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February 27th

Facebook ban raises questions

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Sex offenders are an easy set of criminals to condemn. Their offenses are reprehensible. Politicians can get a lot of mileage out of seeming tough on crime when they load up their sentencing requirements.
But when does the list of penalties become too outrageous? Do lawmakers and the governor believe sex offenders can’t be rehabilitated? Can someone have served his time and move on, or because it is a sex offense, is that impossible?
A recent legal argument over sex offenders is raising those questions.

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Child problems same all over

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Un partie: Stop the presses! Two weeks ago, I reviewed and commented upon Pamela Druckerman’s book “Bringing Up Bebe” in which she makes the claim that French parents, on the whole, raise children who are much more well-behaved, and at earlier ages, than their American counterparts.
Now arises the question: Did Druckerman do what so many social “scientists” do these days? Did she begin with a premise and ignore evidence to the contrary so as to “prove” her point?

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Tech professor participates in zoo symposium

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If Jeffrey Yule, assistant professor of biological and environmental sciences at Louisiana Tech University, and his colleagues are correct, zoos in the future could feature cloned extinct species, robotic animal exhibits and parks where the visitors are confined and the animals are free to roam the grounds.
Yule was among a group of experts from the U.S. and Europe representing various biological science disciplines who were invited this month to participate in the “Symposium on the Future of Zoos” held at Canisius College and the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, N.Y. The goal of the symposium was to discuss and envision what zoos might look like in 50 or 100 years, as a result of an ever-growing human population and dwindling wildlife habitats.

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February 25th

Working for smiles

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While most people reserve their weekends for relaxing, getting some work around the house done or shopping, many residents like Amanda Reynolds decided to use their weekend working toward a better smile.
Reynolds and more than 100 other area residents gathered in the parking lot of Peach Tree Dental starting Friday night to take part in the fifth annual Dentistry from the Heart event, in which people without dental insurance are given the choice between a free tooth filling, tooth extraction or teeth cleaning.

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Decision 2012

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Early voting for presidential primary begins March 10

Registered Republicans and Democrats in Lincoln Parish will have an opportunity to choose the presidential candidate of their choice in the Presidential Preference Primary on March 24.
Early voting is set from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 10-17 — with the exception of Sunday — on the ground floor of the Lincoln Parish Courthouse on the Louisiana Avenue side.
Lincoln Parish Registrar of Voters Dianna Stone said as of Feb. 19, there were 12,041 registered Democrats and 8,371 registered Republicans in Lincoln Parish. Additionally, there are 5,947 parish residents registered in other parties or no party, who will not be qualified to vote in this election, but will qualify to vote in the November General Presidential Election.
Candidates on the ballot for the Democratic Party include “Bob” Ely, Barack Obama, Darcy G. Richardson and John Wolfe. Candidates on the ballot for the Republican Party include Michele Bachmann, Randy Crow, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Charles “Buddy” Roemer, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

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Crowe recalls parish integration

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When current Ruston High School Assistant Principal David Crowe started high school, he completed his first two years at Lincoln Parish High School, which at the time consisted of an all African-American student body, but soon found himself in the midst of a major change.
Starting in his junior year, Crowe and the rest of his classmates found themselves walking new halls, so to speak, this time at the newly integrated Ruston High School.
“We were transported to RHS at the beginning of my junior year. It was the 1969-70 school year,” he said.

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Hall of Fame Pro Day on the horizon

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The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana are at it again.
On March 31, the club will host the 2012 Fred Dean’s Hall of Fame Pro Day.
“Last year, we were able to give out five scholarships totaling more than $3,000,” Eldonta Osborne, executive director of the club, said. “This year we are hoping to give out between $6,000 and $12,000 worth of scholarships to at-risk students.”

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Merger of Tech, LSU-S advantageous

With the recent release of a study in the Bossier-Shreveport area regarding how to best serve the needs of the underserved in that area, the Ruston community has had a lot to ponder over the past week.
The results of the study by higher education consultants Eva Klein and Associates came back with their recommendation being a merger between Louisiana State University-Shreveport and Louisiana Tech University into one college with two campuses. This one college would be Louisiana Tech, not LSU-S.

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Man questions local tax proposals

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I see from the informative column that Nancy Bergeron wrote recently in the Ruston Daily Leader that we voters of Lincoln Parish will be facing millage and sales tax proposals on April 21.
Most people locally recognize the importance of public safety and public education and appreciate the good leadership that we have generally enjoyed. However, citizens are also aware that government can and will consume all the revenue it can acquire.

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Readying for new curriculum

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By now teachers at every school in Lincoln Parish know that the Common Core curriculum is coming. They know the first assessments on the new standards will take place in 2014-15. Also, they know the national standards aim to prepare Lincoln Parish students to be both college and career ready. But right now nobody has all the answers about the Common Core State Standards, and they are better off viewing the national reform as traveling on the interstate with all traffic flow merging in a new direction — a direction never traveled before by our educators and students.

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