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November 30th, 2013

Speaker: Entrepreneurial skills needed

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Bayou Classic Business Summit strives to prepare students
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NEW ORLEANS — Using “requirement” often, nationally known economist Julianne Malveaux said historically black universities need more entrepreneurial approaches and more bottom-up help for students — even requiring some things they desperately need.
“HBCUs should have entrepreneurship centers,” Malveaux told a group of about 70 influential business representatives at a Bayou Classic business summit Wednesday. “Young people don’t know how to dress in their jobs or talk in their jobs. ... In the entrepreneurship center students would be taught these skills.”

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DRABO aiding yuletide dreams

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Christmas time is a happy time with gifts and warm memories for some, but others may not get a very abundant Christmas.
The Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization and the town of Dubach are working to try and make sure Dubach’s children in need have something for Christmas with a toy drive during December.
Judy Beavers, vice president of DRABO, said the organization has placed donation boxes in high traffic areas in Dubach.

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Local veterans receive quality VA care

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I was on active military duty for more than 20 years. My family received medical support throughout that time. Approximately 80 percent of that service was excellent. In 1988, my wife had life-threatening cancer. We were in fear of losing her. Many friends and relatives prayed for her daily. A military surgeon at Eglin Air Force Base saved her life. She is in her 80s and well today. We remain thankful.

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Say things so they stick

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Sometimes words aren’t heard. They don’t stick.
It’s kind of like when I throw a boiled spaghetti noodle against the refrigerator door and it doesn’t stick; I know that there’s more cooking in order (by the way, I don’t suggest this technique in the presence of the spouse). We have all experienced that phenomenon. We say something, and then moments later, the listener responds with “What did you say?” Sometimes there is no response. We may see a blank stare or a look of sadness.

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Thank our everyday heroes

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Don’t you love this time of year?
The holidays truly are the most wonderful time of the year. In fact, it really is magical. If we’re lucky, Mother Nature has smiled on us and we’re enjoying more seasonable temperatures. There are twinkling lights everywhere, and it seems there’s always some wonderful smell emanating from the kitchen. Parties and holiday gatherings fill the calendar, fires roar in the fireplace and music puts an extra bounce in your step. There just seems to be joy at every turn. Like I said, it’s wonderful.

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Much to be thankful for this year

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Pardon me if I step outside of the sports world on this Sunday morning, even if it occupies a few paragraphs before we delve into some sports topics.
But given the circumstances of past several months, it’s only fittin.
I guess suffering a minor stroke can make one relective on not taking good health, fiends and other things for granted.
I know I don’t.
At the time of year when we should all appreciate our blessing, it is particularly true in this cornering can’t begin to list all of the individuals who have encouraged me during my recovery period.

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Cougars keep playoff march alive

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Cedar Creek reaches Division IV semifinals with win over St. Edmunds
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The Cedar Creek football team has now trekked where no other Cougar has gone before, as senior quarterback Mark Van’s star-studded performance Friday night helped propel the Creek to its first ever state semifinals football playoff appearance.
Van’s three touchdowns on the night paced the way for a 28-7 win in Division IV quarterfinal action at Cougar Stadium.

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G-Men end season at 1-11 with Bayou Classic loss to Jaguars

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As much as Grambling could have used a morale-boosting triumph in the Bayou Classic, Dray Joseph and the Southern Jaguars were not going to let that happen.
Joseph and Lee Dross connected for three touchdowns and Southern defeated Grambling 40-17 Saturday.
The result left the Tigers (1-11, 0-8 Southwestern Athletic Conference) with the program’s worst-ever overall record to close a season which will be remembered more for a mid-season player walkout than anything on the field.

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Dunkin’ ’Dogs to wrap up road stretch at JSU

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The road has been good to Louisiana Tech recently with four straight wins and a Gulf Coast Showcase championship.
The Bulldogs look to continue that road success at 5 p.m. today when they take on Jackson State in the Lee E. Williams AAC in Jackson, Miss.
Tech (5-1) recently came back from Estero, Fla., where it earned the honor of the being the 2013 champions of the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase tournament.

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Financial moves for a growing family

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When you add a child to your family, either through birth or adoption, it’s obviously an exciting and joyful time in your life — and it’s also a busy one, as you deal with all the challenges and commitments faced by all parents. However, hectic as your life may be, you’ll still need to think about making some key financial arrangements to accommodate your new child.
Here are some suggestions to consider:
Get a Social Security number. You’ll want to obtain a Social Security number for your child as soon as possible.

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