces such as competition, unemployment and doubting Thomases who sought to hire America’s youngest and brightest. It was the final lap in the educational pool for some, and the first leg of the relay for others.

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