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August 13th

Goodbye to a bad memory

It was about 11:30 a.m. On my way back from a news conference with Louisiana Tech’s ranking elite that detailed information about their plans for a huge campus expansion, I peeked toward my house on the way back to the Daily Leader, anxious to transcribe some of my notes and get cranking on one of the better stories of recent weeks.

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Plan ahead for your commute

Work on both the U.S. 167 bridges and the Interstate 20 ramps at La. 33 will continue, at least for the time being, and that means congestion, longer commute times and possibly irritable motorists. La. 33 is also undergoing work on the extreme north side of the city, which puts long-range commuters to and from the Union Parish area in a bit of a sticky spot.
There’s work that will continue to cut off Everett Street into the university, as well and more north of the interstate at Chautauqua that is taming the flow of traffic there.

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Weather hinders road work

Shapiro said the ramps have been closed since late July.
Another DOTD project involves the closure of lanes on U.S. 167.
Shapiro said, weather permitting, the inside lane of U.S. 167 South on the bridge will close today to resurface the deck.
“The closure is expected to last 3-4 days,” Shapiro said.
Resurfacing on the right lane was complete Friday, he said, and in a week or less resurfacing will begin on either the right or left lane of U.S. 167 North on the bridge.

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August 12th

GSU officer did the right thing

The words “gunshot” and “campus” used in the same sentence tend to make one uneasy, and even more so in this day and age. What happened at Virginia Tech is still etched in the minds of America.
There have already been three shootings this year on a higher education campus in the United States. One in this state.
A student at Louisiana Technical College at Baton Rouge killed two classmates Feb. 8 before taking her own life. It was only days later that a gunman at Northern Illinois University killed five people and wounded 16 before taking his own life.

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Keep attitude about school positive

As parents and adult community members, it’s critical for all of us to speak positively about the value of getting an education. A bad attitude about school can hinder a child’s future.
According to LSU AgCenter family life professor Karen Overstreet, children are quick to pick up on not-so-subtle signals from parents who complain about schedules, the cost of school supplies or the summer reading program. These attitudes imply school is just a nuisance and really isn’t that important.
That’s not the message we want to send to our kids.

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Dean has his ‘Day’ in Ruston

Then, looking out into an audience that was estimated at 400 well-wishers, Dean added:
“Let me tell you that I have a whole lotta love for all of you. It’s an unconditional love. I thank the city of Ruston and all of you for giving me this day ,and I will always remember it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Dean, the first Ruston High athlete ever to reach the Canton, Ohio-based shrine and receive the game’s ultimate honor, was recognized with proclamations and awards and words of appreciation from a variety of individuals and organizations.

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Meeting the ‘Dogs

An estimated 500 fans turned out for the various activities — autograph sessions, games, etc. — that were held over a two-hour period on the facility’s playing court.

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August 11th

Meeting the ‘Dogs

An estimated 500 fans turned out for the various activities — autograph sessions, games, etc. — that were held over a two-hour period on the facility’s playing court. See more details on page 6.

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Urge veterans to go to WWII reunion

World War II veterans will gather at noon Saturday for a luncheon and reunion at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City.
It will be an event to memorialize those who lost their lives in the war and the soldiers who continue to put their lives on the line for our country in today’s conflicts.
If you know a WWII veteran, please encourage him to attend Saturday’s reunion. If he’s not able to drive himself to Barksdale, try to make arrangements for him to get there.

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Artists, here's your chance

Acceptance into such competitions can be a feather in the fedora for the many who are timid to show their work, and winning first through third ribbons or the grand-slam coveted Best in Show prize is another story entirely. Nothing can convince one more of artistic aptitude than that kind of stamp of approval.

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