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February 20th

Lady Techsters’ pitching shines in tournament

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LAFAYETTE — Louisiana Tech University received a pair of impressive pitching performances, as the Lady Techsters split two games Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Mardi Gras Classic.
Tech (3-5) defeated the University of Texas-El Paso 5-0 behind a complete-game performance from Michelle Jones and then fell to 20th ranked UL-Lafayette 9-0 despite a solid effort in the circle from Janna Frandrup.

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Remember all presidents today

Celebrated on the third Monday of February is a day set aside to honor the legacies of U.S. presidents.
The holiday was first established in 1800, when Congress declared Feb. 22 — George Washington’s birthday — a federal holiday.
Still legally known as Washington’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day has become a day to honor not only Washington, but Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. president who was born on Feb. 12, and the lives and accomplishments of all U.S. presidents.

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Plenty to enjoy close to home

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It is no secret that when the temperature begins to climb so does the price of gas. The government gives a variety of explanations as to why the cost of gasoline rises, blaming it on everything from there being an oil shortage or the cost of a barrel of oil has risen.

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Layoff talk sidestepped in outsourcing

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Private companies are doing more and more of the work once performed by state employees, and Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing new rounds of privatization in his latest budget proposal. The shift has forced thousands of people from their jobs, a consequence the Jindal administration tends to gloss over as it touts the lowest number of state workers in decades.

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Help child care about problems

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Parents tell me their daughter is intelligent and did well in school up until the seventh grade, at which time she stopped doing the required work and her grades, consequently, went down the proverbial tube.
My response: “Who cares?”
Parents tell me their 8-year-old son still has four or five “accidents” per week in his clothing. The child’s pediatrician has determined that there is no physical problem (in which case, these stinky events are more accurately called “on purposes” or “lazies”).

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Speaker explores a different sort of resistance

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Earlier this month the Lincoln Parish Library hosted a Black History Month speaker.
Louisiana Tech professor David Anderson introduced the speaker Cheryl Mango-Ambrose, Master of Arts candidate at Tech. Anderson is directing Black History Month events for the history department at Tech. Anderson said the reason we have Black History Month is that “American history had a deficit. Black scholars established Black History Month to say we weren’t telling the entire story of American history. ”

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Tech, A.E. Phillips project yields art

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Roots have taken form, and A.E. Phillips Laboratory School and Louisiana Tech University’s School of Art’s collaboration project to bring together students from the two schools is complete.
Jes Schrom, an assistant professor of photography, and Maggie Boudreaux, an A.E.P. teacher, along with their students, created a work of art that is viewable on Mayfield Street. Trees, vines and a landscape were created on the A.E.P. side, and the students also created a tree beside the School of Art.

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February 18th

Senators discuss 2012 session

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Gallot, Walsworth, Kostelka share agendas, perspectives
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The 2012 Louisiana Legislative Session will begin on March 12, and the three senators who represent Lincoln Parish have already been making plans for what they would like to see happen.
When redistricting took place in 2011 following the U.S. Census count, Lincoln Parish was split among three senate districts — 29, 33 and 35. The senators from each district discussed their thoughts on the upcoming session in interviews with the Ruston Daily Leader staff.
District 29 Sen. Rick Gallot, a Democrat who previously represented District 11 in the state House of Representatives, is a member of the Agriculture Committee and the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee. He is also serving as vice-chairman of the Commerce Committee.
Gallot said the budget is a big-ticket item this year.

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Tech, LSU-S merger presented in Ruston

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While notions of Louisiana Tech University merging with the Louisiana State University System have echoed throughout North Louisiana in years past, Friday morning saw the roles reversed as a new study
conducted revealed potential news of a possible merger between LSU-Shreveport and Tech.
In front of a standing room only crowd at University Hall, higher education consultants Eva Klein and Associates presented a three-month study focusing on what can be done to help educational opportunities for the underserved in Northwest Louisiana.

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Grambling man recalls military experience

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Grambling State University student William Rutledge didn’t have any intention of joining the military in 1947 when he was walking down the street with one of his friends in his hometown of New Orleans, but life had other plans for him.
“I was at Grambling (State University) in ’46 and ’47, and I didn’t come back to school for the fall of ’47,” Rutledge said. “I was walking the street, and one of the Army recruiters drove by and stopped and gave us a pep talk. So, we decided we would join the Army.”

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