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April 13th

‘Mock Crash’ makes waves

With prom scheduled for this Saturday, the event was geared at discouraging drinking and driving during this time. Two wrecked cars were placed behind the school for student council member actors to play out the scene in.

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Life is like box of chocolates

I had no problem getting there. The problem was getting out, which took me two hours to do so. I obtained directions from my grandfather, who has traveled in the area all of his life. My first mistake of the day was to ask a local for directions as well.
I ended up on a snake-like blacktop country road; the kind with a few sparse houses and no traffic except for an occasional tractor. But it looked like my grandfather had said, so I wasn’t worried ... yet.
I found out my first endeavor quickly: I needed gasoline.

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Robinson funeral fills arena

“Coach Robinson is measured by how many players he graduated, not by how many minutes they played,” Jackson said. “When (Chicago Bears coach) Lovey Smith and (Indianapolis Colts coach) Tony Dungee stepped on the Super Bowl field, they were an extension of Coach Robinson.”
Jackson said Robinson was an example of what could be accomplished when a person was given a chance.
“When the playing field is even and the rules are public, Coach Robinson showed us we could make it,” Jackson said. “He made the world come to Grambling — you owe a debt to this man.”

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April 12th

Technology good for schools

With this technology teachers at Ruston Junior High can allow their students to take virtual tours of places such as the Rosedown Plantation in South Louisiana or the Smithsonian Institute. These are places many students might never get an opportunity to visit in their lifetime, much less while they are still children.

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Mother's tears carry message

She will never look into the eyes of a loved one and say “I do” nor hold a newborn baby in her arms.
Twelve-year-old Emily, a cheerleader, had a lifetime of opportunities ahead of her. She might have grabbed life by the horns and lived every day with an unrelenting drive to make the world a better place. Then again, she could have fallen down a twisted path, passing her days by stealing, cheating and taking advantage of others. The world will never know.

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‘Rob’: the bells are still ringing

“That might not have been what we wanted to hear at that time of the day,” chuckled ex-Tigers’ star and Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Brown at the recollection, “but I’ll tell you this: it was that kind of discipline that coach Robinson instilled that you carried with you the rest of your life.
“He was a great coach, of course. But first and foremost, the most important thing that he taught were skills that you would use as a human being.”

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Robinson honored with wake

“You knew when you saw ‘Coach Rob’ coming, you were going to receive a nugget of wisdom from him,” said Ben Williams, a former All-Southwestern Athletic Conference catcher from Grambling State who went on to play professionally. “The things he said and did for us when we were there, we might have possibly taken for granted at the time.
“But then you get older, have a family or go on to other things in your life and you see just how important a person he was. To so many of his players at Grambling, he was truly a father.”

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April 11th

All-time ‘Rob’ team: full of stars

“If I picked so-and-so, then maybe another so-and-so would be disappointed,” he would say. “I’ll let you guys do the picking.”
But so the story goes and as told by several of his former players who were present, “Coach Rob” once did reveal one of the Tigers who might have been included on an All-Time team.
It was the funeral services of Junious “Buck” Buchanan, an All-American defensive lineman for the G-Men before going on to a Pro Football Hall of Fame career in the National Football League.

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Make a move to clean community

Another option for disposing of items that are in good condition, but are no longer wanted is to donate them to a local charity organization. Both Goodwill and the Salvation Army accept donations, and a number of non-profit groups regularly hold garage sales with donated items to help raise much-needed money. This has two advantages — freeing up space in your home while also giving back to the less fortunate.

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Walking among the dead

I don’t know, perhaps I can chalk some of it up to gorging on “Friday the 13th” movies as a kid, an overactive imagination and brothers who were trained in the fine art of torture.

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