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February 25th

Ethics session moves toward Jindal's goals

A final decision is expected Tuesday.
Another key part of Jindal’s ethics reform package, a ban that prohibits lawmakers, statewide elected officials and the governor’s top staff from doing outside contract work with state agencies, is waiting for Senate consideration after House changes. If that measure passes, Jindal will have one more feather in his cap of sweeping ethics reforms aimed at polishing Louisiana’s image.
In other action, the Legislature has sailed a few bills directly to the governor:

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Details bring beauty to home

Walton, whose impressive living room is painted dramatically in black, prefers painted walls to wallpaper, as a solid colored wall allows artwork and sculptural objects to stand out and to take center stage in the home.
The thing that caught my eye most about Walton’s home, aside from the luxuriant exotic décor and saturated colors, was his flair for repurposing everyday items and turning them into unique design elements. For example, instead of using traditional crown molding, he framed woven ethnic fabrics with wood and hung them around the width of his kitchen.

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RPAR kicks off soccer season

Mikayla plays on The Comets team, which falls into the division for ages 9-11. Her father, Marvin Franks, a volunteer coach for the team, knew nothing of the sport until his daughter began playing. But over the last few years, the dad has watched games, both on television and at local schools, to try to understand the sport.
“I’ve been helping out (as a coach at RPAR) for about five years,” Franks said. “I saw a way to have a positive impact on the kids.”
The Comets assistant coach, Don Schillinger, also has a daughter on the team.

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Tech athletics: an Internet angle

And it would seem that athletics at Louisiana Tech University might have done exactly the same thing.
Just ask Chris Henderson.
Henderson is the Director of Technical Services at the university, a job that he was promoted to after coming to Tech in 1982 to work on these news things called “personal computers.” 
But when he assumed the directorship in 1987, he couldn’t have imagined that twenty years later he would be broadcasting university athletics via the Internet on those precious PCs.
To put it mildly, he was “clueless.”

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Local schools need support of community

Our schools’ maintenance needs include roof repair, purchase of furniture and equipment, grounds upkeep, fuel and repair of school buses. The general fund supports budgeted expenditures, including the salaries and benefits of the school district employees.
It is important for our community to support the education of our children as much as possible. The most recent Lincoln Parish school district performance score, for the 2005-06 school year, was 88.5, which is above the state average of 85.3.

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Marbury touched so many lives

The more I found out about her, the more my admiration grew.
As a young woman in the 1930s, it seems she bucked the trend of transitioning directly from high school into marriage and family. Mrs. Marbury enrolled at Louisiana Tech University, graduated with a music degree and then continued her education at Louisiana State University. From there, she went on to work for a few years in a South Louisiana city that was a long way from her Lincoln Parish home.
It was in 1943, back in Ruston, that she married the love of her life, William Ardis Marbury.

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Simoneaux Jam to rock weekend

Beckler, who had been friends with Simoneaux since their days at Louisiana Tech University, wanted Carter to hold a T-shirt contest in conjunction with the event for years, he said.
“I had an idea in my mind of Johnny being portrayed in heaven, still part of the music scene on earth,” he said.
The winning image depicts a winged Simoneaux playing a guitar with wings. There is a constellation behind him, and a small earth is visible below.
The shirts will be for sale at the Simoneaux Jam for $15, and there will be several colors to choose from.

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February 22nd

Bulldogs start baseball season

But tonight and over the course of the next couple of months, the Bulldogs will start finding out just how special this 2008 campaign might be before it’s all over.
Tech will start the new season with a 6 p.m. single game against McNeese State, then follow up with a single contest on Saturday at 3 p.m. and then another single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
It’s a later start than usual for the Bulldogs, what with a change in the WAC scheduling format, so it’s understandable that players and coaches on the team are more than a little anxious to get things going.

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Choudrant set to lead parish by example

And that’s part of a larger picture. Members of a committee of concerned village residents, known as Save Our Schools, visited with legislators to see if a fire tax of some description could be passed in lieu of successfully passing a property tax to help fund school needs.

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What's in store for Cuba?

A second and more likely option is what some observers call the China or Vietnam model. Under this scenario, the Communist party would retain firm control of the Cuban government, while enacting economic reforms designed to encourage private enterprise and the free market. This could lead to economic growth and development, bringing material prosperity to the island as modest compensation for the continued denial of political freedom. Raúl Castro has made hints in this direction, but it remains to be seen what action he will actually take.

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